Five years ago, I turned 50. It felt as though everything changed overnight. In my 20s, 30s and 40s, I charged ahead with life, first throwing myself into my career — I worked as a magazine publisher — and then, in my late 30s, meeting my husband, getting married and having children. Those busy years almost seemed like one long decade, during which I didn’t feel any different about how I looked or acted. I never stopped to think about what impact the way I was living might have down the road. (more…)
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Your kitchen is a veritable treasure trove of health and beauty staples. Have some plain yogurt with a “sell date” that was two weeks ago? Don’t throw it out! It’s the perfect treatment for a common skin condition. Is there an extra sprig or two of parsley leftover from your stew recipe? Chew on a few leaves to handle a social faux pas. These items are probably in your home already … so why not use them for better health and beauty without spending any extra money? (more…)
For example, everything’s just a tad bit . . . drier. My hair, skin, eyes . . .
When researching the book, I had the opportunity to pick the brains of some of the best skin care experts in the country, including Dr. Patricia Wexler and Dr. Doris Day. Both said — quite simply– that the keys to great skin are: exfoliate, moisturize, and protect.
There are gazillions of products on the market that could handle these tasks, in different price ranges. Not one who likes to spend money unnecessarily . . . I managed to ply a few very inexpensive beauty secrets out of both of these brilliant doctors, many of which are mentioned in the chapter on skin care. One of the best tips came from Carmindy, my makeup expert, who convinced me that the most effective way to exfoliate skin (face and body) is with . . . white sugar. Don’t put it IN your body, she said. Put it ON your body! And, guess what? It works. Just be extra gentle when using it on your face.
My favorite “beauty secret“ (which sure wasn’t a secret to the ancient Greeks, or my grandmother) is . . . using olive oil on just about every part of your body.
Olive oil has been used for thousands of years for so many different things — health, beauty, cooking and more. The ancient Greeks knew of it’s power to heal wounds . . . and eventually they started using it to light oil lamps, cooking . . . and for beauty.
These last two years, I did alot of experimenting with countless products, until I eventually had to narrow down my list of “must haves/must use.” Probably on the top is olive oil. Here are a few things you can (and should) do with olive oil . . .
- after exfoliating your body with white sugar on a wash cloth (in the shower) . . . take a little olive oil (infused with a few drops of lavender, if you wish) and gently massage it all over your body. Result? Skin like velvet.
- when your hair is completely dry (without the use of a blow-dryer!!), add a few drops of olive oil in your hands, rub them together, flip your head over, bending down . . . and scrunch a little olive oil in your hair. Result? Shiny (not greasy, unless you accidentally put too much on!!) and healthy looking hair.
- rub a little extra olive oil on your elbows and heels (all over your feet actually) every night. Result? Softer, smoother elbows and feet.
- if your facial skin is feeling especially dry, take one drop of olive oil in your hands, and very gently tap it all over your face, making sure it doesn’t look slick. Take a tissue and blot your skin just a little. Result? Skin that’s soft and moist, but not greasy.
Keep a little spray bottle in your bathroom, or one of those plastic sqeezy things that diner ketchup comes in. You’ll be ready to use the “elixir of the goddesses“ whenever you feel the need . . . which, since I turned 50, seems to be just about every day.
Save some for your salads! : )
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But, for the last few years, I’ve seen a noticeable change in the look of my legs–I have these little squiggly things happening all over, especially around my thighs. My grandmother had them, and so does my mother. Age, genetics, hormones, extra weight, menopause . . . these are the main culprits behind those annoying little “spider veins” that mysteriously appear and spread all around your legs . . . like a road map that leads to nowhere.
And, the really frustrating thing is that even if you spend the time and money to zap them away (see suggestions below) . . . new ones inevitably pop up, especially if you — like me — are genetically inclined.
What to do? I put this question to Dr. Patricia Wexler, a key expert I interviewed for my chapter on skin care in The Best of Everything After 50. Here’s what she recommends:
Get rid of them . . . but keep in mind that new ones will appear eventually, so you may need to redo the treatment every 2 – 3 years.
- Sclerotherapy: This is the gold standard for treating spider veins, because it works. The veins are injected with a saline solution that causes them to collapse and disappear. Voila’! Magically gone. Cost can range from $250 – $600 per treatment.
- Laser Treatment: This is a newer approach to treating spider veins, and doctors often use this in combination with sclerotherapy. The cost is about the same.
Prevent them . . . not always easy, but there are definitely things you can do to help:
- Raise your legs: This is especially useful for varicose veins, but I’ve found that fewer spider veins have been appearing since I started to do this. Lie on a yoga mat or rug with your tush against the wall, and put your legs straight up, leaning on the wall for support. It feels good for alot of reasons, and lets all the blood flow back down from your feet and legs. It really helps with swelling that can sometimes occur in the feet and ankles at the end of a long day. Put some olive oil in your hair as a pre-wash conditioner, some tea bags on your eyes and . . . relax. All good.
- Lose weight: The more extra weight you have on your legs . . . the more your veins will expand and show.
- Exercise your body: Moving will reduce the pressure on your veins and keep your blood flowing.
Cover them up . . . especially if you don’t want to endure the prick of the sclerotherapy needles, or spend the money:
- Use a self-tanner (not a real tan!!): Use a self-tanner all year long to help camouflage the veins. In the cooler months, use a moisturizer that gradually tans (Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer is a good choice) and in summer, try a true self-tanning or instant bronzing product (L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer Self-Tanning Lotion is great).
- Try leg makeup: Leg makeup is especially useful if you’re going out, and don’t want to wear stockings. Great choices include Sally Hansen Airbrush Leg Makeup (my favorite) or Scott Barnes Body Bling (available at Victoria’s Secret).
Okay . . . get that box out of the closet with your summer skirts and shorts . . . you’re ready now.
Best of everything,