This week the host of Fashion Flash is Jackie of Aging Backwards. What I think makes Jackie unique is that she looks at the whole self– body, mind and spirit. Her mission is to share ways to have a long happy life and she does it with a passion that’s contagious. Check out her recent posts to learn the stay slim secrets of supermodels and the best ways to get the anti-aging benefits of fruits and vegetables.
To get the latest anti-aging news make a date to attend the ” Face to Face” lecture at the 92nd Street Y on March 27 in NYC. Dr Ellen Marmur, my anti-aging miracle worker, will be sharing her approach to skin care strategies for a radiant, youthful appearance. From the best and affordable skin care moisturizers and … Continue Reading… →
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… →
I was so delighted with the gentle progress of my new .1% Retin A Micro, I decided to step it up and use it every night after just a week. Not my best idea Seemingly overnight, my skin sprouted dry white flakes. I’m sure that the cold windy weather didn’t help. I can’t control the weather– but I am the supreme master of how often I use Retin A. I’m going back to an every -other- night routinue. Lesson learned.
So what do I use on my Retin A night off? I know that I can’t use Vitamin C at the same time – potentially irritating- but what about on the Retin A free nights. There are shelves of peer reviewed studies that demonstrate Vitamin C ( a powerful anti-oxidant) can smooth out lines and wrinkles and increase healthy collagen– and after age 50 who can’t use some extra collagen.
This is getting a little boring. Using this Retin A 2x a week is not causing problems– but I’m not feeling it. Where is the glow? I’m beginning to believe that the generic ( read cheap) Retin A does not have what it takes to get the job done. I’ve committed to using the product for at least eight weeks to see changes in facial imaging from Dr Katz. I think I’m going to give into the temptation and apply it every other night for a few weeks, then step it up to every night.
Lets see what happens. I know my face is going to be rough and irritated, but if the end point is healthier skin, its worth the trouble. I have been talking to women who have been using Retin A “for years” and who are not impressed with the results. I’m beginning to wonder if they are … Continue Reading… →
I’m learning how to deal with this uber-strength Retin A. I’ve stepped back and now using it every three days, rather than every other day. The white flaky bits are gone and I can see a bit of a glow– rather than a chalky pallor. When we think of aging, wrinkles and lines are what usually come to mind. But its that dull pale skin ( a combo of a slow down in circulation and increased dryness) that is making the skin seem old and tired. Every cell in my body wants to speed up my anti-aging project– but I’ve learned to respect the process and take it slower.
I wait a full hour between washing my face and applying the new Retin A. After … Continue Reading… →
The flaky dry skin has arrived. I had almost forgotten the white peeling skin that goes along with Retin A treatment. The weather has turned cold and windy which isn’t helping matters. My regular moisturizer can’t keep up, so I’m going to have to crank up on the hydration.
I’m also a little concerned that I don’t see my skin “pinking up”. One of the first things that I noticed with Retin A Micro was a youthful healthy glow, the result of an increase in circulation. This was just about my favorite anti-aging benefit from Retin A, but so far, I don’t see it from this generic, albeit much stronger formulation. Even my mom said I looked pale– and when the one person in the world who thinks you always look good says you are pale– well, I pay attention.
Apparently there is no end to the versatility of soy. Low in calories, sodium, and cholesterol, high in protein and anti-oxidants, now I learn that soy appears to have a role in anti-aging skin care. There are good studies published in top tier journals that show enriched soy- enriched skin creams prevents UV damage, preserves elastin fibers and lightens dark patches. So far I have found soy in several sunscreens which is certainly a logical place for them to be. Soy-enriched products include Aveeno Continuous Protection Sunblock Face SPF30 ( which also has antioxidants vitamins A, c, and E) and Aveeno Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion SPF100+. Neutrogena Age Shield and Repair SPF 55 also contains soy. In fact the wonderful skin and make-up site 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic also recommended this product, so I know I am on the right track.