Five Top Acne Questions By Deborah Chase

acne questionsI had chronic breakouts when I was  younger and I think one of the reasons  I am happy to be over 50 is that  I no longer have to worry about acne.  But  because of my personal history,  finding  the best options for  preventing and treating acne is  one of  my  favorite beauty topics.   Many of my readers feel the same  way and about half  of  their questions  deal with acne.  Here are the top  five questions

1.  How  can I have acne   breakouts in my late 30’s? I thought its  just a problem for teens.

Answer:  Acne is thought to be as much a part of adolesence  as  SAT’s and  hopeless crushes.   IRL acne has no age limit.  Teenage acne is due to the perfect storm of hormonal  surges that  lead to increased oil  product combined with   a high fat, … Continue Reading…

Mid-Fall Makeover- Part 2

Three years go,  I started  my No-Nonsense Makeover with IPL( Intense Pulsed Light)   and it made a huge difference in my skin.  I was diligent about using sunscreens every morning, but  rarely reapplied  sun  protection during the day.   Darker spots  and redness  gradually crept back and after  a sun filled weekend at the beach with my grandchildren,  my freckles came back in full force.   This mid-fall makeover is using   a second generation of broad  band laser ( Sciton Joule laser) combined with infrared skin tightening– a treatment called Forever Beautiful BBL.   Two days before my date with this laser treatment, I stopped using  Retin A, glycolic acid and  even my  Clarisonic.   I will avoid them  for two days after  treatment.

Just after MakeoverWhen  Carissa finished  working on my skin,  my face felt tight and warm  like I had spent the day in the sun.  My … Continue Reading…

Mid-Fall Makeover, Part 1

Freckles Before MakeoverThe summer is long over, but  the  freckles remain– and its a great time for a mini-makeover.  Starting this blog three years ago, I have been diligent about using effective  sun protection. I’ve also  been aware that too much sun is a health  problem as well as a beauty issue. This month I had the opportunity to work with the extraordinary  New York City aesthetic  surgeon Dr. Z. Paul  Lorenc.   With his esthetician Carissa, we came up with  a combination of  devices to  show the impact of sun  damage  both above and below the skin.  Even  better,  Dr Lorenc offered a new treatment that would not only  improve the appearance of the skin, it would reduce the risk of  skin cancers.

Makeover First Steps

The project started by scanning my skin with Tru-Vu  that would capture theContinue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoThis week Fashion Flash is hosted by Moving Free with  Mirabai.  There are alot of exercise guru’s out there, but  few  have the credentials that  Mirabai brings to her exercise  programs.  As a  committed couch potato, I’ve found that the exercise  plans  of Moving Free   make  me more flexible without  pain and soreness.  An single  Zumba session sent me to the orthopedist, but Mirabai’s exercise prescription  heals rather than hurts my  low  back  issues.

This week,  the fashion flash  bloggers  are definately  thinking about winter  as Aging Backwards,  The Best of Everything After 50 and Prime Beauty  are looking  at ways to  stay fit and beatiful in cold windy weather.

Fashion Flash Book Review:  The Five Minute Hair StylistBook Review

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Its Fashion FLash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoThis week Kari of Fab Over 40 is hosting  Fashion Flash.   She is  my go-to person for  the  best  in new skin care and fragrances.  This week  The Fashion Flash bloggers are determined to stay healthy and beautiful  as winter approaches. For example, Prime Beauty highlights melanoma risks, Moving Free with Mirabai features a bone healthy diet;  The Best of Everything Over Fifty  wants you  to start taking  charge of your  health NOW; And Black Cat Plus  takes on Lululemon. And  at No-Nonsense Beauty Blog I compare the nutritional profile of chicken vs turkey and why  our national bird is such a winner.



Fashion Flash Book Review: Steal  This Style by Sarah  Kennedy Fashion Flash Book Review( Barron’s … Continue Reading…

Skin Care Close-Up- Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Each week I get  3-4 requests for product reviews.  In order to find great options to recommend,beauty product reviews I decided  to add a new regular feature to No-Nonsense Beauty Blog. Skin Care Close-Up will look at  new skin care products and devices for better  and  up to date  beauty care.

Hyaluronic Acid Serum ( Reviva Labs, $22)

The first product  under review contains one of my favorite skin care ingredients, hyaluronic acid.  This safe natural substance occurs in the found  where it keeps the skin hydrated and the joints moving smoothly. As we get older,  the body produces less and less  hyaluronic acid which contributes to drier skin and creaky joints.

Produced  by Reviva Labs, Hyaluronic Acid Serum is fast becoming my favorite moisturizer.  This fragrance-free  clear  gel feels cool and absorbs  … Continue Reading…

Beauty Food: Chia Seeds

chia seedsAnyone ‘memba chia pets?  Those terracotta  dogs and  horses that “grew” fuzzy green leaves?  Now it turns out  that these chia seeds my be potential nutritional rock stars.

Chia seeds   are related to the mint family and have been around  since the time of the Aztecs.   You will  find three different types of chia seeds in the health food store. THe white and black seeds  have the same nutritional rofile, while brown seeds are not quite ripe. Gluten free chia seeds are high in calcium, fiber and anti-oxidants.  And good news, they  can  be eaten safely  if you have a nut allergy, adding crunch  to salads and baked goods.

These tiny seeds are also extremely high in linoleic acid– the  vegetable oil most closely linked to fewer wrinkles and younger looking skin. … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoFashion Flash this week is hosted by Staness of Menopause Makeover.  Recently, my  doctor  confided that  past menopause,  our metabolism slows down to a crawl and weight gain is inevitable.  Clearly she has never met Staness. When menopause hit  and hit hard, Staness  felt bloated and exhusted.  Since she had  just met the  love of her life,  this was not acceptable.  Working with world class experts she developed a health, diet and exercise  makeover plan  that restored  her energy and shape.  Staness complied all her info in her best selling book Menopause Makeover that is  a must read for all of  us at midlife.  This week  she is giving away  a copy of her book on her site. Check  her out and  click thru to  the  always interesting Fashion Flash bloggers.  

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