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The Perfect Skincare Routine for Your 50s

Beautiful smiling middle-age woman on the couch

Whether or not your intention is to be able to galavant around the world wearing minimal amounts of clothing or to simply remain looking youthful and beautiful, the maintenance of your skin is very important, more so as you age. Collagen levels naturally deplete and skin starts to sag as a result. Why it never seemed to happen to J-Lo is anybody’s guess.

But if J-Lo can do it, so can you. Here are some tips for skin care in your 50″s that may have Jennifer asking what your beauty secrets are.

Women’s Skin In Their 50s

In your thirties, estrogen levels dip. By the time you reach your forties, your estrogen levels are at drought stage. By the time you reach your fifties, menopause rears its ugly head (usually around the ages of 51 and 52) and it’s estrogen out, testosterone in. You lose one-third of your collagen within the first five years of menopause. Skin won’t bounce back the way it used to and it’s likely to lose its moisture and radiance. (Collagen is the connective tissue that gives structure to your skin- basically). Inflammation is also at an all-time high, which makes skin more vulnerable to the ravages of the sun, smoke, and pollution.

This can play out in:

  • Thinning, drying and loosening of the skin
  • Stretched pores
  • Sagging or hooded eyelids
  • Hollow eye sockets
  • Spider veins
  • Age spots
  • Small bumps on the skin, patches, and skin tags
  • Peach Fuzz

Although that may not sound pretty, there are many women in their fifties who manage to maintain their beauty (i.e. Christie Brinkley, 58; Michelle Pfieffer, 53, and Iman, 56, and probably a few hot grandma’s out there). The key is in finding the right skin routine, exercising, and maintaining a healthy diet. 

Skincare Products

Women in their fifties have been there and done that. They are fully prepared for whatever life throws at them, wrinkles, sagging, brown spots and fine lines included. And by prepared, we mean they have a fully stocked vanity to fight every single one of them. Here are some of the skin products you can expect to find in the medicine cabinets of the fifty and fabulous:

  • Barrier-Boosting Ingredients

Not only does skin suffer from collagen depletion when you reach your fifties, but it also loses ceramides, fatty acids, and cholesterol. Take them all away and you’ve got inflammation, dehydration, and a fully compromise skin barrier.

  • Probiotics

As estrogen levels get lower, pH levels get higher. According to New York City dermatologist, Robin Gmyrek, “Particularly, as we move into our 60’s, the skin’s outermost layer, which is normally acidic, becomes more alkaline, further weakening the moisture barrier, and exacerbating dryness and sensitivity.”

How can we prevent these pH levels from totally breaking down the walls of our skin? The answer is probiotics. Dr. Gmyrak says,” Probiotics have been shown to produce acidic molecules, like fatty acids, which can help restore youthful pH to the skin, so it can better retain for improved suppleness and glow. They also get bonus points for preventing oxidative damage and fighting inflammation to protect elastin and collagen. Dermatologist Whitney Bowe credits probiotics with the ability to hinder trans-epidermal water loss to “hydrate skin from within.”

  • Oil-Based Everything

Applying serum using a small dropper

At fifty, skin is going to crave moisture. It’s all about oil-based cleansers, serums, creams, and any other skin product you might find with the word oil based on it. Aesthetician Kristin Holey posits that creamy cleansers are best for over fifty clients who are not interested in “removing anything but makeup at this point.”

  • Enzyme-Based Exfoliation

Despite the fact that your estrogen production may have slowed down, you may be happy to know that your skin cells are regenerating. Because of this, you’ll want to keep sloughing the dead ones off by exfoliating. When doing so, go for something mild. Many women in their fifties fine enzyme peels work well for them by exfoliating gently without peeling or stripping the skin.

  • Lines and Sagging

Place your hands on either side of your jawline and pull up and out towards the ears, or don’t if you go by the “ignorance is bliss” ideology. We can already tell you that you’re going to see sagging skin around your mouth and chin and all the lines and folds that accompany them.

To prevent the complete downfall of your face, use collagen-boosting ingredients like peptides, retinol, stem cells, and growth factors and keep the skin plump with loads of hyaluronic acid. If you already have a wrinkle in time and no time to un-wrinkle it, the Resveratrol Shiraz Instentic Non-Surgical Syringe is packed with exactly all these amazing skin-plumping ingredients, plus Dimethylaminoethanol Tartrate (DMAE), which has the instant ability to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. 

  • Brown Spots

Spotting spots on your skin? As you age you may find unwelcome visitors cropping up along your hairline, on your chest, and on the tops of your hands. Whether you believe the hype or not, (HQ got a bad rap when it was banned in South America), hydroquinone is still considered the best ingredient for skin lightening and the fading of brown spots.

However, you’re not on board with hydroquinone, you may want to try the next best thing. Arbutin is a natural ingredient which turns into hydroquinone when it is absorbed by the skin. So are plant extracts such as mulberry, white mulberry, bearberry, and madder and white mulberry.  These are all good options to consider for their skin-brightening properties.

  • Mouthing Off

Can talking cause wrinkles? Maybe not specifically, but the constant movement of the mouth, along with its relative inability to hold on to product (think of why your lipstick always comes off) can make it very susceptible to damage. One of the most common complaints among women over fifty is the appearance of fine lines above the upper lip. Target these with a collagen-rich product specifically designed for lines around the mouth.

  • Going Neck and Neck with Aging

Woman touching neck in front of mirror

To use a separate neck cream or not to use a separate neck cream? Apparently, that’s the skin question to be decided. Experts say “no.”  They say it’s not what’s in the cream you put on your neck, but rather its consistency. The neck has very thin skin and no oil glands, which makes it especially prone to drying, sagging, and wrinkles. Doctor’s orders? Grab the thickest cream in your house ( so long as it’s not sour cream) and smother your neck with it twice daily. Top it off with a moisturizing retinoid once or twice a week to thicken the skin.

What’s Behind the Mask for Women In Their 50’s

As we mature, our masks mature with us. No longer are we seeking the acne masks of the naïve adolescent,  nor are we interested in the oil controlling masks of idealistic twenty-somethings.  Our masks cater to our needs and tackle pertinent issues. We need to find masks that will take care of our skin properly.

Ingredients

In order to do that, it is important to find a mask with the right ingredients. Generally, the main concerns for women over 50 are hydration, Inflammation, and wrinkles. Our handy dandy list below will help you find the masking ingredients that target each one:

Hydration

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Ceramides
  • Glycolic Acid
  • Aloe
  • Urea
  • Oils
  • Lactic Acid

Inflammation

  • Aloe
  • Green Tea Extract
  • Cucumber
  • Chamomile
  • Vitamin E
  • Niacinamide
  • Centella Asiatica

Wrinkles

  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Vitamin E
  • Retinol
  • Collagen
  • Vitamin C
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Niacinamide
  • Dimethylaminoethanol Tartrate (DMAE)

Easy Tips For Women In Their  50’s

Like we said above, women in their fifties really don’t need tips on doing anything.  With that in mind, here is a list of “suggestions” for those looking to achieve timeless beauty.

1) Wear Sunscreen

We know, you’re probably at the stage where you’re giving this advice to your kids. But, really how can we write about a perfect skin routine for women in their fifties without mentioning sunscreen?

Don’t worry, we won’t tell you about how nothing damages your skin more than sun exposure, or how it’s the leading cause of skin cancer, brown spots and wrinkles and we’re not even going to tell you about how you should wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 50. We know you know all of that stuff. In fact, we’re not even going to mention the fact that you should wear it every day, rain or shine, and reapply it throughout the day.

Illustration of effect of sun protection on skin

The best sunscreens are the kind that combine both physical and chemical sunscreen ingredients, of course, because these would help prevent damage caused by both UVA and UVB rays.

Remember how we said that it’s all about moisture at fifty?

Well, it applies to sunscreen too! You can easily find moisturizers with sun protection benefits. The Resveratrol Zinfandel Radiance Cream is a good example, as it offers an SPF 30 while delivering a potent mixture of all those skin-loving ingredients that help to fight UV damage, such as vitamin A and E, green tea, and resveratrol.

What we will tell you, however, is how good it’s making your face look. Keep up the good work!

2) What Works on Crow’s Feet?

Nobody’s going to fault a woman in her fifties for using Botox, dermabrasion, or getting a little nip and tuck once in a while. On the other hand, no one’s going to fault a woman over 50 for saying “Screw it” to plastic surgery and injections altogether. Women in their fifties can do whatever they want-  it just comes with the territory.

The truth is that no matter how many creams you put on, and how expensive they are, they’re not likely to rid you of every wrinkle, crow’s feet specifically. While some choose to embrace their smile lines their like a badge of honor (see Cameron Diaz rockin’ them like their the latest trend), some would rather turn them down a notch.

Botox is not only effective on crow’s feet. Injections and fillers can work a plethora of wonders on your face. They can lift your eyes, plump your cheeks and lips and fill in marionette lines around your mouth. In fact, some people are so astonished by what fillers can do, they wear a constant look of surprise. Plus, we all know the horror stories.

The bottom line: When it comes to Botox, you’re the one calling the “shots.” Do what makes you happy and feel good about yourself.

3) Stay Healthy

Of course, you can do whatever you want when you’re in your fifties, but that probably shouldn’t include starting to smoke cigarettes or eating boxes of assorted chocolate while lying in bed.

If you’re cheating on your diet, skimping on your exercise, or overloading on processed food, your skin is going to be the first tell. The most important part of any skin routine is staying healthy. Eat your veggies, take your vitamins and get at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise in at least five days a week. Your skin is going to love you for it.

  

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Try These Lifestyle Habits to Slow Aging

Woman touching her temples and looking into the mirror

Lifestyles that prevent aging don’t have to be lifestyles of the rich and famous. You don’t have to have own private yoga instructor or personal chef to slow the aging process. Nor do you need your own spa and steam room, or Botox injections delivered upon request. There are some lifestyle habits that we can easily get used to, and there are some that take getting used to.  Both can slow the aging process if we have the means or determination to adopt them.

The aging process is pretty relentless. There’s no way to stop it completely, but there are ways to slow it down a bit, and they don’t necessarily involve getting the Leaning Tower of Pisa to stop leaning. You don’t need to take drastic measures to slow down the aging process. There are small lifestyle changes you can make that go a long way. Want to check out some of them?

Here are some of the little ways to turn back the clock even as it’s going forward.

The Best Foods

Don’t worry, we’re not going to tell you to “eat this not that.” However, we will tell you that eating a lot of processed food with high levels of sugar is not likely to do much in the way of helping you stay youthful. If slowing aging is your goal, you want to look for foods rich in antioxidants and vitamins to support healthy bones and skin and stave off damage from free radicals. Here are a few foods that fit the bill for your consideration:

  • Olive Oil

Behind every beautiful Italian woman, there is a good bottle of olive oil. The Italians not only eat this healthy fat in food, but they also slather it directly on their skin to keep it from aging prematurely. It also helps maintain good cholesterol levels.

  • Fish

Why are fish so smart? Because they go to school. Ok, maybe fish aren’t that smart, but fish has been called “brain food,” because of its fatty acid content. The DHA and EPA in fish keep your brain and nervous system functioning the way they should. Eat it once a day to stave off early dementia.

  • Beans

Here’s something to toot about. The fiber in beans helps digestion and lowers your chance of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Try to include them in your diet 3-4 times a week.

  • Berries

Young woman eating a bowl of berries

If berries aren’t the sexiest fruits on the planet, they’re definitely one of the richest in antioxidants. Berries stave off cancer and brain disease and they also happen to be just as beneficial frozen as they are at room temperature. Check your local grocer’s freezers for a berry good winter.

  • Veggies

Your mom always said you would thank her later for making you eat your veggies. She knew how youthful they would keep you in your adulthood.

With every color of veggie comes a different benefit. The dark leafy greens have Vitamin K for strong bones. The orange crew (sweet potatoes and carrots) have vitamin A to keep your eyes healthy and skin healthy while protecting against infection. The reds lower blood pressure, LDL levels and risk of prostate cancer.

  • Mediterranean Diet

Technically, the Mediterranean diet was brought to attention when doctors found it to be the cause of longevity and heart health among the Italians and French. Less scientifically, the Mediterranean diet was brought to attention when Americans were trying to find out the secret behind what was keeping those Italians and French looking so darn sexy and youthful.

Most commonly, the Mediterranean diet includes a lot of olive oil, vegetables, whole grains, and fish with just the right amount of red wine to keep your heart healthy. The diet also substitutes salt with spices and herbs to flavor food, which is key in preventing hypertension. It also lowers your risk of memory loss as well as some types of cancer.

The Best Exercise

If you found out that there were people who had cells that looked nine years younger than yours, it would probably have you wondering who their plastic surgeons were. Don’t bother asking, it’s likely they’ve been spotted more frequently at the gym than at the dermatologist office.

Exercise may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there are scientific studies that say it can slow down the aging process. Apparently, it all has to do with telomere length. Telomeres are the DNA on either end of chromosomes. Think of the plastic tips on shoelaces for a visual. Just as the plastic tips protect the shoelaces from fraying, the telomeres protect the chromosomes responsible for cell division. Each cell divides the telomeres get shorter. When they get too short, the cell can no longer divide and it dies a tragic death.

What’s the secret to keeping our telomeres long and lovely?  Doctors say exercise. A study appearing in the American Heart Association journal Circulation showed that middle-aged professional athletes who ran an average of fifty miles a week had longer telomeres than those who did not exercise regularly. The pros also had slower resting heart rates, lower blood pressure and less body fat.

Headed for the gym? If you are, here are a few aging pitfalls and the exercises that can help you avoid them.

  • Cardio

There may be a  special circle of hell where people are doomed to an afterlife spent running laps for eternity. Cardio can be punishing, to say the least, but it does have its rewards, especially in the anti-aging department. According to one study done at McMaster University, the overall skin composition of individuals over forty who did cardio regularly was comparable to that of 20 and 30-year-olds. Guess forty really is the new twenty.

  • Squats

You might not think bending at the knees would be one of the worst ways to slow down the aging process.  But experts say, hey if you’re squatting all the time, might as well learn to do it the right way. Ladies, turn your toes out when your squatting, men keep them pointed forward.

Squatting improves flexibility, builds muscle mass, and helps support bone health.

  • Tai Chi

How about incorporating something a little exotic into your routine? If you’re flirting with the idea of taking up martial arts, the antiaging effects of Tai chi might just be the deciding factor. Tai Chi is low-impact, so it puts less pressure on the joints and muscles than other more intense workouts. It helps to improve balance, cognitive focus, and sleep.

The Best Self-Care

Even if stress takes does take years off your life, by no means is the party over. The age-defying woman doesn’t sweat the small things.  She too busy singing karaoke and playing strip poker. She knows what it’s like to end the night with breakfast and to begin the day with chocolate cake and espresso. She takes time to treat herself and doesn’t let the petty stuff get the better of her.

Ok, so maybe she is a little extreme. The point is that a lot of keeping young has to do with taking time for yourself. It’s about staying in the moment and taking time to do the things that make you feel young. Here are a few healthier habits to help you keep happy and relaxed and age-defiant.

  • Meditation

Even if you can’t reach full-on zen, you can take some time each day to give your body mindful attention.  Try taking deep breaths, stretching out kinks, or use the body scan technique to relax each part of your body separately. You can even punctuate your day with a series of mini-meditations. Take:

  • One minute a day to become aware of your thoughts, feelings, and sensations
  • One minute a day to focus attention on your breathing
  • One minute a day to check in on your body as a whole.
  • Invest in Good Skincare

Great looks starts with great skin, and there’s no better time to start investing in quality skincare than now. So how do you know which skincare to invest in?

  • If you’re concerned with fine lines and wrinkles, look for products with vitamins A and E, and hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid.
  • If you’e concerned with sagging skin, look for products with antioxidant-rich ingredients like vitamin A, resveratrol, green tea extract, and co-enzyme Q10, which all help to prevent oxidative damage in the body and the onset of visible signs of premature aging
  • If you’re concerned with dark spots and hyperpigmentation, look for products with vitamins A and C, and brightening acids like glycolic acid, azelaic acid, and kojic acid.

Not sure where to begin? The Resveratrol Cabernet Collection would be a good place to start. It’s packed with amazing botanical extracts for the skin to really boost the skin’s barrier, as well as antioxidants, peptides, resveratrol and vitamins to do everything from moisturizing and cleansing the skin, to plumping up the look of fine lines and restoring the skin’s gentle glow.

  • See Friends and Family

What happens when you see your family and friends? You laugh, you talk, and most importantly, you relieve a lot of stress, and not only the stress your mother gives you about not seeing her often enough. Seeing friends and family keeps you connected, and talking with them can be downright therapeutic. Schedule some time for a cuppa or night out with your bestie/ significant other/mom.

  • Sleep (Adequately)

Woman sleeping comfortably in bed

Sleep is the time when your body really turns back the clock. Once its lights out for you, all those antioxidants (like melatonin) go to work, the skin detoxes and cellular reparation begin.

One study showed that participants who didn’t sleep well showed more signs of aging, including fine lines, uneven pigmentation, and lack of skin elasticity than those who got the full 7-9. Those who enjoyed full nights of sleep were also were able to recover more easily from skin damage, such as sun and environmental toxins. 

Remember Your Sunscreen

In the purse of every age-defying woman, you will find sunscreen. The forms may be different, (lotion, foam, foam lotion, whipped lotion, spray, or gel – take your pick)- but the SPF formula is protection is always over 50 and the expiration date is always good.

Another thing about the age-defying woman is that she has a habit. Every morning, she applies the SPF ( tops of hands included), the size of a golf ball. During the day, she reapplies it regularly, at especially after she goes swimming or sweats a lot – even if the label says waterproof- she would rather be safe than sorry. She buys only broad spectrum to make sure it blocks out both UVA and UVB rays.

As a result, the age-defying woman is not likely to develop wrinkles, moles or sagging skin. She also at less of a risk for melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Apparently, a little sunscreen can go a long way. The good news is that we can all be the age-defying woman. All it takes is a little sunscreen. Pop some in your purse and apply it diligently to bring out your inner age-defying persona.

What Not to Do

Unfortunately, for almost every does in life, there is an equal and opposite don’t. Even if adopt every beneficial anti-aging lifestyle habit out there, one false move could undo the advantages easily. Here are a few habits that you should steer clear of so all your hard work pays off.

  • Smoke

Purse strings from puffing, eye wrinkles from squinting – whoever called smoking a glamourous habit?  The good news is that your body is the damage is actually reversible! Right after you quit smoking your blood pressure and circulation will begin making their ways back to normal and your risk of cancer will miraculously decrease. Talk about turning back the clock!

  • Slouch

Just because you’re not a teenager anymore doesn’t mean you’re immune to slouching. Not only is it unattractive  (unless you’re an emo musician), slouching can cause a host of health problems like headaches, back pain, and pulled muscles. It also puts musculoskeletal stress on your vertebrae and the disks between them.

Posture check infographic

Check your posture by standing against the wall with your head, shoulder blades, and buttocks touching it. Your feet should be 2-4 inches away from the wall. Run the palm of your hand along the space at your lower back. If your posture is correct, your hand should fit perfectly. If you have more space, it means your pushing out your hips and stomach too much. Contract your abs and back up to the wall. Not enough space, you’re too far forward and you need to pull your shoulders back.

  • Over-Drink

Drinking is a privilege that comes with age. Unfortunately indulging in that privilege excessively can come with more age. While the occasional glass of red wine can be quite beneficial (lowers heart attack risk, cholesterol, and risk of dementia), drinking too much can be quite detrimental (premature wrinkles, collagen loss, redness, dehydration, and puffiness). The recommendation for women is no more than one drink a day, two for guys.  Aim for that to keep the aging process slow and the lifestyle balanced.

 

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Look Forward to Graceful Aging

Beautiful curly-haired woman in elegant green dress in the garden

Most of us tend to think that, unless we have access to plastic surgery or a really good line of skin care, there is no such thing as aging gracefully. For shame! If aging has taught us one thing, it should be that beauty is more than skin deep, and the biggest part of aging gracefully is probably realizing and embracing that belief. It has been said that, “You don’t stop laughing when you get old, you get old when you stop laughing.” Here are some tips to help you keep laughing.

You Have Survived!

Experts agree that wisdom, maturity and resilience are all necessary components of graceful aging. Psychologist Susan Whitburne, PhD, says that you need to recognize growing old as an accomplishment. “But if you get to be older, you have survived a lot of the threats to your physical and psychological integrity that have affected other people who are no longer around,” she says, “You are stronger and you get to live longer. Most people think that’s a benefit.”

She also approves of a little denial when it comes to coping with old age. “The people who do the best with aging aren’t thinking that much about getting older. If you sit around mulling over the meaning of existence and how time is running out, you’re building a scenario where you’re not going to age as successfully.” She advises the aging to keep focused on the positives.

Accepting Changes

Of course, it seems perfectly normal to react to our first visible wrinkle or loss of hair with horror and denial. However, Dr. Mark Frazier, PsyD, advises acceptance as the healthier response. Says Frazier, “To age gracefully, one needs to anticipate the changes that are inevitable. As they encounter the natural changes and health status that are part of aging, these things are experienced as negative and adding a lot of stress and strain to their lives.” He also acknowledges the wisdom of “foreseen is fore-armed.” “Other people anticipate what’s going to happen. It’s more of a ‘Yes, I knew this was coming and I know that I’ll negotiate my way through it.” Frazier acknowledges the importance of preparedness as a successful management strategy for aging.

Avoiding Stereotypes

Unfortunately, mature adults tend to get lumped into categories, and with categories come stereotypes. Sue Ellen Cooper, 62, is so adamant to break these stereotypes, she was motivated to start the Red Hat Society to celebrate women 50 and above. Members wear red hats and purple dresses to the group’s social outings, hence the group’s moniker.

Cooper admits that, as a young woman, she had some reservations about making friendships with older people. She says,”When I would meet people, I’d think, ‘She probably wouldn’t be a potential friend for me because she’s 20 years older.” Now, having met so many older women in the society she’s changed her tune. “First impression doesn’t tell you a thing. Some of these people have had incredible lives and careers and still have a great sense of humor and a lot of intellect, and the culture will write them off: ‘Oh, she’s an old lady and she’s overweight.'”

Find Meaningful Activities

Paula Abbott, EdD, warns against the danger of inactivity as one grows older. “Part of the challenge of aging gracefully is that you have to continue to find things that are important to you.” Experts encourage the aging to engage in hobbies, travel, spiritual pursuits, and spending time with family as options. Abbott advises planning purposeful activities before retiring. “It should be a transition,” she says, “It shouldn’t be, ‘Stop work one day and fall off a cliff.”

She also recommends activities as a distraction from focusing on the down sides of old age.” If you don’t have important things out in front of you,” she says, “there’s enough about the aging process that is not positive, and you can get caught up in what you don’t like about it.”

Got it? Stay active, give yourself props, accept changes and don’t give a hoot what anyone has to say about it? Let us know your secrets to graceful aging! You’re sure looking good!

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Famous Men Who Age Well

Handsome chiselled man with dreamy grey eyes

Do you ever feel like you’re still going through puberty? You look in the mirror and see a smart sensible professional, but inside, you’re still a lovestruck teen with a weakness for Tom Cruise? Well, for those of you who haven’t quite gotten over your teenage celeb crush, take heart. He’s probably still around, and chances are, he’s still looking pretty good. Here are some of the famous older men who’re still getting us through the night.

George Clooney

Gorgeous George kept our hopes up for a pretty long time, but he’s certainly met his match in Amal. Proud papa George Timothy Clooney was born in 1961 in Lexington, Kentucky. He first came to public attention on the 1984 sitcom E/R as “Dr. Doug Ross,” following a stint as a returning character on “The Facts of Life.” Since then, Clooney has played the leading man in a host of films, including “One Fine Day” opposite Michelle Pfeiffer, and “Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen.” He and wife Amal welcomed twins on June 11, 2017.

Brad Pitt

Brad’s a free agent now! After a surprise breakup with long time partner and wife, Angelina Jolie, Brad is back on the market. The film actor and producer born in 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma, made his big screen debut in the 1989 horror film “Cutting Class,” and made his mark on Hollywood with his role in “Legends of the Fall.” The actor is best known for roles as the hitchhiking con man in “Thelma and Louise,” the obsessed fighter in “Fight Club,” and the strangely gifted Benjamin Button in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Now divorced, Pitt and Jolie share custody of their six children: Maddox, Pax, Shiloh, Zahara, and twins, Knox and Vivienne.

Johnny Depp

If you remember “21 Jump Street”, you may have had a picture of Johnny Depp on your wall. John Christopher Depp was born June 9. 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky. After his Golden Globe-winning role on “21 Jump St,” Depp decided that  the series “forced him into the role of product,” and decided to appear in films. Apparently, he made the right decision. Depp achieved superstar status, taking larger-than-life roles in movies such as “Edward Scissorhands” and “Ed Wood.” He’s currently best known for his recurring role as Jack Sparrow on the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. Also musically inclined, current bachelor Johnny is a member of hard rock outfits “Rock City Angels” and “Hollywood Vampires.”

Mick Jagger

The consummate ladies’ man, Mick Jagger was born Michael Philip Jagger way back in July 26, 1943, in Dartford, Kent, England. Although the Rolling Stones’ singer only managed to tie the knot twice (to Jerry Hall and Bianca Jagger), he has been romantically linked with supermodels, including 60’s luminaries Chrissie Shrimpton and Marianne Faithful and, more recently, Sophi Daho. Proud papa of eight, Mick’s most recent familial addition occurred this year with partner Melanie Hamrick, and offspring include the genetically blessed Jade, Elizabeth, James, and Georgia May. You can still find Mick and the Stones hitting the stage and strutting their stuff all over the US on their latest tour.

Which older famous men still “start you up?” Let us know! We want to reminisce!

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Meaningful Relationships May Help You Age Better

Happy couple enjoying the sun outdoors

Ah, the meaningless relationship, the one-night stand, the love ’em and leave ’em; they’re all tied with youth. Those days of wine and roses before the reality of age sets in and we find ourselves faced with—horror of horrors—a life-long partner. Suddenly, we are one of them, the people we swore we’d never be: our parents! However, the reality is that aging will set in regardless of our behavior, and research shows that forming those more meaningful relationships may actually be helping to keep us younger. Read on to find out how meaningful relationships can help you age better.

Meaningful Relationships

With longer life expectancy comes the desire to age more successfully and with that comes an effort to promote healthy states in later life. Some think that the way to do this is to keep mentally and physically active, while others think that keeping social is more important for successful aging.

Social Relationships

Research shows that as age increases, a person’s social network decreases. However, even though older adults may have smaller social circles, their relationships tend to be of higher quality.

Family, spouses and adult children, in particular, are thought to be a big source of support to the aging. Research shows that marriage has a positive effect on people’s psychological and physical states. In addition, married couples usually have larger social networks. Married couples tend to engage in social activities together and are invited out more, getting the opportunity to meet more people, and the evidence suggests that the more people you have around you, the happier you will be.

Social Relationships and Health

Additional research suggests that people around us have a big impact on our psychological and physical health. Relationships allow us to interact socially, and the research shows the support we receive can decrease risks of heart attacks, decline in cognition, depression and anxiety. One study found that people with good social relationships have a 50% lower rate of mortality than those with poor social interactions.

Social support may lower stress levels caused by life changes in middle age and also may increase sense of belonging and self esteem. Relationships with partners may model and encourage healthier behaviors, such as wearing a seatbelt and eating three square meals, during stressful periods of life.

Other findings show that support from others can increase feelings of independence. A 2006 study showed that those who received more social support tended to have lower blood and arterial pressure and reported feeling higher levels of self esteem and lower levels of depression.

Widowhood and Aging

Drawing on conclusions, it seems that if meaningful relationships promote physical and mental health, then the loss thereof can also affect us negatively. Indeed, spousal bereavement has shown to have a negative impact on health including weight fluctuations, overeating, increased smoking, and inactivity. Therefore it is important that individuals receive adequate social support after the loss of a spouse in order to return to the same levels of well being. Resilience can be achieved from drawing on society, psychology, and of course, strong meaningful relationships.

Tell us about your experiences with aging and social contact. How have the people around you helped to keep you young? We would love to hear from you.

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Skin Care Changes to Make in Your 40s

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Your skin is going to act its age, no matter what. Try as you might to reason or trick it, your skin knows when it turns 40, and it’s going to act like it. Your hormones are going to produce a lot less of the stuff that they’re supposed to be producing to keep your skin form, and you need to find ways to compensate if you’re going to stay young looking.  Here are some of them.

Commit to A Healthy Routine

By the age of 40, you probably already have your skin routine pretty much down, but you might want to add a few things to it. The 40s may be a good time to start using a skin serum, eye cream, at-home peel or mask, if you don’t already.

Manage Facial Hair

Unfortunately, hormonal changes can often lead to an increased growth of facial hair.  Safe removal methods include waxing, threading and dermaplaning, all of which you may want to consider if peach fuzz is getting to be a problem.

Use High Quality Ingredients

As you age, your tastes mature, and skin care is no different. The poor-quality stuff just won’t cut it anymore. You need to look for potent, proven formulas that plump skin, boost metabolism and increase collagen production. Retinol, peptides, and red rice extract are all expert-recommended anti-aging ingredients, and exfoliation with acids is important for boosting cell turnover.

Vasodilators

You might think of vasodilators as spices for your skin. Ingredients like ginseng and peppermint work to boost circulation by dilating the blood vessels with nutrient-rich blood, giving skin that extra tang to help it stay glowing and invigorated.

Use Skin Lightener On Brown Spots

Brown spots are one of the less glamorous side effects of the aging process. Melanocyte cells decrease approximately 10% after the age of 30, causing irregular pigmentation and dark spots.  Natural skin lightener with vitamins C and E applied under sunscreen can fade brown spots and provide four times the protection of sunscreen alone.

Eat An Antioxidant-Rich Diet

The best antioxidants for the skin are found in grapes, broccoli, tomatoes, berries, and sweet potatoes, so be sure to get plenty of those!

Schedule Regular Skin Treatment

Although a good percentage of effective skincare can be done at home, an occasional professional consultation can be life changing. Not only can professionals provide top quality treatment, they can also offer advice tailored to your skin and recommend products that will make a huge difference.

How do you help to trick your skin into believing it is still in its 20’s? Let us know!

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These Ingredients Make Up the Anti-Aging Dream Team

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Sometimes, there can be such a thing as too much choice. It’s like going into a donut shop and trying to choose the best one. The only solution is to one of each and there are surely not enough calories in the recommended daily allowance to allow for all of them. You may wish you had an expert to recommend the best one. If you’re having similar problems choosing from the vast array of antioxidants to include in your skincare routine, help is on the way. Here are some of the best antioxidants for your skin:

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is often listed as tocopherol or tocotrienols on the ingredients label and it is available in natural and synthetic forms. While both provide antioxidant benefits, you’ll want to go for the natural forms to get the most potency and the longest lasting results.

Vitamin E is best known for its ability to protect skin from damaging elements, and is often used in sunscreens because of its role in defending skin from stress caused by exposure to UV light. It is even more effective when partnered with Vitamin C. Look for it in serums and moisturizers.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C can be quite a hard to spot on the ingredient label. Often listed as ascorbic acid or tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, the vitamin is known most commonly for its ability to reduce wrinkles, dullness, fine lines, and uneven skin tone.

Vitamin C works by making skin more resilient for added firmness and a smoother appearance. Research shows it improves skin tone and brightens dull skin, making it visibly younger looking. Look for vitamin C in concentrations between 0.5% and 20% for best results. Although you will find Vitamin C in a multitude of products, it is probably most efficient in skin brightening and targeted solution products.

Resveratrol

Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in red wine, red grapes, and fruits such as cranberries and blueberries. It helps to protect the skin’s surface from negative environmental impact, brighten tired complexions, and also has skin-calming properties that may help to reduce redness. Resveratrol can be found in eye creams and moisturizers.

Retinol

You probably will have heard ad nauseam of retinol, nee vitamin A, being referred to as the gold standard in anti-aging, but that doesn’t make it any less true. In fact, it just about hits it on the head. Retinol is a skin-restoring antioxidant that can tackle multiple skincare concerns from bumps, uneven tone, rough texture, enlarged pores, wrinkles, to fine lines. It has also been shown to unclog pores and soften surface imperfections. Look for retinol in all types of skincare products, from serums to moisturizers.

Green Tea

Research shows that tea, be it black, white, or green is a powerful anti-ager. The key compound in the antioxidant is epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG), which helps defend the skin from negative environmental influences. It also has a calming effect, which makes it great at soothing redness. Green tea is most commonly found in moisturizers.

We hope this has cleared up some confusion. Let us know what makes up your skincare dream team. We love to know!

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The Anti-Aging Secrets of British Beauties

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The 1960’s. Oh, how the world longed to be the bell-bottomed blue-jeaned girls of the British invasion! It was a generation that redefined fashion and beauty. It should seem right that the ladies that taught style to the rest of the world should have some of the best advice on how to hold on to it. Here are some of the top tips on staying young from the women who set the standards.

The Research

A comprehensive study of 2000 British women was conducted by UK beauty experts “Simple” in order to determine different approaches to beauty products and tips and reactions to the latest innovations.

One characteristic of, although likely not exclusive to, British women was the willingness to experiment.  The study revealed that one in 10 British women would be willing to try any bizarre tips if it made them look younger. A spokeswoman for simple explained. “The bizarre list of beauty tips and tricks just shows the length some of these women will go to look beautiful and how confusing some of these tips are.” However, it wasn’t all about the extremes when it came down to it.

More conventional remedies to aging included drinking lots of water, cranberry juice and milk. Less conventional remedies entailed the rubbing of strawberries on the face to reduce the appearance of dark spot and using a combination of soap and sugar to exfoliate.

Also, according to the study, British bedroom investigations would reveal a lot of women sleeping on their backs on silk pillowcases in hopes of avoiding wrinkles.

As for British attitude toward plastic surgery? One in five described those who succumb to the knife to stay young looking were “vain and self absorbed,” and nearly a third claimed to have “more money sense.”

The Key To Staying Young

Apparently, British women are somewhat divided on what it comes down to on what it takes to stay young, but the majority (three-quarters) contributed youthful appearance to a healthy diet. Two-thirds thought drinking water was a big component, while 57% thought genetics were key. One-third opined that staying young was the simply the result of a proper daily beauty regimen, while fourteen percent said they stayed young by eating certain foods. Of that percentage most professed that broccoli was their food of choice, with oily fish a close second.

Expert Advice

According to a Simple spokeswoman, “Many women are prepared to go to extreme length to fight the aging process and that is their choice. But our advice would be to follow a healthy lifestyle instead of being pressured to try the latest fads or any invasive surgery.”

Do you know any anti-aging secrets? British or not, we want to hear them! Let us know what you do to stay so wonderfully young!

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Common Middle Age Skin Care Snafus

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The new millennium is all about blurring lines, casting off labels, and busting out of stereotypes, right? With 40 being the new 25, and 50 being the new 30, it’s getting harder and harder to put a definition on what exactly constitutes “middle age.” The words almost seem to have become a polite euphemism for a youngish grandmother. In fact, by today’s standards,  it seems more appropriate that middle age be renamed “the New 20’s.” So, with that in mind, let’s talk about skincare concerns for women in their “New 20’s.”

Gentle Care

As you age, your skin gets drier and more sensitive. You’re likely to find the strong acne prevention formulas you used in your 20’s now too harsh for your skin.  Switch to a fragrance-free, gentle cleanser formulated for all skin types. Look for something soap free to avoid drying and consider adding an oil-based cleanser to dissolve excess dirt and makeup rather than a separate, additional product to remove makeup. When you wash, use lukewarm water on your face, rather than hot water, and pat your face gently to dry.

Antioxidants

As the skin’s natural oil production diminishes, the need for moisturizer increases. This is where antioxidants come in. Look for a product containing hyaluronic acid, a moisturizing agent which occurs in the body naturally.  Glycerin and shea butter will help to reverse existing free radical damage and prevent further damage from occurring. Antioxidants also support collagen production, helping to defend skin against wrinkles and sagging skin. Other key antioxidants to look out for are green tea, polyphenols, resveratrol, and vitamins C and E.

Sun Safety

The importance of sun safety cannot be underestimated at any age. UVA and UVB rays can wreak havoc on the skin, breaking down collagen and contributing to developing wrinkles and fine lines. Protect your skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 every day, without exception. Those with sensitive skin should avoid chemically based sunscreens and may want to look for a product claiming titanium dioxide as its active ingredient.

Use Retinol

Often referred to as the “gold standard” of skin care, retinol is an absolute must for your evening skincare.  Otherwise known as vitamin A, retinol stimulates cell turnover within the skin, which tends to slow down in the 30’s and 40’s, and can also smooth skin texture and lighten hyperpigmentation.  If you’re going to use retinol, however, keep in mind that it is known for its potency and can be irritating to sensitive skin.  Apply moderately to start and reduce application if you notice breakouts or redness.  If wrinkles around the eyes are a concern, you may want to consider adding an eye cream that combines retinol with ingredients like glycerin, niacin amide, and hyaluronic acid, for hydration, specifically for use around the eye area.

All Over Body Care

You know how important it is to keep the skin on our faces resilient, but care for the skin on your body must not be neglected.  Remember that the oil production in our body also gets slower with age, and skin can become dry and itchy.  Ditch your drying soap for fragrance-free shower creams and gels with hydrating ingredients like olive oil, shea butter, and jojoba oil and swap the scalding showers for a lukewarm rinse to keep dryness at bay.  Follow up by applying body cream with AHAs while the skin is still damp to lock in moisture and exfoliate dead skin cells.  Regular exercise can also help skin keep its glow by bringing oxygen and nutrients to the skin.

What do you do to keep your skin in shape in your “New 20’s?”  Let us know!

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Diminish Fine Lines with Skin Care and Makeup

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There is nothing you can do to completely stop the aging process, but there are things you can do to slow it down or to reduce the appearance of aging. Visible signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles can be a major source of frustration, but with the proper skin care and makeup tools and techniques, you can seriously diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Keep reading to find out what products, ingredients and steps you should be including in your effort to diminish the appearance of fine lines.

Skin Care

  • Exfoliate Regularly – Exfoliating is an important part of an anti-aging skin care routine, because it removes the dead skin cells that clog up the surface layer of your skin. When these dead skin cells accumulate, your skin looks tired and dull, which emphasizes any fine lines and wrinkles you have. Alpha-hydroxy acids, like glycolic or lactic acids, are an excellent way to gently slough away the buildup of dead skin cells and other debris. Aim to exfoliate once or twice a week to keep your skin looking healthy and radiant, which will go a long way in reducing the appearance of fine lines.

  • Use Retinol – Retinol is an anti-aging superstar and it is frequently endorsed by dermatologists for its ability to diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to helping reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, retinol also helps your skin look more even and it helps reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Uneven skin tone in conjunction with hyperpigmentation and fine lines result in an old-looking face, and retinol can help to turn back time and give your skin a more even, firm and glowing appearance.

  • Moisturize – Your skin needs moisture and the older you get, the more moisture it needs. Be sure to apply moisturizer twice a day and look for one with hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid draws moisture out of the surrounding air and pulls it into your skin. When this happens, your fine lines are “plumped” up and are far less significant looking than before using a moisturizer. Moisturizing is also an absolute must before you move on to your makeup routine. Properly moisturizing your face helps your makeup to glide onto your skin smoothly and to eradicate dry, rough patches of skin that your makeup may cling to.

Makeup

  • Use a Primer – If you think primers are just marketing hype, you will want to reconsider this notion. Effective primers help  your makeup apply evenly, blur fine lines, wrinkles and pores and help you achieve a more flawless makeup look. As you age your makeup tends to settle into fine lines or pores which result in exaggeration of your signs of aging. Primers add an extra layer of protection between your face and your makeup and essentially “fill in” your fine lines. To further reduce the appearance of fine lines, look for a primer that has light reflecting particles to add a natural radiance to your skin.

  • Skip Powder – Powders are ubiquitous in the makeup world, but as you age you may want to start phasing powders out of your routine. A very lightweight translucent powder is still great for setting your foundation and a powder that contains light reflecting particles can have a brightening effect, but proceed with caution. Powder foundations and pressed powders have a tendency to settle into your fine lines, so if you continue to use a powder, use it very lightly and only on areas where you absolutely need it, like your T-zone.

  • Pick Foundation Carefully – In addition to getting rid of your powder foundations, you want to look carefully at the liquid formulas you use as well. It can be tempting to reach for maximum coverage if you want to hide your age, but doing so can end up backfiring. Less really is more as you age, and you might want to swap your full coverage foundation for something lighter. Tinted moisturizers, BB and CC creams are all great options for aging skin because they provide coverage, but also soothe and moisturize aging skin.

The proper skin care routine and makeup products can significantly impact the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Use these ingredients, products and tips to help reduce signs of aging and to achieve a more radiant and youthful-looking face.