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… →
I’ve noticed that my skin had become very comfortable with my .o4% Retin A Micro– maybe too comfortable. It didn’t sting when I applied it right after washing my face, and I didn’t see as much of the the rosy glow. After seven months of almost daily use, it was time to graduate to a stronger version. Dr Marmur gave me a script for .1% Retin-A cream. This is considerably stronger not only in concentration but in formulation as well. It is also considerably cheaper.
Since Retin-A is now off- patent and there are generic versions, the prices are lower, even in a US pharmacy. A standard tube of branded Retin A is $129 at my local Duane Reade. At my online Canadian pharmacy, I have two choices:
1. Generic Retin A, which is labeled Tretinion, is about $43 for about 40 grams ( about 1.5 oz) and made in Canada.
Eliminating or at least reducing dark circles depends on what is causing them in the first place. For shadows caused by melanin ( from sun exposure) ingredients is focused on techniques that ” bleach” out the darkened skin tone. There are shelves of products which contain ingredients such as hydroquione, kojic acid, azaleic acid and niacinamide. Other products contain caffeine which are known to shrink blood vessels. The theory here is that swollen capillaries in the eye area make make the skin look puffy and leak minute amounts of blood into the skin. Sounds reasonable, but we’ll have to see. Another category of ingredients such as Haloxyl claim that they can break down the hemoglobin ( from the leaked blood) that are causing the shadows. I am trying to get my hands on the clinical trials that support these claims, but I know Haloxyl are used in a number of expensive brands.