Can anti-aging products really deliver as promised? The FDA is not so sure and in recent months sent warning letters to several cosmetic compaies including Avon and L’Oreal. Their concern? Questionnable claims made for some of their skin care products that included ” improve condition around stem cells”, “boosts activity of genes”, and “stimulates production of youth proteins” (???).
Can You Believe What You Read?
By law, the FDA defines cosmetics as a product used for cleansing and beautifying, but if it affects structure or function of the skin or body, it is classified as a drug. And if its a drug, it must go through extensive clinical trials to prove its both safe and effective. The FDA is asking that Avon and L’Oreal either prove their claims or change … Continue Reading… →
This week, the Glam Gals of Fabulous After 40 are hosting Fashion Flash. I’ve been feeling so much more confident about my fashion choices and its due to the advice that I’ve gleaned from this incredible site for fashion guidence. For example, in NYC everyone wears black all the the time. No exaggeration. But the fashion mags are always urging us to wear COLOR. Every time I wear an orange sweater or blue dress I feel so self concious I can’t wait to get home and change. Then the Glam Gals suggested that I use color in my accessories. Now I wear my little black dress and spike it with a green bag tied with a color drenched scarf and finished off with a pair of shiny black snakeskin shoes. I feel “fabulous” where ever … Continue Reading… →
The NHANES diet study/health study is the gift that keeps on giving. This large, long term study found that, in addition to the link between aging skin and vitamin C and linoleic acid, women with low protein intake had an increase in aging and wrinkled skin.
The RDA for protein for adults is about 50grams a day– an amount easily met with a large broiled chicken breast. Inadequate protein levels are pretty rare in the US and Europe and at first it was hard to see how this low protein issues applied to me ( Given that I practically live on broiled chicken breasts). But then I spent the weekend with a vegan friend and by Sunday night I realized that these types of restrictive diets can be very low in protein. Here’s what Trudy ate:
Breakfast: Cream of wheat cereal, 1 glass orange juice
I had my first shot of baby Botox on Monday and took after pictures on Wednesday night. According to Dr Marmur, the full effect has not yet developed, but 48 hours after getting “tox”, I can see a clear difference. The lines at the sides of my chin and cheek are visibly diminished creating a firmer more youthful contour.
I am pleased that an anti-aging product worked as promised, but I’m still giggling about the Botox high. Apparently this is a well known effect, but nobody writes about it. Have you had this reaction to Botox?
The maximum benefits should be produced by next week and I’ll post those results too. … Continue Reading… →
No, Baby Botox, is not Botox for babies. It means a very low Botox concentration to erase wrinkles that stills leaves a full range of expression and movement. On Monday I had an injection of “baby Botox” into the marionette lines at the sides of my chin. Sitting on the examination table, I was so scared my knees were quivering. Dr Marmur told me to push out my lower jaw and frown. I could feel a little rush with each jab of the Botox injection. Almost instantly, my anxiety level was replaced by an awesome sense of contentment. Zoloft could certainly take a few lessons from Botox.
The full impact will not be seen for a few days, but within six hours I could see a remarkable difference. I have loved the life I have had — my family, work, friends and travel– but when I caught my reflection in a mirror, it … Continue Reading… →
I’ve noticed that my skin had become very comfortable with my .o4% Retin A Micro– maybe too comfortable. It didn’t sting when I applied it right after washing my face, and I didn’t see as much of the the rosy glow. After seven months of almost daily use, it was time to graduate to a stronger version. Dr Marmur gave me a script for .1% Retin-A cream. This is considerably stronger not only in concentration but in formulation as well. It is also considerably cheaper.
Since Retin-A is now off- patent and there are generic versions, the prices are lower, even in a US pharmacy. A standard tube of branded Retin A is $129 at my local Duane Reade. At my online Canadian pharmacy, I have two choices:
1. Generic Retin A, which is labeled Tretinion, is about $43 for about 40 grams ( about 1.5 oz) and made in Canada.
Its now been five days since Dr Marmur aimed a laser at my brown spots. I called them freckles, but in truth they were age spots. Less than a week after the procedure, the small scabs have fallen off and the skin is slightly pink where once it was brown. I am really surprised how much difference the absence of dark spots makes on the appearance of my complexion. The new skin clarity allows the improvements from Retin A and home peels ( better texture, color and tone) to shine right through.
The difference was instantly apparent to my friend Maria. Tall and beautiful, she is a women who certainly knows her way around beauty options. As soon as she walked though the door she peered at me ” you look great” she exclaimed ” What have you had done?
Laser treatment of my age spots cost $325 and I think it was money very well spent. … Continue Reading… →