Is Life Better with Botox?

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…

Can Peptides Really Smooth Wrinkles? by Deb Chase

peptide beauty productsPeptides 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…

Smokers Wrinkles 101 by Deborah Chase

smoker's wrinklesQuestion: 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…

Anti- Aging Botox at Fashion Week

Before BotoxI 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.

Bad News About Botox?

There has been some negative  press about … Continue Reading…

Neck News– The Three Part Neck Makeover

Neck Before BotoxI 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…

Botox vs Fauxtox

Crows feet before tretmentFRAUD 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…