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… →
Question: What is the best type of facial exercise? One expert recommends blowing out my cheeks 10X a day. Another recommends twisting my lips from one side to the other. Do any facial exerices deliver on their promises?
Answer: Facial exercises are much like exercises for any other part of the body. Some are beneficial, some do nothing and some can actually make matters worse. Vigorous facial exercises that twist, pucker or contort the face put increased strain on collagen fibers –and actually do more harm than good. These movements stress and strain the skin and increase wrinkling. However isometric exercises contract and lift isolated muscles. This brings oxygen and increased blood supply to the muscles that can lift and smooth the contours of the face. According to facial … Continue Reading… →
I have to admit that I was disappointed to learn that seaweed had limited nutritional value as well as a troubling downside. But I was then thrilled to discover that seaweed is a skin care superstar. Different forms of sea plants have long been used in the manufacture of creams, lotions and balms to provide natural thickening and emulsification ( eg keeping oil and water together). In the past decade, peer reviewed published studies have shown that seaweed varieties can benefit skin in four much needed ways:
Seaweed for Super Hydration
Sea plants helps the skin hold moisture in two ways. The gel-like properties of seaweed acts like a shield to prevent water evaporation from the skin– sort of the way plastic wrap … Continue Reading… →
Question: I recently saw on ABC news that the FDA has criticized Strivectin and its anti-aging claims. What does this mean? Is it dangerous? I’ve used it three months. Can I get my money back?
Answer: Don’t worry! The FDA did not say Strivectin was harmful. Their official letter to the company challenged their claims and promises made about several products:
1. “Clinically proven to change anatomy of wrinkle”
2. “This superb age-fighting serum is super charged with potent elastin stimulating peptides
3. “Potent elastin-stimulating peptides help enhance skin structure”
Elastin and its big brother, collagen are the fibers in the skin which keep it firm and smooth. As age and sunlight weaken these fibers, lines and wrinkles will develop. But anything that can actually increase growth of elastin or collagen is … 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… →
There is a double standard about a woman’s appearance. The media is obsessed with every detail of style icons like Kate Middleton, Beyonce and random Kardashians. But when the averge woman, especially if she is past 50, shows an interest in beauty care and fashion we are labeled vain, narcissistic and even anti-feminist. Not fair.
Why Does Beauty Matter So Much?
Preoccupation with beauty is not an expression of a shallow and materialistic society. Hundreds of studies published in dozens of academic journals have shown that for centuries humans are hard wired to admire beauty. Throughout the ages, poets have immortalized beauty, writers have made them the heroine and artists have painted and sculpted their image. Even babies just a few months old smile naturally at a beautiful face and cry … Continue Reading… →
Each week I get 3-4 requests for product reviews. In order to find great options to recommend, 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… →
The three part anti-aging neck makeover at Marmur Medical started with Botox to relax those two vertical muscles under the chin. Next step is the Clear and Brilliant laser which is a baby version of Fraxel. My neck looked generally better after Botox, but the skin is still rough and bumpy. This is charmingly called “chicken skin” and is the result of a loss of collagen in the skin. Clear and Brilliant laser stimulates this essential protein, something the older neck sorely needs.
Aging Neck Meets Laser Love
In the examining room, my neck is pre-treated with lidocaine to reduce discomfort. Its a gel that is applied generously and remains on the skin for about 20 minutes. I grab a stack of magazines to read … Continue Reading… →