Can anti-aging products really deliver as promised? The FDA is not so sure and in recent months sent warning letters to several cosmetic compaies including Avon and L’Oreal. Their concern? Questionnable claims made for some of their skin care products that included ” improve condition around stem cells”, “boosts activity of genes”, and “stimulates production of youth proteins” (???).
Can You Believe What You Read?
By law, the FDA defines cosmetics as a product used for cleansing and beautifying, but if it affects structure or function of the skin or body, it is classified as a drug. And if its a drug, it must go through extensive clinical trials to prove its both safe and effective. The FDA is asking that Avon and L’Oreal either prove their claims or change … Continue Reading… →
This week Shawna of Female Fat Loss Over Forty. I love this anti-aging site because it explains why diet and exercise routines that kept us trim and fit in our twenties no longer work and offers great tips that deliver after forty. And to keep it real, Shawna shares inspiring stories of her clients.
Breakthrough Study on Sunscreens and Anti- Aging
Just in time for beach season an important article published in Annals of Internal Medicine has good news and bad news about how we protect our skin from the sun. Past research has shown that sunscreens can protect individual skin cells, but this landmark study from Australia showed that IRL situations a broad spectrum sunscreen can slow skin aging. A total of 1000 adults were divided into study groups that were … Continue Reading… →
I’m thinking of producing a tee shirt that reads: ” Up to age 60, 90% of skin aging is due to sun damage”. Seriously, its that important.
Effective sun protection creams and lotions are the only non-prescription product that the FDA allows to make anti-aging claims. But buying a powerful yet effective sunscreen can be daunting. Go into any pharmacy and you’re met with a long wall of options. Waterproof? Oil-free? Broad spectrum, Fragrance-free? I covered this material before in a series of Sunscreen Cheat Sheets, but once you have picked the right formula, then you want to get the best possible price. Remember you need to use sun protection each and every day and you need to use it fairly generously. If you’re not using up a 3 ounce bottle in three months, … Continue Reading… →
When I was a child the only spinach I knew was the droopy olive green strands that came in a can. Then one night I went out to steak house with my friend Kim and her parents. I was thinking only of a juicy filet and hash browns and my heart sank as Kim’s mother also ordered a spinach and bacon salad. Still cringing I dug in my fork and pulled out the tinest bit of bacon drenched leaf. It was love at first bite. I ate every morsel of that salad and every time I went to a restaurant I scanned the menu for a similar dish.
But more than delicious and versatile, spinach is a nutritious anti-aging, antioxidant rock star. Raw or cooked, its packed with antioxidants like vitamin A ( 168% of RDA), leutin, … Continue Reading… →
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of lasers. I respect their power to erase dark patches, eliminate lines and fry away unwanted facial hair. But they are expensive and when I saw the arrival of home lasers I was interested– but cautious. Lasers are powerful tools and in inexperienced hands can cause burns, scars, discolorations and even eye damage.
At Beauty Bash in October, I stopped at the Palovia Booth to talk with the rep about their home laser kit. I was delighted to learn that its made by Palomar, one of the most highly regarded makers of professional grade lasers used by dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons. I was even more impressed to hear that Palovia is FDA approved to reduce fine lines and wrinkles around … Continue Reading… →
Question: I’ve heard that a moisturizer from Boots Chemists actually works on wrinkles. Is this true?
Answer: This might sound like another urban legend, but studies of Boots #7 have actually been published in the always reliable British Journal of Dermatology. Beautifully designed research actually looked at changes both in the cellular level and those visable in the mirror and came up with desirable results.
Here’s how it worked. In the lab, this study looked at fibrillin deposits in the cells as a “marker” for cellular aging. Fibrillin is associated with new collagen growth anad as we grow older, fibrillin levels naturally decline. After six months of using Boots #7, researchers found increased levels of fibrillin right where you would want them to be. Even better, the study also found that in real time about 40% of the women saw a decline in wrinkles, especially … Continue Reading… →
I recently went to the summer meeting of the Americn Academy of Dermatology in NYC. There were a number of new areas of research on the horizon, but frankly at my age, I am looking for new anti-aging tools I can use right now. And I got just that type of info at presentation on skin of color by Dr Wendy Roberts of Loma Linda University.
Most of Dr Roberts presentation focused on the pros and cons of different types of lightening agensts– all good info that I will be using to answer related questions on an upcoming Question and Answer post. But the BIG IDEA came up when Dr Roberts addressed ways to prevent pigmentation. The audience of mostly female derms shared their concerns that patients were just not using and or not reapplying their sunscreens. Dr Roberts suggested adding … Continue Reading… →
I like mussels and I was so psyched to learn how much of a nutritional punch they packed. One 3 ounce serving of shelled mussels contains an entire daily supply of selenium and 3X the RDA for vitamin B12. But wait there’s more . That little serving offers 10 grams of protein at a mere 70 calories and mussels have less cholesterol than any other shellfish. And I’ve saved the best for last– 3 ounces of mussels have almost a gram of those anti-aging omega-3 fatty acids– 2-3x the amount of most fish including sole, haibut, cod, shrimp and clams. And then there is the price. Mussels are just about the most affordable of all fish, currently just $3.99/lb at the new Fairway that just opened in my hood.