Skin Beauty Tips
Submitted by Meg Wilson on May 21, 2007 - 17:03.
It sounds too good to be true. Can you really apply face cream and expect to see a major improvement in your wrinkles within seven minutes?
Greek Island Labs is making this claim. They say their cream, the Athena 7 Minute Lift, does not contain any toxins, muscle relaxers or harmful chemicals.
They say the initial results last from seven to ten hours.
"The product has performed exceptionally well in clinical trials demonstrating an 83.72% average reduction in lines and facial wrinkles based on a full face evaluation. Provided that it is used in accordance with the enclosed instructions, you should see noticeable results after your initial application. The first few times that you use the product, your results will typically last anywhere from 7-10 hours. Long term daily use has been shown to increase results by an average of 27% so the product can be used as both a temporary fix for an evening out or it can be used daily to produce better long term results."
It sounds like a miracle cream. Could these claims really be true? We'd love to hear from anyone who's given this cream a try.
Submitted by Meg Wilson on May 14, 2007 - 05:45.
Before spending thousands of dollars on face-lifts or regular filler injections, one plastic surgeon suggests people pay more attention to their daily diet.
Dr. Lu-Jean Feng is a plastic surgeon. The first thing she talks to her potential patients about is their diet. She says an unhealthy diet will really show up on your skin and especially your face.
"I tell people, I can do a face-lift on you, but if you keep eating badly, your face will show it. What's the point in that? It doesn't take a doctor to notice a dramatic improvement in the quality of facial skin once a person reduces the amount of refined sugar in her diet."
See more about foods that fight wrinkles here.
Submitted by Meg Wilson on April 1, 2007 - 05:26.
A glowing suntan is definitely attractive on most people and fake, sunless ways of providing a tan are a huge business. But how to go about getting a sunless tan that looks great and isn't harmful to the skin?
In an eye-opening article about this Diane Kockler interviews Doctor Kunin who says "spending 20 minutes in a tanning bed is equal to spending an entire day on a tropical beach without sunscreen. I understand why people like a little color, but don't get in a tanning bed. It's a carcinogen."
Tanning creams on the other hand are considered safe for the skin and body. And they have improved a lot over the past thirty years. You no longer risk looking orange after applying them. See her discussion about tanning creams here.
The above photo is by Rachel Logan.
Submitted by Meg Wilson on March 29, 2007 - 08:02.
Melody shows us several examples of how cosmetic flawlessness is only a photoshop click away. Here is Eva before and after the magic of photoshop.
Visit Melody's site and see for yourself if Beyonce really had a nose job or whether it's just a photoshop trick.
Submitted by Meg Wilson on March 22, 2007 - 08:24.
You don't need to be old or to be carrying extra weight to get cellulite. Even perfect bodied celebrities such as Katherine Heigl (in pic above) often get cellulite on their upper legs. See some natural ways to prevent cellulite here.
Submitted by Meg Wilson on March 20, 2007 - 05:23.
Coca-Cola is planning on launching a 'beauty tea' soon. They are developing it together with L'Oreal and it may be sold at cosmetic counters rather than at local convenience stores.
Lumae will be a tea that claims to provide skin benefits.
L'Oreal is one quarter owned by Nestle. Coke and Nestle launched another tea recently " Enviga" that claims to burn calories.
Coke is already selling 'nutraceutical products' such as this overseas. In Japan they sell a drink called "Love Body" which claims not only to burn calories but also contains an ingredient which is rumored to increase bust size.
Submitted by Meg Wilson on February 27, 2007 - 08:51.
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is the newest technique in photofacial therapy. It consists of high intensity pulses of light (not lasers) that can help to greatly enhance skin rejuvenation. It also stimulates new collagen growth.
Whereas deep laser resurfacing can require several weeks of downtime to complete healing, the IPL photo rejuvenation technique is a gentle and noninvasive procedure.
It's one of the potential ways to get rid of facial spider veins, rosacea, age or brown spots and large pores.
The improvements you'll see with one session are subtle. Dr. Vignjevic says a series of 5 treatments (spread over five months) is recommended for most skin types and body areas.
Although many dermatologists and other cosmetic surgery clinics offer IPL now, it's hard to determine from their web sites how effective it is for the average person in terms of reducing rosacea. And the before and after photos you see above are photos supplied by the manufacturers of the IPL machines. Has anyone reading this had personal (positive or negative) experience with IPL?
Submitted by Meg Wilson on February 14, 2007 - 05:33.
Lesley Garrett has explained her beauty regiment to The Evening Standard. She is a 51 year old opera star.
She says she's a big believer in dermabrasion; that it's like a deep exfoliation. "They sandblast your face". She undergoes the chemical peels twice a year at a doctors office on Harley Street in London. The chemicals cause the top layer of her skin to blister off, leaving raw skin which has less wrinkles.
She also has regular Botox injections and tries to eat well and exercise regularly.
Submitted by Meg Wilson on February 13, 2007 - 14:27.
Lance Buckley is very pleased with his airbrush tanning experience at Sundara in NYC.
He says he's had several bad experiences with sunless tanning and he was afraid he was going to turn orange again but instead within a few hours he turned a golden brown and looked like he'd just spent time at the beach. His tan also has him looking healthier and skinnier.
Buckley may be being paid for this endorsement (I think he is doing some PR work for Sundara) but he also notes that other people feel the same way and that Sundara was voted as the number one tanning salon in NYC by CitySearch readers.
Submitted by Meg Wilson on February 4, 2007 - 17:58.
A regular practise of yoga can help bring increased circulation and oxygen to the face and thus help to reduce wrinkles naturally. The inverted positions of shoulder stand and headstand are especially effective for this. The shoulderstand and headstand are considered the king and queen of all yoga poses due to their numerous health benefits.
See more on the health benefits of the inverted yoga positions here.
Submitted by Adriana Rae on November 30, 2006 - 10:29.
Of all the lotions and potions out there, dermatologists agree that Retin-A is one product that really does turn back the clock on aging skin. According to today's article in NYT;
Retin-A can improve skin texture and fade dark spots and freckles because it causes skin cells to turn over more rapidly. It shrinks dilated pores and improves cell turnover within the pores so they are less likely to clog and become blackheads and whiteheads. But what has earned Retin-A its long-held reputation is its ability to affect the retention of collagen.
Collagen is what gives skin its structure, firmness and elasticity. Repeated sun exposure breaks down collagen and, with age, cells produce less and less collagen to repair the damage. Skin wrinkles, sags and loses fullness.
Retin-A does double duty in helping to boost collagen. According to research at Michigan, it has the potential to stop photoaging before it starts. “The retinoids prevent the rise of collagenase after UV exposure,” Dr. Voorhees said. Collagenase is what breaks down collagen.
But regular use of a retinoid product also increases the amount of new collagen formed, research has found, and that new collagen will last for years.
See more about generic versus brand-name Retin-A, and some important caveats about using it here.
Submitted by Meg Wilson on November 16, 2006 - 08:34.
People Magazine is reporting that Jennifer Aniston's skin care secret is her use of Chanel's ultra-expensive Sublimage.
Chanel says Sublimage is made from Vanilla Planifolia which they unearth 'in the farthest reaches of Madagascar'. This must be why it costs $350 for less than two ounces. They say that if we use it our "skin becomes beautifully taut. Silken and supple. Glowing with the look of good health."
Submitted by Adriana Rae on November 15, 2006 - 12:14.
Cranberries are a phytochemical powerhouses packed with five times the antioxidant content of broccoli. When compared to 19 other common fruits, cranberries were found to contain the highest level of antioxidant phenols.
According to WHFoods, cranberries have long been valued for their ability to help prevent and treat urinary tract infections. Recent studies suggest they may also promote gastrointestinal and oral health, prevent the formation of kidney stones, lower LDL and raise HDL (good) cholesterol, aid in recovery from stroke, and even help prevent cancer.
Fresh cranberries, which contain the highest levels of beneficial nutrients, are at their peak from October through December. Here's a great video tutorial showing how to make cranberry sauce. All you need is some fresh cranberries, orange juice, a lemon, brown sugar and some port (optional).
Submitted by Meg Wilson on November 10, 2006 - 10:17.
Restylane and Juvederm are competing cosmetic injections used to fill out facial creases and wrinkles. Restylane has been around since 2003 and has already got a loyal following. Jevederm has just been approved by the FDA this summer and is starting a very aggressive marketing campaign to compete with Restylane.
Juvederm has started giving away their product for free to existing users of Restylane. They've invited doctors to enroll up to 10,000 patients in this free giveaway. It's a plan to make Juvederm a household name on par with the blockbuster Botox.
The New York Times has just written a very good review about this marketing battle for unfurrowing our wrinkles and fattening our lips.
The beautiful lip photo above is by annais.
Submitted by Adriana Rae on October 19, 2006 - 07:23.
The Mayo Clinic is a good source of unbiased health information. They recently wrote an article about wrinkle creams and lotions. They say that,
If you're looking for a face-lift in a bottle, you won't find it in over-the-counter (nonprescription) wrinkle creams. But they may slightly improve the appearance of your skin, depending on how long you use the product and the amount and type of the active ingredient in the wrinkle cream.
The most common ingredients in anti-wrinkle creams are retinol, hydroxy acids, coenzyme Q10, copper peptides, kinetin and green tea extracts. They describe why each of these ingredients are thought to reduce wrinkles and they recommend four natural steps you can take to maintain a youthful skin. See their wrinkle cream article here.
Photo by emdot.
Submitted by Meg Wilson on October 16, 2006 - 12:45.
Geri Halliwell, 34, is looking great five months after giving birth to her daughter Bluebell.
She says to get the dewy finish on her skin she uses anti aging face cream Nivea Visage Anti- Wrinkle Q10 Day Creme (It's less than $15 per bottle).
And to get an instant toning before a big night she jumps in a cold shower after a bath. She says: "It's fantastic. Don't have a facelift - get in a cold shower."
Halliwell says she is now following a low-fat, high-carb regime and exercises by running 10 miles a week with a small backpack of weights.
Submitted by Adriana Rae on October 14, 2006 - 09:30.
Helen Foster says that the right foods are a better way to fight wrinkles than lotions and potions. She lists ten foods that will make your skin look younger.
Spinach: Now how is this for a statistic? She says that your skin will look 38% younger in just a few weeks if you add dark green leafy vegetables to your daily diet. This would include spinach, kale and swiss chard. They are packed with an antioxidant called lutein which boosts skin hydration and elasticity, fighting wrinkles.
Beans: Beans are really really good for your skin. They help your body create hyaluronic acid which plumps and smoothes the skin. See more about the health benefits of eating beans and legumes.
Goji Berries: These have 500 times more Vitamin C per ounce than oranges! And vitamin C helps make collagen which keeps the skin firm. They also have linoleic acid, an essential fat that plumps skin up. Naomi Watts (in the pic above) eats them in salads.
Turkey has a protein called carnosine that slows down the cross-linking process in the skin. Foster recommends you eat turkey two or three times a week!
Flaxseeds: Flaxseeds are a major source of omega-3. The more omega-3 you eat the plumper your skin cells will get. See more about flaxseed and flaxseed oil here.
Prunes: Prunes are the fruit that contains the highest level of antioxidants. Blueberries are a close second.
Beetroot: Beetroot is another great source of antioxidants and a pigment called anthocyanins that helps support collagen production.
Olives: The oleic acid found in olives and virgin olive oil can make the difference between a complexion that looks and feels like old shoe leather - and one that looks like a rose petal. Oleic acid actually soaks through the membranes of skin cells plumping them up, which then makes fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable.
Dark Chocolate: Studies have shown that after drinking a cocoa-packed drink, blood flow to the skin was boosted (meaning it gets higher levels of nutrients and moisture). It also seemed to be more protected against UV damage - the number-one skin ager.
Red peppers, sweet potatoes, carrots: The antioxidants found in red, yellow and orange foods build up under the skin creating extra UV protection. "The effect is so strong that eating six portions a day for about two months will build a natural barrier equivalent to a factor four sunscreen," says Dr Watson.
Eating foods such as this is better than taking supplements. "For antioxidants such as carotenes, quercetin, vitamins C and E, it's better to eat the natural foods. A number of studies on single antioxidants given as pills have found no benefit to health. This is probably because the antioxidants work together or with other, as yet unidentified, phytonutrients."
Submitted by Meg Wilson on September 14, 2006 - 09:56.
Here's a recent photo of Kate Moss where it looks as though she's not wearing any makeup. The photo on the right is from a magazine advertisement.
Kate Moss is the only supermodel I know of who allowed photographers to do a magazine feature of her a few years ago (for W Magazine) where there was no airbrushing allowed and where she was not wearing any makeup. The photos include close-ups showing her large pores and the many imperfections in her skin.
Submitted by Meg Wilson on September 3, 2006 - 11:23.
Bo Derek will celebrate her 50th birthday in a couple of months. She's aged extraordinarily well (though she does look a bit dazed?), and is about to embark on a new TV series, a daily soap opera called Fashion House. A couple of years ago she wrote her autobiography and in the title we get a clue about her life's passions; Riding Lessons: Everything That Matters in Life I Learned from Horses.
In an interview with Larry King six years ago, she said she'd never had any plastic surgery, did not use skin cream and didn't have any kind of beauty regiment. But last year she began endorsing a line of skin products. They are SkinMedica's Tissue Nutrient Solution Recovery Complex. She said she had spent too much time in the sun, especially in her youth and that her dermatologist recommended the TNS line of products. She says "The results have exceeded my expectations, and I have faithfully used SkinMedica's TNS line for the past several years".
Submitted by Adriana Rae on September 1, 2006 - 10:34.
Eating foods high in folic acid can reverse the aging process.
Beans and peas (including lentils, kidney beans, split peas, and all other legumes) have the highest concentrations of folic acid.
Dr. Andre Berger says that folic acid supplements and red wine resveratrol pills would be the ideal medicines for people who wish to slow the aging process. They are more effective than the currently faddish human growth hormone, Goji berries and noni juice.
These high-fiber foods are also highly recommended for anyone who is trying to lose weight.
The photo of the yummy dish of curried lentils, rice and spinach with a dollop of Greek yogurt was taken by WordRidden.
Submitted by Adriana Rae on August 28, 2006 - 12:32.
|Cosmetic cream myths|
Seven.com.au, Australia - 5 hours ago
... "There isn'ta plastic surgeon or a dermatologist out there going out of business because of any launch of any new anti-wrinkle cream," she said. ...
Submitted by Adriana Rae on August 14, 2006 - 12:40.
How old is this man? Would you believe he is 99 and will be celebrating his 100th birthday in a few months? He was born in Japan in April 1907 and moved to Los Angeles in 1962 to teach Zen Buddhist meditation.
I've had the wonderful opportunity to hear him lecture and see a couple of dozen of his monks at a retreat in Los Angeles. Many of these people are in their twenties and thirties, but quite a few are a lot older. Although they come from all over the world, one of many aspects they now have in common, that I found really amazing, is their incredibly radiant and wrinkle-free complexions. Their faces shine as if lit up with a soft glow light from inside.
And most of these men and women live in the real world of work and family stresses and responsibilities.
There's been many studies that show that a regular practise of meditation will reduce people's stress levels, and I'm sure this would help to reduce wrinkles and to aid a good complexion. After much meditation training, these people just don't find reason to furrow their brows or clasp their jaws anymore.
Submitted by Meg Wilson on July 31, 2006 - 07:45.
Can eating raw foods reverse the aging process? Tonya Zavasta thinks so. She's written a book about it; Your Right to Be Beautiful: How to Halt the Train of Aging and Meet the Most Beautiful You
Here's some of her reasoning from the book;
"The signs of deterioration that we consider the signs of aging are the result of waste overload on the cellular level. When our actions are in opposition to nature, the results are different types of bodily ills, deformities, and ugliness. Eating denatured and devitalized food leaves residues the body cannot utilize, and they are deposited in places our Creator never intended. Whatever the body cannot use, becomes toxic accumulations that steal our health and our youth.
Body acids enter in chemical reactions with waste products causing calcification of the soft tissue. Now tissues of vital organs and glands become burdened with mineral salts and crystalline deposits. Overloaded with waste, they not only can no longer function normally but also become more responsive to gravity’s pull. As every tissue elongates and sags, drooping jowls and sagging cheeks begin to drape on both sides of the mouth, and the eyebrows begin to hang over the eyes."
The poster above is "Reclining Salad" by Greg Brown .
Submitted by Meg Wilson on July 27, 2006 - 07:36.
Celebrity sleuth Just Jared has just discovered that Scarlett Johansson may have some cellulite on the back of her legs. Scarlett is an A-list celebrity and only 21 years old. Cellulite can begin to show relatively early in life and is not related to being overweight. See some ideas on how to get rid of cellulite here.
Submitted by Adriana Rae on July 20, 2006 - 07:33.
L'Oreal has a wrinkle reducing product out called 'L'Oreal Wrinkle De-Crease Collagen Filler Wrinkle Reducer'. It costs less than $20 dollars for a little tube.
They claim this cream can be applied on all wrinkles including the forehead, around the eyes, laugh lines, and brow furrows. They say that immediately after you use it you will see expression lines and crow's feet softened and diffused by up to 20%. And that in one week, almost half of women see fewer lines around the eyes.
Here's a realistic review of the product at epinions:
"Peering closer into the mirror to inspect my wrinkles, I really think I could see a slight improvement immediately. Emphasis on slight. So slight it might have been my imagination. But wait, my skin actually did feel slightly tighter and plumper. Yes, I think I can definitely see some wee bit of improvement.
...I've been using L'Oreal Wrinkle De-Crease Collagen Filler Wrinkle Reducer for about three weeks now, sometimes once a day, but usually morning and evening. I haven't noticed any further improvement after the continued use. But I do think there is some immediate plumping and slight filling in of wrinkles right after application. Although this effect is not long lived, generally a few hours at best, unfortunately. Actually it seems to work the best on the fine lines around my eyes. The deeper wrinkles and creases, smile lines, aren't helped much at all."