This week Barbara of Best of Everything After Fifty is hosting Fashion Flash. She is such a wonderful image of what a women over 50 loooks and sounds like! I get so angry at commericals that feature baby boomers has dowdy, confused and screechy. Barbara is a living, breathing example of a smart beautifull boomer who has great enthusiasm for living and a lifetime of experience to make the right choices. Its doesn’t get better than that.
Coming Soon– The Fashion Flash Boutique
There is certainly no shortage of fashion, health and beauty products sold online. There is a seemingly endless variety of anti-aging moisturizers, self-help books and vitamins. And that’s just … Continue Reading… →
Question: I heard a radio show that discussed the beauty benefits of an herb called purslane. It sounds amazing, maybe too amazing. Do you recommend it for anti-aging skin care?
Answer: Cool question! Purslane is one of the oldest and widely used medical plants. It is found throughout the world in warm climates and is a popular vegetable in the Middle and Far East. Purslane is packed with minerals and vitamins including, zinc, iron, potassium, vitamin C, antioxidants, and beta carotene. But wait there’s more. Purslane has the highest levels of Omega 3 fatty acids found in a vegetable. Seriously.
Studies have shown that purslane preperations made from dried leaves have significant anti-inflammatory and anti- pain properties. To my mind this makes a purslane the perfect treatment for a … Continue Reading… →
Before the celebrity brow expert removed most of my eyebrows, he tried to convince me to tint them. He explained that much of my brow was made up of thin, pale hairs and tinting them would make my brows to look fuller. This sounded reasonable but tinting is big step– and not something you do the first time someone works on your brows. Given that Mr Eyebrows left me with a thinly rounded circa 1930 brow line, I was really glad I had stood my ground. Darker thin brows would have been even more obvious and unattractive.
But the experience pushed me to get some good answers to related brow questions. For example what is the best color brow with grey hair or should your brows match your red hair? All … 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… →
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… →
I 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.
There’s a new anti-aging laser in town and its called Clear and Brilliant. Its from the same company that developed Thermage and Fraxel— and sometimes Clear and Brilliant is described as ‘babyFraxel”. I’m already a big fan of “baby botox” so this laser is right in my comfort zone. In addition to smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production, this new anti-aging tool reduces age spots and some types of acne scars.
Like its big sister Fraxel, Clear and Brilliant is an anti-aging laser that delivers energy in a grid pattern. However true Fraxel goes deeper, can be uncomfortable and requires 3-5 days of healing. By contrast this new rejuvenating laser is never painful and the skin recovers within hours. Since baby steps might as well be my middle name, I was eager to try it out with my super derm, Dr Ellen Marmur. ( Before proceedure pix below)