Summer in the City Beauty Event!

Marmur Medical EventWhen I started No-Nonsense Beauty Blog to expore anti-aging skin care, I thought that most of my readers would be over 40.  As it turned out, it was you twenty and thirty somethings who were determined to make aging somebody elses problem.   That’s why  I am so psyched to  post a special  event at Marmur Medical for young professionals.  On July 30th from 5:30 to 7:30,   you will be able to meet  Dr Marmur and her team  to learn about   best practices  for  preventing and treating early signs of wrinkles, lines and dark patches. Not only is it free, Dr Marmur and her assistant Laura Cortelyou will also offer free mini makeovers.  It  will be held  at 12 East 87th st.  You can register at Marmur Medical at info@marmurmedical or call for  more info at 212-996-6900.

Living and working New York in the summer … Continue Reading…

A New Anti- Aging Tool- Ultherapy

I’m so excited to  publish  the very first guest post on No-Nonsense Beauty Blog.  If you are already a fan of Diva Debbi, you know  her flawless style  and always  helpful advice.  If   this  will be your introduction to Diva Debbi, you’re in  for a real treat.

Like me, Diva Debbi tries out  different anti-aging tools and reports on their results.   I have been curious, but a little nervous, about Ultherapy, an FDA approved  ultrasound device that  tightens collagen.  When I learned that DD had tried it out, I  was thrilled when she agreed to repost her experiences on No-Nonsense Beauty Blog.  DD  had Ultherapy on her  eye area and  on her neck.  There are very few non-surgical options for the neck and it was wonderful to add a new … Continue Reading…

Another Anti-Aging Option

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…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

This week  Staness of Menopause Makeover is the host of Fashion Flash. This is such an info packed site.  With a focus on lifestyle issues  for women over 40, I especially  value  her support  for the emotional and social changes  that come at this time.  I also  love the recipe section which provides uber nutritious recipes that are easy and delicious.  Yesterday I made  her apricot and blue cheese apptitizers  to wild acclaim  from  my daughters.  There is no shortage of recipes on the web, but I know that the  ones on Menopuse Makeover will be wonderful as well  as figure friendly.

Last week I went to the Health and Beauty Expo in NYC and  got to hear Dr. Howard  Murad discuss his book, The Water Secret ( John Wiley). Dr Murad was one of the first … Continue Reading…

An Apple A Day Keeps Wrinkles Away

The NHANES study which looked at the links between nutrition and health  included a section that  reviewed  diet and skin aging.   One finding  showed  people whose diets were higher in fiber had fewer lines and wrinkles.  Nice to know, but the question is why?  One theory is that fiber helps control blood sugar levels.  Its those spikes in sugar that set off a series of events that ultimately damage collagen and impede growth of new strong healthy collagen.  And its collagen of course that is so important in keep the skin smooth and  freee of lines and wrinkles.

Current guidelines reccommend  20-30 grams of daily fiber from fruits, vegetables and whole grains.  ( And this figure is 2-3X  the 10 grams a day that  most Americans consume a … Continue Reading…

Can Milk Trigger Breakouts?

There are  undeniable benefits  being 50 plus. I don’t have to study for SAT’s,  I don’t have to endure “keggers” and I don’t have to pack school lunches–  so  why should  my aging face  have random breakouts?  I mean, if  I don’t  have the hormones to keep my skin  soft and firm why should the mirror  show inconvenient blemishes.

According to  my acne guru, Dr Albert Lefkovits, diet can play a big role in adult acne. And the big shocker   was the role  of milk and dairy products.  In a landmark study of 47,000 nurses, those that had more than three servings of milk a day had as much as 44% more acne than those that had less than one serving.

Researchers believe that its  not the milk per … 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…

Carbs and Wrinkles– Who Knew?

The NHANES nutritional study reported that  carbohydrate intake was linked to skin aging.  As the daily  carbohydrate levels rose so did  the appearance of  lines and wrinkles. But unlike the data on linoleic acid and vitamin C, there  is no single accepted recommendation for daily carbohydrates.  The standard diabetic diet  has about 125 grams of carbs each day.  The South Beach Diet ( phase 1) allows about 50 grams/day, while the heart healthy  Pritikin or Ornish programs can have as  many as 300 grams of daily carbs. Adding to the confusion, NHANES did not differentiate between so-called “good carbs, eg whole grains, fruits and vegetables and “bad carbs”  including sugar, white flour, and potatoes  Since all carbs  eventually turn to sugar in the body, maybe it doesn’t matter, but I’m not satisfied with that answer.  

Looking at it another way, experts give carb recommendations on the basis of percentage of daily calories.  Jillian Michaels, the uber-trainer … Continue Reading…