Question: I’ve been using a 1% retinol serum, 15% vitamin C serum for my face and another 5% vitamin c serum for my eyes for two weeks and now my skin is a mess! It’s red, peeling, super dry and wrinkled. It even hurts when I wash my face and put on sunscreen. I’m so scared and don’t know what to do.
Answer: These are strong and genuinely effective formulations, but you overdid it a bit. According to the wizard of Park Avenue, Dr Albert Lefkovits, stop using all current products. He recommends soothing the skin with a milk compress. Soak a man’s hankerchief in a mixture of 1/4 cup milk and 1/4 room temperature cup water, wring it out a bit and apply it to face and neck. Wash your face with a super gentle cleanser like Cetaphil … Continue Reading… →
This has not been a good time for the vitamin industry. A recent story in the New York Times reported that vitamin supplements were not what they seemed. Some were contaminated by rodent poop while others had 200X recommended levels of selenium. And then there were those Ayurvedic supplements which contained potentially harmful levels of lead, mercury and arsenic.
Now in December no less than three studies showed that multivitamin supplements had no health benefits. Research out of Harvard Medical School gave 6000 men over 65 a daily multivitamin pill and measured their brain function. At the end of 12 years, the multi vitamin made no difference in cognitive ability. The much larger US Preventive Service Task Force followed 300,000 men and women who took multi vitamins. The result? No change in heart and cancer rates. Finally researchers at Division of Cardiology … Continue Reading… →
I love to buy fruits and vegetables at Farmer’s Markets. I think the food is fresher, tastes better and I can pick up new varieties not found in supermarkets. Last week I scored what I thought was a gorgeous head of sparkling fresh spinach. It was 15″ inches across, weighed about 3 pounds and was only $3. What a buy! But when I got home and nibbled on a leaf, I discovered it was bok choy not spinach. Bok choy is a popular form of chinese cabbage that is used in soups, stir fried combo’s and as side vegetable dish. But from a nutitional stand point, how does it compare to the nutrient packed spinach?
Turns out, not too bad. Bok choy clocks in at just 13 calories in a four ounce serving. And those 13 calories also deliver 30% of … Continue Reading… →
Costs seem to explode when daily skin care meets anti-aging. Brand name tretinoin ( eg Retin A) clocks in at $300 for a tube that lasts six months. Generic Retin A drops to about $200. Upscale anti-aging brands with effective levels of retinol are lower at about $100, but still a significant bit of change. And then there are the luxury department store brands like La Mer and Perricone that will cost more than $300 a jar– and thats just for one product in the recommended routinue.
There are anti-aging products that don’t cost much, but they don’t do much either. The challenge is to find affordable anti-aging forumlations that deliver real results. I believe that when a low cost cream or mask doesn’t deliver, you are still wasting your money, albeit less of it.
This week the host of Fashion Flash is Mirabai of Moving Free With Mirabai. Hands down, Mirabai is the best credentialed exercise guru you will ever meet. And wherever you are in life, she has developed an exercise program for you. She has programs to combat childhood obesity, get moms back in shape, loose weight, improve heart function, and restore strength and flexibility to both prevent and manage osteoporosis. In short there is a reason that she is one of the most popular exercise experts on QVC. I am so thrilled that she is part of Fashion FLash. And if you have specific questions on all things exercise email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. I do and her advice is always just what I need.
I was looking for new books for my granddaughters last week when I spotted a pink polka dot and gingham book at Strand Bookstore. But rather … Continue Reading… →
The yellow and rust colors of fall have made me hungry for the sweet, fleshy meat of winter squash. Butternut, crook neck, turban and acorn are shaped differently but offer very similar nutritional payloads. The deep orange color is packed, I mean packed with vitamin A and beta-carotene. One half cup of cooked squash can have 100-200% of the RDA for this essential vitamin as well as 25% of the RDA of vitamin C. Fat free and salt free, one half cup has 120 calories and 12 grams of carbs. By comparison, the same amount of a white potato has about 60 calories and the same amount of carbs.
Given the slightly stringy/gritty texture of winter squash I expected squash to be a good source of fiber. I was wrong. In fact one cup of winter squash has less than … Continue Reading… →
Question: If I can’t use Retin A ( aka retinoid) on my eyes, what can I use?
Answer: I answer every email that I get at No-Nonsense Beauty Blog, but this one is so relevant for all of us, I wanted to put it in my Q& A. While its true that you can’t use straight retinoids around the eyes, a combination product of retinoids, a steroid and hydroquinone known as Triluma can deliver anti-aging benefits. Triluma’s claim to fame is its ability to erase dark spots and patches, but the retinoids also may build collagen and reduce wrinkling. For reasons that are not clear, Triluma is no longer available commercially, but a full-service pharmacy can compound it specially for you. I did just that and uploaded up post about the process on March 28, 2012.