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 the dentist who invented GoSmile, Jonathan Levine. Its basically a no-nonsense approach to caring for your teeth and is packed with wonderful information. For example it explains the differences between whitening, desensitzening and tartar control toothpastes including which ingredients to look for and which to avoid. I was surprised to learn that about 60% of Americans have tooth sensitivity issues because the tiny tubules in the teeth transmit messages to the nerves. Potassium nitrate seals up tubules and prevents pain transmissions. However Dr Levine points out that to be effective a toothpaste needs to have 5% potassium nitrate and not all that make sensitivity claims have that formulation. FYI Dr Levine recommends Sensodyne if you have sensitive teeth.
The chapter on tooth whitening alone is worth the price of the book. I was fascinated by the science behind tooth whitening and the way the different techniques can work together. Dr Levine writes about who should and should not get tooth whitening- during pregnancy, while breast feeding and under age 14. He also includes a tooth whitening spread sheet that I will take with next time I buy a whitening product. Smile! by Joanthan Levine has earned a permanent place on my beauty bookshelf.