Its Fashion Flash Monday!

This week the hosts of Fashion Flash are the Glam Gals of Fabulous After 50.   I love their staste and style but  what  makes  Fabulous After 40  unique is that they create wonderful looks at reasonable prices.  In so many magazines the recommended outfits clock in at over $2000 a look.  It bothers me that  many ourfits cost more than a months take home pay.    Without using thrift shops or big  box stores, The Glam Gals put together amazing looks with affordable and currently available items. 

When it comes to style I’m a “nice girl”.  I love simple classic clothes, and accessories, but I’m all too aware that its  a very fine line between quiet elegance and just plain drab and unfinished.  And as  the decades have gone by  the minimalist styles I choose can look especially dull rather than chic. 

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Chicken- The Beauty Bird

Trying to put together anti-aging  diet menus I realized that I  had examined very few sources of protein.  Since the NHANES study of 17,000 Americans  showed people with higher  protein intakes had fewer wrinkles, I decided  to  take a close look at everyones favorite protein, chicken.

Americans eat 57 pound of chicken a year. Affordable and  available everywhere,  chicken is high in protein and much lower  in fat than beef, lamb  and pork.  Its  full nutritional profile is pretty impressive.  Three ounces of grilled or roast chicken breast clocks in at a mere 165 calories and a whopping 31 grams of protein.  There aren’t too many vitamins in this bird but the list of minerals is quite respectable.  That three ounce serving of chicken breast  offers a  nice payload of potassium, calcium and iron. 

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Sensitive Skin- My Story

There are more than 50 million Americans with sensitive skin and I am one of them.  It has  been fun to do before and after pix that show quick and easy beauty  benefits.  But when  I had to deal with   a  never ending series  of red splotches that seemed  to be hard to diagnose and  resistant to   every  treatment, fun was the last word I would use.

The red splotches  which appeared this winter, were first diagnosed  as rosacea– but  did not respond seem to standard treatments.  Then the docs thought it was seborrheic dermatitis, a scaly red  breakout that often appears around the mouth and chin– but that too  did not respond to traditional treatments.  I could cover  the redness with concealer, but the raw  itchy feeling kept reminding me what lay underneath the make-up.

Finally after about eight months of red spots and patches, a visit to  Dr Lefkovits came up … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

This week the host of Fashion Flash is our  our newest member, Mirabai of Moving Free with Mirabai.  I am so thrilled she  has joined  us.  For more than a decade Mirabai was the director of the reknowned Fitness and Wellness program  at the 92nd St Y in NYC.  She has developed unique exercise  programs that range from cardiac rehabilitation for women, osteoporosis prevention and a fitness  program for kids  ages 3-5. Mirabai  is frequently interviewed by the media and has appeared  on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, Fox News  and CBS Nightly News.    And if you’re a  QVC fan, you will recognize Mirabai and her Skeletal Fitness exercise DVD’s that are consumer top rated  by both Amazon and QVC.

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Question & Answer– Beauty at Any Age

Question:  What is the best  moisturizer to use on  my skin?

Answer:  I get this question frequently– and I have trouble answering it. There is no single moisturizer or product that will work  for everyone.  Over  the span of our lives, our skin changes and  we need different moisturizers to meet  new challenges. 

In the twenties,  the skin is  fairly rich in oil, so water-based moisturizers  like Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture for Sensitive Skin  and Aveeno Ultra-Calming Moisturizer SPF 15   are just what this  youthful skin needs.  In the thirties, the skin  can be   so normal  it is boring  and you just don’t want to mess it up.  A light moisturizer with glycolic acid like NeoStrata Ultra Daytime Smoothing Cream SPF15 ( a Dr Oz favorite)  will preserve the natural  radiance without clogging pores.   In the  forties  you want to use a moisturizer with … Continue Reading…

Sensitive Skin- Sebhorreic Dermatitis

Unlike rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema, there are no celebrities with seborrheic dermatitis.  There is   no website, no fund raising events , no  online support group for people dealing with  seborrheic derrmatitis.   Yet this  type of sensitive skin affects an estimated 10 million  men and women in the US.

Seborrheic dermatitis, often considered a form of eczema, is a red splotchy rash that pops up the face, hands, scalp and chest.  When it appears along the smile  lines and around the mouth  its also known as perioricular dermatitis.   (That’s  latin for around the mouth).

The red splotches are the end result of a series of events that starts  with over production of  oil in the skin.   This  oil provokes the overgrowth of  a yeast that is actually a natural organism in the skin.   This yeast  produces a toxin and the overgrowth of yeast  produces high … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

This week the host of Fashion Flash is Geri of Fab Over Fifty aka FOF.   This sassy site  for smart, dynamic women is  packed with must read features.  FOF  tests  all manner of beauty and health care products  that range from glycolic peels to  magnetic devices for hot  flashes. I love  Date My Kid  section where  Mom’s can post pics and bios of their  single  children and I’m waiting for the announcement of the first FOF  marriage.    There is a  vibrant community of FOF guru’s  that are waiting   anxiously to answer   your questions on topics that range from antiques to woman’s health.  And  the  prizes  on FOF giveaways are soooo temping ( eg weekend spa vacations)  I never  miss a chance to enter.

One of the  most  popular features on FOF   is Hot or Not.  Origninally a term  used … Continue Reading…

Cherries- The Antioxidant All Star

June and July are peak months for cherries and  I wondered if  they were as healthy as  they are gorgeous.  Cherries clock in at about 70 calories a cup and deliever an impressive payload of potassium, vitamin C, beta carotene,  and phytosterols  which lower cholesterol.  

But what makes cherries a nutritional rock star are the anthocyanins found in the red pigment.  These powerful antioxidants have been shown to reduce inflammation linked to heart disease and diabetes.  Since inflammation  also damages collagen, anthocyanins  may reduce  the development of  lines and wrinkles. 

Like  many fruits, cherries are often used in delicious, albeit  fat and sugar laden desserts.   And one of  my  top guilty  pleasures– brandy cherry sauce over roast  duck or pork loin– in equally lethal.  These days my favorite  early summer dessert is … Continue Reading…