Answer: I love new beauty ideas that are based on good science and BB creams are just such a concept. BB stands for ‘blemish balm” where blemish is defined as a skin defect ( eg dark spots and splotches and acne scars), not just traditional breakouts.
The original BB creams were developed by a Korean dermatologist to help his patients care for laser treated skin. After having both IPL and frying off my freckles with a YAG laser, I had difficulty finding appropriate moisturizers and sun protection products. The treatments made my skin especially vulnerable to sun damage, yet traditional chemical sunscreens were irritating while zinc based formulations left my skin with a weird white sticky film.
BB creams are a genuinely clever idea. They are a zinc based high SPF moisturizer/sun block combo that have a flattering tint. The result? On the skin … Continue Reading… →
My first two weeks wearing Invisalign were painless, both literally and figuratively. Just four days after I started, I thought I could see changes in the alignment of my lower teeth. I assumed it was my imagination, but by the end of the first 14 days I had objective proof of change. My teeth had been so tightly packed together that I had needed to use the thinnest dental floss to get the job done. By the time I packed away my first set of aligners, I had to switch to a broad floss for optimal dental care.
The Invisalign rules are easy to follow , so easy that I got a bit lazy. Instruction sheets make a point of advising me to always place retainers in the plastic … Continue Reading… →
This week the host of Fashion Flash is Jodell of Black Cat Plus. At this time of the year Jodell looks at plus size fashions on the red carpet. Recently she blogged about Melissa McCarthy who was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Bridesmaids. MarCarthy bemoaned the lack of fashion-forward clothing for plus size women noting that “they are either for a 98 year old woman or a 14 year old hooker.” She taken to working with designers to create red carpet worthy clothing such as the navy cowl neck dress by Badgley Mischka she wore at the Golden Globes.
When you’ve finished looking through all the great Fashion Flash posts, check out The Diet Dectectives All American Diet by Dr Charles Platkin. Most of us can probably recite basic … Continue Reading… →
Yogurt is arguably the oldest health food. The Egyptians called yogurt and honey the foods of the gods while Abraham was said to owe his long life to his regular diet of yogurt. At the turn of the century, the Noble prize winning scientist Russian scientist Elie Metchnikoff suggested that it was the special bacteria in yogurt that was behind the long and healthy lives of yogurt loving Bulgarian peasants.
While it sounds like a plot point of a 19th century novel, yogurt can actually be a genuinely healthy food. It is super rich in protein, calcium and a host of B vitamins. Many people who are lactose intolorant can eat yogurt without problems, since the lactose is concerted into lactic acid by the same bacteria which convert milk into yogurt. These bacteria, known as lactobaccillus … Continue Reading… →
Give me a new moisturizer and with five minutes I can decode the ingredients and studies to determine if this product has the mojo to deliver promised results. But when it comes to fitness, I’m still drilling down to find the same kind of cause and effect info that will help me choose the right exercises to firm up my arms.
For example, most articles and books dismiss the fear of bulging muscles, implying that women just don’t have the male hormones to bulk up. But flipping through books and videos, I can see women in workout clothes that certainly look chunky and muscle- bound. Turns out that push-ups which are recommended by so many trainers, builds up the deltoid muscles ( top of the arms) and … Continue Reading… →