Hives–Sensitive Skin, Part 3

My Aunt Mary was a beautiful talented musician who played the violin until  her death at age 90.  She studied Japanese at age 70, counted Lenard Bernstein as a friend,  and taught me  how to  throw a dinner party for twenty without breaking a sweat. But at least once a week this force of nature was distraught  by  the appearance of hives.

She certainly had plenty of company.  It is estimated that at some point  in their lives, hives affect one in five people.  For some individuals, like my aunt Mary, hives can be a lifelong problem.  For others it can be a one time event that lasts a few hours to a few weeks.

What Causes Hives?

Hives are raised , red areas on the skin than can range for the size of a pencil eraser to an area as big as a frisbee.   And unlike most other forms of sensitve skin,  … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

This week  The Glam Gals at Fab After 40 are  hosting Fashion Flash. Since I found their site I  spend less and look better.  They have helped  me pack  for travel,  choose the best outfit for a reunion and look great running about my grandchildren in the playground.  ( In fashion concious New York, style is important   even when pushing  swings).  I think my favorite posts deconstruct the latest fashion trends into  flattering looks  for  boomers. For example, if stripes  don’t flatter your figure  “wear” them in a bag or  pair of flats.  Be sure to check out their site and click through all the Fashion Flash info-packed posts.  

I’m still not able to commit to an arm shaping program, so I was psyched to  find a book that drills  down on the subject.  Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy by JJ Virgin … Continue Reading…

Invisalign- Almost Halfway Done

May is National Smile Month and I’m almost halfway  through my Invisalign treatment.     Every two weeks, I   change my current  aligner for a new one that’s  just a bit tighter.  This week, for the first time since  I started  Invisalign, I went to to my dentist for a routine cleaning.   I have somewhat sensitive teeth and sometimes I have found that the cold air and  warm  abrasive tool of a cleaning  were a little uncomfortable.  Since  the sides of my teeth were filed down a bit and the pressure  from the aligners  can make  my teeth a little bit sore, I was concerned that cleaning would  hurt.

Not to worry. There was actually less discomfort than usual and the dental technician was thrilled with the state of my teeth and gums. Turns out that the plastic aligners that cover the teeth dramatically reduce plaque build-up and kept the teeth super white. She also … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday

This week Jackie of Aging Backwards is the host of Fashion Flash.  Jackie is one of those people  who always seem to get it right.  She is the one in a group  that picks the best restaurant in the neighborhood (  and orders the tastiest dish), she  gets invited to the best parties ( and takes you along) and shares  her knowledge with  joy and enthusiasm.  We bumped into each other at the International Beauty Show and  walked thru the exhibits together.  It is pretty overwhelming, but  in the mass of  products, Jackie suddenly spotted  a table of sponges.  She grabbed  up two packages of microfiber wipes declaring these were a great way to  remove  make-up.  When I got home, I roadtested the round lavendar disks and was blown away.  They were the BEST way ever to remove  eye make-up.  Just a swipe with the dampened  pad and   mascara and  … Continue Reading…

Does your Face Adjust to Face Products?

Question: I feel like I try a new serum or moisturizer  and get great early results but when I remain faithful, overtime I feel nothing more changes.  Is it me?  Should I rotate products to get better results?

Answer:  This is one  of my favorite topics!  We ( consumers) have all  experienced this.  We fall in love with a new skin care  product only to see the once wonderful benefits seem to twindle away.  Doctors and other skin experts have a boatload of different reasons as to the cause:

1. When  we first use a product it provides fresh new benefits, as it supplies what the skin needs.  Over time, other problems and isssues develop and the once new serum or lotion  cannot  meet the new needs.

2. Some dermatologists believe that the products still continue to work , but we’ve forgotten  how … Continue Reading…

Rosacea- Sensitive Skin, Part 2

What do Renee Zellegwer, Cameron Diaz, Mariah Carey, and Bill Clinton have  in common?  They are four of the  16 million  Americans  who  have to deal with a form of sensitive  skin called rosacea.  For reasons that  are not clear, the skin tends to flush easily and stay red.  It is more common in women with fair skin, but its also seen in men and people with darker eyes and coloring.

There are two  main  forms of rosacea:

1– The most common and mildest form consists primarily of bright red skin and numerous small broken blood vessels on the skin’s surface.  Why this happens  is not clear ( genetics?)  but certain triggers seems to bring trigger flare-ups.  Sunlight is the biggest culprit, followed closely by alcohol, spicy foods, stress,  chocolate, coffee and hot showers.

2– The second … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

This week Geri of Fab Over Fifty is hosting  Fashion Flash.  I love her product testing features.  Instead of  just one opinion  she  has a panel of 5-7 women using the product  and reporting the results.  We all  have such individual reactions to skin care products that  a  a thumbs  up or down from one person is pretty limited.  Geri  gets a range of opinions that provides much  more information about the benefits  ( or drawbacks) of an anti-aging therapy. 

I was also excited to learn that Beauty Bash, the health and beauty expo created by Fab Over Fifty is coming back this year in September  and will be accompanied by Beauty Bash week in NYC. More on Beauty Bash as  the program develops.

May is National Smile Month  and it  seems like karma that  the book of the week is Smile! by … Continue Reading…

Green Beans– An Anti-Aging Veggie with Style and Substance

There is something elegant about green beans.  Sweet and dainty they seem to the perfect companion to a crisp roast chicken or juicy pink  steak.  Green beans are used in a wide range of cuisines including french, chinese, italian, english  and indian–   and I  like all of them.  Restaurants and banquets  love  green beans because they can  be cooked in advance without going limp and grey.

I was psyched to learn that  for such a tastie veggie, green  beans had a very respectable anti-aging  profile.  One cup  clocks in at  just 31 calories .  While they are not high in fiber, the folacin and  skin friendly vitamin C levels are impressive.  Add about 20%  the RDA for vitamin A  and a daily serving of green beans  adds genuine anti-aging nutrition … Continue Reading…