Question: I’ve seen ads for make-up that claim its dimethicone free. What is dimethicone and why should I care if its in my skin care products? Can it damage my skin or cause environmental problems?
Answer: Dimethicone is a type of silicone. It is an especially large molecule that stays on the surface of the skin and form a protective barrier. Dimethicone is used in practically every type of toiletry including moisturizers, sunscreens, eye cream, eye make-up shampoo and diaper ointment.
The FDA has approved dimethicone as safe and effective for personal care products. Dimehticone is not on lists of chemicals which are suspected to cause health problems. In addition, its not been found in human cells or urine, indicating that it stays on the skin’s surface. Even the Environmental Working Group (EWG) which finds a problem with practically everything, have … Continue Reading… →
Costs seem to explode when daily skin care meets anti-aging. Brand name tretinoin ( eg Retin A) clocks in at $300 for a tube that lasts six months. Generic Retin A drops to about $200. Upscale anti-aging brands with effective levels of retinol are lower at about $100, but still a significant bit of change. And then there are the luxury department store brands like La Mer and Perricone that will cost more than $300 a jar– and thats just for one product in the recommended routinue.
There are anti-aging products that don’t cost much, but they don’t do much either. The challenge is to find affordable anti-aging forumlations that deliver real results. I believe that when a low cost cream or mask doesn’t deliver, you are still wasting your money, albeit less of … Continue Reading… →
This week, Geri of Fab Over 50 is hosting Fashion Flash. Her second Beauty Bash event will be on September 29 at the Metropolitan Pavillion in NYC. One of my favorite make-up artists Sandy Linter will be back and I look forward to getting a new evening look. The fun and info will continue in New Jersey and New York for an entire Beauty Bash week. Check out Fab Over 50 website to read about the experts you will meet at Beauty Bash and the events for the continuing fabulous week. Use the code NYPost to get $30 off the $75 ticket.
Just published, Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible is my new favorite fashion guide. But rather than just another make-over book, it is an entertaining exploration of what we wore though history. I have to admit that I am a history … Continue Reading… →
You see them everywhere. On supermarket shelves, near a deli check-out and in cafeterias everywhere, bananas are so common we tend to take them for granted. Bannanas just don’t get the love they deserve. One medium banana has about 100 calories, 3 grams of fiber, and what surprised me, zero grams of fat. One nana does clock in at 23 grams of carbs, about twice in an average fruit. Bananas are lower in water than other fruits which concentrates the carb content.
But what elevates bananas to nutruitional superstars is the potassium payload– almost 400 mg per serrving. Potassium is essential for regulating heart rate and blodd pressure. Age, exercise and and some medications can deplete potassium leading to irregular heart beats , increased blood pressure, and even stroke. Keep in mind that any … Continue Reading… →
One of my pet peeves are fashion layouts that show you how to use the same pair of shoes in three different outfits– but each outfit then requires more than $1000 in additional clothing and accessories. Money is money and if you are trying to cut fashion or beauty costs, the choices need to be genuinely affordable AND effective. To bottomline it, I’m not going to use supermarket bar soap to buy a $300 moisturizer.
With the steady stream of bad economic news and at least one friend laid off every week, I decided to get serious about cutting skin care costs but without compromising results. So here is the first section of my anti-aging budget beauty guide. My goal: to deliver cleansing, exfoliation renewal and protection at less than one dollar a day.
This week the host of Fashion Flash is Mirabai of Moving Free With Mirabai. Hands down, Mirabai is the best credentialed exercise guru you will ever meet. And wherever you are in life, she has developed an exercise program for you. She has programs to combat childhood obesity, get moms back in shape, loose weight, improve heart function, and restore strength and flexibility to both prevent and manage osteoporosis. In short there is a reason that she is one of the most popular exercise experts on QVC. I am so thrilled that she is part of Fashion FLash. And if you have specific questions on all things exercise email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. I do and her advice is always just what I need.
I was looking for new books for my granddaughters last week when I spotted a pink polka dot and gingham book at Strand Bookstore. But rather … Continue Reading… →
The yellow and rust colors of fall have made me hungry for the sweet, fleshy meat of winter squash. Butternut, crook neck, turban and acorn are shaped differently but offer very similar nutritional payloads. The deep orange color is packed, I mean packed with vitamin A and beta-carotene. One half cup of cooked squash can have 100-200% of the RDA for this essential vitamin as well as 25% of the RDA of vitamin C. Fat free and salt free, one half cup has 120 calories and 12 grams of carbs. By comparison, the same amount of a white potato has about 60 calories and the same amount of carbs.
Given the slightly stringy/gritty texture of winter squash I expected squash to be a good source of fiber. I was wrong. In fact … Continue Reading… →
When it comes to personal care products, I tend to follow the less is more philosophy. Rather than shelves of different options, I like to find what I think is the best product for me — and then stick to it. This sets the bar pretty high and a new formulation has to be unique to find a spot in my medicine cbinet. I’ve not added to my Fabuous Fifteen in more than ayear but with newly sensitive skin, I needed new options:
1. Anti-Redness Foaming Cleanser ( Alaur, $50) — When it comes to skin care it seems that most people start with a moisturizer. Not me. I think that the right cleanser is the foundation of any treatment plan. When my skin developed a type of rosacea, I … Continue Reading… →