Every New Years Eve my Mom and Dad would put out a tray of caviar and champagne. In good years it was a little bowl of Beluga– and in bad times ( my Dad was a blacklisted writer) it was a bigger bowl of red caviar from the supermarket. I have always somehow believed that this was a healthy way to start the New Year.
This year, I decided to check it out. On the plus side all types of caviar from the most expensive ( beluga, seruga and oserta) to the little jars of red or black fish roe on supermarket shelves, have about the same nutritional profile. On the plus side, one tablespoon of caviar has a full days supply of vitamin B12. But every animal protein– eggs, chesse, fish, meat and poultry is loaded with B12, so unless you’re a vegan, this is not a key … Continue Reading… →
I had already tried the low and medium settings of the Palovia home laser and barely felt them on my skin– and now was ready to go to the max and try the highest setting. However, these settings while painless had left raised, red splotches which were still around up to eight hours later. The skin also felt a bit tender as if it had been sunburned.
A friend who knew her way around lasers thought she knew the source of the problem. I wasn’t using enough of the gel. The instructions said the enclosed bottle of gel was enough for 60 treatments. It was not that big a bottle, so I just used a light topping of gel before zapping my arm with the laser. I remembered that when I had IPL or lasers with a physician, they really … Continue Reading… →
This week the host of Fashion Flash is Kari of Fab Over Forty. When it comes to make-up colors, Kari has an almost intuitive sense of what works and what doesn’t. When I want a new lisptick or shadow, I always check her current recommendations. She tries them all and knows which lipsticks are too brown and which grey liner gives the smoothest line. This month her post on hair styles over forty is a must read! She shows a gallery of styles that graze the coller bone rather than the usual advice to cut it short.
Most of the Fashion FLash sites this week offer great holiday beauty advice. Menopause makeover offers a healthy yet delicious champagne cocktail while over at Fabulous After 40, the GLam Gals rock New Year’s Eve fashion. Taking their advice, I “shopped” in my closet … Continue Reading… →
Each time I do a post on skin lightening and mention hydroquinone, I get a flurry of concerned emails warning me against using it. Often they point out that hydroquinone can cause cancer and was banned in Europe. Yet the usually quick to pull the recall trigger FDA still permits hydroquinone to be sold here– both in over the counter formulations and in prescription only preparations. I was both confused and worried. Digging into the literature and talking to a few trusted experts, here is the current take on hydroquinone.
Hydroquinone is considered the most effective skin lightenens currently available and is one of the very few on that acts by preventing melanin formation. There are three problems associated with hydroquinone:
1) Tthe British Cancer Journal published a study that linked very high doses of hydroquinine to cancers in mice. A second similar study found similar … Continue Reading… →
Triluma, a combo of hydroquinone, Retin-A and a steroid was one of the first anti-aging tools I tried. I used it successfully to reduce my dark circles and was planning to keep using it, but my dermatologist Dr Marmur said that I needed to take a “Triluma Holiday”. Apparently, it cannot be used for more than three months at a time. Then the skin needs to take a rest for three months before using it again. But when I tried to refill my prescription, the product was “on back order” at every pharmacy in NYC. I began to hear from people who also reported they could not get Triluma. What happened?
There was no FDA recall and no announcement from Galderma, the manufacturer of Triluma. I kept digging and found that Galderma itself announced a recall of all its Triluma products made by a sub-contractor, Hill Dermaceuticals. Apparently, Hill reported to Galderma that one of the critical … Continue Reading… →
This week Staness of Menopause Makeover is the host of Fashion Flash. What makes her site unique is the blend of nutrition and health issues specifically for women over 40. Her personal touch makes it fun and easy to read, and her hard hitting health research make it a site you can trust. I also have to admit I’m almost addicted to her recipe for turkey chili. When the weather turns cold as it thas this week in NYC, I scramble for the ingredients to make up a big pot.
Fab Over Forty has another must read article in Fashion Flash– IMO the best article I’ve seen on cellulite creams. It explains what creams and machine can and cannot do and how they make changes albeit temporary, in your skin. I learned that many creams contain caffeine which temporarily … Continue Reading… →
Question: I just found out that my old crush is coming to the holiday office party this week. I want to look amazing. Would you suggest IPL or Botox?
Answer: Both procedures are very effective, but I would be concerned about doing them right before an important event, especially if its the first time you’ve had them. Although its called the “lunchtime laser”, IPL can leave red splotches and scabs that will take a few days to heal. Botox injections can hit a little blood vessels and produce pretty big bruises. Rather than doing a full court press on your face, If you need to look amazing immediately I would start with a home microdermabrasion kit from Clarisonic, DDF, or Neutrogena. They will polish and refresh your skin and make an incredible difference, especially if its not something you do everyday. Then make certain that you hair … Continue Reading… →
The first session with the home laser went off without a hitch. I set the device on the lowest intensity which produced a very mild sensation. In fact it felt so mild, I was surprised to see the treated skin become a bit reddened. The skin felt strangly tender and remained pinker for several hours. Even the next morning, I could see faint pink splotches.
I waited a few days before my next home laser treatment. Before my next session, I reread the brochure because I still was not sure how many times I should zap the skin per treatment. From the illustrations, it appears that I am expected to treat six slightly over lapping areas /laser treatment. Good to know. For the second try I cranked up the intensity to medium, spread on the special gel and zapped that … Continue Reading… →