Microdermabrasion removes the top dead dry layer of the skin a process that benefits different types of skin issues. For oily skin, it “de-roofs” blocked pores to remove blackheads and reduce break-outs. For dry aging skin, microdermabrasion makes the skin look fresh and glowing. Many experts believe that removing the top dead layer of skin signals the skin to grow healthy firm skin.
2. Is there a difference between dermabrasion and microdermabrasion?
A big difference. Dermabrasion is actually considered surgery. It is painful and local anesthesia is needed as a laser removes most of the epiderrmis. Afterwards the skin is raw, red and a bit bloody for at least a week. Full healing can take months, but a successful dermabrasion can lighten dark patches, remove fine lines … Continue Reading… →
The Thanksgiving feast may seem like a calorie overload, but there is a lot of great nutrition packed onto that table. There are anti cancer fighters in the broccoli and a boatload of vitamin A in the sweet potatoes, but the nutrition king of the Thanksgiving table is the cranberry.
Cranberries have fiber, vitamin C and manganese, an essential mineral. But what makes cranberries a superstar its its antioxidant power. In fact, out of the 277 most commonly eaten foods, cranberrries has one of the very highest anti0xidant levels. Since antioxidants reduce risk of heart disease and cancer and raise immunity, cranberries are a true beauty fruit.
Studies have shown that cranberries can prevent and treat urinary infections, reduce risk of blood clots and in the lab seems to kill cancer … Continue Reading… →
When I first started my anti-aging journey I identified a dozen different signs of facial aging. On that list I noted only a single dental problem– stained/ yellowed teeth. Turns out that changes in our smile are part of often unrecognized changes that make us look older. The overbite that I see in the mirror was just a symptom of changing dental contours, rather than the cause of my aging smile.
Here’s how it works: According to Dr Jacquie, the full wide smile of gorgeous celebrities ( think Angelina Jolie, Jessica Alba, Halle Barre, Kate Middleton) is a youthful smile. As we get older, our smile often becomes smaller as the jaw loses bone mass, shifting the teeth forward.
This week the hosts of Fashion Flash are the Glam Gals of Fabulous After 40. Today they have featured a must watch video on the right way to wear leggings over 40. For me it answered the key question– how long should the top be with leggings? The answer? Anything below the tush. I wish I had known that before snagging a cashmere tunic at a sale which is about four inches too short. I never feel quite right in it and now I know why. And too short tops are not just a problem for 40 plus. Last week a photo of Pippa Middleton featured the young beauty in a pair of heavy leggings and a gorgeous green pea cut that barely covered her stomach. The view from the rear was … Continue Reading… →
Soy is a fascinating ingredients in anti-aging skin care products. Studies have shown that its a powerful antioxidant and help the growth of healthy new collagen. In addition, genistein, a chemical in soy, prevents melanin pigments from attaching to skin cells. This makes soy a great addition to sun protection and indeed soy is effective for preventing and reducing brown spots and freckles of sun damage. However, soy does not work nearly so well for melasma, those dark patches that usually appear on the cheeks and forehead. This type of hyperpigmentation appears to be fueled by estrogen and in fact genistein is a type of pseudo-estrogen. In theory soy might actually make melasma worse.
So to bottom line it, if you have been a sun baby and have lots of small freckles, soy enriched moisturizers could brighten your skin. If you have larger patches, especially if they developed … Continue Reading… →
This week the host of Fashion Flash is Geri of Fabulous Over Fifty. I have to admit that I am addicted to starting my day by clicking through Fab Over Fifty. It has a unique mix of world class experts and women like me that provides both state of the art info and a sense of shared experiences. This constantly updated site covers health, finance, relationships, beauty, fashion, all from the perspective of women who weren’t born yesterday.
When you click through the other info-packed Fashion Flash sites be sure to check out the book Menopause Makeover( Harlequin Press) by our own Staness Jonekos. This is a proven, eight step program to deal with the cascade of menopause sumptoms including hot flashes, weight gain, brain fog and mood changes.
I have to admit that when I think of walnuts, I think of chocolate chip cookies, apple crumb pie and fudgy brownies studded with nuts. But all by themselves, walnuts turn out to be a great beauty food. They are high in linoleic acid and fiber– two factors linked to fewer wrinkles. In addition they are high in antioxidants and low in saturated fats. Studies have shown that walnuts lower both cholesterol and C-reactive protein which are two markers for heart disease. All good, but keep in mind that like its other nut cousins, walnuts are pretty high in calories clocking in at almost 400 calories/half cup.
Instead of thinking of walnuts as a baked goods best friend, I now sprinkle walnuts over a green salad, a bowl of … Continue Reading… →