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… →
This week the host of Fashion Flash is Mirabai of Moving Free With Mirabai. Hands down, Mirabai is the best credentialed exercise guru you will ever meet. And wherever you are in life, she has developed an exercise program for you. She has programs to combat childhood obesity, get moms back in shape, loose weight, improve heart function, and restore strength and flexibility to both prevent and manage osteoporosis. In short there is a reason that she is one of the most popular exercise experts on QVC. I am so thrilled that she is part of Fashion FLash. And if you have specific questions on all things exercise email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. I do and her advice is always just what I need.
I was looking for new books for my granddaughters last week when I spotted a pink polka dot and gingham book at Strand Bookstore. But rather … Continue Reading… →
This is getting a little boring. Using this Retin A 2x a week is not causing problems– but I’m not feeling it. Where is the glow? I’m beginning to believe that the generic ( read cheap) Retin A does not have what it takes to get the job done. I’ve committed to using the product for at least eight weeks to see changes in facial imaging from Dr Katz. I think I’m going to give into the temptation and apply it every other night for a few weeks, then step it up to every night.
Lets see what happens. I know my face is going to be rough and irritated, but if the end point is healthier skin, its worth the trouble. I have been talking to women who have been using Retin A “for years” and who are not impressed with the results. I’m beginning to wonder if they are … Continue Reading… →
I’m learning how to deal with this uber-strength Retin A. I’ve stepped back and now using it every three days, rather than every other day. The white flaky bits are gone and I can see a bit of a glow– rather than a chalky pallor. When we think of aging, wrinkles and lines are what usually come to mind. But its that dull pale skin ( a combo of a slow down in circulation and increased dryness) that is making the skin seem old and tired. Every cell in my body wants to speed up my anti-aging project– but I’ve learned to respect the process and take it slower.
I wait a full hour between washing my face and applying the new Retin A. After … Continue Reading… →
While I’m not that impressed by the power of six glasses of water/day, I am in awe of the value of oatmeal. There are literally hundreds of peer-reviewed, published studies that demonstrate the benefits of oatmeal, both inside and out. As part of a breakfast, fiber rich oatmeal is low in sodium, fat free and can lower cholesterol. And its not just for breakfast. I use it in meatballs, meatloaf, muffins, quick breads and of course cookies.
In skin care, oatmeal is a superhero. It’s high in anti-oxidents, can reduce inflammation and is a terriffic moisturizer that never leaves your skin oily. You can make an effective face mask by blending one tablespoon of oatmeal with an egg white for oily skin or with an yolk for dry complexions. Oatmeal is used … Continue Reading… →
Its hard to pick up a newpaper or magazine without reading of another celebrity who credits her good looks to-wait for it- drinking plenty of water. For example Kim Kardashian has admitted to extensive laser hair removal (” hey, I’m Armeanian”) and posted photos of her post- Botox bruises. Yet in an interview she credits her luminous skin and incredible body to drinking water.
Now I have nothing against water but its not the fountain of youth. I drink it every day and in fact I especially like Poland Spring water which is from a real spring and not just filtered reservoir water. And I can understand that iconic beauties don’t want to reveal their use of Botox, fillers, lasers or even IPL. But … Continue Reading… →
This photo shows the areas of sun damage via theCanfield Imaging System. ( And I’m so glad that this is not a dating site). On the left is a standard photo and my skin looks fairly even in color. On the right its a different story. The brown spots are areas of hyperpigmentation– too much melanin from sun exposure. What I find really interesting are the light areas under the nose and around the eyebrows which are areas where there is loss of pigmentation Apparently UV rays can destroy cells ability to make any pigment. Its not really visable to the naked eye, but it causes the skin to look dull and tired. I was amused that the special cameras picked up the loss of pigment areound the … Continue Reading… →
So here I am with no make-up on in a photo taken early in the morning. There’s good news and bad news about my aging issues. The good news is that I don’t have all 12 of the dirty dozen. The bad news? I’v got seven of them.
1. Pallor— that greenish skin tone is not the fault of my camera or your computer screen. My skin is sallow and pale. I’m one of those people that actually use up cakes of bronzer and blush, scraping my brush down to get out every last bit of color.
Solution: My skin is pale because my circulation has slowed. One of the great benefits of Retin A is that it stimulates blood flow. I’ve been told that I should see a pinker tone in … Continue Reading… →