Question: What are BB creams?

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…

Invisalign- The First Three Weeks

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…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

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- The True Fountain of Youth?

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…

Flabby Arms- the search for real answers

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…