Aging gracefully is never easy. Aging gracefully in the public eye, in HD, can be harrowing. Like most women of my tribe, Diane Keaton will always be the Annie Hall style icon. Her big shirt, topped with a man’s vest , over a full skirt and boots is a look that still works today. Seeing her wrinkled, grey and sporting dark framed glasses was disconcerting– but then that commercial came on. Most of the buzz has been paid to the difference in the appearance in the commercial and and Keaton IRL.
Yes, the blurry, rosy image in the commercial showed a Diane Keaton that was smoother and decades younger than the live, on-stage woman. Its not as if this is the first time we heard of … Continue Reading… →
Three years go, I started my No-Nonsense Makeover with IPL( Intense Pulsed Light) and it made a huge difference in my skin. I was diligent about using sunscreens every morning, but rarely reapplied sun protection during the day. Darker spots and redness gradually crept back and after a sun filled weekend at the beach with my grandchildren, my freckles came back in full force. This mid-fall makeover is using a second generation of broad band laser ( Sciton Joule laser) combined with infrared skin tightening– a treatment called Forever Beautiful BBL. Two days before my date with this laser treatment, I stopped using Retin A, glycolic acid and even my Clarisonic. I will avoid them for two days after treatment.
When Carissa finished working on my skin, my face felt tight and warm like I had spent the day in the sun. My … 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 rich in estrogen and natural hydration. The challenge … Continue Reading… →
While I cover many anti-aging tools, I get so many questions about Retin A, I decided to do a post covering the Five Top Questions. This actually increased the number of questions that I posted a free, four page PDF guide to Retin A. Retin A Road Rules covers the basic issues such as how it works and who should use it. The guide continues with a step by step program for incororating Retin A into a daily skin care. For example to avoid irritation and flaking you need to wait at least 20 minutes between the time you wash your face and when you apply Retin A before bedtime. Road Rules also includes a complete review of the six different types of Retin A , including the pros and cons of each and how to choose the right one for your type … Continue Reading… →
This week Staness of Menopause Makeover is hosting Fashion Flash– and you don’t have to be menopausal to love this site. Packed with health and fitness info, Menopause Makeover offers important advice and support for a wide range of medical and emotional issues. For example, Staness looks at heart disease risks, breast cancer care and weight control changes as we pass birthdays. Her easy to do and delicious recipes make staying healthy a lot more fun.
The December issue of New Beauty magazine has two comprehensive articles that make it a keeper. I was thrilled to see that my orthodentist Dr Jacquie was one of the featured experts for their comprehensive piece on new ways to get a beautiful smile. Using celebrity smiles for examples, the eight page article explores tooth whiteners orthodentic options and even gum surgery. … Continue Reading… →
Question: I have heard so many horror stories about IPL, but you had great results. Can you tell me what machine was used and at what settings?
Answer: I had IPL with Dr Ellen Marmur of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, so I asked her to answer this question. Dr Marmur used the Luminis IPL with two handpieces– the 560nm and the 590nm. “Both of them focus on red spots, blood vessels and brown freckles” she explained. “The treatment settings vary from patient to patient based on skin color and the amount of the target to be removed. For example, I use lower settings for freckles to avoid over-heating the skin.’ Dr Marmur also warned against getting IPL when tanned ” You need to avoid the sun for at least wo weeks prior to IPL treament ” she warned.
I had already tried the low and medium settings of the Palovia home laser and barely felt them on my skin– and now was ready to go to the max and try the highest setting. However, these settings while painless had left raised, red splotches which were still around up to eight hours later. The skin also felt a bit tender as if it had been sunburned.
A friend who knew her way around lasers thought she knew the source of the problem. I wasn’t using enough of the gel. The instructions said the enclosed bottle of gel was enough for 60 treatments. It was not that big a bottle, so I just used a light topping of gel before zapping my arm with the laser. I remembered that when I had IPL or lasers with a physician, they really … Continue Reading… →