Beauty and function


My running shoes on the catwalk in NYC – Photo from

I love the running shoes I bought from Runtex last year, before they closed their store on Riverside.  I cut down a whole minute from my run when I switched to them and love that they are minimal but supportive. I’m not totally convinced of the barefooted running phenom, but I haven’t heard a compelling reason for it, yet.  I saw this link and thought it was cool that the company, On, was featured in the spring/summer 2014 Oiselle collection in New York’s Fashion Week in the color combo of my shoes!


Drug successfully reduces double chin

vial-needleArthur W. Perry, MD, FACS states that “liposuction of the neck and jowls is clinically one of the most rewarding procedures in aesthetic surgery. With a short, low-risk, relatively inexpensive procedure, patients can achieve a dramatic change in their appearance. With recent technical advances, the results achieved with liposuction can, in many patients, rival those achieved with a facelift”.  Now the same results can be achieved with even less risk and hopefully less cost than lipo.

According to the September 17, 2013 Medscape, the experimental injectable drug, ATX-101, proved to be effective in reducing double chins in 1000 patients.  If the injectable is approved, Kythera Biopharmacueuticals would produce the first drug that would offer an alternative to liposuction.  The company states that common adverse events could include swelling, pain, bruising, numbness and redness.


Women love a faux-glow

Photo from Beauty Company

The Beauty Company  released its “Beauty by the Numbers” series #5 focusing on sunless tanning statistics and found that 99% of respondents to their survey had used sunless tanners in the past and 92% had used a sunless tanning product within the last 6 months and 59% said they used tanners within 3 months of the survey.  The top product mentioned is from Jergens, my favorite, for least offensive smell, best color, and minimal streaks.

Your pet is a wellness promoter!

My sweet Polly

My sweet Polly

It’s well known that stress and anxiety can speed up the aging process and also known that oxytocin can counteract stress by promoting feelings of wellbeing.  The Research Center for Human/Animal Interaction at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine has found that oxytocin is elevated from interacting with our pets.  Rebecca Johnson, a nurse who conducts the research, explains that “oxytocin has some powerful effects for us in the body’s ability to be in a state of readiness to heal, and also to grow new cells, so it predisposes us to an environment in our own bodies where we can be healthier.”   Therapy dogs have been working in a wide range of healthcare settings and it’s so interesting to attribute the healing that occurs to release of brain chemicals.  I’m releasing oxytocin just from thinking about how awesome our furry friends are!!