Q and A– Diluting Retin A?

Question:  I’m concerned that  that Retin A Micro .o4% will irritate my skin.  Can I mix it with  my moisturizer before  applying it?

Answer:    I’ve received this type of comment  so frequently I think it deserves a post of its own.  Mixing  Retin A ( aka tretinoin) with a moisturizer immediately reduces its concentration and  impast on the skin.  If you take a pea size dab of  .04% tretinoin with an equal dab of moisturizer, the concentration is now .02%– lower than any other prescription grade  tretinoin.  If there is more moisturizer than tretinoin, then the concentration is even lower  and the action on the skin will be very limited.  Then there is the issue of cost.  Retin A  Micro .04% runs about $300/tube.  If you dilute it to .02%  you will get more  for  your beauty dollar if you buy  .1% Retinol from Skinceuticals which clocks in at $100.

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No-Nonsense Beauty– The Newsletter

I love to dig  into beauty problems and their solutions and post what I find.  In my research I’ve come across  great information that just doesn’t fit into my blog format.   There are new studies on skin care, nutrition and fitness  that I think  would interest you as much as  they did me.

I also have been trying to  find a solid way of reviewing and recommending products that  compare different options at different prices.  Its time-consuming and I only have one face, so a regular  weekly or even bi-weekly feature  is just not going to happen.

To find a home for  this info I decided to publish a free, quarterly No-Nonsense Beauty Newsletter.  I was one of the founding editors of the Berkeley Newsletter and I love the format.  A newsletter allows me to … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Its Fashion Flash Monday  and I’m the host.   If anyone can make you care about fashion and beauty in the dog days of summer  it’s  the bloggers of Fashion Flash:

* Une femme d’un certain age takes her autumn color cues from a park in Paris.

* Fab Over 40 gets answers from experts to your top beauty questions with affordable, proven products.

* Female fat loss expert expert Shawna K is more than willing to answer YOUR fitness questions.  Should I work out when I’m sick?  What’s a burpee?  Check out some Q and A’s from her clients.

* Are your mani/pedis sanitary?  Fab Over Fifty has the answer.

* Prime Beauty is thrilled that the much sought after Chanel Fleur de Lotus Collection has made its way all the way from … Continue Reading…

Invisalign Progress Report

I am now at 26 weeks of my 42 week treatment program with Dr Jacquie.  My lower jaw is gorgeous!  I keep sneaking peeks in a mirror, barring my teeth like a puppy to check out  the perfect  row of even  white teeth.   I never really cared about the overcrowding in my lower jaw and focused on the flare on my upper jaw.  However one of the reasons  for the almost scary overbite is that the flare from the lowers pushed out the upper teeth.  Now that the lower bad boys have  been brought in line, the Invisalign  retainers can focus on my upper bite problems.

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