Monthly Archives: August 2017

Eliminate the stigma behind getting older

Dame Helen Mirren recently made headlines when she graced the cover of Allure’s September issue at 72 alongside the words “The End of Anti Aging.” Soon after, the magazine announced that it will be banning the term “anti-aging” from its pages. It’s a move Mirren herself advocated for when working with L’Oreal. She explained to Allure that she told the brand, “This word “anti-aging” — we know we’re getting older. You just want to look and feel as great as you can on a daily basis.”

The sentiment has given me, a woman who has both obsessed over and loved her wrinkles, a lot of feelings. On one hand, Mirren’s right. The term “anti-aging” implies that all women are — or should be — fighting tooth and nail to turn back the clock. At the same time, the reality is that society can be unkind to women who look their age. If you’re a woman over the age of 50, finding work has statistically gotten harder since 2008, and the LA Times recently reported that among 65-year-olds seeking administrative jobs, the callback rate was about half that of younger applicants — 7.6 percent versus 14.4 percent.

I didn’t just pick up a new microneedle roller for strictly vanity reasons. Though I’m (sadly) not Helen Mirren, as a health and beauty writer, my appearance, somewhat like an actor’s, is part of my livelihood. Who’s going to hire an old-looking beauty writer? It’s always on my mind, and it’s exhausting.

Then there’s the backlash to contend with. Should those of us who choose to turn to the occasional treatment or serum — or even needles or a nip and a tuck — be subject to rampant internet filler- and filter-shaming? Too often it feels as though we’re damned either way. Women are called fake if they rely on anti-aging treatments, or hags if they look a little tired.

Fortunately, neither Mirren nor Allure advocated for a one-size-fits all approach. Instead, Mirren told the magazine she believes, “Anyone should be able to do what they want. If they look in the mirror and go, ‘I look good’ and go out in a positive way — I don’t want anyone to feel miserable.”

And she’s not the only one. A number of influential women have spoken out in favor of a more open-minded view of getting older. Take, for example, the insightful quotes about aging from the following six celebrities. Wouldn’t it be great if we could heed these words and usher in a time where we embrace aging rather than railing against it? What if we looked at all aging as “aging beautifully”? I know the lines on my face are from living my life — who could be anti that?

Arsenal and watch wrinkles make a hasty retreat

When browsing the skin care aisle for anti-aging products, do you ever consider vitamin C for your skin? Sure, retinol, ceramides and hyaluronic acid are a few of our favorite power players — and for good reason. But along with those key ingredients, you need vitamin C, a tried and true wrinkle fighter and radiance booster that is every bit the superstar as those other MVPs.

“When applied topically, vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps reduce damage to the skin from free radicals,” explains Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care. “Free radicals are formed by many different environmental issues like the sun, pollution or smoking, and can ultimately harm the skin.”

Translation: These free radicals can break down collagen and cause premature wrinkles to emerge. However, vitamin C acts as a skin protectant and can even delay the early signs of aging. Our advice? Invest in one of the following vitamin C face serums to add to your morning routine as your shield against environmental stressors. As an added vitamin c serum benefit, the skin will appear brighter and more radiant after each and every use.

Pro tip: Always apply sunscreen directly after applying a vitamin C serum to your face. While vitamin C is meant to protect the skin from sun damage from the inside out, sunscreen protects the very outer layer of skin, making them both extremely important to use before heading out for your day.

Beauty Products Are Like Green Juice for Your Skin

You already know the importance of incorporating greens into your daily diet — everything from kale and spinach to seaweed and celery plays a key role in providing your body with the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants it needs to function at top-notch. But your internal body isn’t the only part craving these essential nutrients — your external body needs some love too.

“Our skin is our largest organ, our protective layer, and yet, it is the last place our body delivers antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and protein,” explains Annie Jackson, co-founder and VP of Merchandising and Planning at Credo Beauty. “Applying superfoods directly to the skin can support optimal skin health by ensuring nutrients penetrate the skin in order to be used by the dermis (second layer of the skin where the magic happens) to repair and prevent damage.” It’s the molecular makeup of these plants, herbs and extracts, she explains, that contain properties used by the circulatory system of the skin to aid in treating many skin conditions.

Beauty from the inside out is how women are living today, which is why we’re gathering up the 15 best products containing super-fueled ingredients, like collagen-boosting kale and broccoli, or algae and seaweed, that give you brighter, more hydrated and healthier skin.

In addition to smelling like a tropical paradise, thanks to its exotic fruit enzymes and Hawaiian extracts, this light, hypoallergenic formula is infused with green tea and gotu kola extract. Both of these powerful antioxidants have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that work hard to fight signs of aging, protect against free radicals in the environment and eliminate pesky acne and blackheads. It gently moisturizes with glycerin and hyaluronic acid, so it won’t leave your face with a greasy feeling.