When I started my anti-aging explorations, I really wasn’t thinking about my neck. It was just there to hold up my head and someplace to hang a great necklace. As I could see changes on my face from Retin A, I could see a clear difference in the skin quality between my cheeks and my neck. Dr Marmur, my uber dermatologist, told me that I could use Retin A on my neck, but it would take at least a year to show genuine results. She also reminded me to use sunscreen on my neck, something I had NEVER done. It just didn’t occur to me.
After several months on Retin A without the big results I saw on my face, we decided to remove the big freckles and age spots with lasers … Continue Reading… →
Its Fashion Flash Monday and this week the host is Kari of Fab Over Forty. This great site has some of the best make-up videos on the web. Recently she uploaded a smokey eye tutorial where I finally learned the ultimate way to apply mascara. I never knew that the goal is to get definition at the roots of the lashes. Following these instructions made my eyes pop! Kari also has an extensive review of spring make-up colors and which work best when you’re over 40.
And if you ever thought about starting your own beauty line, you should read Lessons of a Lipstick Queen by Poppy King. When she was still a teenager in Australia, King came up with a lipstick line that had interesting colors in a matteContinue Reading… →
Question— In a few months I’m turning 50. After half a century, my skin is looking tired and I want to give myself a birthday present. Which would be better, microdermabrasion or Botox? You seem to really like both of them.
Answer— Happy birthday! I do like both microdermsabrasion and Botox, but they are very different anti-aging tools and deal with different problems. Microdermabrasion takes of the top dead layer of skin cells to leave the skin smoother, brighter and softer. In addition, removing these old cells actually stimulates the lower levels to grow. Researchers have noticed that mens’ skin seems to age more slowly than women’s– and they believe that part of the reason is the daily shave which encourages the growth of fresh new skin every day.
When I first saw this video I was mesmerized like a deer caught in the headlights. I never saw a workout like this using just the weight of the arms to define contours. But when you look at Gweneth Paltrow’s arms as well as the arms of the developer of this technique, Tracy Anderson, this is what I want– smooth, firm, non-lumpy arms. It looks hard and I got tired just watching the clip. But after seeing it a few times, I put it on full screen and was able to follow along albeit slower and not for the whole thing. Its quite a work-out, but fun and interesting– a whole lot more entertaining than hositing weights. But I don’t know if this type of exercise should be done everyday. Maybe every other day?
As a matter of principle I don’t take celebrity health and beauty advice. I would rather get my info from people … Continue Reading… →
This week Staness of Menopause Makeover is hosting Fashion Flash. Each time I click on this site, I wish it had been there when I went through menopause. It can be a hard and isolating journey. From the first day you realize that turtlenecks are no longer an option to scary medical reports, menopause is a time when you need a smart, caring friend– and Menopause Makeover is just that. Staness offers great emotional support and state of the art scientific developments in an upbeat and supportive way. The site is packed with accurate, balanced advice as well as some of the best healthy recipes on the web.
Strand Bookstore in NYC is three floors of new and used books, all at discount. Wandering through the aisles last week, I picked up a … Continue Reading… →
Sweet and juicy, grapefruits have long been a diet staple. But more than just low in calories, grapefruits pack an impressive nutritional payload. They are rich in pectin, a type of fiber known for lowering cholesterol. This citrus fruit is also high in potassium essential for normal blood pressure and vitamin C which the vitamin linked to fewer wrinkles. In fact 1/2 a grapefruit supplys almost 70% of our daily vitamion C needs– at just 30 calories. Usually differnt types of a fruit or vegetable have pretty much the same nutritional content. But grapefruits are different. P ink or red grapefruits ( usually from Texas) are also rich in beta carotene– a precursor to skin- friendly vitamin A. The white grapefruit ( common in Florida) which tastes pretty much … Continue Reading… →
Finally an exercise video that excites a couch potato like me. LA based trainer Jackie Warner has a workout DVD ( One-On One Training with Jackie) that includes a 2o minute upper body workout. After watching it curled up in a chair, I actually got up, grabbed my 3 pound handweights and joined in. It starts with a short but targeted warm-up rather than a looong warm-ups seen in other exercise programs. The Warner warm-up focused on the upper body, stretching and activating the arms and shoulders.
Warner clearly explains which exercise does what. The movements are straight forward and even I could follow along. Rather than the traditional 3 sets of 10 reps, Warner does each exercise for about a minute — about a total of 45-60 reps. Its the same number as … Continue Reading… →
This week the host of Fashion Flash is Shawna of Female Fat Loss Over 40. Like many New Yorkers, I rely on walking for my daily exercise. Twenty city blocks is equal to one mile and I leave extra time so that I can walk to my appointments and get in some exercise. But when icy winter weather arrives, I have to go indoors and and Shawna has some of the best fitness programs I’ve ever tried. She is especially good at motivating reluctant athletes ( like me) and I feel better rather than achy after one of her workouts. Be sure to check her out as well as the rest of the wonderful Fashion Flash sites.
This weekend I picked up an intriguing little skin care book by an LA based celebrity esthetician. Skintervention by Scott-Vincent Borba has an interesting approach … Continue Reading… →