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Age: 59

Location: Houston, TX

Skin type: Combination

Skin concerns: Addressing T-zone, sun protection, fine lines, hormonal skin

I am a 59-year old semi-retired anesthesiologist; I’ve worked in a variety of milieus including heading up a LARGE private practice in Eastern N.C. (early on, I was the only female in an all-male group of anesthesiologists, most of whom were retired military officers: U.S. Navy Seal, Delta Force, Special Forces, etc.). It was definitely a learning experience working with all of that testosterone. I had sub-specialties in pain & symptom management, palliative care (end-of-life care), & obstetrical anesthesia. I was fortunate enough to meet a plastic surgeon while working in our Ambulatory Surgery Center who was about my age and saw my flaking, dry skin at age 29-30. Our climate was much drier and we had 4 evenly-spaced seasons which affected my skin. At his urging, I started aggressive prescription skin care—he gave me fantastic prices on products and services! Since that time, as my hormonal status and my work status has changed, I’ve learned that my skincare regimen HAS to remain flexible.

Many years later (almost 2 decades) I moved back “home” to Houston where the humidity and pollution leave even the driest skin oily (at least in the ’T-zone’—which I’ve experienced) and subject to ‘grime’ accumulation simply from brackish rain and the high levels of everything ‘nasty’ (pollution) to our bodies and our skin. My goals in skin care are to be cognizant of my ever-changing hormonal status (it continues to change even after peri-menopause and menopause). I have ingrained forehead expression lines and the same around the left side of my mouth from an unfortunate oral surgery injury a year ago. So, I’ve tailored my products to cutting out pure retinol products, working on my T-zone, sun protection, my hormonal status, and of course, mitigation of the tenacious lines just stated. I’ve been excited to be a part of the dialogue on Truth in Aging. Marta continues to bring the community some amazing finds which are thoroughly vetted.

After my move back to TX, I worked for many years at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and became a national speaker on the “Hazards of Nutraceutical Use”—as they related to prescription and over-the-counter medication use and interactions, reactions with anesthetic agents, and reactions with medical conditions from which our patients suffered. My clinical research led me to become a member of the Editorial Board of the Natural Standard (now the Journal of Dietary Supplements). So, it’s been exciting to see how so many of the nutraceuticals (FDA-approved vitamins, ‘natural’ non-FDA approved neutraceuiticals, etc.) — many of which appear in the store’s products — work so well on our skin.

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    When I was asked to review ClarityRx Nourish Your Skin 100% Squalane Moisturizing Oil ($42), I was extremely excited as I’ve had an ongoing love affair with two other ClarityRx products — Get Fit (one of my staple anti-aging serums) and Easy on the Eyes. I recently turned 60 and have combination skin, which for me means a bit of oil in my T-zone, a few areas of dryness on my cheeks and neck, a small bit of hyperpigmentation near my ears on both cheeks, and normal skin on the rest of my face, neck, and décolleté. I am blessed not to suffer from acne, r ...Read More...

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    When I was initially asked to review the Aurora Plus by Lowe (1.280,00 €), I was excited. This laser device is said to improve vaginal lubrication while firming and slowing the aging of tissue, addressing issues such as dryness and pain during intercourse. Since a total hysterectomy at age 44, I’ve suffered from a gradual and, more recently, significant worsening of vaginal, vulvar (the vulva is the entire external female genitalia) and labial (the labia majora and minora are respectively the outer and inner folds of the vulva — the areas most accessible to the ...Read More...

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    I jumped at the chance to review a product from one of my favorite TIA brands, Your Best Face. I started my test of Your Best Face Defend ($130 in the shop) 4 weeks ago with no pre-conceived ideas or expectations. As a multi-tasking cream, I was instructed to use it on my face, neck, hands, and very importantly, to apply an appropriate sunscreen (preferably one with an SPF of 30 or above) over Defend as it does not contain a UV blocker. However, I knew that it was designed to fight the effect ...Read More...

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