Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash LogoThis  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.

Fashion Flash BoutiqueComing  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…

Purslane- The Power Packed Health and Beauty Plant

purslaneQuestion:  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…

Matching Your Eyebrows to Your Hair Color

eyebrowsBefore 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…

What’s the Problem with Strivectin

Strivectin questionQuestion:  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…

Skin Care Close-Up- Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Each week I get  3-4 requests for product reviews.  In order to find great options to recommend,beauty product reviews 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…

Anti- Aging Botox at Fashion Week

Before BotoxI 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.

Bad News About Botox?

There has been some negative  press about … Continue Reading…

Clear and Brilliant– New Laser, New Skin

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)

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