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Five More Beauty Secrets That Won’t Break the Bank

Five More Beauty Secrets That Won’t Break the Bank
Lois W. Stern


6. Brighter looking eyes
Purchase: A white or peach colored eyeliner pencil.
Directions: Apply the liner to the inner lower rim of each eyeâjust where your lashes begin. It makes the whites of your eyes appear whiter and your eyes brighter.

7. A glowing complexion
I’m not a great believer in fancy priced miracle-in-a-jar products, but am impressed enough with the ingredients in this low cost product to share it here.
40 Carrots Carrot + C Vitamin Serum is a lightweight gel that features beta-carotene, Retinol (Vitamin A) and Vitamin C, and is fortified with protein-rich soy and antioxidant-rich carrot, mango, and apricot oil. Available at your local drug store, Amazon.com and several other .com sites.

8. Flawlessly smooth skin 
Most women have some soft downy facial hair, even if it’s not readily apparent. Want to make it disappear – safely, easily and painlessly?
Purchase: A little battery operated gizmo – about the length of a ball point pen, and not much thicker – available at your local drug store.
Directions: Turn it on and gently draw the defuzzer upward against the hair growth. Yes, the fuzz will grow back in a few weeks, but it takes less than a minute to repeat the process to keep you fuzz-free.

9. While we’re talking about unsightly hair, purchase a small scissor with blunt points, that’s made especially for removing nasal hairs. Use it often to clip out straggling hairs as they reappear. A magnifying mirror is a great help for close up work. The blunt points are essential to prevent injuries.

10. Smooth, unchapped hands and feet
Directions: For ten minutes, soak your hands and feet in warm water combined with a cup of milk and a teaspoon of olive oil. The lactic acid in the milk will help you get rid of unwanted dead skin cells, while the olive oil will soothe the skin. Rinse and apply a rich moisturizing lotion. Wear cotton gloves and cotton socks overnight. In the morning you’ll enjoy softer hands and feet than you had ever thought possible.





Avoid Premature Skin Photo-Aging

car windowSunscreen is one very important protective device car manufacturers have forgotten. Sounds like a strange request? Well, did you know that you can get significant sun damage through the window glass in cars? Noted dermatologist, Dr. Neil Schultz explains the inherent dangers to drivers and passengers alike of both premature skin photo-aging and skin cancer. While all glass blocks the burning UVB rays, it still allows 60% of the damaging UVA rays through. Although usually the front windshield is laminated with adequate protection against UVA, not so with the other car windows. To protect yourself from the damaging sun’s rays streaming in through other windows, you need sunscreen with UVA protection whenever you are in your car. So it might be a good idea to keep some sunscreen handy in your glove compartment. And then, don’t forget to use it on yourself . . .  and your precious cargo.


Lois W. Stern is the author of two books on physical beauty: Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery and Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour as well as a growing series of Tales2Inspire books of inspiring short stories.

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‘Smartphone Face’ – Is your cell phone making your face sag?


How’s this for new math? Smartphone plus gravity equals drooping jowls and double chins.

What exactly is Smartphone face? The term describes a combination of sagging jowls, double chins, and marionette lines (those vertical creases that run from the corners of the mouth towards the chin.) If you sit for hours with your head bent slightly forward, staring at your iPhone or laptop screen, you may shorten the neck muscles and increase the gravitational pull on the jowl area, leading to a drooping jawline. The name also works on another level; face sag becomes especially noticeable when you take photos of yourself or video-chat on your portable device.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, smartphones can make you look prematurely old. There’s no medical name for this condition, at least not yet. Until there is we can just call it “smartphone face.”

According to the ASAPS: “Lines and creases may develop if you spend an excessive amount of time texting and checking your email on your smartphone. The constant downward gaze caused by smartphone use may be causing some individuals to experience more lines and creases on their neck than would appear naturally.” With smartphone use leading people to tilt their head downward all too often, we could see an increase in drooping jawlines, even among the relatively young.

How do you fix smartphone face? 

The battle between smartphone and vanity has begun.

The obvious cure for smartphone face isn’t costly surgery or treatments. It’s giving up your smartphone and all of its apps. While a chin implant is a surgical solution, you can also firm up your jawline with less invasive techniques such as injections of chin fillers, Botox treatments, skin-tightening devices, liposuction/laser facelifts. Or, if you’re looking for a self-help solution, just remember to keep your chin up when you text or stare into your smartphone.


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There is a Solution for Most Every Skin Problem
You Just Need to Find It.

Ella’s Story

I am an extremely active person. I spend a lot of time outdoors, gardening, playing tennis and, I must admit, basking in the sun. I always liked the way I looked with a tan and achieved a beautiful tan easily. In my younger days my skin was great, so I never thought much about the long-term effect of my lifestyle. But when I was mistaken for a senior citizen, I knew it was time for action. I experimented with a variety of over-the-counter products, but nothing seemed to help. Finally, I consulted with a leading cosmetic dermatologist to help revitalize my appearance.


Ella’s Skin Problems

  • Dry, mature and sun damaged skin
  • Thin, flaking skin
  • Dark spots on face, chest, arms or hands
  • Wrinkles around eyes, mouth and forehead

Here is the skin care treatment plan that helped Ella reverse her sun damage, improve her skin texture and even her skin tone to restore some of her youthful glow.

Problem #1 Skin discoloration on her face, neck and chest

Treatment plan for this problem
Ella’s dermatologist prescribed nightly application of Retin-A and prescription strength hydroquinone. The Retin-A acted to exfoliate her skin and stimulate new collagen. (Retin-A helps treat wrinkles by increasing cell renewal and preventing the breakdown in collagen – key contributors to skin aging.) The hydroquinone worked to lighten her dark pigmentation spots. To help Ella tolerate the dryness and flaking that resulted from the combination of these products, her dermatologist also recommended that she apply anti-oxidants and a hydrating moisturizer with good water binding ingredients, including both ceramides and hyaluronic acid following morning and evening cleansings.

Problem #2
Fine lines and wrinkles

Treatment plan for this problem
Ella’s dermatologist explained that the single most important step in treating fine lines and wrinkles is the consistent use of sunscreen, but that the combination of Retin-A and prescription strength hydroquinone will make the skin more sensitive to sun. He stressed the critical importance of wearing sunscreen every day, recommending a micronized zinc oxide sunscreen SPF-30 to provide a high level of broad-spectrum protection from the sun. He added a product rich in peptides to Ella’s daily regime, to stimulate collagen and elastin production.

Problem #3
Dry skin

Treatment plan for this problem
In addition to the antioxidant moisturizer rich in water binding agents (i.e. ceramides, and hyaluroic acid) already included as part of Ella’s daytime protocol, her dermatologist recommended the use of some hydrating ingredients such as Borage seed oil, lactic acid or Linoleic acid.

The combination of products prescribed above also helped prepare Ella’s skin for the IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments that followed. Six IPL treatments helped to greatly diminish her deep pigmentation problems, along with her fine lines and wrinkles. She is considering undergoing an alternating series of in-office microdermabrasion treatments and glycolic acid peels, also suggested by her dermatologist.


Now also available in all e-reader formats with full color pictures.

In chapter four of Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour, Madeleine Arena presents a number of different, typical real life skin problems and how to best resolve them.

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Last year, 4,329,180 aesthetic BOTOX® treatments were administered to women in the United States to relax their forehead frown lines. The side effects to these treatments have been minimal to non-existent. Slight bruising or swelling at the injection site, if any, has been found to resolve within twenty-four to forty-eight hours. Occasionally, an eye has temporarily drooped after forehead injections, but also resolves within a period of a week or two. But there have been no reports of any effects on the central nervous system. And as far as risk of death from Botox Cosmetic, the FDA confirmed that: There has never been a reported death where a causal link to BOTOX® (Botox Cosmetic) was established. But new fears about BOTOX® surfaced shortly after an Italian study reported in the Journal of Neuroscience revealed that when botulinum toxin, type A (the active ingredient in Botox), was injected into one side of adult rats’ brains, minute particles of protein in the toxin were found in the other side of the brain. The media went wild with headlines such as: Botox Causes Brain Damage.

Speak about false alarms and taking things out of context. If you are anything like me, the details will blow your mind! If you are interested in giving yourself a better education on this topic, I’ve done the hard work for you. Here’s the link to my article on Botox and Safety and many more.

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Since summer is upon us, noted dermatologist, Dr. Neal Schultz gives us a five step crash course for beautiful summer skin.

  1. First, to regain your face’s luster and clarity, start a simple routine of daily sunscreen, antioxidant and exfoliant use.

  2. Next, if you’re already using these products, adjust to lighter weight vehicles. 

  3. Then, clear up those blemishes on your back and chest that have been hiding under your clothes all winter by using acne spot treatments. 

  4. If you want to start the season a little bit ahead of the crowd with a tan look, use a self-tanner after having exfoliated for four days. 

  5. Finally, plan how you’re going to manage unwanted body hair that is less covered in the summer, particularly bikini and underarm hair. 

  6. And,  for more summer skin prep tips, watch his 5 Easy Steps for Beautiful Skin this Summer video.


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Suntans make us look better, no doubt about that. And when we look better, it’s no secret that we also feel better. But sun worshippers beware. Unless you’ve been living under a rock someplace, you know all the dangers and down sides to UV rays – from deadly skin cancers to wrinkles, brown spots and dried, weather beaten skin. Enter Sunless Tanners.

Lotion and spray sunless tanners are applied directly to the skin. These products can give you a safe, beautiful tan without the inherent dangers of direct sunlight. Today dye ingredients have been perfected to yield a rich, natural tan indistinguishable from those obtained from the sun. But you need to use them properly and exercise a few precautions.

  • The surface of your skin needs to be smooth. Otherwise the self-tanner will stain those clumped surface cells darker than the rest of your skin. To get that smooth surface, exfoliate regularly with a glycolic exfoliant to rid your skin of uneven, dead surface cells. (Exfoliating is good for the skin whether using a sunless tanner or not, but particularly important if you do.)
  • Test sunless tanning products on a small patch of skin before applying it to the entire body, to avoid an allergic reaction or rash.
  • Wear protective garments or gear over the eyes, mouth and nose while applying sunless tanning products. Avoid inhaling the fumes or absorbing them through mucous membranes.
  • If using a spray-on tanner, as with any aerosol product, (antiperspirants, insect repellants, etc.), wait two minutes after applying before going near an open flame. 
  • If you have sensitive skin, eczema or other dermatological conditions, consult your dermatologist or other skin care professional to see if one of these tanners is safe for your skin.

Look great while having fun this summer.

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My Interview on The Authors Show – Listen Now

I talk with Don McCauley, lead interviewer for the Authors Show about my book: Tick Tock, Stop the Clock, Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour.

My elevator pitch for this book:

It’s nice to know that even in times of economic downturn, we can find affordable ways to enhance our beauty. Learn from eleven of the best-of-the-best, nationally renowned experts  and the honest, cutting edge information they provide.

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While fillers are not a substitute for a facelift, they are a good option for someone who doesn’t choose cosmetic surgery or wants to postpone the time for a facelift. Fillers are also sometimes used along with a facelift to enhance facial volume, as skin tightening alone does not correct everything that occurs during the aging process.

Soft tissue fillers can help achieve a younger, more rested appearance. How is that possible? Typically features such as deepened nasolabial folds, jowls, marionette lines, cheek flattening or hollowing, tear troughs, and vertical lines between the eyebrows occur as we age. Fillers can restore some of that facial volume in a fifteen minute office treatment with minimal recovery time.

Does it hurt?

No, because the area to be treated is first numbed with an injected anesthetic, a topical anesthetic gel, cold air or a combination of these numbing agents. Afterward, mild swelling and redness is usually seen for a day or two. Bruising is possible but may not occur at all.

Is it costly?

Prices for dermal fillers vary depending on the substance being used, by the surgeon performing the service. For example, a surgeon’s fees may vary greatly depending on his/her experience with the procedure and where they practice. Below is a chart that gave the average price for soft tissue fillers in 2007, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Dermal Filler Brand Name(s) Average Price
Calcium Hydroxylapatite Radiesse® $807


Cosmoplast®, Cosmoderm®, Artefill®,Zyderm®, Zyplast® $394
Fat $1,489
Hyaluronic Acid Restylane®, Juvederm®, Hylaform® $598
(Poly-L-Lactic) Polylactic Acid Sculptra® $1,128

Want to learn more about fillers? Read my more in depth article.

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LASERS, SHMASERS! – The Differences Between Ablative Skin Resurfacing with Field Lasers Vs. Fractional Lasers

We read so much about different lasers that terminology becomes confusing. Let’s try to unravel some of the confusion.

I received a good education on lasers from Dr. Lawrence Bass, Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery and Director of the Minimally Invasive Plastic Surgery Program at New York University Medical Center, who wrote a chapter for my book, Tick Tock Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour.

Dr. Bass speaks in terms of two broad categories of lasers, those that treat the skin fractionally (treating tiny pixels of the skin while leaving the surrounding skin intact) and field lasers (that treat the entire surface of the skin in which wrinkles or damaged skin is contained).

 These field ablative lasers are used less frequently than even a decade ago, but still are a useful option for patients with pronounced wrinkling or in need of skin tightening, which I believe does not occur in a significant degree with the fractional treatments.

The down side to these lasers is their lengthy recovery for the patient. 

Ablative fieldlasers that you might have heard about include the Carbon Dioxide lasers (CO2), Erbium YAG and the Pearl. Today, stand alone treatments with field ablatives have largely been replaced by fractional lasers, but are often combined with surgical facelifts where healing downtime is already required.

 Now on to Fractional Ablative Lasers

According to Dr. Bass, all of the major Fractional Ablative Lasers systems out there are showing excellent skin smoothing and wrinkle reduction results, with some skin tightening. Yet generally results are less dramatic than with ablative field treatments, but moderately better than with nonablative fractional treatments.

To learn what to expect during and after treatment and post treatment precautions you need to take, read my full article.


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