April 25, 2012
The first in a series of new e books, Zia’s M.A.P. (Master Anti-aging Plan) to Basic Skin Care, is now available on Amazon. http://tinyurl.com/78d2spj
As a best-selling author of six “old fashioned books,” I am very excited to be reaching out to a new audience in a new way; e books. Several months ago, I bought a Kindle. Since I have always been a voracious reader of “real books” and the daughter of two voracious readers (I also spawned two of my own, daughter and granddaughter), I resisted making the change quite doggedly for a long time. I remember posing the same resistance when switching from a typewriter to a computer. Of course, as soon as I began writing on a computer (I had the first MAC), it changed my life. I can’t say that the Kindle has done that, but it has made reading easier in several ways: many books are heavy, and it’s instant gratification. I click on the Kindle store, choose the book I want to buy, place my order and within one minute, begin to read. It has also made traveling with books easier as I don’t have to pay extra baggage fees for the books in my suitcase. All of my books are in my purse. I should also mention the fact that I can bump the font size up and read without glasses!
I did not intend this blog to be an ad for Kindle but e readers truly are amazing and my new book is available on both the Kindle and Nook today! Wow, sometimes it really does feel like we’re living in the future.
So, please check out Zia’s M.A.P. and leave your comments here for me to see!
February 22, 2011
Many of you may already be familiar with Botox. Even if you haven’t used it yourself, you probably know that it is commonly used to relax facial lines, specifically frown lines between the eyebrows and crow’s feet at the corners or the eyes. I also knew that it could be used to help soften and/or erase horizontal lines on the forehead and to lift eyebrows that had slipped south, causing eyelids to droop.
However, until yesterday, I had no idea that Botox might be used to improve the pesky and unsightly condition known as “turkey neck”. Welcome to the ingenious world of San Francisco’s own dermatologist, Dr. Kathy Fields. After conquering and healing the world of acne with her Proactive treatment products, Dr Fields is now turning her attention to the world of “anti-aging”. I had no idea that the beginnings of my crepey neck could be magically improved in less than one minute! Since it is almost my sixty-sixth birthday (how did that happen?), I chose to treat myself to an expensive ($400) present, even though it might only last a few months. The good news is that by the time the Botox wears off, there are several other, non-invasive treatments that are supposed to give more lasting results. I love all of the new anti-aging possibilities that keep appearing and I will keep you posted.
Meanwhile, Dr. Fields has also recently introduced a new line of anti-aging skin care products. I am trying one of the remedies, for brown spots and aging skin, on the back of my hands. It is a DIY technique that employs the principles of Mesotherapy. Anti-Aging AMP MD is “a maximum delivery system that contains a reusable, micro-channeling tool constructed of surgical grade, stainless steel acupuncture micro-needles. It safely creates precise micro-channels (pin pricks) in the uppermost layers of the skin to allow for more effective delivery of the skin-transforming ingredients of ANTI-AGE Night Renewing Serum.” The serum contains a retinol-peptide blend, that combined with the unique delivery system, “increases firmness and elasticity, and smoothes the skin’s surface.” For detailed information about all of these products, go to www.rodanandfields.com.
I took “before” photos of my hands last night and will give you a progress report in 30 days, the time required to see results.
March 23, 2010
New findings by the Cancer Prevention Coalition http://www.preventcancer.com, have brought Dr. Perricone skin care products into an unfavorable light. “Nanoparticles, less than 1/10,000 of a millimeter in size, readily penetrate skin, and can invade underlying blood vessels and produce body-wide toxic effects, including brain degenerative disorders, and nerve damage,” stresses CPC Chairman Dr. Samuel S.. Epstein, MD. Dr. Epstein is professor emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at the University of Illinois, at Chicago School of Public Health, and the author of Toxic Beauty, published by BenBella Books in 2009.
Based on a January 6, 2010 Skin Deep report by the Environmental Working Group, at least 7 of 26 of Dr. Perricone’s products were found to contain nanoparticles, along with other toxic ingredients such as acrylamide, ethylene oxide, dioxane, nitrosamines and formaldehyde. The group rated 25 of Perricone’s products as posing “moderate to high hazards.”
Dr. Epstein warns that the anti-aging claims made by Perricone are “baseless, as they are made in the absence of scientific evidence based on double-blind clinical trials.” This is no surprise as almost all cosmetic manufacturers make unfounded claims…it’s called “advertising”. Unfortunately, the responsibility of making sure the products you use are safe depends on you so, do your homework.
The Perricone products are not the only ones containing carcinogenic ingredients or nanoparticles. You may want to research the products you use on the, California’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Act website and read their report on nanoparticles, http://www.safecosmetics.org/article_php?id=307. Dr. Perricone products are conspicuously missing from this voluntary site.