Question: My Mom reads your blog and has been talking about getting Botox or the “lunchtime laser.” I want to get her a treatment for Christmas but don’t know which one to choose. I can afford only one and I want her to see the biggest results.
Answer: What a great question and you’re a great daughter! Both Botox and Intense Pulsed Light laser ( also known as the lunchtime laser) will make a major difference in her appearance. The choice depends on the condition of her skin. If she has spent many happy hours in the sun, its likely that she has lots of freckles and dark patches. An Intense Pulsed Light treatment will literally vaporize this aging pigmentation and leave her skin younger and refreshed. The results are permanent but brown spots will return if she goes out without sun protection. … Continue Reading… →
I have to confess that I felt pretty smug about following the NHANES anti-aging data and started to meet the recommended 5-7 daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Given that the study linked high levels of vitamin C to fewer wrinkles I was convinced I was on the right track. My sense of accomplishment was rattled when I read that vegetarians can have higher levels of pesticides in their body because they eat more produce. Not what I wanted to hear. The article suggested that vegans and vegetarians eat organic foods, grown without pesticides to get the health benefits of increased intake of fruits and veggies without risk of additional chemicals.
Sounds reasonable but organic foods are significantly more expensive than traditionaly grown fruits and vegetables. In my local market … Continue Reading… →
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.