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… →
I get more questions about Retin A than just about any other topic. I believe that this retinoid is the foundation of anti-aging skin care- but it can be tricky to use effectively. The package insert never tells you the important stuff like what’s the difference between the available brands, kind of cleanser to use, and should you put a moisturizer on before or after the Retin A.
Ten years ago I tried Retin A and gave up after a week or two. Now ten years older, I really needed to use it and I was determined to become a Retin A master. I have been writing about my Retin A journey and posting the results, but its annoying to have to track back through the archives to get the answer to a … Continue Reading… →
There are undeniable benefits being 50 plus. I don’t have to study for SAT’s, I don’t have to endure “keggers” and I don’t have to pack school lunches– so why should my aging face have random breakouts? I mean, if I don’t have the hormones to keep my skin soft and firm why should the mirror show inconvenient blemishes.
According to my acne guru, Dr Albert Lefkovits, diet can play a big role in adult acne. And the big shocker was the role of milk and dairy products. In a landmark study of 47,000 nurses, those that had more than three servings of milk a day had as much as 44% more acne than those that had less than one serving.
At the recent Mount Sinai derm conference Dr Marmur explored the beauty imperative of what makes a man or woman attrctive. For men its fairly simple — a strong jaw ( think Superman) and broad shoulders immediatey convey appealing masculinity. For women, its more complicated.
Dr Marmur identifed the five features of femininity that are deemed appealing– full lips, big eyes, small nose, arched eyebrows, and smooth rounded forehead. (Think Byonce, a young Liz Taylor and Bratz dolls). What blew me away was that as we grow older we lose those signs of pretty femininity. The forehead becomes lined and bone loss at the temples makes the eyes look smaller. It doesn’t stop there. Collagen contracts in the nose making the tip to droop down and look longer. As gravity … Continue Reading… →
During the holidays, I went to an event hosted by The Three Tomtoes (thethreetomatoes.com), a great site that is aimed at women “who aren’t kids”. As I looked around, I could see the room was filled with attractive women. Not so long ago women over 50 were described as “aging” Today 50 plus women are dynamic, vital and sexy. But this was not just a room of Botox Babes. There was something more, much more.
When I mentioned to my physician husband how healthy and attractive the women looked at the party, Neil was not surprised. “Women today look better because they are healthier. They eat healthier, smoke less, exercise more and if health probems arise, we have new tools.”
I was so delighted with the gentle progress of my new .1% Retin A Micro, I decided to step it up and use it every night after just a week. Not my best idea Seemingly overnight, my skin sprouted dry white flakes. I’m sure that the cold windy weather didn’t help. I can’t control the weather– but I am the supreme master of how often I use Retin A. I’m going back to an every -other- night routinue. Lesson learned.
So what do I use on my Retin A night off? I know that I can’t use Vitamin C at the same time – potentially irritating- but what about on the Retin A free nights. There are shelves of peer reviewed studies that demonstrate Vitamin C ( a powerful anti-oxidant) can smooth out lines and wrinkles and increase healthy collagen– and after age 50 who can’t use some extra collagen.
This is getting a little boring. Using this Retin A 2x a week is not causing problems– but I’m not feeling it. Where is the glow? I’m beginning to believe that the generic ( read cheap) Retin A does not have what it takes to get the job done. I’ve committed to using the product for at least eight weeks to see changes in facial imaging from Dr Katz. I think I’m going to give into the temptation and apply it every other night for a few weeks, then step it up to every night.
Lets see what happens. I know my face is going to be rough and irritated, but if the end point is healthier skin, its worth the trouble. I have been talking to women who have been using Retin A “for years” and who are not impressed with the results. I’m beginning to wonder if they are … Continue Reading… →
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… →