Question: My Mom reads your blog and has been talking about getting Botox or the “lunchtime laser.” I want to get her a treatment for Christmas but don’t know which one to choose. I can afford only one and I want her to see the biggest results.
Answer: What a great question and you’re a great daughter! Both Botox and Intense Pulsed Light laser ( also known as the lunchtime laser) will make a major difference in her appearance. The choice depends on the condition of her skin. If she has spent many happy hours in the sun, its likely that she has lots of freckles and dark patches. An Intense Pulsed Light treatment will literally vaporize this aging pigmentation and leave her skin younger and refreshed. The results are permanent but brown spots will return if she goes out without sun protection. … 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, … Continue Reading… →
Question: I’ve heard that a moisturizer from Boots Chemists actually works on wrinkles. Is this true?
Answer: This might sound like another urban legend, but studies of Boots #7 have actually been published in the always reliable British Journal of Dermatology. Beautifully designed research actually looked at changes both in the cellular level and those visable in the mirror and came up with desirable results.
Here’s how it worked. In the lab, this study looked at fibrillin deposits in the cells as a “marker” for cellular aging. Fibrillin is associated with new collagen growth anad as we grow older, fibrillin levels naturally decline. After six months of using Boots #7, researchers found increased levels of fibrillin right where you would want them to be. Even better, the study also found that in real time about 40% of the women saw a decline in wrinkles, especially … Continue Reading… →
I recently went to the summer meeting of the Americn Academy of Dermatology in NYC. There were a number of new areas of research on the horizon, but frankly at my age, I am looking for new anti-aging tools I can use right now. And I got just that type of info at presentation on skin of color by Dr Wendy Roberts of Loma Linda University.
Most of Dr Roberts presentation focused on the pros and cons of different types of lightening agensts– all good info that I will be using to answer related questions on an upcoming Question and Answer post. But the BIG IDEA came up when Dr Roberts addressed ways to prevent pigmentation. The audience of mostly female derms shared their concerns that patients were just not using and or not reapplying their sunscreens. Dr Roberts suggested adding … Continue Reading… →
I was so pleased with the way Clarisonic smoothed and polished my face I went out and bought the body brush. It is about 30% bigger in diameter and the bristles are a bit thicker and longer than in the facial brush. When I applied it to my legs I could feel more vibration from this brush than I did to my face. Going in small circles with the brush, it took about a minute to do each leg ( lower part only. After treatment my skin felt so deliciously smooth and soft, I kept touching it, just to confirm the sensation.
Even in my oddly lit leg self-portrait, you can see the benefits of Clarisonic body brush. The” before” leg on the left is dry … Continue Reading… →
When I go out to dinner with my daughters, wherever we go, they always order the same thing– salad and salmon. I, on the other hand, see the words PORK CHOP and I’m in. They like salmon because its lower in calories and cholesterol and roll their eyes at my choice. And there is so much evidence that they are on the right track. No only is fish so much lower in calories than my beloved pork chop, its omega3 fatty acids have been liked to lower rates of heart disease, better blood pressure and even less depression. In addition, The NHANES study that compared dietary habits with a wide range of health factors found that people who ate more fish had fewer wrinkles. This makes very good sense. Research has … Continue Reading… →
Searching for multi-tasking foods that deliver both health and beauty, you don’t have to look further than broccoli. It has been growing wild in the Mediterrean for centuries and plays a big role in the healthy lifestyles of Greece and Italy. A scant cup of raw chopped broccoli provides almost 40% of the RDA of vitamin A, and 155% of vitamin C — and all at a mere 28 calories. That’s impressive. But wait there is more. Broccoli is a member of the Brassica family that includes cabbage and brussel sprouts. All of these veggies contain indoles, compounds that protect against certain types of cancers.
Broccoli is available and affordable all year round. Raw broccoli carries the full payload of nutrients. Steaming or microwaving preserves most of them. If you boil broccoli … Continue Reading… →
Judith’s hands healed rapidly after her IPL treatment. On Day One ( top left) the freckles looked a bit red, but were not painful. Other than a sunscreen, Judith did not need to put anything on them or to wear a bandage. Over the next week (bottom left ) her hand developed numerous small brown spots which were exploded freckles. These soon rubbed off revealing fresh new skin. The bigger freckles developed crusted over, which then fell off to reveal pale spots. After three weeks( bottom right) her hands had a brighter, softer surface with just a few freckles that were much lighter than before.