Posted 8 November 2013 at 7:45 PM | Comments (0)
Funny that I claimed I “never post on beauty,” yet here I am, day three, posting about skincare. It’s the last section in the skincare series I swiped from the May 2013 issue of Lucky magazine and it’s just too good not to share.
So for those of you in your 50s and beyond, read on.
ADD AS MUCH MOISTURE AS YOU CAN IN YOUR 50S & BEYOND
As oil production drops off, your skin’s protective barrier starts to weaken, making it less able to hold moisture, so build hydration into every step of your routine.
Switch to a creamy cleanser, and use face oils, hydrating serums and lotions or balms that sink right in. Together, they’ll strengthen the lipid barrier so your skin feels smoother and calmer.
You may need a more moisturizing form of topical retinoid like Renova. If you’re still super-dry, layer on a ceramide moisturizer before the retinoid. “They’re terrifically hydrating, lightweight and anti-inflammatory,” says Brandt. “If you apply a ceramide cream before your retinoid, you’ll get less irritation, and it won’t interfere with the treatment.”
Crepiness starts to be a problem because of lost collagen. A first step might be a lift-and-tighten peptide cream smoothed in with a Clarisonic Opal—the sonic waves help the cream sink in and create a temporary plumping effect that lasts for hours. Dermatologists have more drastic—and more lasting—solutions: Thermage, Fraxel and Ulthera treatments kick up collagen production for long-term repair. Over three months, skin gets firmer and smoother.
Posted 7 November 2013 at 7:20 PM | Comments (0)
Yesterday I posted an article from the May 2013 issue of Lucky magazine about skincare in your 30s. Today I got an e-mail from a friend saying, “Too bad there’s no ‘skincare in your 40s,’” to which I replied, “Actually… there is.”
So for those of you in your 40s, here’s the section.
FIGHT REDNESS, BROWN SPOTS AND VOLUME LOSS IN YOUR 40S
This is when your past sun damage comes back to haunt you—in the form of wrinkling, redness, uneven skin tone and brown spots. You might see some volume loss in your face, too.
Take vitamin D to improve skin and hair (plus bones and immune system). “I recommend 3,000 international units a day for women who stay out of the sun,” says Brandt. “Women with darker skin may need more, because they have some built-in sun protection. If you find your hair or nails are getting thinner, I also find biotin can make a big difference.”
Lasers (like Clear and Brilliant, Fraxel and IPL) can supercharge your at-home efforts, brightening skin and obliterating lines, broken capillaries and hyperpigmentation.
Add a peptide cream to your routine. Peptides generally don’t cause irritation, so they’re easy to incorporate morning or evening, and they treat practically every sign of aging.
Switch to a richer moisturizer with hyaluronic acid, ceramides or glycerin—all brilliant for plumping and smoothing. To lock in moisture, apply while your skin is still damp.
In addition to your regular eye cream, carry a cooling roller-tip gel with caffeine (to reduce puffiness) in your bag. Antihistamines like Claritin can also help with undereye bags if the problem turns out to be allergies.
Lashes grow skimpier and shorter over the years. Latisse, the prescription lash grower, really works. “It’s good for thinning eyebrows too, although it’s not FDA-approved for that,” says Brandt.
Fillers (Restylane, Juvederm) not only restore lost volume but also spur collagen growth. Botox injections iron out wrinkles and, in the right hands, even create a subtle brow-lift.
Posted 6 November 2013 at 10:04 PM | Comments (0)
Since I’m clueless about, and generally disinterested in, beauty, I don’t share beauty information here.
I came across this article in the May 2013 issue of Lucky and found it so relevant that I not only have to share it, I have to hang onto it. For myself. Weird.
ACNE AND WRINKLES? REALLY?! IN YOUR 30S
Wechsler points out that 54 percent of 35-year-old women have adult acne. Brandt agrees: “The biggest complaint is pimples and wrinkles at the same time.”
Maintain a healthy weight. Yo-yo dieting, with fluctuations of 10 pounds or more, can lead to facial sagging. Your skin gets less elastic with age, so as with sleep, it’s harder for it to snap back. “I’m a big believer in the anti-aging effects of a healthy diet, with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as vitamin supplements,” says Brandt. “I recommend taking an omega-3 to decrease inflammation, plus high doses of vitamin C to boost collagen production and overall health.”
Retinoids treat both acne and wrinkles, as can salicylic acid. If these don’t work for the acne, dermatologists have more powerful solutions, from bacteria-zapping laser treatments, oral antibiotics, birth control pills and prescription androgen blockers to (for persistent cystic acne) Accutane.
Add antioxidant serum to shield your skin from free radicals better than sunscreen alone. “Look for ingredients like green tea, white tea or blue ginger,” says Wechsler. “You want a high concentration, so make sure the antioxidant is listed in the top five ingredients.”
“Exercising four or five days a week increases blood flow to your skin and boosts endorphins to help with healing,” says Wechsler.
Start using eye cream, preferably one with retinol, peptides or both, plus a humectant like hyaluronic acid. If you use a prescription retinoid, use a smidge of it around your eyes, as long as it doesn’t irritate.
Manage stress. “Chronic anxiety speeds up aging—I wrote a whole book about it,” says Wechsler, who holds degrees in both psychiatry and dermatology. “It can cause wrinkles, pimples, dryness, redness and irritation.”