This week Kari of Fab Over 40 is the host of Fashion Flash and she has an info packed post on the European Waxing Centers. One has opened in my hood, but past scary waxing experiences has made me keep my distance. Her explanation of their waxing techniques convinced me to make an appointment. Beach season is right around the corner and hair removal is no longer an option. Kari also introduced me to an exquisite new line of products called Naked Princess that are perfect for Mother’s Day. Beautifully designed and packaged they are designed to celebrate being a women. Nice.
And I am so proud of two Fashion Flash friends– Jojami Tyler of Fab After 40 is featured in a full page ad in More magazine. She is an Aveeno Brand Ambassador for their new Active Naturals campaign … Continue Reading… →
If there was ever a grain that could make beauty claims, it would be oatmeal. Inside or out, oatmeal has true skin care creds. Oatmeal is a good source of protein, iron, copper, folacin, vitamin E and zinc, but it is the fiber content that makes oatmeal a nutritional rock star. This low cost, gluten-free, salt- free grain has not one but two types of fiber: #1 is soluable fiber in the form of beta glucan, a powerful cholesterol lowering tool. Fiber #2 is oat bran, an insoluable beauty fiber with additional heart healthy benefits.
But wait there’s more. Oatmeal contains phenol compounds that inhibit production of inflammatory compounds called cytokines that tend to break sdown collagen. If the collagen is not under attack, the skin is firmer and less lined. Even better, the compounds in oatmeal work as well on the skin as they do … Continue Reading… →
When I first heard about LED lights I thought it sounded like a plot line from the Sci-Fi Chanel. Turns out that red and blue LED (Light Emiting Diode) lights can actually produce physicial changes in the skin. Studies have shown that the wavelengths of red LED lights apparently activate fibroblasts in the skin, This is very good news because fibroblasts stimulate the growth of collagen and elastin which are essential for smooth firm skin.
Anti-aging LED treatments are offered in spas and doctors offices and need to be used in a series of appointments. This can run into quite a bit of money, so I was delighted when the FDA approved a handheld home LED device. This week I went to the International Beauty Show and stopped at the LightStim booth which was offering a 50% off show special on their well known … Continue Reading… →
I’m so delighted to be hosting Fashion Flash this week. Our bloggers have been very busy and are sharing where they’ve been and what they learned:
Deja Pseu of Une Femme d’un Certain Age has created an amazing 12 piece Travel Capsule for a 10 day trip to Paris and Provence. Since I take 12 pieces for a weekend in the country, I was inspired to change my packing ways.
Jackie of Aging Backwards has come down with Olympic Fever (its less than 100 days away) and she tells you how to participate in the events.
Kari at Fab Over Forty has discovered a keratin hair treatment that actually works and is nice to the pocketbook as well.
Kari of Black Cat Plus wants plus size women to incorporate color into their Spring wardrobes.
April 22 is Earth Day which is a yearly reminder that this is the only world we have and need to take care of it. Online or IRL there is a heavy buzz for green or environmentally concious products. There is no shortage of opinions about the definition of “green” but the one that works for me is simple– it should be as beneficial for the planet as it is for you.
There are green options for practically every product we use daily. Recently I was sent a new brand of skin skin products called Previse. I usually don’t try out product lines but Dr Marmur ( my Dr Marmur, is the medical advisor), so I was in– and its everything a green treatment line should be.
My baseline measurement for my upper arm was 10 1/2 inches. And more than a month later I clock in at — wait for it– 10 1/2 inches. Not because the exercise program failed to work, but I failed to keep it up. While working out alone at home is certainly convenient, its also way too easy to skip and forget. There are no triggers like a class to attend to remind me to exercise. And when I do exercise I’m pretty certain that I’m not really doing the movements properly. I still keep clunking myself on the head with the weights, especially when I lift them backwards over my head. After most workouts my back is burning and I feel achey for several days. I’ve had disk problems before and I’m always wary of exercise moves that are followed by … Continue Reading… →
This week Shawna of Female Fat Loss Over Forty is hosting Fashion Flash. If there ever is a time of year to think about fitness it is right now. Blue skies and warmer weather inspire me to go outisde and shed winter weight gain. If you haven’t yet tred out Shawna’s fit camp routines this is definately the moment. I know that swimsuit weather is right around the corner.
And along with a fitness program, spring makes me think about upping my nutrional profile. I’m always struggling to get in those 5-7 servings of vegetables and fruits a day. The farmer’s markets are brimming with piles of veggies and I found a new cookbook to turn these beauties into a meal. The Inspired Vegan by Bryant Terry is a vibrant celebration of life, family and good food. The first section provides cooking techniques and simple recipes … Continue Reading… →
Mushrooms are one of my favorite veggies– except that they’re really not a vegetable at all. Mushrooms are a fungus- a plant that has no leaves, no roots, and no seeds. Mushrooms don’t have chlorophyll, vitamin A or vitamin C. But its not what they aren’t or don’t have that make mushrooms so important for a healthy diet.
Mushrooms have this wonderful meaty texture yet clock in at only 20 calories per cup which delivers a few grams of protein as well as healthy amounts of B vitamins and iron. Keep in mind that dried mushrooms lose a good deal of this nutrition. Fresh cooked mushrooms have 3X the niacin, 2X the iron and 15X the riboflavin of serving of canned mushrooms. This is not such a hardship since canned mushrooms are pretty slimy and unappealing, but dried mushrooms add great flavor. … Continue Reading… →