I have to confess– I really like Botox. While I get great satisfaction making my own green tea toner or a homemade vitamin C mask, nothing gives me a bigger, almost instant, boost than Botox. Buts its pricey and when I write about the benefits, I get emails complaining about the cost. I have also been asked about discounted Botox treatment purchased from Groupon, but I have been concerned about the quality of the provider and the Botox itself. Over diluted “tox” will produce limited or short lived results.
In June, a friend purchased a Groupon coupon for Botox for $159– less than the cost of a fancy, department store night cream.( Most Botox treatments run between $500-700/ injection). Natasha looked wonderful and told me the doctor worked with Dr Neil Sadick, one of New York’s top dermatologists. I decided to try out a … Continue Reading… →
Peptides are one of the most highly promoted anti-aging ingredients– but do they actually work? The short answer is — wait for it– maybe. The value of peptides to the skin goes back to the 1930’s when doctors discovered that yeast extracts promoted wound healing. Further studies showed it was the peptide proteins in the yeast that were responsible for the beneficial effects including increased collagen production. Researchers now believe that peptides can boost circulation AND trigger new collagen synthesis. Excellent!
Three Types of Anti-Aging Peptides
There are actually three types of peptides that are popular cosmetic ingredients:
1. Signal proteins are able to increase collagen production AND slow collagen destruction. ( FYI collagen fibers are what gives the skin its strength and flexability. Old, weak collagen leads to unwanted lines … Continue Reading… →
Question: I’m 45 and quit smoking five years ago. But I still have those smokers wrinkles. How do I get rid of these vertical lines on my upper lip?
Answer: According to Dr Gary Goldenberg of the Mount Sinai Hospital Department of Dermatology, smokers lines are dynamic wrinkles– produced by continued use of specific muscles. The continual pursing of the lips during smoking over work the muscles around the mouth. Sun exposure which damages collagen also plays a big role in the development of vertical lines. Even more troubling the smoke from the cigarettes actually increases the production of an enzyme in the body which breaks down collagen. And there’s more bad news. As time goes by we lose fat pads under the skin and as volume declines, there is just too much skin for the face. The surface ripples … Continue Reading… →
I can’t wear 4 inch high cage shoes, don’t have access to the Conde Nast closets and the last time I wore size 2, I was two. So when you are over 50, getting ready for Fashion Week means turning to science rather than shopping. To give me a little extra confidence, I asked my wonderful Dr Ellen for her amazing “baby botox”. These are smaller than usual amounts of Botox to just give a little extra anti-aging smoothness, erasing the crows feet around my eyes. It actually takes a few weeks for the full effect to appear– erasing the years of worry lines and wrinkles that makes the whole face look happier and fresher. I also use a bit of Botox to relax aging neck muscles under the chin for a smoother jawline.
I have been trying out cutting edge anti-aging tools for my face and I love the results. Clear and Brilliant laser, Retin A, Botox, and IPL have made a lovely change in the quality, tone and color of my facial skin. My neck is another story.
The sallow color, little bumps as well as crinkles and wrinkles, make my neck look decades older than the rest of my head. It’s almost like a younger face is now on top of an older neck. Not good. As a child I remember an aunt who worked hard on her neck. Each night she slapped on a thick, heavily scented cream with a steady rhythm and slept with a chin strap to hold everything together. It didn’t really work … Continue Reading… →
FRAUD ALERT! SOME HAS HACKED INTO THIS POST AND LINKED IT TO SOME FAKE OFFER OF SAMPLES, — WHICH APPARENTLY NEVER ARRIVE. I AM NOW GETTING EMAILS FROM PEOPLE ASKING WHERE ARE THEIR SAMPLES.. I HAVE REPORTED IT TO THE AUTHORITIES AND THEY ARE TAKING ACTION. I ALSO WANT TO POINT OUT THAT THE PRODUCT I DESCRIBE IN THE POST IS NOT THE ONE IN THE FAKE OFFER. WHAT A BRUNCH OF CREEPY LOSERS.
There are literally hundreds of exhibits at the International Beauty Show, so when I saw that one small booth was always three deep with visitors, I had to check it out. I managed to wiggle my way to the front ( I know, I’m a New Yorker) to see a table selling just one item– a small pink bottle called Instantly Ageless. The posters and … Continue Reading… →