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… →
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… →
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… →
During the holidays, I went to an event hosted by The Three Tomtoes (thethreetomatoes.com), a great site that is aimed at women “who aren’t kids”. As I looked around, I could see the room was filled with attractive women. Not so long ago women over 50 were described as “aging” Today 50 plus women are dynamic, vital and sexy. But this was not just a room of Botox Babes. There was something more, much more.
When I mentioned to my physician husband how healthy and attractive the women looked at the party, Neil was not surprised. “Women today look better because they are healthier. They eat healthier, smoke less, exercise more and if health probems arise, we have new tools.”
I finally got my new Retin A this week and I’m lovin it. To recap my Retin A adventures, I had been using .04% Retin A micro with wonderful results. Its the lowest dose of one of the gentlest forms of tretinoin and I got good results without too much discomfort. After about 10 months, I noticed that I no longer could see that characteristic yourthful glow you get with Retin A and realized it was time to move up to the next level. Dr Marmur gave me a prescription for.1% Retin A– the turbo powered one, not the micro-sphere stuff. And here is where I went rogue. In my local CVS, brand name Retin A was about $200. I decided to order a generic version from Canada for $40. I was so proud … Continue Reading… →
I’ve noticed that my skin had become very comfortable with my .o4% Retin A Micro– maybe too comfortable. It didn’t sting when I applied it right after washing my face, and I didn’t see as much of the the rosy glow. After seven months of almost daily use, it was time to graduate to a stronger version. Dr Marmur gave me a script for .1% Retin-A cream. This is considerably stronger not only in concentration but in formulation as well. It is also considerably cheaper.
Since Retin-A is now off- patent and there are generic versions, the prices are lower, even in a US pharmacy. A standard tube of branded Retin A is $129 at my local Duane Reade. At my online Canadian pharmacy, I have two choices:
1. Generic Retin A, which is labeled Tretinion, is about $43 for about 40 grams ( about 1.5 oz) and made in Canada.
I have been using two eye care products for about a month and neither has made a visible difference. In the morning I applied a roller with caffeine and at night I used a cream with AHA’s. My shadows are still there and the slight bagging under the eyes actually seems a bit worse. So when a dramatic looking package at Sephora caught my attention, I was hooked. Called Hylexin, the box had a photo of a young woman with a football players black smudge under her eye. The box copy said that this product was for’serious dark circles’ (hence the name) and not for dark circles that ‘pop up in the morning and are gone by breakfast ‘ .
Directions on the box said to do a patch test on my arm. I opened the tube and was rocked back by a heavy fragrance. I hesitated a moment, took a breath and applied … Continue Reading… →
We all know that spring allergies can make us sneeze and itch– but did you know spring allergies can make you look older? Seasonal allergies produce daily inflammation that trigger dark circles under the eyes. Blood vessels swell and leak fluid that pool under the eyes. The result? Eyes become puffy and swollen. A bad allergy season can lead to permanent bags and wrinkles under the eyes.
With seasonal allergies, the best offense is a strong defense. When you see the trees and flowers blooming, start taking a daily non -sedating anti histamine like Zyrtec or Claritin. Your body needs several weeks to build up allergy- fighting levels of medication for the months of pollen heavy air that are coming.
Make you own home an allergen-free zone. To keep pollen from building up inside, close windows and turn on the A/C. If you wake up with swollen eyes and congestion, try to … Continue Reading… →