At Last, ‘Anti-Aging’ For My Body

While I’ve been pampering my face with some of the most effective ‘anti-aging’ serums and creams on the market, the skin on the rest of my body steadily slid downhill. Figuratively and literally. My elbows and knees were just plain dry, flaky and droopy. (Whoever thought knees could droop!) My legs resembled sandpaper;  my underarms moved like Jell-O!  Even my decolletage looked crepey. Definitely not a good look.

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Sure, it’s totally natural for aging skin to become thin, dry and lax as it loses its wonderful foundation of collagen and elastin, but it certainly would be nice to give my problem areas a pick-me-up,  especially now that I’m starting to wear shorter sleeves and pants. Unfortunately, drugstore body lotions only fleetingly hydrate and soften my skin, and don’t do a thing for the crepiness. I’ve tried dozens of them over the years, so I can speak from experience.

As editor of a popular website, I’m often invited to try out all kinds of beauty products. One brand–Crepe Erasejumped out at me because I remembered seeing the actress, Jane Seymour, talk about it on TV. She looks sensational, at 66, and has been using Crepe Erase for years, a fine endorsement right there! It’s also a big big seller on QVC, where they call it “anti-aging for your body.”  That definitely got my attention.

The formula features TruFirm Complex, an exclusive blend that includes three plant extracts, to help reinforce our skin’s netting, so the skin can appear tighter and firmer, and looks like it did when we were younger. Crepe Erase also contains seven powerful hydrators, including coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil, beeswax, cassava and Vitamin E, which absorb quickly and work to visibly soothe and renew the skin.

Crepe Erase is the #1 system to treat crepey skin, and the Essentials Kit only includes
two simple steps:

I use Exfoliating Body Polish when I shower, to lift away dead, rough surface cells and make my skin look smoother and more radiant. After the shower, I massage the Intensive Body Repair Treatment, with the TruFirm Complex, into the crepey skin around my neck, chest, arms and legs. The Body Polish has a beautiful, fresh scent and the Repair Treatment absorbs quickly and isn’t one bit greasy.

I can report back that the skin on my body hasn’t felt this smooth and hydrated in many years, and I’ve only been using Crepe Erase for three weeks. Plus, if I’ve learned one thing about skin care products, it’s that the more consistently you use them, the better the results.  

Crepe Erase isn’t a glorified body lotion. Trust me, it feels like I’ve tried them ALL.  If my word isn’t enough, look at these impressive results from a 4-and 8-week Crepe Erase clinical study, not to mention the incredible before-and-after images they revealed on QVC.

98% experienced improvement in evenness of skin tone on their décolleté.

90% showed improvement in the look of skin firmness on their arms.

88% of women experienced an improvement in the look of skin roughness on their legs and knees.

{Based on average results of a 49 person evaluation by an expert clinical grader}

97% saw an improvement in the smoothness and softness of their skin.

95% experienced a lifted appearance of their skin.

 91% of women showed improvement in the look of crepey skin.

{Based on average results of a 49 person evaluation by an expert clinical grader measuring décolleté, arms, knees & legs}

Results will vary.

Crepe Erase is so confident that you’ll love its products, it invites you to use them for 60 days, and, if you’re not satisfied, you can return the tubes–EVEN EMPTY–for a full refund, less s&h! This offer even gives me more confidence that these are quality beauty products. Plus, the line is incredibly reasonable in the first place!

CLICK HERE to order your Crepe Erase today and have firmer, softer skin to show off this summer.

Thoroughly Modern Marge

The moment Marge walked into the birthday celebration for my former husband, Douglas, she got my attention.

Petite and slender, she wore red slacks that perfectly matched her bright lipstick, which looked smart with her lacy-sleeved white shirt, triple-strand pearl choker, pearl earrings, and nicely coiffed short, silvery gray hair. It’s easy to tell that Marge is meticulous about the way she looks.

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Are You In Control Of Your Bone Health?

I was diagnosed with osteoporosis 14 months ago, and my endocrinologist prescribed a bisphosphonate to treat it.

I asked her if she thought lack of estrogen was the reason for my declining bone density, but she didn’t have the foggiest idea. All she knew what that I had osteoporosis, and she didn’t seem to give a whit about the cause. But, after having interviewed some of the smartest doctors in the field of women’s health, I learned that loss of estrogen can absolutely precipitate bone loss. No wonder 61 percent of women over 60 years old take a bisphosphonate drug. (more…)

The Magnificent Dinner Party Where No One Showed Up

I went to a magnificent dinner party at the Brooklyn Museum, but none of the invited guests attended, and not a single morsel of food or drop of drink was served.

That’s because this wasn’t a run-of-the-mill dinner party; it was Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party, completed in 1979 and regarded as “the most significant icon of 1970s American feminist art,” according to the description. It took five years for the artist, author, feminist, and educator, along with hundreds of collaborators, to create the large-scale work, which celebrates the achievements of 1,038 real and mythical female figures to Western civilization over the millennia. Most of these women had been neglected by history until they were recognized by feminist scholars. (more…)

Sleeping Superbly With Sapira

FabOverFifty partnered with Sapira to bring you my review of its new luxurious and heavenly mattress.

Remember when you could fully function on a scanty amount of sleep?

Now, those zzzzz have become as important to your mind, body and soul as what you eat and how you exercise. But lately, everything from your husband’s snoring to your cat’s pouncing, is robbing you of the sleep you absolutely need. And, the mattress you bought seven years ago, after testing it out for five whole minutes in the store, isn’t doing you any favors, either.  It’s a lumpy mess.

I couldn’t remember when I last slept through the night. Over decades, I’ve tried Ambien, melatonin, and a parade of mattresses, including a ridiculously expensive, memory foam number that wouldn’t budge when I changed the sheets.  So, when the folks at Sapira offered to have me try their “luxury hybrid mattress,” a marriage of pocket springs and foam, I jumped at the opportunity. (By the way, you can only order Sapira online and it’s shipped, free, from UPS.)

Reading about the Sapira mattress before it arrived, I learned that it’s engineered by the same people who created the popular Leesa mattress, and is filled with (1) 1,000 individually wrapped steel spring coils, sandwiched between (2) high-resiliency, stabilizing foam. This core support layer is topped by (3) a layer of high-performance memory foam, which is then covered with (4) a “cooling performance” layer of high-density foam. The final layer is punched with holes to allow air flow cooling and provide “bounce.”

This great big foam and spring ‘sandwich’ creates the ideal amount of pressure relief, body contouring, cooling, and support that “you have to experience to believe,” the company states. What’s more, you don’t need pillow tops to enhance Sapira’s performance! That’s a pretty big build-up, I thought. The proof would be in the sleeping. (more…)

The Big Risk I Simply Had To Take

This post is in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures, but the story is my own!

I just saw a trailer for a new movie, Going In Style, that’s opening in theatres next Friday, April 7th. It stars three of my all-time favorite actors, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin, who take a massive risk when they lose their pensions. It reminded me of the big risk I took a few years ago! A. Big. Risk.

It looked like my decade-long run as a successful publishing entrepreneur was about to end in 2007. After losing my largest account, I downsized my staff, moved to a far smaller office and, for the first time in my 40-year career, started to think, “what in the world am I going to do now?” I needed to work, not just for the income, but because I love the challenges, stimulation, and the emotional rewards of working. My anxiety level rose as I faced the harsh reality that the world of print publishing, which had defined my entire career, was on shaky ground, as the internet continued to gain a stronger hold in the media world. I was 60 at the time, and I wouldn’t even entertain the prospect of again working for someone else.

I instinctively began to think a great deal about women my age, the millions of fantastic boomer women who have accomplished so much in their lives, bucked so many rules, and set so many new bars in so many new arenas. And I realized that I wanted to do something about them, and for them, maybe a book.

Then, one afternoon in my living room, which by this time was doubling as my office–sans employees–I had an AHA moment: I’d start a website for women over 50. Like more and more boomer women, I was increasingly turning to the internet, Googling like crazy and checking out interesting websites, so it seemed like the right way to go. Surely, I could use my skills as a writer, editor and salesperson to make it work, even if I didn’t know a thing about building a website. So I pushed ahead, and within weeks I got a $90,000 commitment from an ad agency that handled the Olay beauty account, to help support my endeavor. Wowie, I thought. I’m onto something! What’s more, a generous and successful friend who believed in me and the idea, said she’d help fund it. I was off and running. FabOverFifty was born at the beginning of 2010.

Before & After: A Beautiful Bathroom Renovation!

Renovating, or simply refreshing a room in your home, can be exhilarating.

No surprise that bathrooms rank tops on the list of remodeling projects, according to the National Association of Home Builders. It’s the first room you usually enter when you wake, and it’s wonderful if the colors and lighting, not to mention a heavenly spacious shower, make you feel happy. What’s more, potential buyers always place a premium on great bathrooms.

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Why I’m Incorporating Squalane Into My Skincare Routine

This post is sponsored by Biossance, but all opinions are my own!

Have you ever bought a fine leather handbag, and the salesperson advised you to periodically rub it with a leather oil so it would stay soft and supple? If you didn’t treat it well, the bag would lose its natural oil and dry up. Well, our skin is no different than that bag; up until our 20s, our microscopic sebaceous glands secrete an oily substance, called squalane, that lubricates the skin on our face and scalp. Problem is, the amount of squalane that we make rapidly declines in our early 20s, so by the time we reach 50 years old, our squalane production is cut in half. That’s when our skin noticeably becomes rough, dry and vulnerable!

I found out about squalane when I went to a local Sephora to check out their latest anti-aging products. A particularly knowledgeable saleswoman took me to a brand called Biossance, whose total skin care line is made with this “mega moisturizing molecule.”

Besides recreating the squalane that our skin was born with, the company’s Berkeley, CA scientists developed a patented technology to extract it from sustainably sourced sugarcane, I later read on the Biossance website. Interestingly, luxury skincare products traditionally used squalane harvested from shark livers, which made them a lot more expensive than Biossance 100% Squalane Oil (it’s $58 for 3.38 FL. OZ, which will last for many, many months). (more…)

Georgia On My Mind

I’ve never been a devotee of Georgia O’Keeffe’s art. I like the colors in her classic flower paintings, and her realistic representation of Southwest animal bones, but I’d rather see fresh flowers on my dining table, and the only animal bones that fascinate me are those of dinosaurs. But, after spending a couple of hours at the recently mounted Georgia O’Keeffe Living Modern exhibit at The Brooklyn Museum, and learning how the artist carefully constructed her identity outside of her studio, I’ve developed a greater appreciation for her aesthetic, if not in all of her art, certainly for how she dressed and lived.

Born on a Wisconsin farm in 1887, O’Keeffe rejected the staid Victorian world into which she was born, and “absorbed the progressive principles of the Arts and Crafts Movement, which promoted the idea that everything a person made or chose to live with–art, clothing, home decor–should reflect a unified and visually pleasing aesthetic,” the essay continues. “Even the smallest acts of daily life, she like to say, should be done beautifully.”

Her clothing, like her art, showed her preference for simple lines, fluid silhouettes and hardly any ornamentation. She was obsessed with easy wrap dresses, for example, and had them in a virtual rainbow of colors, beautifully displayed in the exhibition. An accomplished seamstress, O’Keeffe made her clothes early in her life, with fine details and quality workmanship. Her homes also were spare, from her austere New York City apartment to her two houses in New Mexico.  

When she was an art teacher in Texas, O’Keeffe ignored the textbooks that instructed artists to copy nature, and asked them to let the beauty of pattern and design become an influence.   

Magnificent photographic portraits of O’Keeffe abound in the exhibition, and reveal how meticulously she dressed and posed for her photographers, including her husband, renowned photographer Alfred Stieglitz.  She leveraged  photography to help shape and promote her public persona as a woman with “quintessential American toughness, plainness, and individualism, tempered by age into a state of grace,”  and it has played a pivotal role in establishing her as an “icon of feminism and fashion.”

The popular O’Keeffe exhibition is housed at The Brooklyn Museum until July 23.  If you can’t make it there, following are some of my favorite pieces of O’Keeffe clothing, photography and art. I even included one of her paintings of animal bones and another of flowers (above).

5 Simple-To-Do Exercises To Improve Your Joint Health

Dear FOFriends: Osteo Bi-Flex has compensated FabOverFifty for this blog. I assure you that the content is factual and valuable, and all opinions are my own!

These words may not be music to your ears, but it’s essential to exercise, especially as you age.

The reason is simple as pie, I learned from healthline.com: Cartilage, the smooth, rubbery connective tissue on the end of our bones, cushions our joints and helps them to move smoothly and easily, but it wears out with age, so we can’t spring up from a low chair, or the floor, like we did when we’re 20, or even 40. Decades of walking, exercising, and moving also take a toll on cartilage. Obesity puts additional stress on our joints, cartilage and bones, especially in our knees, not to mention it makes you less likely to be physically active.

That’s not all:

We lose muscle tone and bone strength the older we get, which can make physical tasks more difficult and taxing on our bodies, even those that used to be second nature. Then there’s the winter. “Anything cold causes muscles, ligaments {fibrous connective tissue that holds together a joint} and tendons {fibrous collagen tissue that attaches a muscle to a bone} to sort of tighten up, and that makes them stiffer,” said Dr. James Gladstone, co-chief of the Sports Medicine Service at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine in New York to www.weather.com.  

“Exercise” doesn’t mean training for the marathon or an Olympic team. Low-impact, weight-bearing and cardio exercise can help strengthen muscles, keep bones strong, and improve joint mobility, advised Dr. Peggy Yih, my internist. Yoga, bicycling and swimming are good because they’re easier on the joints.

I’ve been doing cardio and weight-training an average of three times a week, over Skype, with Vann Duke, an exceptional coach. I lost 20 pounds (could probably lose 10 more), by eating healthier (exercising helps). And, I take dietary supplements for vitamins I can’t sufficiently get from foods, including one that supports bone health.