I 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.
There are literally hundreds of exhibits at the International Beauty Show, so when I saw that one small booth was always three deep with visitors, I had to check it out. I managed to wiggle my way to the front ( I know, I’m a New Yorker) to see a table selling just one item– a small pink bottle called Instantly Ageless. The posters and brochures showed impressive before and after photos. Application of a few drops on the face promised instantly ( albeit temporarily) to erase crows feet and laugh lines.
A quick scan of the ingredients showed that Instantly Ageless contained Hexapeptide, aka ‘fauxtox” a protein that may produce Botox like effects in a product spread on rather than injected into the skin. Instantly Ageless also contains silicates which can form a film much in the way an egg white mask tightens the … Continue Reading… →
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… →
Question: Why doesn’t Botox work for me? After an injection I see a difference for a week or two, then I’m back to where I started.
Answer: Such an appropriate question since this year is the 10th anniversary of the FDA approval of Botox– the trade name for the neurotoxin that is arguably America’s favorite anti-aging tool. When properly injected, it relaxes the facial muscles including frown lines on the forehead and crow’s feet around the eyes. Botox can also make changes to the face that makes the eyes look wider and raise the eyebrows.
The key word here is “properly”. The face has 40 different muscles- some move up and some move downward. The injector has to know where to position the shots to get the desired impact.
According to Fifth Avenue cosmetic surgeon Dr Paula Moynahan, there are several possibilities … Continue Reading… →
True story. I was at a blogger meetup at the HBA, a huge beauty expo, when I was introduced to a very pretty young woman with a popular blog called Aging Backwards. I was a bit put off. What would this young woman know about aging? When she told me her age I was shocked– and impressed. I decided that if she could look like that at her age she certainly knew her stuff. Her blog is now part of the Fashion Flash group and Jackie also co-hosts the The Ageless Sisters, a well-known radio show with Cynthia Rowland — and this week I was delighted to be a guest. The Ageless Sisters asked such great questions that I uploaded the full interview to share it with you. From Invisalign to the new BB creams to the No-Nonsense beauty diet, The Ageless Sisters steered the conversation into useful fact- filled areas.
Question– In a few months I’m turning 50. After half a century, my skin is looking tired and I want to give myself a birthday present. Which would be better, microdermabrasion or Botox? You seem to really like both of them.
Answer– Happy birthday! I do like both microdermsabrasion and Botox, but they are very different anti-aging tools and deal with different problems. Microdermabrasion takes of the top dead layer of skin cells to leave the skin smoother, brighter and softer. In addition, removing these old cells actually stimulates the lower levels to grow. Researchers have noticed that mens’ skin seems to age more slowly than women’s– and they believe that part of the reason is the daily shave which encourages the growth of fresh new skin every day.
Question: I just found out that my old crush is coming to the holiday office party this week. I want to look amazing. Would you suggest IPL or Botox?
Answer: Both procedures are very effective, but I would be concerned about doing them right before an important event, especially if its the first time you’ve had them. Although its called the “lunchtime laser”, IPL can leave red splotches and scabs that will take a few days to heal. Botox injections can hit a little blood vessels and produce pretty big bruises. Rather than doing a full court press on your face, If you need to look amazing immediately I would start with a home microdermabrasion kit from Clarisonic, DDF, or Neutrogena. They will polish and refresh your skin and make an incredible difference, especially if its not something you do everyday. Then make certain that you hair … Continue Reading… →
Answer: Its sounds like a back room beauty product– Botox in a gel that you simply apply to the skin. But its really happening. A true Botox topical gel is deep in clinical trials and results are very encouraging. The gel is applied to the skin by a physician and delievers about 25% of the impact of a Botox injection. According to Reverance Therapeutics which is developing the gel, more than 200 patients have been treated with it and it has been shown to be both safe and effective. It will be approved for treatment of wrinkles around the eyes and offer a reasonable option for those of us who cringe at injections. I’ve heard that the price for applications will be significantly less than true Botox, about $150/treatment.