No-Nonsense on the Radio

True story.  I was at  a blogger meetup at the HBA, a huge beauty expo, when I was introduced to a very pretty young woman with  a popular  blog called Aging Backwards.  I was a bit put off. What  would this young woman know about aging?  When she told me her age I was shocked– and impressed.  I decided that  if she could look like that at her age she certainly   knew her stuff. Her blog is now part of the Fashion Flash group and Jackie  also  co-hosts the  The Ageless Sisters, a well-known radio show with Cynthia Rowland —  and this week I was   delighted to be a guest.  The Ageless Sisters  asked such  great  questions that I   uploaded  the full interview to share it with you.  From Invisalign to the new BB creams to the No-Nonsense  beauty … Continue Reading…

Is Fashion Flash Monday!

After a long grey cold winter  all our blogers are  bursting with fashion, health and beauty ideas.  And with pictures of the Royal Wedding ( and those hats) splashed across the media, we can’t help but think of wedding wear.  This week,  the host is Jodell of Black Cat Plus who provides wonderful wedding fashion advice. 

 And after you have explored  the Fashion Flash sites, grab a copy of New Beauty magazine. This thick mgazine is always bursting with new and detailed beauty information.  This month a favorite article looks at celebrities  who overdo  cosmetic procedures.  They include recent photos include Daryl Hannah, Meg Ryan, and Nicolette Sheridan  which show what happens  when  good people  get too much Botox and fillers.  I  have to admit that looking at the distorted appearance of once  beautiful  women  has  made me … Continue Reading…

Getting Back The Pretty

At the recent Mount Sinai derm conference Dr Marmur explored the beauty imperative of what  makes a man or woman attrctive.  For men its fairly simple — a strong jaw ( think Superman) and broad shoulders immediatey convey appealing masculinity.  For women, its more complicated.

Dr Marmur identifed the five features of femininity that are deemed appealing– full lips, big eyes, small nose, arched eyebrows, and smooth rounded forehead.  (Think Byonce, a young Liz Taylor  and Bratz dolls).  What  blew me away was that as we grow older we lose those signs of pretty femininity.  The forehead becomes lined  and bone loss at the temples  makes the eyes look smaller.  It doesn’t stop there.  Collagen contracts in the nose  making the tip to droop down and look longer.  As gravity … Continue Reading…

The Link Between Health and Beauty

During the holidays, I went to an event hosted by The Three Tomtoes (thethreetomatoes.com), a great  site that is aimed  at women  “who aren’t kids”.  As I  looked around, I could see  the room was filled with attractive women.  Not so long ago women over  50 were described as “aging”  Today 50 plus women are dynamic, vital and sexy.  But this was not just a room of Botox Babes.  There was  something more, much more.

When I mentioned  to my physician husband how healthy and attractive the women looked at the party, Neil was  not surprised. “Women today look better because they are healthier.  They eat healthier, smoke less, exercise more and if health probems arise, we have new tools.”

Health care advances have changed the landscape of middle age.  For … Continue Reading…

Pelleve and My Neck

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…

Filler Fun Facts

I went to a high-powered beauty panel and demonstration at the MORE magazine Reinvention Convention at Chelsea Piers in NYC.  The speakers included top tier dermatologists, a style director from Frederick Fekkai, and Tim Quinn, the legendary make-up artist from Giorgio Armani.

All the presentations were  packed with  new information, but it was the demonstration of fillers ( eg Radiesse and Juvaderm) that made my day.  These FDA approved substances are injected into  both fine  and deep lines to erase years of stress and sun damage.  Fillers are  in my anti-aging game plan and the More Beauty  Master Class gave me a much better idea of wht was in store for me.  For example, to lower risk of after injection brusising ( its very commen), I … Continue Reading…

Anti-Aging at Every Age

Recently I posted a comment about youthful anti-againg strategies on The Beauty Brains, a great truthful blog  that deals with beauty myths and misconseptions.  When I started  the  No-Nonsense Beauty Blog I thought that my experiences would be interesting to women over forty who were not liking what they saw in the mirror.  Over the past few months I was  surprised at the volume of emails and comments I’ve received  from teens and twenty-somethings who, like the writer  on Beauty Brains, wanted to know what they can do to prevent aging.   

Thinking about the best  approach to early anti-aging intervention, I realized that every decade offered new challenges and opportunities.  For the next  few weeks, Fridays and Saturdays will focus on anti-aging at every stage of life.  For example, teen bodies  are still growing, so real aging  is just not happening.  My biggest concern for high schoolers is the use of overly-rich products that will … Continue Reading…