Micro-Needling: What You Should Know



We’ve got a variety of options to camouflage, reduce or even banish these intruders, from creams right up to full-fledged, surgical face lifts.

You might have heard of a new technique, called micro-needling, which uses a device with fine needles to create tiny perforations in the top layer of our skin. This triggers a “wound healing response to stimulate new collagen formation,” explains renowned dermatologist Dr. R. Sonia Batra. This gives our skin its vitality, firmness and smoothness. Woefully, collagen production slows down as we get older.

Micro-needling may not be nearly as invasive as plastic surgery, but still, it’s a far cry from simply applying lotions and creams with our fingers. After all, the dermatologist has to use needles on our face. Ouch!


But now, we can achieve practically the same results at home, with a painless, hand-held device, called the JeNu Ultrasonic Infuser. This sleek little tool leverages the power of ultrasound energy (365,000 pulses of ultrasonic energy per second, as a matter of fact!) to dramatically increase the rate, by three times, at which our skin absorbs the ingredients in our favorite skincare products. JeNu helps our serums and creams perform better and faster, to abolish crow’s feet, fine lines, and more. Who needs needles, even if they’re tiny, when you can do nearly the same thing right at home?!

Besides the pain, micro-needling usually causes bleeding, redness and puffiness.  And, you’ll probably need two days of down time for healing, says Dr. Batra. Also, beware of the companies that are selling at-home micro-needling kits, she warns. You might be saving the cost of a doctor’s visit, but you’ll be risking infection, maybe even permanent scarring. “And, you might end up making your pores larger–permanently!”

Before I spoke to Dr. Batra, I was game to try one of the at-home kits so I could report the experience to my FOFriends.  But when I got ready to run the needle-lined roller over my face, I thought, ‘What are you doing, Geri Brin?’ and put the kit on my bathroom shelf, where it has remained ever since.

JeNu is easy and fun to use. First, you apply your moisturizer or serum, as usual. Then you add a pearl-sized drop of exclusive “MicroSphere Gel” to the smooth metal head of the small wand, turn it on, and run it over a section of your face, a minute at a time. The ultrasound energy transfers through the essential microspheres (hollow miniscule spheres of protein) in the gel, helping your skin to absorb your skin care products better and faster.


Jenu-DeviceThe results of a recent independent study on JeNu are pretty impressive: When 160 women used over 200 different products from 80 different brands, ranging from Olay to La Mer, 81% reported their products worked better when using them with JeNu vs alone. Meanwhile, 84% of them reported a decrease in the look of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, forehead and mouth. What’s more, JeNu is getting rave reviews from magazines like
Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar, as well as from Dr. Batra.

Geri Brin, founder of FabOverFifty, has been using JeNu for about 10 months now, and her before-and-after photos speak for themselves. “I call the results pretty dramatic, working wonders on the areas of my face that most irritated me: My crows feet, under-eye droopiness, and nasolabial folds (those two lovely lines that run from beneath my nose, on both sides, to my lips.) Although everything hasn’t totally disappeared, the wrinkles and lines are far less pronounced. You can add my rave review to the rest,” Geri says.


Bye, bye Botox, micro-needling and every other costly, painful treatment.

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4 Ways Your Skin Changes After 50 (And What You Can Do About It)

This post is sponsored by AmLactin.

A baby’s skin is so soft and smooth, it’s hard to resist kissing every inch of it, from the soles of his feet, to his tiny baby butt, right up to his delicious plump cheeks!


Why, oh why, can’t our skin stay as alluring throughout our lives?

WHY? Because a zillion unavoidable factors affect the way our skin looks and feels, and if we don’t take care of it, we’re pretty sure to develop rough, dry, flaky and itchy skin. Well, maybe a zillion things don’t affect it, but a whole bunch do, the most significant being:


When we’re young, the outer layers of the skin, called the epidermis, are supported by the lower layers, called the dermis, where collagen formation takes place. Collagen impacts the way our skin looks and feels because it is the main structural component providing firmness and shape.

Factors, including too much unprotected sun exposure over a lifetime, weaken our cells that produce collagen.

This can result in dead skin cells building up on the skin’s surface, which give it a rougher look and feel.


dryNatural lipids decrease (molecules containing cholesterol, fatty acids and ceramides) in the more vulnerable outer skin, which can make it harder to keep skin moist. When the balance of the skin’s protective barrier is upset, the skin becomes more susceptible to environmental factors and other irritants. Skin owes its soft, pliable texture to its water content. Dry air (low humidity), probably the most common cause of dry skin, causes reduced water content.

Harsh soaps, scratchy clothing, long, hot showers or baths, hot or cold weather with low humidity, and constant exposure to air conditioning also can trigger lipid depletion.


These can occur in menopause and can also cause severe skin dryness.

It’s wisest to start protecting your skin as early as your 20s, so make sure to tell your nieces and daughters to get started. But for those of us who are FabOverFifty, it is definitely not too late to begin a smart body skin care routine. The steps are quick and easy. No excuses!

solo_imageStep One: Take a warm (never hot) bath or shower.

Step Two: Avoid using perfumed soaps on your body, which can be terribly drying. Instead use washes that are loaded with moisturizing ingredients, such as shea butter, vitamin E and jojoba oil.

Step Three: Moisturize immediately after bathing or showering, when your skin is damp, and before bedtime, using creams and lotions containing skin barrier strengthening ceramides and multitasking alpha-hydroxy acids. Alpha-hydroxy acids have a special ability to not only exfoliate away dry, dead skin cells, but also to deeply hydrate for long-lasting moisture.

Every product in AmLactin’s line of lotions and body creams contains this multitasking alpha-hydroxy therapy.

According to the company, AmLactin moisturizers are “especially effective at gently exfoliating your skin, and their creamy emollients have the amazing ability to help your skin retain moisture and make it feel soft and smooth.” The four products are formulated to tackle a range of skin concerns: The Moisturizing Body Lotion can be used daily all over the body to relieve rough, dry skin and intensely hydrates. The Cerapeutic Restoring Body Lotion helps heal extremely rough, flaky, dry skin, and its ceramides help restore the skin’s natural barrier. Applying it to your décolletage can help reduce the appearance of crepey skin. The Ultra Hydrating Body Cream, smooths, repairs and softens severely and persistently dry skin—the kind you might find on your hands, elbows, and knees. There’s also a clinical-strength Foot Cream to smooth rough, cracked and callused feet.

AmLactin is available at CVS stores as well as on Amazon.com. Don’t forget to follow AmLactin on Facebook and Twitter for promotions, giveaways, and product news!

Uncover smooth, radiant skin with AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Skin Care. Its unique exfoliating  and hydrating alpha-hydroxy therapy gently removes dead skin cells and thoroughly moisturizes. It’s the difference between skin care and skin therapy. Look for AmLactin moisturizers at your local Target, CVS, Walgreens, Costco, Walmart  and Rite Aid.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of AmLactin. The opinions and text are my own.

The Problem With Vitamin C Serums Nobody Discusses

Ask any dermatologist to name her favorite nutrients for the skin, and vitamin C usually makes the list.  The popular antioxidant not only prevents or slows cell damage from the sun and pollution; it  also can help to rev up collagen production—think plumper, firmer skin!—and fade brown spots. What’s more, it’s been shown to increase the power of sunscreens, while boosting the skin’s natural defenses.

Vitamin C  definitely is one of most versatile skin care ingredients on the market-but only if it’s utilized properly.



L-ascorbic acid is the most common form of vitamin C; other variations simply aren’t backed by the same thorough research and clinical data that proves L-ascorbic acid’s value. But this powerful ingredient also is unstable, and scientists must employ complex processes to keep it in its most effective state.  That costs money, which adds substantially to what you pay for your favorite vitamin C serums.


Unfortunately, the sophisticated stabilization methods might not be enough to ensure that costly vitamin C serums really work. A prominent medical journal reported several years ago that 90% of skin care products aren’t actually absorbed, due to factors including exfoliation, rubbing of the skin, and even washing.*

New research paints an even bleaker picture. A recent clinical study—using one of the skin care industry’s most celebrated and well-reviewed vitamin C serums—revealed that a staggering 99.9% of the ingredient was unable to be absorbed into the skin where it can be effective.** 


So, should we just stop buying vitamin C serum,  or accept that we’re never going to get what we should out of it? The answers are simple: We don’t have to do either.

A hand-held ultrasound device, called the JeNu Infuser, has been specifically designed to boost the absorption of the active ingredients in your favorite skin care products. And the beauty industry’s leading experts, including Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar, haven’t stopped singing its praises since they learned about it.  No surprise, then, that the power of JeNu is most obvious when it’s used with vitamin C serums.  

The exact same clinical study that revealed only 0.1% of a leading vitamin C serum was absorbed on its own, also found that the same serum had 75 times more absorption into the skin, where it can be effective, when it was applied with JeNu.** That’s just not significant; it’s remarkable!

Vitamin C serum is one of the skin care products I’ve been using for years, because my dermatologist highly recommends it. But once I learned about JeNu, I never apply this pricey potion-or any other potion-without it.  By the way, the routine adds just one minute to my evening routine. I also feel less guilty about spending $160 when I replenish the serum. The combination of two powerful products, JeNu and vitamin C serum–makes my skin look terrific.

If you’re anxious to get your hands on a JeNu Infuser and start getting more out of your vitamin C products, or any of your existing skin care products, now is a perfect time. The device is on sale for a limited time. Just click on the link below to take advantage of these savings today!

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*Surber C, Davis AF: Bioavailability and bioequivalence of dermatological formulations; in Walters KA (ed): Dermatological and Transdermal Formulations. New York, Decker, 2002, pp 401-498

** An independent clinical evaluation of the JeNu ultrasonic device used to improve absorption of topical Vitamin C on 30 subjects.

Gray, Gray, Go Away!

If you’re like 64% of all FabOverFifty women, you color your hair mainly to cover your gray roots.

And, chances are you’ve got lots of questions about gray hair, like why it starts to grow back two days after you leave the beauty salon. Learn the answer to this, and your other hair concerns, when FabOverFifty.com partners with Gray Away, makers of a fab temporary root concealer, for a special TWITTER TAKEOVER.  

The hair-raising session is scheduled for Thursday, October 22, from 1 to 3 pm, on the TWITTER PAGE OF GRAY AWAY (@GrayAwayEverpro). FOFounder Geri Brin will host.

Adore Yourself By Treating Your Skin To The Most Luxe Product On The Market

Based on everything I’ve read coming from the beauty industry. I predict that in the next 30 years beauty scientists will invent a way to keep our skin looking healthier, younger and vibrant for a very, very long time, without plastic surgery.

After all, our skin is an organ, so if a doctor can tell a FOF woman that she “has the heart or lungs of a 35 year old,” why can’t she have the skin, too?  We won’t die from an abundance of wrinkles, crow’s feet or puffy jowls, but it sure wouldn’t hurt if we could eliminate them–or prevent them from showing up in the first place– simply by rubbing a cream on our faces every day!


A Breakthrough Formula Gives Our Skin Cells The Energy They Need

The beauty industry is attracting more scientists than ever, who are studying the extremely popular subject of aging. Every day, we hear about new lotions, creams and serums that reportedly stall, or even reverse, the aging process as much as possible, at least when it comes to our skin, one of the most visible signs of getting older.

Although I wasn’t a stellar science student in school, I still work hard to understand the science behind the new beauty products we’re invited to cover for our wonderful community of women, 45+ . Even if we’re compensated to write about these products, I don’t like parroting a manufacturer’s claims that its formula reduces wrinkles and under-eye circles, as well as increases skin elasticity, for instance, without explaining how the product works–in simple, clear terms that make sense to all of us. Then, it’s up to you whether you want to try it yourself.

Of course, I know that even if I love a product, after using it for weeks and months, and swear that it has dramatically improved my skin, that doesn’t mean your skin will react the same way.

Why It’s Critical To Use Cleansers That ‘Target’ Your Face

When I was a teenager, my mother taught me to avoid using regular bar soap on my face because the chemicals in it would dry out my skin.


I actually listened to her, and started using special facial cleansers, made specifically to help remove dirt and impurities, while allowing my skin to retain as much natural moisture as possible. I’m glad I did. Our skin naturally loses moisture as we age, and since soap removes its natural lubricants, using it would have worsened the situation!

Win A Skin Cream With Botox-Like Effects

A few months ago, we offered ten lucky winners the chance to win Erasa XEP 30 ($160 for 1.7 fl oz), a revolutionary new skin cream with a neurotoxin similar to that of Botox.

Today, we’re offering ten more FOFs the same chance, since we love this cream so much.


5 Winning Ways To Turn Your Hair From Catastrophic To Cool

It doesn’t matter how gorgeous we look from the neck down. If we’re not happy with our hair, we’re not happy. Period!  But bad hair days are inevitable, whether the humidity is to blame, or those pesky grays have popped up overnight. When you wake up to one of these days, here are 5 ways to take control of your locks, before they take control of you.space

Wear a striking headband and no one will notice that you’re having a bad hair day. Headbands come in an endless variety of sizes, colors, prints and materials. We love those that have tidy front knots built right in, and don’t rely on our ability to create one ourselves.
Clip-in hair extensions are ingenious “accessories” that can add volume to lifeless locks, on the top, sides or back of your head. Best to consult with a talented hair stylist when you’re choosing which color, style and length are best for you. And make sure it’s made of real hair. Synthetic extensions often look fake.

You’re frustrated seeing your gray roots pop up weeks away from your next salon appointment. Fortunately, you can bring life back to your hair in seconds, with a temporary root concealer, like Gray Away. It looks completely natural and washes out when you shampoo.
If your hair is long enough, putting it in a ponytail will give you an instant facelift. If you lack the length, a ponytail extension will do the trick. And, there are lots of fun and sophisticated looks that turn ponies into sure bets when your hair isn’t cooperating. Secure your pony with a sensational scarf or team it with a headband.


You’ll definitely have fewer bad hair days when your hair is short, because short styles don’t weigh down your hair, and tend to better disguise imperfections. We love styles that are somewhat spiky, uneven and a bit tousled. Halle looks sensational in hers.

This post is sponsored by Gray Away, a quick and easy solution to temporarily cover gray roots. We love supporting brands that support FabOverFifty!


A Former Insider Exposes Big Beauty Brand No-Nos

We recently sat down with beauty industry insider, chemist Jules Zecchino, who left Estée Lauder after 18 years to create a game-changing skin cream– a topical competitor to Botox, that  also improves skin tone, dark spots, and other problems Botox can’t fix. Jules holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Bridgeport and has helped develop dozens of products for Estée, Clinique, Vaseline, Elizabeth Arden, and Avon.

Why did you leave a leading beauty brand to start your own skincare line?

I always wanted to create products on my own, but first I had to learn the science behind great products. Big companies gave me the opportunity to study with the best teachers in dermatology departments at large universities, and to test thousands of compounds and their combinations, to see first hand what works, from the petri dish to clinical testing.

I left after 32 years to go on my own, while I still had the energy and contacts to create first-class brands. I also became disillusioned that corporate pricing guidelines wouldn’t always let me introduce the highest-quality products.


Why don’t big beauty companies always conduct clinical trials for their products? Is there real “science” behind their products?

Most big companies always do some clinical testing, but they often don’t promote the results, because they’d prefer to manipulate subjective consumer studies to be even more appealing than the clinical tests.

Companies have to decide if they can really afford to use the ingredients at the levels they know work best. It may make the product too expensive, so they cut back on the amount of great ingredients they use.