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Best Skincare for Women Over 50 – 12 night creams with serious anti-aging properties
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After 50, we need to take our skincare more seriously than ever. This means, among other things, regular use of an excellent night cream. A night cream is super-hydrating, a bit thicker than your day moisturizer, and won’t contain SPF. The best night creams are packed with anti-aging ingredients to help your skin regenerate while you sleep.

Avon Anew Ultimate Gold Emulsion Night Treatment1. Avon ANEW Ultimate Gold Emulsion Night Treatment (about $18.50, click to buy)
Gorgeous golden jar that looks like it contains a cream ten times the price—works like one too on postmenopausal dry skin. Said to stimulate proteins to increase the production of healthy cells, but it does turn your skin to silk so long as you keep on using it, which you will.

Lancome Genifique Repair Youth-activating Night Cream2. Lancôme Génifique Repair Youth Activating Night Cream (about $95, click to buy)
More like Genie in a jar. This gives mature skin a lush velvety texture. The claims say that’s due to boosting the activity of genes that stimulate proteins, but I say it works whether you wear it awake or asleep.

Drink Up Intensive3. Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask (about $21, click to buy)
If your face is so dehydrated that it looks like a road map of wrinkles, go to bed with this emergency treatment instead of your usual skin cream. Moisture-boosting sodium hyaluronate plus emollient avocado and apricot kernel oils do a quickie makeover, so your skin looks firmer and dewier, even on four hours of sleep.

jurlique Herbal Recovery Night Cream4. Jurlique Herbal Recovery Night Cream (about $48, click to buy)
If the romantic idea of a blend of eight herbs and flowers grown and hand-tended
on the Jurlique organic farm in Australia isn’t compelling enough, wait until you try this nourishing cream. It contains antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E and beech tree bud extract to increase moisture and firmness.

weleda Night Cream Wild Rose5. Weleda Wild Rose Night Cream (about $19.78, click to buy)
Weleda was an organic beauty pioneer back in 1921, but its reputation as a skin rejuvenating source is pure 2010 A-list. The whole Wild Rose line is great, but this night cream with its blend of nourishing antioxidant-rich organic rosehip seed oil, vitamins A and E, organic olive oil (also high in vitamin E), and evening primrose oil restores suppleness. P.S. If you like this, the Weleda Wild Rose Body Oil ($18.98 click here to buy) is to die for!

Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle6. Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Moisture Night (about $17.59, click to buy)
This retinol cream won’t have you digging into your 401K and simply, efficiently does the job—lines are diminished and skin looks firmer and clearer. I’ll say no more.

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM7. CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion P.M. (about $12.60, click to buy)
This is simply a very nourishing, repairing, and hydrating moisturizer with all the good stuff like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide (Vitamin B3), and ceramides. This new product is currently a hush-hush word-of-mouth bargain that is about to boom—get it before it sells out of stock.

Nivea Visage Rich Regenerating Night Care, Dry to Sensitive Skin8. Nivea Visage Rich Regenerating Night Care, Dry to Sensitive Skin (about $7.99, click to buy)
The same familiar blue may stir feelings for the classic tin of Nivea Creme. This rich cream uses almond and calendula oil to enhance the lipid barrier of the skin. Don’t look for it in stores though; it’s only available online.

Cosmedicine Private Nurse Recovery & Repair Cream9. Cosmedicine Private Nurse Recovery & Repair Cream (about $75, click to buy)
Fake a good night’s sleep with this extraordinarily hydrating night cream based on sodium hyaluronate. Plumps up lines and erases dryness by dawn.

Chantecaille Biodynamic Lifting Mask10. Chantecaille Biodynamic Lifting Mask (about $145, click to buy)
You know when you’re so stressed out that your face starts looking like an unmade
bed? Leave this mask on overnight instead of your usual night regimen to iron it out. Or slather it on for fifteen minutes before doing your makeup.

Nuxe Nuxuriance (All Skin Type) Anti-Aging Re-Densifying Night Cream/Age 55+ Facial Night Treatments11. Nuxe Nuxuriance Anti-Aging Re-Densifying Cream Night (about $63, click to buy)
There’s a reason this is one of the best-selling brands for mature women in those fabulous French pharmacies you see all over Paris that function as a medi-
beauty clinic. This cream with sodium hyaluronate, natural caffeine extract, and decongesting botanicals drains that excess puffy look we get during stress and replaces it with firmer, more supple skin.

ZO Skin Health Ommerse Overnight Recovery Creme12. Zo Skin Health by Zein Obagi MD Ommerse Overnight Recovery Crème
$95 click here to buy
The famous Beverly Hills dermatologist’s retinol cream decreases wrinkles, evens out skin, and thickens the epidermis so that your face feels firmer and looks dewier and your skin has “body” to it, if you know what I mean.

Did your favorite night cream make the list? Recommend it below!

heart broken and in the middle
Family & Relationships
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My daughter is getting married in 2 weeks. She and her fiance and bridal party went to Vegas for bachelor/bacherlorette party this weekend. I was not happy with this decision due to so close to wedding and fear of too much alcohol. Well, my fears came true! My daughter and brother got into a bad situation where my son yelled at her because he felt his girlfriend was being left out of the activies, she is a bridesmaid and they live together. My son drank a little too much and yelled at my daughter which hurt her so bad that she was wailing and crying in the casino. She then decided to call the girlfriend telling her that she is better off with out him and that she’s being a doormat and tearing her brother down. My son contributed lots of money toward the wedding and was very hurt that his sister tryed to destroy his relationship. My daughter is not remorseful for what she did and feels he needs to apologize to her for ruining her party. My son acknowledges that he needs to apologize for his actions but feels his sister needs to apologize to his girlfriend. Sadly, I’m in in the middle and deeply hearbroken over this! I understand my daughters feelings and my sons. Just looking for some advice on how a mother shouldn’t pick sides. I’m the only one helping my daughter with the wedding and I am so mad at her and my son. I cried all night!

Dr. Pepper Schwartz
Is your partner’s attitude killing your sex drive?
Love & Sex
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Ask yourself the following questions. If you have a lot of “true” answers, this is at least part of the explanation about why you are not feeling sexy and is a necessary part of what needs to be fixed in order to get back on track in your sex life:

True or False

1. Does my partner make comments about my body or what I wear or how I look that are unflattering?
2. Is my partner generally very judgmental about me?
3. Does my partner make me feel like I am not very sexy in bed?
4. Does my partner rarely tell me how much he loves me or how happy he is to be with me?
5. Does my partner rarely do his fair share of what has to be done around the house?
6. Do I not feel deeply respected by my partner?
7. Does my partner make me feel that sex is more about his or her needs than mine?

If your partner makes hurtful comments about your body, your intelligence, or your organizational skills, etc., it depresses your ability to be sexual later on. Even little things, like not showing consideration for your needs, such as not picking up after himself or forgetting to do some small errand you requested, can shunt sexual feelings to extinction. Having a partner who acts in a way that makes you feel unattractive or unloved will certainly have an effect on your own level of sexual desire. Time to address the problem!

Divorce after 25 years?
Family & Relationships
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I’ve been married for 25 years and have two sons. One is in college and the other one has 2 years left in high school. I have told him several times that I’m unhappy. He gives 110%!to his work and hardly anything in the marriage. Once I express my feelings then he says we will work on it but then months will go by and nothing changes. Sex is not great but we can get along together, it just more like roommates than marriage. He is not abbusive or cheating, just more about himself than about our marriage. I have lost respect for him. Should I go ahead and proceed with a divorce or just keep the marriage (roommate) and just do thing that make me happy?

Dr. Tara Allmen
The Female Sex Hormones – Estrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone
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Estrogen promotes the growth and health of the female reproductive organs. It also affects practically every tissue in a woman’s body, including the heart, brain, bones, eyes, skin, colon and so forth. Fluctuating and ultimately reduced levels of estrogen can result in hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, palpitations, insomnia, fatigue, decreased libido, vaginal dryness, irregular bleeding, bone loss and heart disease. Estrogen replacement therapy is considered the gold standard for the treatment of menopausal symptoms.


Progesterone is the hormone that prepares the lining of the uterus to accept a fertilized egg. During perimenopause, ovulation becomes unpredictable and so does the production of progesterone. During perimenopause, fluctuating levels of progesterone can cause periods to become heavier, longer and irregular.

When considering the use of hormone replacement therapy for menopausal symptoms, progesterone is necessary for women who still have a uterus. If you have had a hysterectomy, you do not need to take progesterone. Progesterone has only one job, which is to protect the uterine lining from abnormal overgrowth caused by the estrogen being taken to reduce menopause symptoms. It is the estrogen that is helping with your symptoms. It is the progesterone that is protecting your uterine lining. If you have had a hysterectomy, you do not need progesterone.


Although known as the “male” hormone, you might be surprised to learn that your ovaries have been producing testosterone since you first started getting acne and having periods! Testosterone continues to be produced by your ovaries for about 5 years after you have entered menopause and stopped making estrogen. Testosterone helps with your libido, feelings of well-being, energy, and bone health.

Who should consider a trial of testosterone?

The FDA has not approved the use of testosterone in women, so the answer is complicated. With my patients, I start with estrogen first, and most of the time I can manage symptoms just fine. If you have a uterus, you will also need progesterone. After 3-6 months, if you are still complaining of a reduced libido, it is time to consider adding testosterone. Since testosterone has not been FDA approved for use in women, you must make sure your health care professional knows what to do. Testosterone is generally safe at low doses for a short period of time.