Today the hosts of Fashion Flash are the Glam Gals of Fabulous After 40. They are, hands down, the best stylists I have ever met. While other fashion experts oh and ah over runway looks that you will never ever wear, the Glam Gals explain how to look beautiful wearing real clothes for real women. In a recent post, they advised a reader on ways to look good while taking her kids to the park. Their dead -on suggestions like a striped sweater, red flats or a simple sundress are widely available perfect choices for a busy Mom. Their archives offer great advice on dressing beautifully for every body type and occasion. I’ve gotten into the habit of checking out their posts before I go shopping for clothes.
Archive for February, 2011
It sounds like something that you would see on the Sci-Fi Channel. Injections of fat and stem cells are “harvested” from your butt and love handles and injected into areas of your face that need rejuvenation. Not only does the fat fill out areas that lost volume (eg cheecks and under eye hollows) the adult stem cells are supposed to generate healthy new collagen. Really?
Here’s how its done. Fat is extracted from your body and is processed with chemicals or lasers to concentrate the stem cells– in a process that is news to the FDA. Then this stuff is injected into the face. You can see immediate resuts from the fat while the new collagen growth is supposed to show firmer skin over the next few months.
Does the stem cell face lift work? According to just about every expert, the stem cell facelift is not a facelift nor does it contain effective stem cells. The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons all warn consumers to stay away, far away from this procedure.
And one final point. Injections of fat, also known as fat grafts, are an FDA approved method of restoring volume. But stem cell enhanced fat grafts have stretched a generally approved procedure well past its generally accepted limits.
This week the host for Fashion Flash is Female Fat Loss Over Forty. I care about credentials and Shawna Kaminski has an impressive fitness background. In addition to a bachelors degree in Kinesiology and 20 years as a PE instructor she has been a personal trainer, competitive swimmer and award winning kick boxer and body builder. When I read her exercise advice I know its the real thing. Not only is exercise essential for good health, it has a major impact on beauty in two ways. Daily exercise stimulates circulation which in turn promotes the development of strong new collagen. In addition exercise reduces stress which is a major beauty buster. Check out Female Fat Loss Over Forty to read the right way to exercise.
I was surprised to learn that vitamin A levels were not linked with younger looking skin. After all isn’t Retin A a form of vitamin A? But I was SHOCKED to discover that my favorite multi-vitamin from Duane Reade had 5000IU of vitamin A, 3X the RDA. Before I made a hysterical call to poison control, I looked at the label more closely.
The vitamin A in the pill was in the form of beta-carotene which the body then converts to Retin A. And here’s the cool thing– the body converts only makes as much as it needs. The National Cancer Institute recommends 6000IU of daily carotene which is equal to 1000 IU of vitamin A. This means that my daily multi meets daily needs with a little room left for food sources. Nice job!
In addition to shape shifting to vitamin A, beta carotene has benefits all its own. As an antioxidant some studies link it to lower risks of cancers. Look over the chart to estimate your beta-carotene levels. You can actually take in too much which will give your skin an orange glow. Most of us are not likely to OD on liver and lettuce, but lots of daily dieters nibble constantly on raw carrots. Did that happen to anyone? How many carrots were you eating?
Best Sources of Beta-Carotene (Per half cup)
*Carrots — 8,000 IU
* Sweet potatoes– 5,000IU
* Red Bell Peppers– 3800IU
* Spinach ———-3800IU
* Kale —————3100IU
* Frozen Mixed Vegetabes- 2500IU
* Dark Green Lettuce- 910IU
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged braces cost, clear braces, cost of braces, cost of invisalign, how much are braces, how much is invisalign, invisable braces, invisalign, invisalign braces, invisalign cost, invisalign costs, invisalign dentists, malocclusion, orthodontic treatment, orthodontist, orthodontists, overbite on February 18, 2011 | 6 Comments »
I was thrilled with the effects of the Zoom teeth whitening. Admiring my gleaming white teeth in the mirror of my dentists waiting room, another patient ageed they looked great, adding “ It makes your overbite less noticeable.” I have an overbite? I knew that my teeth flared out a bit, but was it that bad?
Growing up, money was tight for my writer father and artist mother. Instead of fully tricked out braces, I had a bite plate with wires that were tightened every so often. In later years, I had thought about getting real braces, but I didn’t want to walk around with a mouth of metal as an adult.
The night after my Zoom treatment, I saw an ad for a new tooth straightening technique called Invisalign. I knew my amazing dentist offered this technique so I decided to explore my options. Invisalign uses plastic forms that fit very tightly over the teeth. As the teeth move back, new forms are made to keep up the pressure on the teeth. Since they are the same type of form used in bleaching trays, I knew I could handle them. Even better, the forms are practically invisable and don’t interfere with talking. Time extimates vary from 12-18 months and costs depend on how long treatment is needed. I’m starting next week by getting a mold of my teeth to see what needs to be done. Getting braces at my age makes me feel like I’m back in high school. Maybe this time, the hottest guy in the school will deveop a huge painful crush on me.
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged age spot, age spots, anti-aging beauty, anti-wrinkle, dark spots, foto facial. pogmentation, freckles, intense pulse light, IPL, laser clinic, Laser removal of freckles, lasers freckles, photo facial, photo rejuvenation, sun spots on February 16, 2011 | 2 Comments »
Judith’s hands healed rapidly after her IPL treatment. On Day One ( top left) the freckles looked a bit red, but were not painful. Other than a sunscreen, Judith did not need to put anything on them or to wear a bandage. Over the next week (bottom left ) her hand developed numerous small brown spots which were exploded freckles. These soon rubbed off revealing fresh new skin. The bigger freckles developed crusted over, which then fell off to reveal pale spots. After three weeks( bottom right) her hands had a brighter, softer surface with just a few freckles that were much lighter than before.
And as an additional bonus, IPL took care of the fine lines which made her hands fresh and young. Dr Lefkovits has scheduled another visit to totally erase the remaining shadows of the old freckles.
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged anti-aging diet, antioxidants, beauty diet, dietary supplements, Fashion Flash, natural vitamins, NHANES, scorbic acid, The Shoe Dish, vitamin C, vitamin C in foods, vitamin C serum, vitamin supplementation, vitamins and minerals on February 14, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
This week Fashion Flash is hosted by The Shoe Dish - an incredible site devoted to footwear. Now I like to think I have a black belt in shopping, but The Shoe Dish introduced me to new styles and brands that I never knew existed. For example, on The Shoe Dish I found a pair of back kitten heel D’orsay pumps that were as comfortable as they were sexy. Wore them last week to a reception and it was the first time in years I didn’t limp home.
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged anti-age, anti-aging, anti-aging beauty, crows feet, facelift, facial anti-aging, intense pulse light, IPL, laser face, laser facial, lasers, photo facial, Retin A, retinol, smoker's lines, wrinkle, wrinkle remover, wrinkles on February 11, 2011 | 5 Comments »
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 see is that my nose does not droop down as much. It turns out that the loss of collagen in the face means it cannot support the facial features and the nose looks longer. When the existing collagen is tightened, the nose is returns to a more youthful position. Sweet!
Pelleve does not affect the surface of the skin, so I didn’t have to interrupt my Retin A useage. Its also one of the safest anti-aging tools for women of color. You can do Pelleve in the afternoon and go back to work or out to dinner and look beautiful. Dr Prasad often does IPL for the surface of the skin and Pelleve for firming facial contours in the same visit.
This anti-aging tool is a beauty junkie’s ideal treatment– safe, effective, quick, immediate results and painless. It is pricy, but unlike too many overpriced creams and serums, you actually get the results you are paying for.
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged age prevention, anti-aging, linoleic acid, NHANES, Retin A, retinols, vitamin A deficiency, vitamin A tablets, vitamin C, vitamins, vitamins for skin, wrinkles on February 9, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
The NHANES study looked at the diets of 32,000Americans and compared the data to a wide range of health issues. When it came to aging and wrinkles, the NHANES found that people who had diets high in vitamin C and linoleic acid had smooth skin and fewer wrinkles. Awesome!
Vitamin A is a fat-soluable which means that its easily stored in the body. Vitamin A is measured in Retinol units (RE) and adults over age 19 need between 800-1000 RE units/day. This vitamin is available in fruits, vegetables, eggs, fish and meat. For example, a pretty small carrot has about 1100 RE of vitamin A. In Western countries, vitamin A deficiency is almost non-existant. In fact, its much more common to see overdoses of vitamin A. Taking in 10,000 RE units a day will over time cause your palms to turn organge and your hair to fall out.
I was really curious about the role of vitamin A in aging skin since Retin A is a retinoid– the same family which includes skin- friendly retinol and Retin A. The NHANES results were so surprising I had to read them 3 times to make that sure I understood the data. According to the NHANES ananysis, vitamin A levels had no impact on skin aging. What?
Looking at vitamin A levels in food tables, I can see that its very hard to have low vitamin A levels and fairly easy to get too much. Check over this table to estimate your vitamin A levels. And if you take vitamin supplements, make sure that it does not exceed 1000 units. Unless you are on a freakishly bizarre diet, you will already be taking in generous amounts of vitamin A .
Vitamin A in Food ( in RE units)
* 2 ounces liver ( including pate) – 6000
* 1 cup carrots————————- 3400
* 1/2 cup sweet potatoes———— 3000
* 1 cup diced red pepper————- 1000
* 3 oz canned tuna——————– 800
* 1/2 cup spinach——————— 800
* 1 cup diced mangos—————– 700
* 1 cup cantaloupe——————– 500
* 1 cup vegetable soup—————-300
This week, the host of Fashion Flash #3 is Jodell at Black Cat Plus Blog. This is an amazing site for information about plus size fashion that includes tips, styles and where to buy gorgeous affordable clothes when you no longer wear single digit sizes. And if you are over 40 and looking for flattering work and after five clothing, this is the place to visit. Plus sizes are designed to flatter a women’s curves and have both sleeves and longer hems and work beautifully when body parts tend to get softer and lower.