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… →
I don’t hate my neck– I just would be happier if it looked fresher and smoother. I had been using my DDF hand held exfoliator on my face with good results and wonderered what it would do for my neck? After all, its made of skin, like my face. Using the foam sponge with the Polishing Crystals gel, I worked it around my neck for one minute. It gave me a warming sensation that was stronger than I felt when used on my cheeks.
When I rinsed off the remainder of the polishing gel, I was delighted to see that my neck looked pinker, fresher and the lines less obvious. Even the dreaded “chicken skin” bumps were softened. Clearly the exfoliator had removed the dry, dead, skin cells to reveal a healthier and fresher complexion.