Saturday, November 24, 2007

Help, my face is sagging!

Is you face sagging? What should you do?” Its not surprising most women are confused given the amount of advertising we are bombarded with daily on how to look younger. So what’s the first step to tightening up you skin? Is it Retin-A or a moisturizer? Laser treatments? A facelift?
All of these things will work to varying degrees. Your best bet is to find a dermatologist who is experienced with non-invasive anti-aging techniques. Your dermatologist can determine how best to proceed given the condition of your skin and your health, genetics, and lifestyle. The best bang for the buck seems to be the Frational laser. These treatments stimulate the skin to produce more collagen, literally plumping up the lines on your face. You will see results from the first treatment but a set of three treatments over a 4-6 month period will give you the best results. Down time? You may be slightly pink for a few days or a week, a big change from laser treatments of days gone by. Many of my clients have had these treatments to “even out” skin coloration, improve acne scars but mostly to soften and reduce wrinkles. Costs vary, but expect to pay around $500 for 1/2 face.
My recommendation in the Washington DC area is The Chevy Chase Cosmetic Center in Chevy Chase Maryland.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Sweater jackets are all the rage!

Some are cropped, some are long and sleek, and some are big and slouchy. Everywhere you look you will see various versions of the “new” cardigan sweater. Whether you like cropped sweater jackets or the long sweater coats cinched with an accent belt, be sure to look at yourself in a 3-way mirror before taking one home. This year’s fashion item is definitely not for everyone. If you have a few extra pounds around your hips, you might want to pass this one by. Not only do they add bulk, but they can also look frumpy on a curvy body. Don’t think for a minute that this is an appropriate alternative to the power jacket. This casual style only looks great on a Skinny Minnie. Remember, dress for what looks great on you, not what the trends dictate!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Toot, toot, tootsie don't cry!

After all these years of being told that wearing heels are bad for your back and knees, now doctors are saying that low heels are preferable to flats. It’s important to have the right fit with enough cushion and enough room for your foot. As we age, we lose the cushioning on the bottom of the foot making the foot more sensitive. One doctor has even developed a shoe that converts from a high heel to a low heel in 2 seconds. You feet are working hard for you everyday so be sure to take care of them with moisturizers and callous removal. Also be sure to exercise the muscles in your foot by picking up a pencil or some marbles with your toes.