Question: Is camomile safe for my skin? You have been writing some scary posts about unsafe beauty products. Is camomile a better option?
Answer: The past few months have been troubling, but in the past six years and almost 800 posts , there have been only two posts about real health problems with skin and hair care treatments. That being said, camomile is an amazing plant with a wide range of benefits. It is actually one of the top five natural herbal remedies. A daisy like plant, it has been shown to offer both internal and external benefits that include relief from ulcers, muscle spasm, colic, anxiety and eczema.
There are actually to types of camomile– German, is a wild species that is used … Continue Reading… →
I often get the sense that my friends have an almost mystical faith in moisturizers. While they avoid taxis and stagger home from Costco with 10 pounds of rice, they have faith that a $300 moisturizer is the key to beautiful young skin. If only it was that easy.
First, a little back story. Water is essential for healthy skin. It promotes normal metabolism and keep skin cells organized and flexible. The mission of a moisturizer is to simply help the skin maintain a healthy water balance. The most basic water and oil formulas act like Saran Wrap to prevent evaporation of water from the skin. And the simplest moisturizers will do just that. But there are three affordable and effective ingredients which crank up water attracting and holding powers in a moisturizer. Hyaluronic … Continue Reading… →
Question: What is the best moisturizer to use on my skin?
Answer: I get this question frequently– and I have trouble answering it. There is no single moisturizer or product that will work for everyone. Over the span of our lives, our skin changes and we need different moisturizers to meet new challenges.
In the twenties, the skin is fairly rich in oil, so water-based moisturizers like Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture for Sensitive Skin and Aveeno Ultra-Calming Moisturizer SPF 15 are just what this youthful skin needs. In the thirties, the skin can be so normal it is boring and you just don’t want to mess it up. A light moisturizer with glycolic acid like NeoStrata Ultra Daytime Smoothing Cream SPF15 ( a Dr Oz favorite) will preserve the natural radiance without clogging pores. In the forties you want to use a moisturizer with … Continue Reading… →
This week, the Glam Gals of Fabulous After 40 are hosting Fashion Flash. I’ve been feeling so much more confident about my fashion choices and its due to the advice that I’ve gleaned from this incredible site for fashion guidence. For example, in NYC everyone wears black all the the time. No exaggeration. But the fashion mags are always urging us to wear COLOR. Every time I wear an orange sweater or blue dress I feel so self concious I can’t wait to get home and change. Then the Glam Gals suggested that I use color in my accessories. Now I wear my little black dress and spike it with a green bag tied with a color drenched scarf and finished off with a pair of shiny black snakeskin shoes. I feel “fabulous” where ever … Continue Reading… →
When I started exploring anti-aging options a few months go, I had just three go-to products. It wasn’t that I didn’t care — I just didn’t know what my skin truely needed. Too many times I would be vulnerable to great sales pitch and find that the expensive “miracle cream” either did nothing or made my face break-out. Now that I am testing out wrinkling fighting tools and techniques, I had to try out an endless buffet of skin care products. Trial and lots of error has resulted in a group of cleansers, moisturizers and sunscreens that deliever on their promises. I call them my “Fabulous Fourteen” and today I have uploaded that list in the blog tab ” Beauty Tool Kit”. I explain how to use them, how they work and how much they cost. I have only one face and can’t try out everything, so I would love to hear about your go-to products.
This is the time to explore gentle anti-aging options. Use the daytime to apply an elegant sunscreen. At night take the opportunity to rotate treatment with different anti agers that include peptides, soy, retinols and vitamin C.
In the Morning:
* Wash your face with an effective cleanser that works with your skin type. If your skin tends to be dry, look for a product like Cereve Hydrating Cleanser. Normal or oily skins will respond well to Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bars.
* Rinse face throughly with three to four handfuls of lukewarm water.
* Protect your skin with a broadspectrum oil-free suncreen. In the summer do a full court press SPF 70 like Aveeno Positively Ageless Sun Block with Enviroblock. Awesome! In less sunny seasons, you can dial back the SPF and use Aveeno Positively Radiant Triple Boosting Serum SPF30. ( and its got soy!)
I’ve been using Retin A for almost a week and its been fairly easy. But when the weather turned cold and windy, my cheeks got a bit red and my chin looked flaky. It looked so minor, but knowing the potential for real irritation, I decided to take it seriously. I decided to skip Retin A that night and drenched my skin with Aveeno Soothing Moisturizer. By morning the skin was calm and soft.
For me, the take away is that when using Retin A, you have to be flexible and think ahead. I need to keep using Retin A regularly to get the maximum beauty benefits– and this means changing routinue at the first sign of the irritation and dryness.
Close-up: Alpha Hydroxy Acids ( AHA)
Alpha Hydroxy Acids ( AHA), which are also called fruit acids, are naturally found in a wide range of foods including grapes ( tataric … Continue Reading… →