I’m always looking for the ideal facial. Not infrequently, I leave the facial looking a bit splotchy and/or greasy And the next moring I wake up with… breakouts. But I still kept looking. I wanted something that would make my skin look fresh, poreless with a pink, not red glow. And this summer I found it at the office of Park Avenue cosmetic surgeon, Dr Paul Lorenc. Famous for inventing the endoscopic browlift, Dr Lorenc is a physician who believes in combining non-invasive anti-aging tools like the Hydrafacial with surgical options.
The Hydrafacial is considered the third generation of microdermabrasion. It has about seven steps, each one offering different but related benefits. The Hydrafacial combines a unique type of tip with an array of products. The spiral tip ( see pix) rotates on the skin … Continue Reading… →
This week the host of Fashion Flash is Staness of Menopause Makeover. Menopause is more than just the end of your period, much more. This amazing site has the health, diet and fitness info you need to deal with these changes. This time of life can radically alter metabolism. I’ve always had to count calories and could only stare enviously as my skinny friends ate anything they wanted. Menopause now has made us equals. Formerly trim friends now have to learn new ways of eating to keep their weight down– and Menopause Makeover offers the tools they need.
And when you’ve explored Menopause Makeovers ( try her Noble Prize worthy recipe for low carb,high protein waffles), check out a new beauty book by one of the most respected dermtologists in the world. Dr Neil Sadick … Continue Reading… →
Experts are split into two camps when it comes to potatoes. The pro-potato people like that it has some fiber, vitamin C and potassium. They point out that potatoes are salt and fat free and a 4 ounce serving has only 100 calories. Filling and bland, the pro-potato people maintain that their bad rep comes from the oil, butter, salt, cheese aand cream that are used prepare them. Its these other ingredients and cooking techniques that make potatoes such a bad actor. This means french fries, potato chips, mashed with cream and butter, au gratin with cheese and my personal favorite the “fully loaded” baked potato.
The anti-potato camp are concerned with potatoes’ high glycemic index. In a scale of 1-100, potatoes are about a 95. Just about the only food higher … Continue Reading… →
I recently went to the summer meeting of the Americn Academy of Dermatology in NYC. There were a number of new areas of research on the horizon, but frankly at my age, I am looking for new anti-aging tools I can use right now. And I got just that type of info at presentation on skin of color by Dr Wendy Roberts of Loma Linda University.
Most of Dr Roberts presentation focused on the pros and cons of different types of lightening agensts– all good info that I will be using to answer related questions on an upcoming Question and Answer post. But the BIG IDEA came up when Dr Roberts addressed ways to prevent pigmentation. The audience of mostly female derms shared their concerns that patients were just not using and or not reapplying their sunscreens. Dr Roberts suggested adding … Continue Reading… →
Its Fashion Flash Monday, hosted this week by Shawna of Female Fat Loss After 40. I’ve always struggled with my weight, so the after 40 slowdown in metabolism is just another challenge in the battle of the bulge. I’ve found that my skinny friends who for years could seem to eat everything and still stay svelte, are finding weight control after 40 a HUGE problem. Here’s where Shawna’s great site and blog provides targeted info on how to lose weight and stay fit at this time in their lives.
After clicking on Shawna and picking up yet another great tip, you’ll want to check out ” The Gospel According to Coco Chanel” by Karen Karbo. She brings her novelists eye to a book on the fashion icon that weaves a personal bio with the … Continue Reading… →
Question: I went to buy a glycolic acid cleanser and was told that something called “MMP” is much better. Its also much more expensive. I can’t afford to keep buying a skin care product and then learn that there are better ones. Is MMP a good ingredient to look for?
Answer: MMP is an umbrella term for enzymes ( eg collagenase) which break down old proteins ( eg old collagen). The body produces them naturally and as we get older or are under stress, the body produces more of them. Sunlight, alcohol and smoking also increase MMP levels. We need MMPs to avoid build-up of old damaged tissues– but too much MMP can increase aging and skin wrinkling.
I think that the product you were offered had an anti-MMP compound that actually blocks MMP activity. A lot of ingredients can … Continue Reading… →
This past winter my nails became very soft and started to peel and break. They were so fragile that there was nothing to file. I started to take biotin and within a few weeks my nails did a big turn around. They became hard and strong and I no longer looked like I bit my nails down to the nub. ( Not a confident look). It wasn’t that I wanted to sport a set of talons, but the fingertips would become painful as the weak nails tore off below the tip.
I stopped taking biotin out of sheer laziness and all was fine until last month when I saw the tell tales signs appear again.First the tip of the nail would start to flake off. Then they became so soft and … Continue Reading… →
This week Jodell of Black Cat Plus is the host of Fashion Flash. I love the way this site drills down to every question to arrive at the best answers. From the pros and cons of sheer hose to the best way to rock black denim, Black Cat Plus offers real time fashion help. And while you’re online I would check out Kari at Fabulous Over Forty. She recently uploaded an amazing video that demonstrated a home laser that has been shown to reduce wrinkles. At Fabulous Over Fifty, there is a great story on common items like perfume and cells phones that can drain your energy. And over the incredibly rainy Sunday, I browsed fashion advice from The Glam Gals at Fabulous After 40 before staring my fall shopping.
And when you’ve finished exploring fashion and beauty options, take a look atContinue Reading… →