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.
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.
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… →
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.
Mirabai is certified by the American Council of Exercise (ACE), the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of health … Continue Reading… →
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… →
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… →
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… →
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… →