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 their marketing language. But seriously, some of these … Continue Reading… →
Question: Is there a moisturizer that doesn’t clog pores? When my skin gets dry from RetinA or a laser type treatment, I need to put on a moisturizer to relieve dryness and flaking. But whatever I try seems to provoke acne breakouts. Any ideas?
Answer: This is such a common problem and until last week I didn’t have much of an answer. Sometimes a moisturizer that was both oil and fragrance free would work, but often that too could provoke problems. Then at a recent dermatology conference in New York, laser care expert Dr Mark Nestor of Miami recommended a water based spray to provide moisture. In addition to water, the spray should contain glycerin and natural moisturizing factors such as hyaluronic acid. Plain water sprays would actually increase dryness but the glycerin and hyaluronic acid would help the skin … Continue Reading… →
Each year in December, the three day Mount Sinai conference on new developments in dermatology is the holiday gift that keeps on giving. The best of the best share what they’ve discovered and how they care for a wide range of skin, nail and hair problems. This year the presentations were truely amazing and I got answers to long asked questions including:
* How long do you need to stick to an acne regimen to determine if its working? Hint: its shorter than you might think.
* How can I moisturize the skin without clogging pores?
* Can women of color use lasers?
Founded by Dr Albert Lefkovits, this program attracts worldwide experts both to speak and to learn. What I find is especially helpful is that most of the speakers focus on real time practice and not just on … Continue Reading… →
I’m thinking of producing a tee shirt that reads: ” Up to age 60, 90% of skin aging is due to sun damage”. Seriously, its that important.
Effective sun protection creams and lotions are the only non-prescription product that the FDA allows to make anti-aging claims. But buying a powerful yet effective sunscreen can be daunting. Go into any pharmacy and you’re met with a long wall of options. Waterproof? Oil-free? Broad spectrum, Fragrance-free? I covered this material before in a series of Sunscreen Cheat Sheets, but once you have picked the right formula, then you want to get the best possible price. Remember you need to use sun protection each and every day and you need to use it fairly generously. If you’re not using up a 3 ounce bottle in three months, you’re not applying enough. Designer sunscreens from Peter Thomas … Continue Reading… →
When I was a child the only spinach I knew was the droopy olive green strands that came in a can. Then one night I went out to steak house with my friend Kim and her parents. I was thinking only of a juicy filet and hash browns and my heart sank as Kim’s mother also ordered a spinach and bacon salad. Still cringing I dug in my fork and pulled out the tinest bit of bacon drenched leaf. It was love at first bite. I ate every morsel of that salad and every time I went to a restaurant I scanned the menu for a similar dish.
But more than delicious and versatile, spinach is a nutritious anti-aging, antioxidant rock star. Raw or cooked, its packed with antioxidants like vitamin A ( 168% of RDA), leutin, vitamin C vitamin E, vitamin B6, and folic acid. Spinach … Continue Reading… →
This week the host of Fashion Flash is Jackie of Aging Backwards. What I think makes Jackie unique is that she looks at the whole self– body, mind and spirit. Her mission is to share ways to have a long happy life and she does it with a passion that’s contagious. Check out her recent posts to learn the stay slim secrets of supermodels and the best ways to get the anti-aging benefits of fruits and vegetables.
To get the latest anti-aging news make a date to attend the ” Face to Face” lecture at the 92nd Street Y on March 27 in NYC. Dr Ellen Marmur, my anti-aging miracle worker, will be sharing her approach to skin care strategies for a radiant, youthful appearance. From the best and affordable skin care moisturizers and bleaching creams that you can buy in drugstores to the … Continue Reading… →
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of lasers. I respect their power to erase dark patches, eliminate lines and fry away unwanted facial hair. But they are expensive and when I saw the arrival of home lasers I was interested– but cautious. Lasers are powerful tools and in inexperienced hands can cause burns, scars, discolorations and even eye damage.
At Beauty Bash in October, I stopped at the Palovia Booth to talk with the rep about their home laser kit. I was delighted to learn that its made by Palomar, one of the most highly regarded makers of professional grade lasers used by dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons. I was even more impressed to hear that Palovia is FDA approved to reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
This weekend, Fashion Flasher Geri of Fabulous Over Fifty hosted the amazing Beauty Bash in New York City. For the first time, eight Fashion Flashers were together at one time. We went out to dinner at Olives in the W Hotel and were having such a good time that a young women came over to find out who we were. When she heard about Beauty Bash, she and her friends bought tickets and came to hear the lectures and visit the booths. It was that good! And in between giving presentations and talking to the over 1000 women who came to visit, we kept blogging. This week:
* Kari of Fab Over Forty insists that beauty does not have to be complicaed, giving us a few quick beauty fixes to make the day a little easier.