This week our newest Fashion Flash member Diva Debbi is hosting Fashion Flash for the first time. She is such a talented fashion stylist with an incredilbe eye for creating the perfect outfit for every occasion. Make sure to roam thru her site and check out her amazing Polyvore pages. Our other bloggers have been extra busy this week including:
* Fab Over Forty shares fit ball exercises.
* Aging Backwards explains why eating geens can whiten your teeth
* Prime Beauty shares a must have new eyeshadow palette from Tarte ( I love that brand)
* Fabulous After 40 nails it again demonstrating how to wear those floaty, sheer pastels that are now front and center in the stores.
* And at No-Nonsense Beauty Blog I am offering a … Continue Reading…
Question: Can a South Asian women use Forever Beautiful laser to get rid of dark patches? Answer: According to Carissa, the amazing esthetician who works with Dr Z.Paul Lorenc, the short answer is— no. The heat of this milder laser could trigger new darkened areas and leave the skin with irregular pigmentation. To clarify and brighten South Asian skin Carissa uses a two step process. First she pre-treats the skin with for a few weeks with hydroquinone to put the melanin producing cells into sleep mode. Then she exposes the skin to a Q switch YAG laser which was developed originally to remove black pigment in a tattoo. The proceedure needs to be done very very carefully and after treatment sunscreens are essential. To keep the skin smooth and clear a 50SPF sunscreen should … Continue Reading…
Question: My doctor gave me a prescription for hydroquinone ( 4%) cream. Its helping control my post pregnancy dark splotches, but I’ve heard bad things about it. How long can I safely use it?
Answer: Hydroquinone is one of those medications that we love to hate. It has been around for decades and is actually the ONLY ingredient that has been approved by the FDA for skin lightening. According to Mount Sinai dermatologist Dr Gary Goldenberg, you can safely use hydroquinone for up to three months at a time. Even if its working, you need to take a three month drug holiday after the initial treatment. If you want to return to this popular skin lightener, you’re back to a three month on and three month off schedule. However if … Continue Reading…
This week Jodell of Black Cat Plus is hosting Fashion Flash. Our bloggers are really feeling spring as they offer their favorite fashion, fitness and beauty tips. For example Prime Beauty shares the goodies from her favorite subscription beauty service; Moving Free with Mirabai has the skinny on new weight loss apps; and I have uploaded my new must-have skin care products. And don’t miss the brilliant post from Fabulous After 40 on how to wear those “moody florals”– large bright flowers on a black backgroud. I was ready to pass on this look them by until I read this post. That very day I went out and bought a pair of skinny dark floral pants and paired it with a new black silk cardie. It worked perfectly for my personal style and yet was … Continue Reading…
The Forever Beautful BBL laser made a visible difference in the quality of my skin. At parties and conferences, friends and co-workers mentioned that my skin looked good. But what they could not see were the health benefits below the skin. Lasers like Forever Beautiful not only clarify the surface of the skin they break up the melanin clumps in the layers below. And thanks to the imaging instruments like TruVu, we can actually see these changes.
Laser Benefits Below the Skin
The photo on the left is the a woman before laser treatment. The dark spots and spotches are all indications of sun damage. Not only does it make the skin look dull and older than its years, the darkened areas are more likely … Continue Reading…
Question: I’ve had acne since my teens and every new doctor seems to prescribe another antibiotic. I’m worried about this and wonder how long can I take antibiotics safely.
Answer: When a doctor recommends antibiotics for an infected bug bite or lingering cough, its usually for a relatively short period of time that ranges from 5-10 days. But when antibiotics are prescribed for antibiotics, the time frame changes significantly. How long you can safely and effectively use antibiotics for acne depends on the type and form of the different antibiotic options.
Antibiotics for Acne 101
For acne, antibiotics are used directly on the skin as well as taken in pill form. The most commonly used antibiotic is benzoyl peroxide. Available without prescription and formulated into a gel or cream, benzoyl peroxide … Continue Reading…
This week our Welcome to Spring Fashion Flash is hosted by the one and only Cindy of Prime Beauty. The end of a too long cold winter has inspired our bloggers to write about the latest in exercise, health, fashion and beauty including:
* Aging Backwards points out common make-up blunders
* Fab Over Forty checks out the newshoe line from Sex and the City Shoe fanatic Sarsh Jessica Parker
* Moving Free with Mirabai gives great advice for controlling the apple shape of your body during menopause.
* Menopause Makeover explains how exercise lowers risk of breast cancer
* Prime Beauty explores the benefits of a good toner in a skin care regimen
* The Best of Everything After Fifty offers the best advice of dating after 50 by one of … Continue Reading…
Question: I have been using Retin A for acne. Whenever I try to stop, my skin starts to break out again. How long is it safe to use Retin A?
Answer: Short answer…forever. Retin A cream or gel is a powerful and effective medication for both acne and anti-aging, but it is also safe to use for years. The skin does not seem to become immune to its activity and the benefits remain over time. Studies have shown that patients who stared using Retin A for adolescent acne had fewer signs of aging in their forties. ( Yes, its been around that long).
The Other Forms of Retin A
But this safety profile is just for the gel or cream form of Retin A. In the oral form of Retin A called Isotretinoin ( aka Accutane) there are strict time limits. … Continue Reading…