Budget Beauty Guide:Moisturizers

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…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

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…

Coconuts: Healthy or Hype?

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.

There are also claims of benefits  that this … Continue Reading…

Invisalign Update

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…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

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…