Monthly Archives: November 2011

Fashion Flash

FabulousAfter40 is hosting the Fashion Flash. Read on for some fresh fashion and style tips from some of the top over 40 bloggers! This week we are excited to introduce a new member of to our group, Jackie from Aging Backwards.

Now here is a little taste of each of our fabulous group of Bloggers!

Black Cat Plus discusses her five faves in plus size fashion this holiday season.

Exfoliation is a girl’s best beauty friend after 40! Staness, co-author of The Menopause Makeover, has tips on what type of exfoliation is best for you.

Good beauty and skincare can come in all price ranges, even from your own kitchen. Fab Over Forty shares with us a recipe for a homemade face mask that will leave your skin fresh and younger looking.

Would you spend $65 on a bottle of nailpolish? Geri of did!

Jackie Silver of Aging Backwards reminds you to make time for breakfast – it’s been called “the most important meal of the day.”

Burpees are stupid! That’s what a good friend of Female Fat Loss Expert, Shawna K had to say. See that conversation and what she has to say about burpees and other high intensity exercises and how they can affect fat loss here.

Want a prettier alternative to red shoes this holiday season? Try these fuschia slingback pumps from Giuseppe Zanotti instead and wear through the new year and beyond. Check it out at Obsessed with Shoes.

Deb at No-Nonsense Beauty Blog looks at new studies of anti-aging vitamins.

This week on Fabulous After 40 we are answering our most popular 0ver 40 fashion question…”What do you wear with leggings?” For more info, watch our new video!

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Exfoliation: Your Anti-Aging Weapon

Every 28 days skin renews itself leaving your skin with a fresh layer of baby cells. As we get older this shedding process, called desquamation, slows down leaving us with fine lines, dry areas and an uneven skin texture. Make-up can really accentuate this dilemma.

Exfoliation stimulates new cell growth by removing the cells your body is no longer shedding. It helps your body with the desquamation process by stripping the dead epidermal cells on the outer surface of your skin and exposing a fresher layer of living cells. It takes a few days for a noticeable amount of dead cells to accumulate. It is best to exfoliate once or twice a week. You don’t want to irritate your skin or remove healthy living cells by doing it daily.

Benefits of Exfoliation

  • Removes the top layer of dead cells, so the cells turn over at a faster rate revealing softer, smoother skin
  • Improves the texture of your skin
  • Helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Un-clogs pores
  • Makes your skin look healthier, fresher and more radiant
  • Gives your skin a good base to absorb moisturizers and other skin products
  • Boosts your circulation from the friction

Exfoliation can benefit the skin on your face, around your lips, neck, elbows, knees and feet. Lately I have noticed the skin on my heels starting to crack and the skin on my elbows seems thicker. This dilemma has improved as a result of exfoliating. For those of you who love self-tanning, exfoliation will be your new best friend. It is a great technique to blend around the feet, elbows and knees.

There are three different exfoliating methods.

  • Manual
  • Chemical
  • Enzyme

Manual exfoliation is moved across your skin’s surface using your fingers or buff puff. You are removing the dead cells by scraping off the top surface with physical friction. Many manufacturers use natural products such as seeds, apricot pits, or crushed oyster shells as the ingredient that causing friction. Some products use round beads or poly spheres that can be easier on the skin.

Chemical exfoliates are a topical bio engineered ingredient that can dissolve the glue like substance that holds the dead cells together. Most chemical exfoliates use either Alpha Hydroxy Acids or Beta Hydroxy Acids. This type of exfoliation is applied to the skin then rinsed off. You do not “scrub” to enjoy the benefits. The “chemical” does the work.

Enzymes work by dissolving the dead tissue. The enzymes are molecules that catalyze chemical reactions of other substances. The product is applied then washed off. You do not manually “scrub” your skin. The enzyme does the work for you.

You have three choices: manually scrub off the dead cells, dissolve the glue like substance that holds the dead cells together with chemicals or dissolve the dead tissue with enzymes. They all work equally well.

I was absolutely amazed at the results of such an inexpensive and simple process. Exfoliation is my new anti-aging weapon.

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Solutions for Brown Spots

Fuming Are you seeing spots?

You are not alone. Many women get brown spots during pregnancy, while taking birth control pills or during menopause due to the reaction of hormones or medications, and the biggest offender – the sun. If you have been exposed to the sun, are taking medications and/or going through hormone fluctuations, you have options to regain and keep your healthy glow:

  1. Prevention, prevention, prevention:  Use sunscreen and wear a hat when outside.
  2. Skin-lightening creams (prescribed 4% hydroquinone creams;  over-the-counter 2% hydroquinone creams,  Porcelana and Esoterica;  these options take time to show results).
  3. Use a tretinoin topical (acid form of vitamin A, the generic term for the medication Retin-A).  Other brand names: Rejuva-A, Retisol-A and Renova.
  4. Laser therapy.
  5. Intense pulsed light (IPL).
  6. Chemical peels.
  7. Microdermabrasion.
  8. Exfoliate using a glycolic acid.
  9. Eat antioxidant foods: yellow veggies, blueberries, cherries, blackberries and fresh fruits.
  10. Use antioxidant facial products.
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Menopause and Heart Disease


Heart disease is the number one killer of women today. Dr. Chrisandra Shufelt, assistant director of the Women’s Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, shares valuable information about heart disease during menopause.

Interview with Chrisandra Shufelt, M.D.
Assistant Director of the Women’s Heart Center
at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute.

1. Question: How can women approaching or experiencing menopause protect themselves from heart disease?

Chrisandra Shufelt, M.D.: The best protection is in knowing your heart health numbers. By that I mean you should know your blood pressure, LDL and HDL cholesterol, weight, body mass index (BMI) and fasting blood sugar level. If your numbers are out of whack, see your doctor, start exercising, change your eating habits, lose weight if you need to and stop smoking. You also need to be aware of your family medical history. Women who have a first-degree relative diagnosed with heart disease at an early age are at an increased risk of developing heart disease themselves. Heart disease is the number one killer of women so the first step in preventing it is to know your numbers.

2. Question: Does a woman’s heart disease risk increase during menopause?

Dr. Shufelt: One in seven premenopausal women die of heart disease compared to one in three postmenopausal women. We know that blood cholesterol levels can often change for the worse within six months to a year from the onset of menopause, which on average is the age of 51. The risk of high blood pressure triples with menopause; after the age of 55, more women have high blood pressure.

3. Question: Does hormone therapy increase a woman’s risk of developing heart disease?

Dr. Shufelt: Hormone therapy may be an effective way of controlling the moderate to severe night sweats, hot flashes and other menopause symptoms that can wreak havoc in a woman’s life. Start by seeking a certified menopause specialist who can weigh the risks and benefits for each patient. If your doctor considers hormone therapy safe for you, be sure to reevaluate annually. Starting hormone therapy many years after a woman has gone through menopause does increase the risk of heart disease. Women who are not good candidates for hormone therapy do not need to suffer in silence. There are many nonhormonal options to treat menopause symptoms.

4. Question: Are women who take oral contraceptives at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease?

Dr. Shufelt: Oral contraceptives are the most commonly prescribe hormones with approximately 80 percent of women in the U.S. using them at some point. In healthy younger women – young than 35 and nonsmokers – oral contraceptives do not increase a woman’s risk for heart disease. And we know that birth control pills can be helpful in controlling symptoms around perimenopause. That’s why you should re-read my answer to the first question and get to know your heart health numbers!

5. Question: Is it possible to treat menopause symptoms while simultaneously preventing heart disease?

Dr. Shufelt: Yes. That is exactly what we do at the Women’s Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. And it’s why menopause transition is such an important time for all women. I want women to know that when they reach menopause, it’s time to take stock of their health and their individual risk factors. Because when we know a patient’s numbers, we can help her assess the side effects and risks that come with all treatments and also help ensure that the second act of her life can be just as vibrant and active as the first.

6. Question: Does estrogen provide heart protection?

Dr. Shufelt: No, estrogen is not prescribed to prevent heart disease.

7. Question: What else should women know about heart disease?

Dr. Shufelt: When it comes to heart disease, women need to recognize that often, our symptoms are different from men’s heart disease symptoms. In addition to chest pain, women are more likely to have shortness of breath as a first sign of heart disease. Women more commonly experience extreme fatigue and persistent chest pain. Unlike men, women generally have major arteries that are clear of plaque, but the smaller coronary blood vessels cease to constrict and dilate properly, creating the lack of blood flow and oxygen to the heart.

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Fashion Flash

FabOverFifty is hosting Fashion FLash!

Can casual and classy co-exist when it comes to weekend dressing? Discover the perfect style recipe for this sought after look at Fabulous after 40.

Are you at risk for heart disease? Staness Jonekos, co-author of The Menopause Makeover, reveals the latest life-saving information in her interview with top heart doc Chrisandra Shufelt M.D.

Is your makeup aging you or making you look younger? Fab Over Forty shows us steps on how to use makeup to look younger.

Female Fat Loss Expert, Shawna K is in love…it may not be exactly what you think, check it out here. Maybe you’ll fall in love too!

Black Cat Plus discusses how the trend continues as the fashion industry uses innovative measures to meet the demand of plus-size women’s fashion needs.

Deb Chase of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog looks at the triggers and treatments for dark spots and patches.

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