Posts Tagged ‘anti-aging’

9 easy anti-aging makeup tricks

       
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Do you know how to use makeup to make yourself look younger?

You already know that makeup can bring out your best features and make you look truly glamorous, but did you know that it can also affect how old you look? The way you apply makeup and the products you choose can influence how smooth, bright and rosy your skin is – but you have to make sure you’re doing it the right way! Here are nine anti-aging makeup tips that can help you look like you did 10 years ago!

1. Use a lightweight liquid foundation
As Prevention magazine notes, the wrong foundation can make your skin look older by highlighting wrinkles and creating a mask-like appearance. Powder, for example, can settle into fine lines and look chalky, as it has nowhere to go but on the surface of your face. Heavy foundation formulas may be good at hiding blemishes, but they won’t make your skin look naturally radiant. Instead, opt for a lightweight liquid foundation that will moisturize and sink in quickly, leaving no evidence!

2. Skip eyeliner on your lower lash lines
You might be used to using eyeliner on your upper and lower lash lines, but if you’ve been noticing dark circles and wrinkles around your eyes lately, eyeliner on the lower lids won’t do you any favors, according to Allure magazine. Applying eyeliner on just the top lash lines can make your peepers look bigger and won’t highlight dark circles.

3. Make moisturizer your BFF
If you’re not already applying face moisturizer every morning and night, it’s time to break that habit. Makeup maven Sonia Kashuk told O, The Oprah Magazine that moisturizer not only makes your skin look fresher and plumper, but it helps your makeup go on smoother, which leads to a flawless finish. Apply a day cream before your makeup every morning and a night cream before you hit the hay.

4. Opt for cream blush
Just like powder foundation can settle into fine lines, powder blush can look obvious and highlight flaws. Instead, Redbook magazine recommends using cream blush. Not only is it easy to blend, but it makes your cheekbones look dewy and fresh.

5. Choose warm metallic eyeshadows
Shimmery eyeshadows with fine glitter particles can camouflage the creases in your eyelids, so they’re perfect for a slight tightening effect. But Allure magazine points out that cool metallics like slate or silver can make dark circles look more obvious, so choose warm tones like gold, bronze, peach or rose.

6. Blend, blend, blend
Blending your makeup is essential, especially when it comes to eyeliner, according to Kashuk. Perfectly drawn lines can look a little too dramatic for everyday wear, so try using a pencil along your lash lines and be sure to smudge it with your finger or a sponge-tip applicator. This will create a softer, more flattering effect that won’t look jarring.

7. Soften your lip lines
Redbook claims that crisply drawn lines made with lip liner can make the fine lines around your mouth look more prominent. Instead of tracing the outline of your pout to a tee, just apply liner well enough so that your lipstick will stay in place. Then, use your finger to lightly brush over the outline and soften up the edge.

8. Line your inner rims with beige
To make your eyes seem larger and brighter, beige eyeliner pencil on your inner rims is just the thing, notes Redbook. Use it to line your lower rims, which will make the whites of your eyes
look bigger and give you a wide-awake appearance.

9. Lighten your lip colors
Dark lips can be aging, so stick to lighter shades of peach, pink and nude for a more youth
ful look. Skip the high-gloss or matte finishes and opt for a shine level that’s somewhere in the middle. Lipsticks with satin finishes can help you achieve this.

Keeping your looks in your 30s

       
Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Keeping your looks in your thirties

Once you hit the age of 30, you’ll want to do more than blow out the candles on your birthday cake. Now is the perfect opportunity to revamp your makeup routine and make it more suitable for your age. While you might still be trying to deny the growing crow’s feet around your peepers and the fine lines near your lips, these facial features are becoming a fact of life. As you continue to age, they’ll become more prominent, but there are a few tactics you can use to slow down the process.

“At 30, things are usually not as good as they appear,” Dennis Gross, M.D., told Marie Claire magazine. “What lies beneath – cumulative sun damage, crumbling collagen and elastin [the support beams of still-plump skin], and disappearing blood vessels – is about to emerge as brown spots, wrinkles, and sallow and sagging skin if you don’t take care of it.”

The magazine goes on to state that women account for approximately 92 percent of all cosmetic surgeries, and there are many reasons for this. In general, women tend to show signs of aging sooner than men, which may contribute to this percentage. However, you don’t need to go under the knife to look like you’re 25 again. In this day and age, there are several foundations and concealers specifically designed to help women turn back the clock. 

Maintaining your natural glow
Makeup can not only hide fine lines and wrinkles, but help you keep up your natural glow as well. Erika Katz, a beauty writer, recently told MSN that foundation is essential in your 30s for a number of reasons.

“After 30, you need to wear foundation or tinted moisturizer under your makeup because skin begins to lose its natural glow and becomes uneven owing to past sun exposure,” Katz said. “Also, daily night cream and eye cream are nonnegotiable.”

If you’ve never been fond of going heavy on foundation or using cream formulas, consider a loose foundation to maintain your youthful appearance. These cosmetics can also leave your skin feeling silky smooth, light and airy.

Keeping your flaws hidden
As you start to develop more fines lines, TLC states that you may want to stay away from makeup that highlights these features, such as shimmery eyeshadows and blush. Instead, look for matte varieties that can conceal your signs of aging. In addition, try to choose makeup that includes beneficial nutrients and vitamins for your skin – your 30s aren’t a time to experiment with new ingredients that may irritate your beautiful face!

“Use less ‘stuff’ on your skin,” Emma Graves, skincare specialist, told TheBlush.com. “The harsh chemicals found in many products tend to strip the skin of its natural defenses and may interfere with the skin’s ability to repair itself. Worse yet, over zealous exfoliation can make you more susceptible to environmental damage.”

Staying healthy
Taking care of your health inside and out is crucial to maintaining your beauty for longer. Familiarizing yourself with vitamins that can benefit your body can also help you reduce your reliance on foundation and concealer to look flawless.

Margaux Rathbun, the creator of Authentic Self Wellness, recently dished on what she feels is important for beautiful skin. She told TheBlush.com that staying away from refined sugars is important in order to reduce breakouts and blemishes.

In addition, look for foods high in fiber, zinc and vitamins C and E to maintain your complexion. Vegetables and whole grains are full of these nutrients. By taking these tips into consideration, you can make it easier to look stunning in your 30s and beyond!

Three reasons why you need a BB cream

       
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Have you tried a BB cream yet?

Chances are, you’ve been hearing a lot lately about the miraculousness of BB creams. These ramped-up tinted moisturizers offer coverage in addition to anti-aging benefits and SPF. Women everywhere have been adding these products to their routines to make life simpler – after all, it’s like getting several products in one package! So why else should you add a BB cream to your vanity?

1. Your foundation is too heavy. Sometimes, you just don’t need a lot of coverage, whether it’s because it’s summertime or your face has been particularly clear lately. In that case, a BB cream like Too Faced – Tinted Beauty Balm Multi-Benefit Skin Care Makeup SPF 20 – Nude Glow can even out your complexion without smothering your skin.

2. You’re afraid of using blush. If you’re hesitant to use blush because you think it’s too noticeable on your face, Allure magazine points out that BB cream can help reduce the impact of blush. Apply a thin layer over your blush to make it look more natural and add a fresh, dewy finish.

3. You hate the greasiness of sunscreen. If you’ve yet to find a sunscreen that doesn’t make your complexion feel oily, a BB cream is the perfect solution. With SPF built right in, you won’t have to worry about that extra protective layer.

Can looking old impact your heart’s health?

       
Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Can looking old impact your heart's health?Wrinkles, puffy eyes and other signs of aging can have a lousy effect on your social life, but did you know that they can also indicate cardiovascular health issues?

In a recent study by the University of Copenhagen, researchers found that people with certain signs of aging, like fatty deposits around the eyelids and creased earlobes, were 39 percent more likely to develop heart disease and 57 percent more likely to have a heart attack, HealthDay News reported.

While the study spanned 35 years and the results could vary depending on lifestyle and hereditary factors, these findings could have significant consequences.

If you've been carrying a little baggage under your eyes, give your peepers the boost they need with Sothys – Active Contour Age-Defying Cream (Eyes). Just a small amount of this potent cream each morning can reinvigorate your eyes.

In addition, you might be on the lookout for an all-purpose anti-aging moisturizer to protect your complexion daily. With Exuviance – Multi-Protective Day Creme SPF15 you'll be on your way to firmer, younger skin before you know it!

What are alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs)?

       
Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Alpha hydroxy acids can make your skin look brighter!When you’re looking at skincare product labels, you might have noticed something called alpha hydroxy acids, otherwise known as AHAs. While you probably trust the skincare company enough to go with its ingredient choices, it never hurts to know exactly what you’re dealing with. Here’s the lowdown on AHAs and why you should use them.

According to Allure Magazine, AHAs weaken the fluid bonds that keep skin cells on the surface of your body stuck together, allowing dead skin cells to come off easier. As we age, these fluid bonds get thicker (kind of like glue), meaning the cell turnover process becomes slower and dead cells stick around for longer, dulling our complexions.

So, if you use AHAs, you should end up with more radiant skin that’s not bogged down by dead skin cells. There are many fine anti-aging products on the market, like PETER THOMAS ROTH – Glycolic Acid 10% Hydrating Gel, that use AHAs to deliver you results. They’re also useful in acne treatment products like NeoStrata – NeoCeuticals Acne Regimen Kit.

Ingredients for Aging Beautifully

       
Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Ingredients for Aging Beautifully

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Antioxidants are key ingredients that fight the signs of aging. Products containing the following ingredients are your first line of defense; Caffiene, Olive Leaf, Mallow Flower, Avocado Oil, Acai Berry.

Sensitive skin: Equal parts nature and nurture

       
Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Sensitive skin: Equal parts nature and nurtureChances are you’ve racked up plenty of experience telling the lady at the sales counter whether you’ve got normal, oily, dry or combination skin. But did you know that having sensitive skin isn’t always a result of what your mama gave you?

“According to experts, all of [the] popular high-tech potions and procedures [we use to whip our skin into shape] contribute to a gradual wearing down of the outer layers of skin, leading to an uptick in the number of people who suffer from continual redness and sensitivity issues,” StyleList.com reports.

This means there definitely can be “too much of a good thing” when it comes to exfoliators, anti-aging treatments and especially when it comes to using too many products all at once.

To combat this issue, we suggest talking to a skincare expert to determine your true skin type and sticking only to products designed for your dermis. Most skincare regimens don’t require more than the use of a cleanser, toner, moisturizer and/or night cream.

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.

Choosing eye creams that are good for you too

       
Friday, March 18th, 2011

Choosing eye creams that are good for you tooNormally when we think of eye creams and all things that are intended to do our skin some good, we never consider that sometimes, the products we choose may result in all kinds of unwanted side effects. However, those with sensitive eyes can take simple steps to avoid using formulas that might rub them the wrong way.

LA Lasik surgeon Dr. Brian Boxer-Wachler spoke with the Huffington Post and reminded ladies that safflower oil is excellent for hydration while caffeine can help decrease redness and UV damage to eyes. Organic soybean oil and grapefruit seed extract are also highly beneficial while alpha lipoic acid and vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate) are excellent for anti-aging properties.

Meanwhile, eye creams should be carefully selected to avoid fragrances and special non-irritating formulas, the news source reports.

Cellex-C Eye Counter Cream is specially designed for the delicate skin around the eye area and contains active ingredients to reduce the visible signs of aging. The formula is easy on sensitive skin and doesn’t generate many side effects as some other treatments might.

Expert skincare tips: How to slow the effects of aging

       
Monday, February 28th, 2011

Expert skincare tips: How to slow the effects of agingEven if some of us don’t make it to a dermatologist on a regular basis, we can still benefit from expert advice geared to help us combat skincare woes that many of us invariably end up facing.

If you wish to be in-the-know when it comes to protecting yourself against the effects of aging, Skincare-News.com provided these helpful hints that everyone should keep in their arsenal of skincare know-how.

“Sunscreen is a must in the fight against aging,” the news source reports. “People should always be honest about their skin care regimen – including any history of smoking and sun exposure. This is vital information for a dermatologist to create an effective anti-aging skin care routine.”

Be sure you’ve got the best skincare technology on your side with a sunscreen product that contains at least SPF 15. Many foundations and moisturizers come with SPF already built in, which is a great way for women to get into the habit of never leaving the house without some sun protection on their faces.