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… →
Question: Although I am only in my late twenties I’ve done everthing I shouldn’t to my skin. I’ve smoked since I was 15, used baby oil to bake in the sun ( love the smell) and never pass up a plate of hot fries or a cold beer. What can I do not to look 40 before I turn 30?
Answer: LOL. Great question and I hope my answer doesn’t sound too preachy. Up to age 60 about 80% of skin aging is due to lifestyle choices. Diet, sun exposure, tobacco and alcohol add decades to your skin age. That’s the bad news. The good news? You are young enough to erase this damge and prevent new problems.
Given that you probably have sun damage I would jumpstart skin care with an IPL treatment. ( You can see the great before and after pix … Continue Reading… →
When I go out to dinner with my daughters, wherever we go, they always order the same thing– salad and salmon. I, on the other hand, see the words PORK CHOP and I’m in. They like salmon because its lower in calories and cholesterol and roll their eyes at my choice. And there is so much evidence that they are on the right track. No only is fish so much lower in calories than my beloved pork chop, its omega3 fatty acids have been liked to lower rates of heart disease, better blood pressure and even less depression. In addition, The NHANES study that compared dietary habits with a wide range of health factors found that people who ate more fish had fewer wrinkles. This makes very good sense. Research has … Continue Reading… →
I have been getting really interesting questions that drill deeper into universal beauty issues. Some of them are in comments but most of them are via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. They ask personal yet fundamental questions about aging and skin care that I wanted to share them on the blog– yet preserve your privacy. So, every other Friday I will be posting several No-Nonsense FAQ’s. Then I will archive them in a new tab so that there will be easy answers to popular issues. Many of the answers I learned in my anti-aging journey. When its new to me, I will call on the smartest doctors that I know. Like so many things, its the details that can spell success or failure– and its these details that deliver fabulous beauty results.
Which do I put on first, a moisturizer or Retin A?
I get more questions about Retin A than just about any other topic. I believe that this retinoid is the foundation of anti-aging skin care- but it can be tricky to use effectively. The package insert never tells you the important stuff like what’s the difference between the available brands, kind of cleanser to use, and should you put a moisturizer on before or after the Retin A.
Ten years ago I tried Retin A and gave up after a week or two. Now ten years older, I really needed to use it and I was determined to become a Retin A master. I have been writing about my Retin A journey and posting the results, but its annoying to have to track back through the archives to get the answer to a … Continue Reading… →
The first time I went for a Pelleve treatment with Dr Prasad, I was anxious that it would be painful. I’m just not a “no pain, no gain” type of person. I was delighted that Pelleve was a very comfortable, even relaxing procedure– and was even more pleased with the improvements I could see. This time I was pretty mellow when I went to my second Pelleve appointment. It was just as painless and I saw even more improvement. In the pair of photos above, the profile on the left was before any treatment and the profile on the right was just after my second Pelleve treatment. My cheeks and chin are clearly firmer and less flabby. Its not nearly as extensive a change as I would see with a surgical lift, but I don’t want to go there. What you can also … 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.”