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… →
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… →
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… →
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… →
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… →
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.
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… →
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… →