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Stuff you're too embarrassed to ask about.                May 12, 2010
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Young and old handsHandle with care

My husband and I watched a movie with Jane Fonda one night and I remarked afterward how absolutely fabulous the actress looks.  "But her hands give her age away," my husband responded.  I looked at my hands with shock, and have been wearing gloves ever since.

I exaggerate of course, but hand rejuvenation is a new specialty among esthetic professionals for good reason.  While the skin of the face and neck may get all the attention in the fight against aging, the condition of our hands are, as my husband pointed out - a dead giveaway.  No matter how fat your butt is, older hands lose their fatty tissue and look bony and wrinkled. Hands are often the first thing damaged by the sun, which results in freckles and age spots.  Because they are always in water and being wiped off, skin on your hands is often dry and itchy.  Even the veins stick out more as we age.  Remember the hands of the Wicked Witch of the East? 

You get my point.  If hands are your issue, you are not alone.

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A boom is a tool used to remove oil from water, as in an oil slick, as in the Gulf Coast/BP/one-of-the-worst-in-history oil slicks.  Usually booms are made of plastic, but an alternative boom is made with human hair, right off the salon floor. Stuffed into panty hose and resembling sausage, the hair booms are being produced all over the country thanks to local salons that are making donations. NPR reports that, unfortunately, not many women wear nylons anymore, so they're having a little trouble finding old panty hose. But a spokeswoman for Matter of Trust, a San Francisco group spearheading the hair drive, says that the great thing about being based in Bay area is the city's transvestite community, "which has readily donated nylons."

Some foreigners have all the luck.  Business Week reports that Brazilian taxpayers got a bonus this year when their federal government decided to allow them to deduct cosmetic surgery from their income taxes.  Not only that - it is retroactive back to 2004.  The action is to help spur the already $2 billion USD plastic surgery business in the country. "Rogerio Gandra Martins, a tax lawyer at Sao Paulo's Advocacia Gandra Martins, said the lost revenue represented by the deductions is more than compensated for by expanding payrolls."
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