Two Must-Dos For Younger Looking Skin

I started paying attention to my skin when I hit 50.  Before that I would slap on whatever cream was around, used sunscreen only when I was at the beach, and figured I’d already damaged my skin by spending countless hours in the sun, slathered with baby oil mixed with iodine, even speeding up the damage by using one of those old reflectors. It was only when I got my first 10-times magnifying mirror, which showed every wrinkle and dark …

One Thing Boomers Didn’t Get Right (But Still Can)

2014 is a pivotal year for boomers: It’s when the last wave of us – that is, those born from 1946 to 1964 – turn 50. To spotlight this cultural sea change, AARP is staging a number of events, including Life@50+ celebrations in Boston (May 8-10) and San Diego (Sept. 4-6). The advocacy group also created this short video to put the accomplishments – and people – of this generation in focus: As a boomer born in 1956, I’m proud …

5 Kitchen Products That Make Inexpensive Beauty Substitutes

I have no problem spending money on beauty products  - especially if they work! For example, I love my jar of Clinique Moisture Surge and my small stash of By Terry Baume de Rose for Lips. But, both products are expensive. The truth is, there are products that are a fraction of the cost and may do the job just as well, if not better. And the best part? Most of them are in your kitchen. Yes, that’s right. In your kitchen. I did …

In 2014 I Will…Embrace Positive Aging!

With the holidays in the rear-view mirror, many of us are scribbling lists of ways to improve ourselves in the New Year: Lose weight. Change jobs. Spend less. Save more. But why not try something completely different this year? Rather than resolving to change yourself, how about embracing  yourself? It starts with your age: Once you’ve embraced your age, work your way toward embracing and loving your shape…your looks…everything about the way you are now. That’s the essence of positive …

3 Ways To Fix Your Fashion Failures

We are always looking out for the next ‘new thing”-that one diet that will help us drop the pounds, or the skin cream with the latest anti-aging ingredient that promises to erase every wrinkle-instead of just taking some good, simple advice about what really works (and what doesn’t). And this is especially true of one of the easiest things to fix: what we wear. No matter how many magazine articles or books we read about how to look (and feel) …

Why You Should Throw Out Your Blow-Dryer Today

Do you know what your hair really looks like? After decades of blow-drying and pulling and stretching and coloring and perming  . . . how could anyone know? Years ago I had a long talk with my hair.  I made a very strong case, but it simply refused to listen. The battle lines were drawn.  My hair wanted to be curly, and me?  Nope.  It was 1969 – a year full of rebellions – and I had to look like a Mamma …