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Archive for August, 2010
I started paying attention to my skin when I hit 50. Before that I would slap on whatever was around, used sunscreen only when I was at the beach, and figured “oh well . . . I’ve already damaged it by spending countless hours in the sun, slathered with baby oil mixed with iodine, speeding up the damage by using a reflector.”
It was when I got my first 10x mirror, which showed every wrinkle and dark spot on my face, did I finally make an appointment with Dr. Doris Day (Dr. Day’s contact info is below.) Dr. Day has been on every major TV show, in all the magazines, and is in high demand for her expertise on everything having to do with skin, from acne to skin cancer to the latest cosmetic procedures.
I visited Dr. Day this week for a “check-in” and to inquiry if there was anything new and better on the market. The answer? Nope . . . the basics are still the best.
Dr. Day’s recommendations are:
- Makeup Remover: It’s recommended in my book, and she still says its the best — ALBOLENE cream, which can be bought in any drug or mass merchandise store
- Sunscreen: No need to go crazy with 100 SPF . . . that’s a marketing ploy. But you should use at least 30 SPF, and preferably 50. Her favorites are NEUTRAGENA and COLORSCIENCE, which is a terrific product in the form of a powder. I love it. It comes in clear, or with a little hint of color, and best for the face. But, the best sunscreen, Dr. Day says, is the one you use.
- Moisturizer: You really shouldn’t spend alot of money on skin care, and that’s true for moisturizer as well. NEUTROGENA and AVEENO make great moisturizers, including those with sunscreen (I use Aveeno Ultra Calming Daily Moisturizer with 30 SPF).
- Daytime Treatment: Two years ago, Dr. Day recommended a product that it helps to combat the signs of aging, evens skin tone, and builds collagen. It’s probably the most effective antioxidant on the market — Revale’ Coffeeberry. I apply it every morning after I exfoliate, and have found it to be incredibly effective.
- Nighttime Treatment: Dr. Day believes in the power of retinol, and highly recommends RETIN-A (or some version of it), which is prescription-only. There are excellent over-the-counter retinol products, but prescription-strength is superior and preferred. This should be applied at night, so it can work its magic while you sleep.
- Exfoliate: To help all these products work even better, you need to exfoliate the top layer of your skin every day. You can use a washcloth with a little bit of white sugar (that’s what I do), or an over-the-counter facial cleanser that specifically exfoliates.
That’s pretty much it: exfoliate, treat, moisturize and protect. Your skin will glow.
Best of everything,
Dr. Doris Day:
Cosmetic, Laser and Surgical Dermatology
135 East 71st Street, Suite 1A
New York, NY 10021
Our generation has always been known as adventurous and ready for whatever’s next. So, it is only natural that at this point in our lives, we find ourselves reflecting on what we’ve done . . . and what we might want to do.
We’ve spent decades accumulating skills, experiences, knowledge, contacts and wisdom. What do you want to do with yours?
Maybe you’re in a career that you love, and you plan on doing exactly what you’re doing until you’re well past ninety. Maybe you’ve been a lifelong homemaker or are busy as a full-time grandmother. Maybe you’re poised to retire, or you already did . . . and maybe you even want to get back into the work force because you’ve come to the realization that many of us are going to have to work for a few years past the traditional retirement age of 65 because the economy hasn’t exactly panned out the way we had hoped.
Or . . . maybe you don’t need to keep earning but you want to stay engaged and active.
But, it isn’t always easy to know what to do, or how to get started. And, there can be roadblocks along the way.
Sometimes, in our youth-centric society, it’s easy to convince ourselves that once we are over fifty, we are obsolete and should sit quietly, out of sight. But, that’s the wrong thing to do. Read today’s paper and you’ll see a growing list of problems and issues that would benefit from your experience, knowledge, skills, and compassion–all of which are the result of your years on this planet.
While researching the chapter on “What’s Next“ for THE BEST OF EVERYTHING AFTER 50, I came across a fantastic book — WE ARE THE NEW RADICALS: A MANIFESTO FOR REINVENTING YOURSELF AND SAVING THE WORLD, which encourages individuals to turn their passions into meaningful and financially rewarding work. I contacted the author, Julia Moulden, to talk more about her “New Radical” movement. Julia told me during our first conversation that “There are endless possibilities for experienced women to use their well-earned skills to support the things that matter to them, whatever that is.” We all have talents and skills and certainly by the time we’re in our fifties, we have experience. The last thing we should do is start to doubt ourselves, or our abilities.
Julia’s own dream didn’t materialize until she was almost fifty. At that point, she figure that, barring any unforeseen disaster, she had over thirty productive years left in her. She had gone through a divorce in her late forties, and made the transition from “do I want to work” to “I have to work.” But after twenty-five years as a successful speechwriter, Julia was getting restless. She found herself thinking about an earlier time in her life when she was still in college and talked with friends about changing the world. She realized that other women she knew–many of them in their fifties–had the same questions. Julia decided to combine her expertise with her dream of making a difference in the world . . . and created a new business. The New Radicals Movement was born.
Julia is a fabulous role model for women of all ages, and I encourage you to read her book, whatever you’re thinking about doing. She inspired me to be fearless about pursuing my dream to be an author and speaker, and she will inspire you, too. Follow Julia on Twitter: @JuliaMoulden and read her posts on the Huffington Post every week in the Living Section. (Pssst . . . she also tells me that a new book will be coming out soon!)
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Dr. Oz interviewed me for almost an hour about everything I learned while researching and interviewing experts to write “The Best of Everything After 50.” >> Listen
I’m not suggesting that you steal from your husband . . . but every once in a while you SHOULD take a look through his closet.
I did that recently (with him) . . . and came up with this: the perfect hat. Howard had gotten this Kangol (Arnold Trilby style) earlier in the summer, thinking he would wear it when he walked the dog.
So I popped it on my head . . . and I knew, just knew, I had found MY perfect hat.
Thanks, Howard. You can borrow it . . . sometimes . . . maybe.
Best of Everything,