Anti- Aging Botox at Fashion Week

Before BotoxI 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.

Bad News About Botox?

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Botox vs Fauxtox

Crows feet before tretmentFRAUD ALERT! SOME HAS HACKED INTO THIS POST AND LINKED IT TO SOME FAKE OFFER OF SAMPLES, — WHICH APPARENTLY NEVER ARRIVE.  I AM NOW GETTING EMAILS FROM PEOPLE ASKING WHERE ARE THEIR SAMPLES.. I HAVE REPORTED IT TO THE AUTHORITIES AND THEY ARE TAKING ACTION. I ALSO   WANT TO  POINT OUT THAT THE PRODUCT I DESCRIBE IN THE POST  IS NOT THE ONE IN THE FAKE OFFER. WHAT A BRUNCH OF  CREEPY LOSERS.

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…

Preventing Aging vs Reversing Aging

older and younger womenWhen 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 and Answer– Retin A and the Eyes

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.

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Big Girl Botox

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…

Pretty with Pelleve

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…

Anti-Aging At Any Age — The Fabulous Forties

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.

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Anti- Aging: The Teenage Years

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…