Figs are an ancient fruit that grew wild in the Middle East and Mediterranean. Today, most of the fresh figs in our markets are from California. While they are high in natural sugars, they also deliver a payload of potassium, iron, and ounce for ounce, more calcium than skim milk. But what makes figs a nutritional rockstar is that they are a delicious fiber delivery system. Two little fresh figs boast 4 grams of high quality fiber. This is great news since major studies have shown that fiber is one of the three top food factors associated with fewer wrinkles and less aging. Fresh figs, available from June through September, are super fragile and last only a week after harvested. In season you will see three types of figs:
* Black Mission figs- black/purple skin and pink flesh
Question: I have sensitive skin and my doctor gave me a new prescription for rosacea. It’s called Finacea, costs $185 and it has not made a difference since I started it 10 days ago. Now what?
Answer: Patience! I know first hand how frustrating it is to deal with rosacea, but please give this safe and effective medication time to work to work. According to Laura Cortelyou, acne guru at Marmur Medical, Finacea is not an instant cure. After several months, it will deliver good results although you will use it indefinately to maintain benefits.
Sensitive Skin and Finacea
Here’s how it works: The body produces a substance known as cathelicdin. It is a natural immune response and a great defense against bacteria. When you have a tendancy to rosacea, your body tends to over react and over produce cathelicidins which triggers redness … Continue Reading… →
This week, Moving Free with Mirabai is hosting Fashion Flash. There are certainly many exercise gurus out there, but none like Mirabai. She has three degrees in exercise physiology and hold credentials from four exercise associations. Not only are her exercise plans carefully developed for maximum results, she makes certain that you will never get hurt. Forget about no pain, no gain. For Mirabai, if you feel pain, you’re either doing the exercise wrong or its the wrong exercise for you. Mirabai has created exercise programs to build up bone strength, reduce joint problems, cardiac rehabilitation and even exercises for children. Check out her site to find the right program for your body.
Fashion is Where You Find It
Its no secret that I love both vintage fashion and NYC street fairs. This summer … Continue Reading… →
Fashion Flash this week is hosted by Cindy of Prime Beauty . I was a big fan of Prime Beauty, long before she agreed to join Fashion Flash. I quickly learned to just her judgement about products and some of my current favorites were discovered in her blog posts. At The BoomBox Party during BlogHer, I got a chance to see her in action. I watched as she interviewed a few brands and was so impressed by the insightful and useful posts she wrote about the new skin care lines. She can spot a new idea, literally across the room, while I am still trying to find my glasses. If you care about how you look, check out Prime Beauty before you buy new products. She’s that good.
At least once a week I get a question about the best way to manage acne in women of color and at the summer sesion of the American Academy of Dermatology, I finally got the right answers. A three hour power session on the treatment of acne with dermatologist super stars included Dr Andrew Alexis, Director of the Skin of Color Center at St Lukes Hospital in NYC
First the good news. Acne in women of color is usually milder and less frequent than seen in lighter skin tones. The bad news? Even mild acne breakouts tend to leave dark spots and patches that seem to last forever. Called post inflammatory hyperpigmentation or PIH, it is the result of irritation from both the acne and the treatments used to … Continue Reading… →
Today, Jodell of Black Cat Plus is hosting Fashion Flash. As summer winds down her theme of the week is end of summer health, beauty and fitness tips. I’m sorry to see summer ending, but I am determined to cross off more of my summer to do list including Shakespeare in the Park, a picnic on Overlook Mountain and wearing that white dress that looked so good in the dressing room but has not yet had a chance to go outside. Jodell also wants you to get the most out of the last days of August and I loved her recent post on top five summer health tips. One of her tips is to wear loose clothing in hot weather and even includes fashion examples. Nice.
Fashion Flash this week is hosted by Jackie of Aging Backwards . We all need a friend like Jackie in our personal posse. Jackie is the person who is ahead of the curve. When she was selected for Google glasses no one who knew was surprised. It was more like, of course. Jackie is always exploring new and better options– the best new vitamin, the really great cleanser and the new wine. When I run ito her at a beauty trade show such as HBA, she has already located the best new products. This year she dragged me over to a new booth which just introduced gel socks for dry feet and teeny tiny socks for dry cuticles. She sees both the details AND the big picture. Subscribe to her newly … Continue Reading… →
Tea tree oil is the “it” ingredient of the year. It is extracted from the Melaleuca ( have no idea ow to pronounce it) tree found mainly in Australia and Queensland. While its the hot new ingredient in beauty care, aboriginal peoples have used it for centuries for wound healing and skin irritations. In the 1920’s, a researcher published the first studies on the antibacterial activity of tea tree oil. He found that the extract was more than 10X more effective than phenol– the most popular disinfectent before the arrival of antibiotics.
Tea Tree Oil in Your Medicine Cabinet
Continuing research has found that 5% tea tree oil formulations are effective as benzoyl peroxide without the dryness and irritation. Tea tree oil has also been shown to have antibacterial and antiseptic … Continue Reading… →