Chill Out: 5 Easy Ways to Deal with Hot Flashes

You know when you’ve got one. There’s a feeling of intense heat that builds slow and steady or suddenly jumps you like a lion on an unsuspecting gazelle. It’s a hot flash, and symptoms often include tingling in your fingers, a prickling feeling along the hairline, fast heartbeat, hot or red skin, and those damn,…

Beauty Quickie: The Ice Facial

Woke up a little drawn or puffy? Actor Paul Newman used to swear by this trick and so should you: Fill your bathroom sink with cold water and add a couple of ice cubes. Then dunk your face, holding still for up to 10 seconds. Repeat a few times to tighten the skin and reduce…

Show Off Your Arms like Anna Wintour

Feeling self-conscious about sagging skin on your arms? Take a page from Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour and let it all hang out. As I write this, the 65-year-old style-setter is sitting in Serena Williams’ players box at Wimbledon, wearing a sleeveless dress that shows off the folds on her otherwise toned upper arms. Exercise…

Learning to Relax

Are you laughing already after reading the headline? For many women, relaxation can seem as elusive as a unicorn, the mythic creature that symbolized purity and grace in ancient Greece. The daily pressures of our lives, including work, family and the new age-related adventures we are suddenly dealing with often conspire to interrupt our sleep,…

Diet Quickie: Nuts

When I travel these days, I make sure to pack a nut sack. (And yes, I giggle every time I say that.) I don’t want to be stuck on a plane or in an airport without something to snack on. And a bag of nuts is the perfect travel companion. Nuts are portable, they don’t…

No Reading Glasses for Me!

The first time I noticed it was in a dimly lit restaurant. I grabbed for the candle on the table thinking, “Gee, the type on this menu is awfully small.” In the next few weeks I found the same thing happening when I read the newspaper or sought ingredients on a package label in the…

Hypnosis for Hot Flashes and Memory Loss

Can hypnosis make you forget you are in menopause? Scientists at Baylor University in Texas suggest that it is possible. For the last couple of years, the school’s Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory has shown that hypnotic relaxation therapy can combat some of the most vexing symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and memory loss. Hypnotic…

Love Your Upper Arms

“I hate the summer,” moans my friend Sara. “I have to show my upper arms in public.” Women of all ages tend to disparage the area from the elbow to the shoulder, wishing it were less fleshy or more defined. Here at MiddleSexy we want you to love your upper arms, or at least stop…

Exercises We Love: Leg Extensions

Leg Extensions strengthen your thigh muscles, providing protection for your knees and extra stamina for rolling around in bed. This is another simple exercise that you can do anywhere, anytime. How It Works: Sit on the floor with your legs straight in front of you, hands touching the floor on either sides of your legs…

Have a New Lover? Use a Condom

Quick reminder for those who haven’t taken Sex Ed in a while: Pregnancy prevention is only one reason to take precautions. The rate of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is growing rapidly among men and women 50 years old and over, thanks to a perfect storm of divorce, drugs for erectile dysfunction, and a population that…