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Anti-aging skincare for all ages

       
Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Anti-aging skincare is appropriate for all ages!You’ve probably realized by now that the best way to prevent aging is to start changing your everyday habits and use anti-aging skincare products early – even before you start seeing fine lines, age spots and wrinkles. While not all ages need every anti-aging product on the market, there are certain things you should be providing your skin in your 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. Here’s a list of the things everyone should do, followed by advice for each stage of your mid-life, according to SimplyAntiAging.com and Allure magazine.

Anti-aging advice for all ages
These tips are meant to be started immediately for all ages.
1. Stop smoking. Even if you’ve been a smoker for a number of years, it’s never too late to stop further damage from happening. Smoking greatly accelerates the aging of your skin because it encourages the destruction of collagen, which helps your skin remain plump and smooth. Smoking can make your skin dull, dry and wrinkled, so do yourself a favor and quit!
2. Wear sunscreen. Applying sunblock not only protects your skin from getting burned, but it protects your skin from aging. Prolonged sun exposure can create advanced age spots, wrinkles and give your skin a leathery texture. Use a product like Dermablend – Cover Creme SPF 30 (New Formula), which covers up existing marks and protects your skin.
3. Eat well. As long as your diet is full of fresh fruits and vegetables, your skin should be getting the antioxidants and vitamins you need to fight the signs of aging. Omega-3 fatty acids are also important, so be sure to include nuts and fish like salmon into your diet. If you’re concerned that you’re not getting enough, consider taking a vitamin supplement.
4. Exercise. Working out and moving is great for all parts of your body – even your skin. It increases the delivery of oxygen to your skin cells, as well as important vitamins so your skin looks younger longer. Make sure to drink plenty of water as you exercise to keep hydrated.
5. Sleep. Ever heard of beauty sleep? It’s real. Your body releases hormones while you’re sleeping to stimulate cell turnover and refresh your skin. Too much stress and lack of sleep can suppress your immune system and speed up aging, so get plenty of rest each night.

What to do when you’re:
• In your 20s. During this hectic age, you should be protecting and repairing your skin. Stress can increase the amount of damaging free radicals in your body, which show up as dark circles, puffiness and dullness. Use plenty of sunscreen, as well as a moisturizer with plenty of antioxidant ingredients, like Exuviance – Essential Daily Defense Fluid SPF 15.
• In your 30s. When you begin to see signs of aging, it’s time to exfoliate and regenerate your skin. Declining levels of collagen and elastin can create fine lines and wrinkles, while the rate of skin regeneration begins to slow down. Use products with peptides or retinols, which help to elevate your collagen and elastin, like BABOR – DOCTOR BABOR Derma Cellular Collagen Booster Cream. Exfoliate regularly to get rid of dead cells and increase cell turnover on the surface of your skin.
• In your 40s. During this period you may notice that your skin seems thinner and less hydrated, which is why it’s important to plump and soothe. Use a product with hyaluronic acid, which hold water to plump your skin from within. SkinMedica – Hydrating Complex is a good choice.
• In your 50s. Changes in your hormones can cause dryness at this age, so it’s crucial to hydrate and nurture your skin. Glycerin and ceramides can help to repair your skin’s natural moisture barrier, so use a product like SkinMedica – TNS Ceramide Treatment Cream.

How to look fabulous at your high school reunion

       
Friday, November 4th, 2011

You should look amazing for your high school reunion!High school reunions are a great way to get in touch with your former classmates and see what’s going on in everyone’s lives. You can get reacquainted with your old friends and maybe even make a few new ones that you never would’ve expected. If you’re nervous about what you should wear or what people will think of the older you, there’s no need to worry. There are plenty of ways to ensure that you’ll look fabulous and younger for the big event. Here are a few from Allure magazine.

Amp up your eyes
Eyes are usually the feature that people notice first, so it’s important to make sure yours are giving off the right first impression. You want bright, wide-awake eyes that look young and vibrant. The key to pulling this off is by de-puffing them and eliminating dark circles on the day of the event. Use a cold compress or even a frozen bag of peas to cool down your lids for ten minutes, then use a product like Sothys – Active-Contour Age-Defying Cream (Eyes). It will reduce the depth of wrinkles and fine lines, and if you keep it in the fridge, it’ll have extra de-puffing powers. Afterwards, use Jane Iredale – Active Light Under-eye Concealer to hide dark circles and signs of fatigue without any creasing.

Steer clear of acne
Even if your high school days are over, that doesn’t mean that your acne has completely gone away. If you’re still prone to the occasional breakout, it’s important to take preventative measures before the event. Wash your face twice daily with a cleanser meant for acne-prone skin, and consider using a product with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid afterwards. If you already have a breakout close to the event, do some damage control by warming up your skin with a warm compress, like a damp washcloth, for several minutes. Once your pores have opened, use two clean Q-tips to press on either side of a pimple to get rid of it, then use a zit-sapping product on top before concealer.

Get a dewy glow
You don’t want to look drab and burned out or oily on the day of your reunion, so use a product like BABOR – Advanced Biogen Intensive Repair in the days leading up to the event. Your face will have a smoother texture immediately and the formula will help with any scarring, abrasions and excess oil. Make sure to use plenty of moisturizer, and a facial spritzer like GloMinerals – gloMoist Hydration Mist can give you a quick pick-me-up, even in the bathroom of the venue!

Whiten your smile
There’s nothing like yellowing teeth to make you look older, so turn up the brightness of your smile with a kit like Supersmile – Professional Whitening System (Large). You’ll have much more confidence without even having to step foot in the dentist’s office. To get rid of any stains, you may want to try using hydrogen peroxide. Just dip a washcloth in it, then use it to scrub stains from the surface of your teeth. GoSMILE – TOUCH UP Mini (pear-licious) can also help you get rid of stains from coffee or wine on the day of the reunion.

Shine up your hair
Dull, dry hair can make you look much older, so it’s important to pamper your locks before the big day so your tresses will be glowing along with your face. Use a luxurious masque like BORGHESE – Fango Active Mud for Hair and Scalp, which will give you plenty of body and moisture. When you’re styling, use a shine spray like Hamadi – Shea Spray to get soft, luscious hair that your girlfriends will be jealous of.

The future of wrinkle therapy

       
Thursday, October 6th, 2011

The future of anti-aging skincare looks bright!According to Allure magazine, a recent annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons ended with some exciting news for people who want to get rid of their wrinkles without Botox or Dysport.

RT001 is a pseudonym for the wipe-on botulinum toxin, Type A, which is the same toxin used in doctor-dispensed injectables to temporarily smooth out wrinkles. Rather than injecting the toxin into your skin, researchers have found that simply wiping on the gel form can visually reduce wrinkles for about four months, which is the same amount of time Botox lasts for.

While the research is certainly promising, it could take several years for the product to be approved, meaning that you may want to find other anti-aging methods in the meantime. It's important to always use sun screen to prevent the sun's rays from damaging and aging your skin, so you may want to invest in an SPF moisturizer like Celazome – Lyphazome Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 30 to use daily. A product like PETER THOMAS ROTH – Un-Wrinkle can help with any existing wrinkles you may have, making your skin appear flawless.

Un-Wrinkle Makeup-Less Chemical-Free SPF 30 by PTR

       
Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Un-Wrinkle Makeup-Less Chemical-Free SPF 30 by PTR This product just launched to the market a few weeks ago.  It’s nice that I have a chance to try it first before it actually “OUT” in the market. This product is really neat! When apply it, not only it goes on smoothly, it also blends well and amazingly match my skin color.  The product is  loaded with peptides and top it of with SPF 30 which is perfect for using alone or as a primer. Price point is $48. The product lasts along way.

Stand up for better retinol equality

       
Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Stand up for better retinol equalityWhat with all this talk regarding Equal Pay Day, you'd think that someone would stand up to point out the flagrant inequalities between men and women's skin (kidding, kidding). In all seriousness, though, men do have some distinct advantages when it comes to the aging process, but that doesn't mean there aren't ways to level out the playing field.

"In general, men have the advantage when it comes to aging because their skin is 20 to 30 percent thicker than women's, which decreases sagging," Nicholas Perricone, MD, told ELLE.com.

According to the news source, women can take matters into their own hands by using products rich in retinol, which helps promote cell turnover and collagen production.

All being said, it's just as important to celebrate the fact that you've got such delicate features to begin with – and with a longer average lifespan than men, women have more time to preserve their feminine countenances. Taking the best possible care of yourself is easy when you've got high quality beauty products at your fingertips every day, so treat yourself to only the best.

Skin through the ages: An everywoman guide

       
Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Skin through the ages: An everywoman guideYou know your skin is sort of a big deal – it is the biggest organ on your body, after all, and having an out-of-this-world glow can make the difference between feeling beautiful or just so-so.

We wash, we exfoliate, we moisturize, we tone – we drink our eight glasses per day in hopes of achieving that ever-elusive perfect, dewy sheen.

The older we get, the more we have to adapt our habits to our skin’s ever-changing needs. That’s why it’s so important for women of all ages to be equipped with the proper knowledge to respond to the changes taking place in their bodies – the skin of a 20-year-old has different needs than the skin of a 47-year-old, but with the proper techniques, every woman can feel like a queen.

According to StyleList.com, “thanks to technology and all that we know about aging today, firm and glowing skin isn’t something you have to leave behind in your youth.”

That doesn’t mean having youthful skin comes without its own bag of issues, however. Many 20-year-olds are still plagued with occasional blemishes.

New York dermatologist Dr. David Bank told StyeList that young women might look for gentle cleansers that contain alpha hydroxy acid, glycolic acid or benzoyl peroxide, such as Neova‘s Acne Cream.

As you get into your 30s, it’s a safe bet you’ll see less and less of the angry red stuff, but your skin might be less capable of restoring itself. This is about the time when blotchiness, dryness and tiny fine lines begin to appear.

To combat these dulling effects, Dr. Tina Alster recommends focusing on exfoliation and moisturizing, while Dr. Bank mentions that most of the stuff you used in your 20s to fight acne can also still be beneficial for anti-aging purposes. Retinol creams and glycolic acid are especially suited for fine lines and blotchiness, the news source reports.

Those who begin to notice signs of rosacea at this age are advised to avoid a self-diagnosis and to visit a dermatologist. Skin-care professionals usually have the most effective treatments for this inflammatory condition. If you do decide to self-medicate, you can use products such as Phytomer‘s Rosee Visage Toning Cleansing Lotion and Accept Neutralizing Cream.

Women progressing into their 40s may see a marked progression of the aging effects they experienced in their 30s “due to weakening of collagen and elastin fibers, loss of fat and muscles, and coupled with gravitational pull,” Dr. Banks told the news source. “It’s not surprising that you will begin to see signs of sagging eyelids, drooping brows and hollowness under the eyes.”

The best advice is to up the strength of the exfoliation and moisturizing process, opting for subtle dermabrasion formulas with microcrystals and moisturizers with lots of glycerin. Bank recommends looking for formulas with anti-oxidants such as grape-seed extract or vitamins A, C and E, the news source reports.

Women aged 50 and over may begin to see more pronounced wrinkles as the moisture and fat content in their skin begins to wane. At this point, lathering on oil-rich moisturizers is a safe bet for the skin, which isn’t as prone to break-outs as it was years ago. Alster recommends products with collagen-building ingredients, such as retinoic acid, and hydrators like hyaluronic acid.

Bank says there’s something to look forward to in your 60s, which may bring skin less prone to hormonal fluctuations and a more defined bone structure. To prevent the dryness and itchiness associated with this age, look for creams with shea butter or serums with phytoestrogens, the news source reports.

Once you’re in your 70s, you can leave the soap behind. Look for soap-free cleansers that will help you retain as much moisture as you can – adding a vitamin C serum can help you with sunspots. Cellex-C Advanced-C Serum will do wonders for blotchiness and uneven skin tone.

And if there is one thing that you do take away from all of this, remember to always put on sunscreen. Applying SPF 20 or greater can be your number one defense against aging, no matter what birthday you’ll be celebrating this year.

How to keep makeup from emphasizing your wrinkles

       
Monday, November 29th, 2010

How to keep makeup from emphasizing your wrinklesAs skin ages, wrinkles develop and fine lines become more defined. And while many cosmetics can be used on a wide range of faces, there are a few items that more mature women may want to avoid, as they can draw attention to wrinkles.

Lipstick can often bleed into the little lines that form around the mouth. Instead of using an old-fashioned lip liner, you may want to swap the stick for a stain.

“Replace your lipstick with a deep stain topped by lip balm,” Los Angeles makeup artist Molly Stern told More magazine. “The stain won’t move, and the moisturizing properties of the balm will make the stain, which can feel dry on the lips, more comfortable to wear.”

Women worried about emphasizing wrinkles should also cut down on shimmery powder, which can settle into fine lines, bringing more attention to them. But instead of putting down the shimmer forever, the publication recommends using the highlighting powder sparingly on relatively smooth areas of the face, such as the tops of your cheekbones, your chin and your brow bones.

Makeup tips for a more youthful appearance

       
Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Makeup tips for a more youthful appearanceWhile it can be fun to learn about the hottest trends that are gaining popularity around the world, sometimes practical makeup advice is even better. After all, beauty products are supposed to help you look your best, and sometimes painting your lips the newest shade of fuchsia isn’t as flattering as you might have hoped.

Women who want to look a few years younger may want to stop looking toward the runways and try a few basic techniques that can create a more youthful appearance.

It’s often said that eyes are the window to your soul, so making sure that your peepers look their brightest is an important step when trying to appear younger. But before you stock up on beauty products, you may want to make an appointment with your eye doctor.

“Ninety percent of the time when women in their 30s come in for Botox, I send them to the opthamologist because they need a stronger prescription,” Boston-based dermatologist Ranella Hirsch told Harper’s Bazaar. She added that when women can’t see properly, they squint, deepening frown lines. In addition to visiting the doctor’s office, a high-quality eye treatment, like Babor Sensational Eye Cream, can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while improving elasticity.

There are also a few cosmetic tricks that can help open-up your eyes and make them appear younger. Instead of thick liquid liners, use a soft pencil to emphasize your eyes. Youngblood Intense Kohl Eye Pencil boasts bold pigment but remains soft enough to smudge and blend.

Additionally, don’t neglect your eyebrows, as Harper’s Bazaar reports that full arches are a sign of youth. For a natural look, use a pencil to enhance sparse brows, opting for light, short marks as opposed to filling in the area completely. Look for a pencil with a spool on the end, such as Sothys Eyebrow Enhancing Pencil, as the brush can help smooth out and break up the color to create the appearance of fine brow hairs.

When selecting a lipstick color, opt for lighter shades, makeup artist Matin Maulawizada told the news source, adding that darker hues can be unflattering on more mature women because lips get thinner with age. Ladies should also avoid peach and orange-toned formulas, which can make teeth appear more yellow. Instead, neutral and rosy-colored lipsticks are great alternatives.

If you do have more pronounced lines around your mouth, which is fairly common as skin ages, use a lip primer, like GloMinerals gloLip Filler Pencil, to keep lipstick from bleeding.

While it may seem that all women have different ways of applying blush, ladies looking for a more youthful appearance should brush on color above the apples of their cheeks. According to makeup artist Sandy Linter, applying blush to the highest point of the cheekbone creates an instant lift. Instead of bold hues, opt for a warm tone that blends with your natural skin tone.

Though a sunkissed complexion is often thought of as young and desirable, more mature women may want to stay away from self-tanner, as it can emphasize age spots, Linter told the publication. Instead, she recommends using a warm-colored foundation to perk up pale skin.

To hide blemishes, Maulawizada suggests using camouflage instead of concealer, as camouflage has less oil so it won’t sink into fine lines and wrinkles as easily. Paula Dorf Total Camouflage features two shades of cover-up in one pan, allowing women to create a custom hue that perfectly matches their skin tone.

Stop Father Time in his Tracks

       
Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Anti-aging with AHA

Just as you experienced growth spurts in life, it is also likely that you will come into contact with aging spurts. Throughout these periods, the skin will seem to age at a much faster rate than other times in life. This may seem like a lost cause for your skin but it isn’t—there are anti-aging techniques that you can use to protect your skin’s youthful appearance. You can do this by taking proper care of your body.

The most blatantly noticeable signs of aging is changes in the appearance of the skin—the dreaded wrinkles, lines, and puffiness. Skin aging is most usually cause by regular exposure to the sun and harsh elements in the environment. Care for your skin and you’ll slow the effects. Products that contain AHA ingredients can slow down the dreaded signs of skin aging and assist you in achieving healthier, younger-looking skin that you can be sure of.

Five Tips to Make Your Eyes Look Younger

       
Friday, September 15th, 2006

1. Reduce fine lines. Apply a very small amount of eye cream on the brow bone and under the eye. Then, dab on a concealer that correctly matches your skin tone. Blend and even with a concealer brush. The final step is to line the eye with a white pencil directly beneath the lash line. Then, blend well with fingertips. This gives the impression of a wider and brighter eye.

2. Shade eyes with shadow and apply from the inner eye corner outward. Make sure to always blend up and outward. Highlight just under brows with a lighter, shimmery shade like taupe. Use at least two shades of shadow to define the eye.

3. Gently line with liquid eyeliner, brush or pencil, drawing a skinny line along lashes directly next to roots. For a softer and more natural look soften with fingertip or Q-tip.

4. Brush brows out and upward. Carefully trim any additional hair just above the top of your natural arch. Look carefully at the shape. The brow should begin at your inner eye, peak at the outer edge of your iris and stop at the outer corner of your eye. Hold a pencil in line with the outer side of your iris and check where the peak of your arch naturally occurs. From the arch all the way to the outer corner of the eye is where your brow should fall in a straight or slightly curved line, depending on the look you´re trying to get.

5. Never sleep in your make-up as this can make your lashes dry out and become brittle. Keep your head elevated when you sleep, to try to keep fluid from settling around your eyes.