Michelle Obama at 50: Botox and Other Real Issues

First Lady Michelle Obama, who once said she looks forward to being “this really fly 80-, 90-year-old,” turns 50 on Friday and is getting a lot of media attention because her new interview in People magazine leaves the door open to using Botox. Oh my! Like many Hollywood actresses of a certain age – and lots of us regular women, too – Obama said she’s not ruling out the use of such anti-aging treatments as Botox or fillers. (The F …

Help for Aging Skin: 3 Things You’re Doing Wrong

We all want our face to look as healthy and youthful as possible. But new research suggests there may be some things we’re doing to our skin that could make things worse, not better. Stop over-cleansing. Wash your face only once a day. There’s no need to wash your face in the morning if you washed off makeup, air pollutants and dirt in the evening. Over-cleansing is very drying for older skin, dermatologist Shari Lipner, M.D., of the New York-Presbyterian …

The Real Housewives of USA at 50

Super-glam is the current new normal for women 50+…unfortunately. All across the country women are getting spray tans, hair extensions, wearing false lashes, decolletage, body hugging dresses and high heels 24/7. They feel guilty about not getting Botox, fillers, laser treatments or a facelift and spend a lot of time wondering if they should.  I blame  Bravo’s Real Housewives (past and present ) for pushing our high maintenance buttons. Lisa Vanderpump, 52, Adrienne Maloof, 51, Kim Richards, 47, LuAnn de …

FDA Warns Avon About Antiaging Creams

Maybe the government can’t quite protect us against injections contaminated with deadly fungal meningitis, but beauty hype — that’s another story. The Food and Drug Administration has warned Avon that it must stop advertising its Anew skin-care products using language that makes them sound as if they have medical effects, Reuters reported. In a letter dated Oct. 5 and posted on the FDA website, the agency objected to antiaging claims made about Anew Clinical Advanced Wrinkle Corrector, Anew Reversalist Night …

Anti-Aging Skin Creams: FDA Warns About Label Claims

It’s a dark jar with a silvery top that holds a skimpy 1.7 ounces of Lancí´me night cream for a hefty $98. If you use it on your face nightly, the label promises the cream will “boost the activity of your genes” and “stimulate cell regeneration to reconstruct skin to a denser quality.” The product even cites an in-vitro test that screened “over 4,000 genes” so Lancí´me could create the cream’s skin-regenerating formula. Other Lancí´me products mysteriously claim that they “improve …