This week the host of Fashion Flash is Kari of Fab Over 40. This constantly updated site has become my go-to spot for all things beauty. In recent weeks she has profiled five new delicious lingerie brands, a new long lasting lipstick with vitamins and without parabens, and a honey bath scrub from Laura Mercier. I have to admit I want them all.
I often have problems with celebrity beauty tips. When asked how they maintain a perfect body they claim a) they never diet, b) drink a gallon of water a day or c) they inherrited their goods looks. Seriously?
By contrast, Beth Chamberlin, star of the late, great Guiding Light, not only honestly admits her body problems, she shares her real diet and fitness strategies. Beth and her husband, Dr Peter Roy developed a popular Kettlebell program that … Continue Reading… →
Question: My doctor says I have rosacea but when I checked online medical photos, my skin did not look at all like those pictures. Should I get another doctor?
Answer: There are actually two parts to this question:
1) How accurate are online medical photos?
2) When should I get a second opinion?
Online medical photos can be pretty lurid. When I was looking to illustrate my series on sensitive skin, I had to be careful to avoid scaring small children. Medical illustrations usually feature full blown disease states. Early stages or mild cases often look very differrent. It may be that you are comparing your newly diagnosed rosacra with long term, wide spread rosacea– are fortunately your complexion issues are not as severe or advanced.
Try the suggested treatment for two weeks. If there is no improvement you have … Continue Reading… →
Last month I was dealing with a hair trigger skin that seemd to develop red splotches at the slightest provocation. It went on for weeks until I tried Metrogel and the problems ended overnight. This was obviously great news but it set me thinking– “how long should it take to get results from a skin care treatment?”
The answer obviously depends on the problem and the cure:
1. Tretinoin ( aka Retin A) — Tretinoin is approved for both acne and anti-aging, but the time frame is significantly different. Its no secret that I am a big fan of tretinoin and I feel that its the foundation of an anti-aging plan. It clarifies the surface, fades dark spots, encourages collagen growth and stimulates circulation. Used 4-7x/ week, you may start seeing … Continue Reading… →
This week the host of Fashion Flash is Staness of Menopause Makeover. I wish her site had been there during my menopause years. Its packed with truely helpful info in a upbeat positive voice. But you don’t have to be in full blown menopause to appreciate Menopause Makeover. The ideas and advice are equally valuable for perimenopause when things just don’t seem to be right and post menopause when things are just not the same.
I’m always looking for new ways to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables in my meals. I’ve been exploring new items like spelt and flaxseed, but I keep falling back to my usual habits– tuna on whole wheat and dry grilled chicken breasts. This summer I picked up a little paperback that has changed both my food … Continue Reading… →
A new vegan bakery called Vegan Divas opened in my hood and all the cakes, muffins, doughnuts and cookies are made with spelt rather than wheat. I was intrigued. Is spelt healthier? Less calories?
Grain for grain wheat actually has about twice the fiber and 25% more protein than spelt. On the plus side, spelt is lower in gluten so it can be a better choice for milder gluten problems or eczema control. Like most grains, spelt is an excellent source of B vitamins (especially thiamin) and minerals including manganese and iron. Spelt pasta, crakers and bread have a hearty, nutty flavor that is definately more assertive than traditional wheat based recipes.
The Vegan Divas bakery was packed with women clearly hungry for healthy treats. And unlike the cakes and muffins at Starbucks or Panera that give … Continue Reading… →