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.
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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 … Continue Reading… →
When I started No-Nonsense Beauty Blog I expected that most of the people who would be would be like me and over 40– way over 40. I was pretty surprised when site analytics showed that over 30% of No-Nonsense visitors were in their 20’s and 50% were under 40. In fact the majority of comments and questions were sent in from smart resourceful thirtysomething women. Its human nature to avoid issues until they on top of us, but these bright young women are asking all the right questions years before they actually have to face them in the mirror.
Different Answers for Different Aging
Like everything else in the body, skin changes naturally over time and its not surprising that anti-aging skin care differs over time. Under age 30 our skin is … Continue Reading… →
Question: If I can’t use Retin A ( aka retinoid) on my eyes, what can I use?
Answer: I answer every email that I get at No-Nonsense Beauty Blog, but this one is so relevant for all of us, I wanted to put it in my Q& A. While its true that you can’t use straight retinoids around the eyes, a combination product of retinoids, a steroid and hydroquinone known as Triluma can deliver anti-aging benefits. Triluma’s claim to fame is its ability to erase dark spots and patches, but the retinoids also may build collagen and reduce wrinkling. For reasons that are not clear, Triluma is no longer available commercially, but a full-service pharmacy can compound it specially for you. I did just that and uploaded up post about the process on March 28, 2012.
I’ve already dipped my toe into Botox treatments with “baby botox” injections into the marionette lines on the sides of my mouth. I was very happy with the results, but not convinced that Botox could offer me more benefits. After all, my bangs hid any forehead wrinkles and I didn’t see crows feet at the corner of my eyes. But when Dr Marmur gently suggested that the Botox could make my eyes look bigger, I was in. First she had me make angry clenched faces to see where my muscles contracted. Then she pressed an ice bag against different areas of my face and injected selected areas. As before, I LOVED the … Continue Reading… →
The first time I went for a Pelleve treatment with Dr Prasad, I was anxious that it would be painful. I’m just not a “no pain, no gain” type of person. I was delighted that Pelleve was a very comfortable, even relaxing procedure– and was even more pleased with the improvements I could see. This time I was pretty mellow when I went to my second Pelleve appointment. It was just as painless and I saw even more improvement. In the pair of photos above, the profile on the left was before any treatment and the profile on the right was just after my second Pelleve treatment. My cheeks and chin are clearly firmer and less flabby. Its not nearly as extensive a change as I would see with a surgical lift, but I don’t want to go there. What you can also … Continue Reading… →
Right now on the newstand the models on the cover of three top magazines are over 40– Julia Roberts in Elle and the two Jennifers, Aniston and Lopez, in Glamour and Bazaar. Its not just that these women look great for 40. Ladies, this is what 40 can look like today.
And this is true despite the fact that 40’s are the start of true aging. Up to this time, beauty problems were pseudo-aging from external factors such as sun exposure, cigarettes, alcohol use, stress and diet. Now there is internal aging that affects how we look. Our skin is getting drier and losing the ability to hold onto moisture. Fat pads under the eyes are shrinking which can increase under-eye shadows. As the circulation starts to slow down, there is a decline in natural radiance. Smile lines appear when you are not smiling and squint lines frame the eye when its not sunny.
Teenagers are still growing, so active aging is just not happening. But changes during these years can affect how the skin behaves in the years ahead. Teenage skin is inherently firm and healthy and its a shame that it can be plagued by excess oil and break-outs.
For beautiful skin in the teenage years there are are two key words to remember– oil and free. To avoid enlarged pores and scarring that can become a permanent part of the beauty landscape, select oil-free products. This means oil free soaps and cleaners, oil- free moisturizers and acne fighters, and perhaps most importantly, oil-free sunscreens.
Excess sun exposure before age 20 can led to premature aging. For example, dermatologists in Arizona and Texas report seeing crows feet around the eyes in girls as young as 15– the result of squinting in constant bright sunlight. Best protection? Just wear shades– the bigger the better. … Continue Reading… →