When 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.
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… →
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… →
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… →
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… →
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.
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 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… →