Its Fashion Flash Monday!

This week the host of Fashion Flash  is Shawna of Female Fat Loss Over 40.  And if  there is a time  of year when we really need Shawna it’s during the Christmas holidays. Seriously, it seems that every  holiday activity has its own  high calorie food.  We  fill up stockings with sweets, tie  candy canes on presents and  warm up after ice skating with hot chocolate.  And then  there are goodies in Christmas songs and stories–  the plum pudding in A Christmas Carol,   the dancing sugarplums in the Nutcracker, and  of course there is that  runaway gingerbread man.   And unfortunately, there are no traditional Christmas exercise  and nutrition programs– until now that is.  This week Shawna  has  focused on  tips to stay in shape in times when the  only non-fattening thing on the table  seems to … Continue Reading…

Anti-Aging Diet– Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a close second behind cranberries as an iconic holiday food.  While the plain white  potato is a high carb time bomb, sweet potatoes are packed with  nutrition.  They are actually related to morning glory flowers rather than the true potato.  Sweets have  as much fiber as  famous – for- fiber oatmeal and about 30%RDA  of vitamin C.  For only about 120 calories, 1 cup of sweet potatoes  has 500%  RDA  for vitamin A.  This is almost scary high  since too much vitamin A can cause bone and nerve problems.  But unless some fool invents the sweet potato  diet,  one or two sweets/week will not cause a problem.

The real dangers with  these orange beauties are the extra ingredients that are commonly added.  Top of that list is … Continue Reading…

Home Lasers– Day 1

It’s no secret that I’m a fan  of  lasers.  I respect their power to erase dark patches, eliminate  lines and fry away  unwanted  facial hair.  But they are expensive and when I saw  the arrival of home lasers I was interested– but cautious.  Lasers are powerful tools and in inexperienced hands can cause burns, scars, discolorations and even eye damage. 

At Beauty Bash in October, I stopped at the Palovia Booth to talk with the rep about their home laser kit.  I was delighted to learn that its made by Palomar, one of the most highly regarded makers of professional grade lasers used by dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons.  I was even more impressed to hear that Palovia   is FDA approved  to reduce fine lines and wrinkles around … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

This weeks host is Jodell at BLack  Cat Plus.  My beautiful aunt was a plus size woman and I remember how frustating it was  for her to shop for clothes.  She would often delay  looking for a new outfit, stating she was waiting to lose weight.  Today there are so many amazing choices for plus size women and Jodell describes them vividly.  Black Cat Plus would have been such a wonderful resource for her.  Recently Cat profiled beautiful grey clothing including a spectacular grey vest with  draped edges.  Perfect for work and dinners out.

And this week I’m really excited to see my BFF Beth Chamberlin starring on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit on Dec 7.  She played Beth Spaulding on Guiding Light and legions of fans are still mourning  … Continue Reading…

Kojic Acid– Can it lighten my skin?

Kojic Acid  has been around for almost  100 years.  It was originally discovered by Japanese scientists  who were working on different fermenting methods  to turn malted rice into sake.  As the story goes, the scientists noticed that spots and freckles on their hands disappeared after working with Sake production.  Kojic Acid has been a popular Japanese beauty aid for generations.  In recent years we’ve learned that Kojic Acid acts somewhat  like hydroquinone by preventing melanin  formation.

Research has shown that Kojic Acid can be effective but it has its problems.  On the one  hand it tends to be unstable and high concentrations are often needed to be an  effective spot buster.  On the other hand, Kojic can be very irritating and is known  to cause allergic reactions.  Often the best solution is to combine lower concentrations of Kojic acid with other skin lighteners like soy or hydroquinone.

If you want to try … Continue Reading…