I often get the sense that my friends have an almost mystical faith in moisturizers. While they avoid taxis and stagger home from Costco with 10 pounds of rice, they have faith that a $300 moisturizer is the key to beautiful young skin. If only it was that easy.
First, a little back story. Water is essential for healthy skin. It promotes normal metabolism and keep skin cells organized and flexible. The mission of a moisturizer is to simply help the skin maintain a healthy water balance. The most basic water and oil formulas act like Saran Wrap to prevent evaporation of water from the skin. And the simplest moisturizers will do just that. But there are three affordable and effective ingredients which crank up water attracting and holding powers in a moisturizer. Hyaluronic … Continue Reading… →
This week the hosts of Fashion Flash are the Glam Gals of Fabulous After 40. In the three years since I first became a fan, I’ve watched my fashion sense grow more confident with every shopping trip. I used to be drawn to a new sweater or bag, but did not know how to wear it. Or I would see a trend like stripes or flowers, but I was not sure how to integreate them into the rest of my closet. With laser-like accuracy the Glam Gals would would come up with stylish yet practical solutions. They also have an eye for details that never occurred to me. For example, I was lucky enough to me shopping with Jojami in NYC and showed her a grey cotten sweater coat. She pointed out that might be too cool to wear as a coat and too long to wear … Continue Reading… →
When I was an editor at Berkeley Wellness Newsletter, the saturated fats in coconut oil and milk were viewed as the great Satan of nutrition. Today some experts view coconuts as an all purpose miracle cure. As it turned out, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.
Coconuts and Weight Loss
I’ve loved coconuts since my first taste of a Mounds bar, but weight control? While coconut ( including the meat, oil and milk) is high in saturated fat, it is in the form that is easier to for the body to breakdown rather than to be deposited as fat in the arteries and on the hips. This type of saturated fat is also more easily digested which is why its used in infant formulas.
When I looked into my bag of Invisalign aligners and saw only three sets remained it meant that in six weeks, I would be done. While I was not sorry that this journey was almost done, I didn’t think six weeks would be enough time to get the rest of my overbite under control. My right profile looked pretty good, but the left profile still had a pretty significant flare. Check out my last scan to view the progress.
Dr Jacquie agreed. My actual progress was behind where the Invisalign digital treatment program expected my teeth to be. So she tweeked the original plan. Rather than changing the remaining aligners every two weeks, I now will be switching out every ten days. At the end of the month I will be … Continue Reading… →
This week the host of Fashion Flash is Jackie of Aging Backwards. Jackie is in her mid fifties, wears knee high boots, short desses and has long gorgeous “Kate Middleton” brown hair. But what I think what really makes Jackie seem decades younger is her positive, life embracing attitude. She has an infectious enthusiasm for life that she carries over to the topics she covers on her blog and on posts that appear on Style Goes Strong and the Examiner. We can go the same event and she will find a great tid bit or new product that went right past me. I’ve come to believe that a youthful attitude and curiosity have a huge impct on her deceptively young appearance.
As the decades go by, life happens. We become disappointed in love, struggle with our children, and lose both jobs and friends. These … Continue Reading… →