Best Facial Ever

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…

Its Fashion Flash Monday

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…

Nutrition Close-Up: Potatoes

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…

Sun Protection in Real Time

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

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…

Questions & Answers

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…

Back to Biotin

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…

Its Fashion Flash Monday

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…