My pile of discarded Invisalign aligners tell the story. The nine month Invisalign treatment is almost over and I have just four more aligners to straighten out my overbite.
The first part of the Invisalign program focused on the bottom teeth. Not only were they crooked, the flare was pushing out the top and were a major cause of the overbite. When I first went to Dr Jacquie I really didn’t care about the bottom row of teeth. I felt they weren’t that visable and the problem was above. She explained that they had to be corrected before the top could be put into line. ( no pun intended).
Last month with my lower jaw practically perfect it was time to get serious about the top. I … Continue Reading… →
This week Shawna of Female Fat Loss Over 40 is the host of Fashion Flash. I have to admit that I am intimidated by descriptions of celebrity fitness programs. The intensity, the pit crew of specialists to assist them, the amount of time and energy is overwhelming– and way above my pay scale. What I love about Shawna’s blog and DVD’s is that not only are the exercise programs so doable, but she shares real time success stories. When a fifty something schoolteacher works diligently to lose weight for a wedding, now that is something that inspires me. I can relate to the people who have worked her method and if they can do it, then I can too.
Question: You’ve totally sold me on the benefits of tretinoin but it just doesn’t work for me. I used Retin A Micro and followed your guidelines– washed with a mild soap, waited 30 minutes after washing, and used it 3X/week– but my skin is constantly irritated and flaky. What else can I do to deal with too many years in the sun?
Answer: Before you declare defeat, keep in mind that Retin A is a brand name( like Kleenex or Xerox) and there are different formulations that could be a better choice for you. Retin A Micro is a gel that is actually approved for acne, not anti-aging. It works well for thicker, oilier skin ( like mine) but finer, drier skin types may over react.
To get the benefits of tretinoin without irritation, Dr Heidi Waldorf of Mount Sinai Medical Center … Continue Reading… →
Its been almost three weeeks since my red splotches and breakouts have been brought under control. The labor intensive protocol of washing my face 3x/day ( once with Anti-Redness Cleanser and twice with home microdermabrasion), glycolic peel pads 3 times a week and Metro Gel at night seems to be the perfect formula.
I also have been diligent in following rosacea dietary guidelines.This meant avoding spicy foods, coffee, alcohol and chocolate. With my skin so clear, I wondered if I really needed to be as careful with my diet. I mean, no coffee for life? I’m one of those annoying New Yorkers who walk around in summer with a container of ice coffee glued to my hands. The answer? Yes and no.
This week, Jodell of Black Cat Plus is hosting Fashion Flash. Recently she uploaded an inspiring post that focused on Sarah Robles, the awesome Olympic weightlifter. Like many full figure women Sarah had trouble finding flattering, wearable clothes. Two plus size designers, Jill Alexander and Ming Wang stepped up to outfit Sarah for London and the Olympic.
Red is apparently the hot color this year. Be sure to checkout the plus size options in this vibrant color
Black Cat Plus looks at more more than just plus size fashion. I was moved by her analysis of a controversial Nike that featured an over weight boy struggling to exercise. Was it motivational or exploitive? I’d love to hear what you think.
I’m so excited about the second Beauty Bash (created by our Geri Brin of Fab Over 50) on Sept 29 at the MetropolitanContinue Reading… →
Two of my friends are training for the NYC marathon and they are convinced that whey protein smoothies are essential for their success. For years I’ve seen whey in big bellied jars illustrated with pix of body builders at the local health food store. I assumed that whey protein was just to build big lumpy muscles, but when two normally rational people had such faith in it, I knew that I needed to take a closer look at the nutritional pros and cons.
Whey protein is the substance that is leftover when milk is made into cheese– and is one of the purest protein sources. It is used primarily by body builders and athletes to increase muscle mass and improve performance. Whey can also be helpful for weight loss and … Continue Reading… →
I’ve been getting some pushback from blog visitors who are getting annoyed with the price tag on the products and techniques I am recommending– and they’re right.
This is no time to throw money around. To lower overall beauty costs, effective and super affordable personal care products can be made in your own kitchen. Natural ingredients like lemon juice, honey and oatmeal are packed with active agents including fruit acids, antioxidants and soothing colloids.
But before you squeeze a single lemon or crack an egg, you need to organize your kitchen cosmetic set-up. While the basic rules of simple cooking apply to homemade skin care formulations, these freshly made products are preservative free. This definately lowers our exposure to chemicals, but it can raise risk of bacterial contamination. To stay safe take … Continue Reading… →
This week Cindy of Prime Beauty is hosting Fashion Flash. I think Prime beauty is one of the prettiest beauty sites on the web. It certainly gives me confidence in the recommendations of a beauty site if it is well, beautiful. What I think sets Prime Beauty apart is the focus on “indie” brands. The big brands like L’oreal and Oil of Olay get the lions share of ad and editorial space, but the true innovation is often in the smaller personal product lines. But which one can you choose? Prime Beauty explores them for me.
I’m looking for a new bathing suit and the stores are filled with fall sweaters and boots. And as usual, I feel overwhelmed. Everything looks wonderful, yet Idon’t know what I want. This weekend I picked up a used copy of The OneContinue Reading… →