I’m so excited to publish the very first guest post on No-Nonsense Beauty Blog. If you are already a fan of Diva Debbi, you know her flawless style and always helpful advice. If this will be your introduction to Diva Debbi, you’re in for a real treat.
Like me, Diva Debbi tries out different anti-aging tools and reports on their results. I have been curious, but a little nervous, about Ultherapy, an FDA approved ultrasound device that tightens collagen. When I learned that DD had tried it out, I was thrilled when she agreed to repost her experiences on No-Nonsense Beauty Blog. DD had Ultherapy on her eye area and on her neck. There are very few non-surgical options for the neck and it was wonderful to add a new … Continue Reading… →
I’ve been getting some pushback from blog visitors who are getting annoyed with the price tag on the products and techniques I am recommending– and they’re right.
This is no time to throw money around. To lower overall beauty costs, effective and super affordable personal care products can be made in your own kitchen. Natural ingredients like lemon juice, honey and oatmeal are packed with active agents including fruit acids, antioxidants and soothing colloids.
But before you squeeze a single lemon or crack an egg, you need to organize your kitchen cosmetic set-up. While the basic rules of simple cooking apply to homemade skin care formulations, these freshly made products are preservative free. This definately lowers our exposure to chemicals, but it can raise risk of bacterial contamination. To stay safe take … Continue Reading… →
Question: I’m concerned that that Retin A Micro .o4% will irritate my skin. Can I mix it with my moisturizer before applying it?
Answer: I’ve received this type of comment so frequently I think it deserves a post of its own. Mixing Retin A ( aka tretinoin) with a moisturizer immediately reduces its concentration and impast on the skin. If you take a pea size dab of .04% tretinoin with an equal dab of moisturizer, the concentration is now .02%– lower than any other prescription grade tretinoin. If there is more moisturizer than tretinoin, then the concentration is even lower and the action on the skin will be very limited. Then there is the issue of cost. Retin A Micro .04% runs about $300/tube. If you dilute it to .02% you will get more for your beauty dollar if you buy .1% Retinol from Skinceuticals which clocks in at $100.
This week’s question shows how far skin care products have come in the last ten years. Both cell growth factors and Retin A are significant anti-aging tools. Cell growth factors wake up old tired fibroblasts in the skin and get them to provide more collagen. Retin A also increases healthy young collagen in the skin but we don’t exactly know why. In addition the retinoids stimulat circulation producing a youthful healthy glow to the skin. Finally retionoids exfoliate the skin that has three, count ’em three great benefits– it removes dull dry tired skin, it stimulates the growth of new fresh skin and it slowly lightens discolorations and flat age spots. Nice.
But both retinoids and cell growth factors products have a few issues. Retinoids can be very irritating and some women just can’t use them. For women of color, retin A may actually cause … Continue Reading… →
Every New Years Eve my Mom and Dad would put out a tray of caviar and champagne. In good years it was a little bowl of Beluga– and in bad times ( my Dad was a blacklisted writer) it was a bigger bowl of red caviar from the supermarket. I have always somehow believed that this was a healthy way to start the New Year.
This year, I decided to check it out. On the plus side all types of caviar from the most expensive ( beluga, seruga and oserta) to the little jars of red or black fish roe on supermarket shelves, have about the same nutritional profile. On the plus side, one tablespoon of caviar has a full days supply of vitamin B12. But every animal protein– eggs, chesse, fish, meat and poultry is loaded with B12, … Continue Reading… →
The Thanksgiving feast may seem like a calorie overload, but there is a lot of great nutrition packed onto that table. There are anti cancer fighters in the broccoli and a boatload of vitamin A in the sweet potatoes, but the nutrition king of the Thanksgiving table is the cranberry.
Cranberries have fiber, vitamin C and manganese, an essential mineral. But what makes cranberries a superstar its its antioxidant power. In fact, out of the 277 most commonly eaten foods, cranberrries has one of the very highest anti0xidant levels. Since antioxidants reduce risk of heart disease and cancer and raise immunity, cranberries are a true beauty fruit.
Studies have shown that cranberries can prevent and treat urinary infections, reduce risk of blood clots and in the lab seems to kill cancer … Continue Reading… →
I recently watched a video that helped me finally understand how human growth factors actually work. At an excellent breakfest presentation at Bergdorf Goodman, Dr Alex Khadavi explained how this type of anti-aging moisturizer can reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Let me walk you through it:
Collagen is produced by fibroblasts and naturally occurring human growth factors trigger fibroblsts into action. As we get older, the levels of human growth factors fall and the fibroblasts seem to go into hibernation. THat’s the bad news. The good news? Human growth factors in face and eye treatment products wake up the fibroblasts to start doing their job making new collagen. With healthy new tissue, the skin is firmer and less lined.
Keep in mind that lines are just one of over a dozen signs of facial aging. Growth factors does … Continue Reading… →
Question: I went to buy a glycolic acid cleanser and was told that something called “MMP” is much better. Its also much more expensive. I can’t afford to keep buying a skin care product and then learn that there are better ones. Is MMP a good ingredient to look for?
Answer: MMP is an umbrella term for enzymes ( eg collagenase) which break down old proteins ( eg old collagen). The body produces them naturally and as we get older or are under stress, the body produces more of them. Sunlight, alcohol and smoking also increase MMP levels. We need MMPs to avoid build-up of old damaged tissues– but too much MMP can increase aging and skin wrinkling.
I think that the product you were offered had an anti-MMP compound that actually blocks MMP activity. A lot of ingredients can … Continue Reading… →