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… →
This week, the Glam Gals of Fabulous After 40 are hosting Fashion Flash. I’ve been feeling so much more confident about my fashion choices and its due to the advice that I’ve gleaned from this incredible site for fashion guidence. For example, in NYC everyone wears black all the the time. No exaggeration. But the fashion mags are always urging us to wear COLOR. Every time I wear an orange sweater or blue dress I feel so self concious I can’t wait to get home and change. Then the Glam Gals suggested that I use color in my accessories. Now I wear my little black dress and spike it with a green bag tied with a color drenched scarf and finished off with a pair of shiny black snakeskin shoes. I feel “fabulous” where ever … Continue Reading… →
When I started exploring anti-aging options I really wasn’t aware that my neck looked, well looked old. After I used tools like Retin A and IPL, I could see a big difference between the texture and color between my neck and face– as if I was wearing a heavy foundation. On the neck there was that bumpy “chicken skin”, thick horizontal lines and lots of fine lines. I’ve been using Retin A and sunscreen on my neck but apparently its nowhere near as effective for the neck. Not good news.
There is a short list of anti-aging tools for the neck. Top of the list is the full facelift ( Check out recent pix of Madonna. Some experts believe that she has had a facelift because her neck is … Continue Reading… →
Salt–its everywhere. It makes everything, even desserts taste better. But our love of salt ( or sodium) comes with a big price. You probably know that too much dietry salt has been linked to heart disease, high blood ressure and an increase in asthma symptoms. Now it turns out that salt can make you ugly.
Here’s how it works: Salt attracts water and more more salt attracts more water. In the short run, the extra fluid will make the face look puffy can increase undereye bags. Did you ever notice that after a chinese meal ( redic high in sodium) that your rings are tight and under eye shadows are darker. Its the sodium. In the rest of the body, a big sodium load makes blood circulation more difficult. The slower circulation makes growth and repair of skin cells slow down– decreasing collagen and elastin production. So in the long run, … 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… →
I recently spent two incredible days at a joint conference of the Health and Beauty Association (HBA) Expo and the 2010 Spa and Resort Medical Aesthetics Conference at the Javits Center in New York. I’ve been to many academic programs/ trade shows, and have often been disapointed, but this one really delivered information I could use.
The educational sesions gave me cutting edge developments in anti-aging skin care, all backed up with first class research including:
* Why women of color should not use IPL
* How to use cosmetotextiles to firm and smooth your skin
* Which anti-oxidents really deliver for your skin
* What to look for in a peptide anti-aging moisturizer
The exhibit section was equally interesting, showing home LED tooth whitening, Clarisonic opal eye roller, and the Canfield facial imaging system … Continue Reading… →