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3.4 Years and Counting

vine vera cosmetics banner presents 3.4 Years and Counting Ah, the ladies of the French movie screen. Isabelle Huppert, Catherine Deneuve, Brigit Bardot. What is it about them that makes them so alluring? Is it their cat eyes, voluptuous figures, their bee-stung lips, or it’s it just their Frenchness? After all, the French are known for their promiscuity. Is it the air of sexual openness coming through in the every move of these women which makes them so exotic, so mysterious, so compelling? Perhaps it’s their beauty routine. According to a study by Escentual.com, the average French women look 1.35 years younger than the average British woman per decade, that 3.4 years by the age of 40. How do they do it? Here are some proposed explanations.

The Proof
The evidence is incontrovertible. A survey by online retailer Escentual.com says French women look 1.35 years younger than British women per every ten years. In a study questioning women about how old they thought some of the best known French actresses were, 41-year-old Marion Cotillard was most often assumed to be 35. Vanessa Paradis was thought to be 37; she is actually 44. All in all, 86 percent of the ladies polled felt the French women were aging more gracefully.

Early Bloomers
One of the reasons the French may be doing so well at keeping the appearance of aging at bay is their tendency to start they beauty routine at a young age. According to Emma Leslie, Beauty Editor at Escentual, “The main reason is that they start their skincare regime younger and regularly use good quality products to prevent the effects of aging.” In fact, figures show that French women invest 1.9 billion pounds in anti-aging products yearly, doubling the amount shelled out by the Brits on similar products.

Life Of Leisure
Of course, we know the French value their downtime. Could it be their 30 hour work week that contributes to their ability to stay young? Leslie thinks so. Not only does she believe that the less stressful lifestyle helps to prevent premature aging, she also notes that French women have more time to spend on their skin care. Says she, “They are taught by their mothers from their early teens to always spend the time to care for their skin and to use good quality skincare products.”

Keep Your Routine to a Minimum
When it comes to French skincare, it’s all about CTM: Cleanse, tone, and moisturize. With the exception of a good serum, you shouldn’t need much more than that. Look for a good cleanser that leaves your face feeling smooth and hydrated. If your skin is oily, opt for a toner with exfoliating properties, and if your skin is dry, find something with moisturizing properties. When it comes to moisturizer, go for something lightweight, ideally with a built in SPF.

Invest In Serum
If you’re going to spend money on any product in your skincare regimen, it should probably be the serum. That’s because Serums penetrate deep into the skin, and that’s where the best ingredients are needed. Money spent on serums with antioxidants should pay off in the long run.

Don’t Ignore Your Decolletage
While the face is usually the main focus for anti-aging, a neglected décolletage can easily betray you. The skin around your neck is thinner than your facial skin, so make sure to use your creams and serums from the neck down, as well.

Why do you think the French did so much better on the aging survey? Is it their skincare, or is it something else? Let us know!

Foods That Naturally Increase Your Estrogen Levels

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Unless you were lying under a rock for the past few decades, you probably know that the sun is one of the primary causes of aging skin. What you may not know, however, is that there’s something that ages your skin far faster and more irrevocably than even some of the most hardcore sun exposure. Loss of estrogen is the reason behind some of the least desirable effects of aging skin, and even more distressing, there is not a whole lot you can do to stop it. While hormone replacement is possible, the side effects associated with it are enough to make it a non-option, and it is likely that, until corporations find a viable treatment, we are not likely to hear much about possible ways to avoid it, but there are, and you can find them in your foods.

What Is Estrogen?
Estrogen is the hormone responsible for women’s reproductive health. As Dr. Ritika Samaddar explains, “It has a significant role in tissue functioning- specifically of the uterus, pituitary gland, and breasts.” In addition to playing a vital role in the development of reproductive organs, estrogen also affects bone density metabolism and fetal maturation during pregnancy and is a crucial part of growth and development.

The compound phytoestrogen is a nutrient found in plants that have similar functions to estrogen found in the body, and its intake has been shown to increase the level of estrogen in humans.

Benefits Of Estrogen Rich Food

Relief of Menopausal Symptoms
A study published in the ‘Menopause’ journal showed a significant difference in women with diets high in phytoestrogen and those with a lower level of the nutrient in terms of menopausal symptoms. Results showed phytoestrogen was capable of relieving hot flashes and vaginal dryness in menopausal women.

Prevents Ovarian and Breast Cancer Risk
In addition to relieving symptoms of menopause, estrogen rich foods contain antioxidant- like properties that help to remove oxidizing agents from the body. A study published in Environmental Health Perspectives showed that phytoestrogens can stimulate protein synthesis and are, therefore “strong candidates for natural cancer-protective compounds.”

Good For Skin and Hair
Dr. Simran Saini says phytoestrogen can add natural radiance to skin and hair and fight premature aging.

Prevents Osteoporoses
Estrogen is crucial for bone development, combining with calcium, vitamin D and other hormones in the rebuilding of bones. Studies suggest that phytoestrogen may have similar properties. In addition, a study in Women’s Health Initiative revealed that phytoestrogen may provide “cardiovascular protective effects” that are lacking in Hormone Replacement Therapy and better strategies for preventing bone loss need to be taken.

Prevents Strokes and Improves Heart Health
Studies show strokes to be the third most common causes of death in middle-aged women. A Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide suggests these statistics can be lowered by incorporation a daily tablespoon of flaxseed oil into the diets of women over the age of 50, who are likely candidates for strokes.

Estrogen Rich Foods
If you are thinking of getting serious about boosting your phytoestrogen intake, here are some of the best foods to do it with:

Flaxseed
When it comes to foods that contain phytoestrogen flaxseeds are at the top of the list. They improve liver function, prevent brittle nails, and skin dryness associated with lack of estrogen.

Soy Products
Oh say can you soy? Soybeans are a great source of phytoestrogen and one of the best foods for women in general. Soy milk, wheat flour, yogurt and soy dairy can all make great estrogen additions to your diet. They are low in calories, have almost no cholesterol, and researchers often point them out for their effectiveness in the prevention of breast cancer.

Walnuts
Walnuts are another effective source of phytoestrogen. Add some to your salads or eat them alone for a phytoestrogen-rich snack.

Dairy Products
Got milk? Milk, tofu, and paneer are all dairy products with a healthy amount of phytoestrogen, so be sure to include them in your diet to reap the benefits.

Sesame Seeds and Chickpeas
Packing a heavy punch when it comes to phytoestrogen sources, sesame seeds and chickpeas are a great addition to any health conscious diet. Hummus (made from chick peas) contains a whopping 993 micrograms of the stuff per hundred grams, so eat up for that estrogen surge!

How are you upping your estrogen levels? Let us know!

Seven Daily Wellness Habits

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It’s true that sometimes the emphasis on self-improvement can be a little, well, much. After all, maybe you don’t want to improve, or maybe you’ve already improved, thank you very much, and if you get any better you may just start losing friends. While we don’t want people to stop ‘liking’ you on Facebook because of your glowing positivity, you may want to take a look at this list. You may actually find some things that are a little naughty, and even if you don’t, you and your friends can have fun discussing how much you don’t need to do them.

Coffee
Here’s a habit that most of us have mo trouble keeping, in fact, some of us might claim it’s more difficult to stop. Carlene Thomas, RDN, actually makes no bones about preferring it more traditional “health food” options. “My daily ritual during summer is two beverages- a green smoothie and a really good cafe latte from my Nespresso machine. A morning cafe latte is something I truly enjoy and crave, while a green smoothie is a great way to clear out my fridge and fit in more greens.”

Breakfast
The most important meal of the day should always be tops on your list, and not so hard to swallow. After all, what could be better than food to wake up to? Scott Keatley, RD, says, “My favorite daily habit is breakfast.” He points out that research shows that spending just 15 minutes devoted to making mindful food choices can lead to more satisfaction throughout the day and that breakfast is a great way to kickstart your metabolism in the morning.

Limit Technology
What? Turning off my computer and phone is supposed to be good for my mental health? While no one is suggesting that you miss important phone calls and emails, it has been shown that excessive attachment to technology can lead to isolation. One study of human behavior reported an indirect correlation between the use of social media and happiness. Taking a break may lead to some relaxation and more spare time.

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Reflect
So, this may sound a little heavy to you, but, really who couldn’t benefit from a few minutes of quiet thought? Carley Sweet, INHC, says, “I take five to ten minutes a day to reflect on what’s going on. I struggle with anxiety, so finding time to go to a quiet spot and just chill really helps me to stay level-headed.”

To Do List
The organization can be key to sanity. Cynthia Pong, JD, says making a to-do list keeps her focus. She says, “my favorite daily habit which helps me manage my stress, stay organized and be productive- is making a to-do list. It sounds basic, but writing things down can go a long way in keeping you sane.” She says just remembering what you have to do can be stressful enough!

Yoga
Not for everyone, but a life changer for some. Calli De La Haye, co-founder of Kali murti Yoga makes sure to find a place for it in her busy day. “I have a 10-month-old daughter, so I have to roll with how the day is going, but this is my savior for staying calm and finding some peace at the start of my day.”

Cooking
While the kitchen may be a disaster area for some, it’s a salvation for others. Says Pat Connelly, founder, and CEO of Cavity, “I cook dinner every night. I try new things and I eat beautifully organic and seasonal foods. It calms me there is something wonderfully methodical about cooking every night….. It helps me unwind from a long day.”

What do you do to stay maintain wellness daily? Let us know which habits keep you on the ball!

Famous Men Who Turn 50 This Year

Ah, the benchmark ages. Sure, every age is another notch in the belt, but there is something about hitting those multiples of ten that really make us take account of where we are in life. If you’re less than excited about turning fifty, well, you know what they say, misery loves company, and, while you may be down in the dumps, it looks like you’re in some pretty good company. Let’s take a look at some of the celebrities hitting the five-o benchmark this year, and not seeming too bothered about it at all.

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Vin Diesel
Fast, furious and fifty, Vin Diesel is in the prime of his life! Vin, nee Marc Sinclair, is best known for his role as Dominic Toretto in the “Fast and Furious” film series and is also a producer for this and other franchises. Formerly linked to “F and F” co-star Michelle Rodriguez, Vin is now happily settled. He and current partner, Mexican model Paloma Jimenez, are proud parents to Hania Riley, Vincent Sinclair and daughter Pauline, named in honor of fallen “F and F” alum, Paul Walker. He is also godfather to Walker’s daughter, Meadow Rain.

Will Ferrell
If you’re going to turn fifty, there’s not a much better guy to do it with than Will Ferell. From his riotous impressions of George W. Bush on Saturday Night Live to his hilarious portrayal of Ron Burgundy in “Anchorman 1 and 2,” there are not many people who can say they’ve had as much of an impact on the world of comedy as Will Ferrell. Married to Swedish actress Viveca Paulin, Ferrell is the father of children Magnus, Mattias, and Axl and is the recipient of two Emmy awards for his work on SNL and as a sketch comedy producer for “Drunk History.”

Paul Giammati
From his first high-profile role as Kenny “Pig Vomit” Rushton in Howard Stern’s private parts.to “Sideways” to “American Splendor” to ” Love and Mercy” to “Downton Abbey,” there is no movie starring Paul Giamatti that he has not done justice to. Residing in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York Giammati is married to Elizabeth Cohen with whom he raises a son, Samuel, born in 2001. A Yale graduate, Giamatti is a two-time Golden Globe and Emmy Award recipient, and currently stars in the Showtime series, “Billions.”

Jason Statham

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Jason Statham
When it comes to tough guys, it doesn’t get much smoother than Jason Statham. The Derbyshire English native, often playing the beloved antihero, is best known for his roles, in “Snatch,” ” The Expendables,” and ” Fast and Furious 6 and 7.” While a tough guy in movies, Statham is quite the ladies man off screen. After his relationship with model Kelly Brook fizzled out in mid-2000, Statham has been dating model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley since 2010. They announced their engagement in 2016 and are currently expecting their first child.

Turning 50? Who are you most happy to be doing it with? Whether it’s a celebrity or otherwise, we hope you have some pretty good company on this benchmark occasion!

Coconut Oil Can Be Your Skin Saviour

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What is your oil d’jour? it seems that these days everyone’s skin routine needs to include some thick rich, usually edible natural oil in addition to the usual cast of serums, toners, and moisturizers. Some of you may have already made your choice, but, for those who are still open to suggestion, have you considered coconut oil? After all, it is summer; tiki torches, hula skirts, coconuts? Coconut oil is a great, natural choice for summer skincare, and it may be the closest to a tropical island you get this summer. Here are some other reasons you may want to try coconut oil.

Saturated Fats
Coconut oil keeps skin soft because of its medium chain fats, otherwise known as triglycerides. These fats retain the moisture content of the skin by eliminating the loss of moisture through the skin’s pores. When consumed regularly, the coconut oil deposits the fat under the skin. The result is healthy, Laurie smooth skin with an even tone.

Caprylic/ Capric/ Lauric acid
These work similarly to the triglycerides, but they also have disinfectant properties which protect skin from infections that can penetrate open wounds and pores. These benefits can be attained by taking the oil internally, or by applying it topically.

In addition to their antimicrobial properties, caprylic, capric lauric acids can provide a big energy boost before a workout. Because they are easily broken down; they are converted to usable energy quickly and efficiently, which is why they are often associated with weight loss. Losing weight also improves skin quality by reducing fat, stretch marks, and folds in the skin and ensuring that the body maintains a close grip around bones and muscles.

benefits of using coconut oil

Vitamin E
Vitamin E has been synonymous with skin care for years. it is needed for skin repair and growth and protects against aging and cracking. 100 grams of coconut oil contains about 0.1 mg of vitamin E, adding to its list of skin nourishing properties.

Proteins
The protein in coconut oil contributes to tissue repair and cellular health, guaranteeing the replacement of damaged cells on or near the skin. Research shows that individuals with low protein diets heal more slowly and develop more noticeable scars due to the longer healing time.

Uses
Lip Gel: Coconut oil provides a natural (edible) alternative to chemical lip gels. It works wonders and you don’t have to worry about it ending up in your belly.

Skin Softener: Coconut oil can be a great solution to hard and dry skin conditions on the face, hands, and feet and also has exfoliating properties. Combining coconut oil with exfoliating materials, such as salt and sugar, will improve the efficiency, sloughing off dead skin cells without irritation.

Skin Disorders: Coconut oil may also prove useful in battling skin disorders including eczema, acne, and psoriasis. Studies are ongoing as to whether or not the protein content in coconut oil is capable of replacing sick and dying cells related to these conditions.

Makeup Remover: Coconut oil takes off makeup quickly and thoroughly without harsh chemicals.

Is coconut oil your oil d’jour? If not what is? What do you use coconut oil for? Let us know!

Add Avocado To Your Beauty Routine

Flower made of Avocado How often has this happened to you? You’re on a date or in a meeting and you go to the restroom. Check your look in the mirror, and there is, the inevitable food on the face. How long has it been there? Is it that noticeable? What is it? Where is it? On your nose? In your eyebrow? Most of us don’t want to be caught wearing our meals in public, yet, at home, it can be somewhat more acceptable, in fact, even desirable. Avocados can be great in your meals and also on your face, and hair. Here are some ways of incorporating the green wonder into your beauty routine.

Anti-Aging
One thing avocados, a.k.a. alligator pears are great for is anti-aging. Not only can you use the mashed avocado for a mask, but eating it helps to fight aging as well. The antioxidants in the avocado detoxify the body, reducing wrinkles and making skin soft and supple.

Drink the Juice for Skin Health
These days it seems as if no fruit or vegetable is beyond liquefaction, and avocados are no exception. Just mix one with a cup of milk in the blender and – voila- a drink full of nutrients and vitamins. Your skin will thank you for it. Add honey if you like it sweet.

Revitalizes the Scalp
Avocado is also a great treatment for your crowning glory. The fruit can be used to treat dry hair or a dry itchy scalp. Just mash some up and massage it into your scalp and let the proteins and amino acids work their magic. You should find a more comfortable, less flaky scalp, and improved overall hair condition.

fresh Avocado smoothie

Defrizz Hair
Got frizz? Put half a mashed up avocado in the blender, add two tablespoons of avocado oil, and work it into your hair and scalp. Let it sit for about 15 minutes and shampoo. You should find hair immediately less frizzy and easier to control.

Natural Sunscreen
If you’re looking for a chemical free way of guarding againstUVA and UVB exposure, avocado oil works as a natural sunscreen and also soothes sunburnt skin. The high antioxidant content of the avocado protects against free radical damage and can restore the effects caused by overexposure to the sun.

Treats Skin Conditions
The healthy fats and oils in contained in the avocado are a close match for the natural oils in the skin and make great natural moisturizers with calming properties to reduce inflammation. Just mash one up and put it right on your face and neck, and wash it off after 5 or 10 minutes and reap the effects of radiant, beautiful skin.

Bad Breath
Some stuff a stick of gum in their mouths before an up close encounter, others drink avocado juice. Bad breath comes from your stomach, not your mouth. Avocado juice cleanses both mouth and intestines, removing the microbes that cause bad breath.

What is your beauty go to’s? What food do you wear? What do you do with your avocados? Let us know! We love to hear it!

Counteract Weight Gain and Aging

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Think a moment about the recent sitcoms. “Seinfeld”, “King of Queens”, “Everybody Loves Raymond”: what do they have in common? Hot lady, not so hot guy. Gone are the days of “The Brady Bunch” and “I Dream of Jeannie” when every couple had a Barbie and a Ken. Nowadays it’s a little closer to “Beauty and the Beast.” Why this sudden disparity between partners? Is it a television’s way of showing us nice guys don’t always finish last, or is it simply a more realistic interpretation of life? Let’s have a look at what the experts say about this strange phenomenon.

Is She Really Going Out With Him?
According to LA-based dermatologist Dr. Jason Emer, “I have a significant portion of middle- aged men whose wives are taking care of themselves, but they’ve gained weight because they don’t have time to exercise and diet, and they have a lot of sun damage. They come in and they say they want to look as good as their wives.”

Why Do Men Let Themselves Go?
Dr. John Layke thinks that the extra edge men have over women when it comes to aging make them more lax about grooming. Male skin is about 25% thicker than female skin because it contains testosterone. However, after a certain age, it begins to taper off because of lifestyle and hormonal factors.

Says Lake, “Men age at a slower rate, but all of a sudden it hits at 50. After age 30, men lose 1 percent of testosterone per year you start to see it around age 50 (when the loss is) 20%.”
In addition, man loses muscle as they age which can slow metabolism and cause weight gain. The loss of testosterone also causes the skin to thin out and wrinkle more. Add to that the fact that half of the men have male pattern baldness by the age of 50, and the picture becomes clearer. “It’s all gradual,” says Lake, “but …by the time (men) figure this stuff out it’s too late.”

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Sun Damage
New York plastic surgeon Sachin Shridharani believes sun damage is partially responsible for the divide. She describes situations where couples “go on the same vacation, but he’s like, she was going stuff on her skin-why was no one telling me to put sunscreen on? Where was the sunblock for men?”

Shri Dhani acknowledges that men don’t always have the benefit of media messaging about staying in shape the women do. She says, “You see couples that age together, and you notice that the guy didn’t have the benefit of knowing what to do.”

Dad Bod
Then there’s the “Dad Bod.” According to registered dietician Tanya Zuckerbrot, 40% of her clients are men between the ages of 40 and 70, and nearly all of them are dealing with weight gain. “We assume that getting heavier is part of the natural aging process. And while it typically is, it doesn’t have to be.”

What Can We do
Most experts agree that, while a neat diet and exercise routine can help to counteract the aging process, the biggest obstacle is teaching men how to adapt to lifestyle changes. Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Time will tell. But in the meantime, the ladies may just have to settle.

What do you think? Can men over 50 learn to keep themselves healthy and looking good? Tell us about your worse half. We want to know!

These Ingredients Have Neuroprotective Benefits

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The central nervous system. That complex combination of the brain and the spinal chord, studied extensively, but understood only partially, constantly and mysteriously working to generate our movements, emotions, and desires. While a system so multifaceted can be so fascinating, it can also be extremely prone to malfunction. So many things can go wrong with a system so complicated, and unfortunately, our limited knowledge makes many of these difficult to treat. Neuropathic disorders and diseases continue to plague so many with so few solutions. That is why it is so important to protect ourselves against these disorders. Here are some ingredients with neuroprotective properties.

Glutamate Antagonists
Glutamate antagonists are the main treatment to used to control cell death in CNS disorders. Overexcitation of glutamate receptors causes calcium to increase, which has major consequences on the nerve. Glutamate antagonists inhibit the binding of glutamate to receptors and may help to avoid excitotoxicity. Some treatments with promising results include:

Estrogen
Estradiol helps to prevent excitotoxicity by inhibiting glutamate receptors, such as NMDA.

Ginsenoside Rd
Studies show that ginsenoside Rd may help to inhibit glutamate excitotoxicity, and has proven to be an effective and noninvasive treatment for ischemic stroke patients.

Progesterone
Progesterone has been shown to prevent secondary injuries in patients with stroke and traumatic brain injury.

Antioxidants
Antioxidants work to protect the body against oxidative stress, which is the main cause of neuron degradation. The effectiveness of antioxidants depends on the disease, gender, age, and ethnicity. Here are some of the most common antioxidants that have been shown to be beneficial in the reduction of oxidative stress in at least one neurodegenerative disease:

Fish Oil
Fish Oil contains n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids that can prevent mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress. It has potential to be neuroprotective and is the subject of many studies on its effects on neurodegenerative diseases.

Resveratrol
Resveratrol can prevent oxidative stress in disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Parkinson’s disease and cerebral ischemia.

Vitamin E
Vitamin E has varying effects depending on the neurogenerative disease that is being treated. It is most effective On Alzheimer’s disease and may be somewhat beneficial in treating ALS, but it is ineffective in the treatment of Parkinson’s.

THC
THC can exert neuroprotective effects on ischemia of the brain by acting on glutamate receptors, cation channels, and other pathways,

Stimulants
Certain stimulants are neuroprotective in appropriate doses.

Nicotine
Nicotine has been shown to offset Parkinson’s disease in humans and monkeys. It is available in patch form.

Caffeine
Caffeine is protective against Parkinson’s disease and induces neuronal glutathione synthesis by promoting cysteine uptake.

Selegiline
This has been shown to delay early onset Parkinson’s disease by an average of nine months.

Are neuroprotective ingredients important to you? Which ones would you use? THC? Nicotine? Caffeine? Let us know what you think.

Two Products That Can Help You Fight Aging

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With all the products out there, it may seem to you that your bathroom has become something closer to a chemistry lab than a bathroom. You are no longer simply the makeup artist, but the subject of a mad science experiment designed to determine what works best on your skin, regardless of negative side effects. Redness, breakouts, rashes, all in the name of the science of beauty. While many of us chalk up failed experimentation to trial and error, there are some things that no women’s cache of makeup should be without. Two of these products are serums and sunscreen.

What Are Serums?
All moisturizers, whether anti-aging or otherwise, should contain a blend of antioxidants, and ingredients for skin replenishment and restoration. Good serums are marked by a high concentration of these ingredients and also by the distinctive texture of the ingredients they contain. Serums should apply smoothly and have a lightweight feel despite their powerful contents.

Tips on Serums
Serums usually address a variety of issues, including wrinkles, environmental damage, loss of firmness, and uneven skin tone.

If you’re looking to safeguard your skin from visible effects of pollution, look for something with a high antioxidant concentration. Antioxidant superstars include retinol, vitamin C, and vitamin E. If you are sensitive to retinol, a vitamin C and peptide containing formula will work well.

Extra sensitive skin prone to redness will benefit from a redness relief formula with ingredients like ceramics and glycerin.

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For large pores, bumpy skin and signs of aging, look for something with niacinamide and hyaluronic acid which will smooth the surface of the skin without a greasy feel.

Serums should be applied twice a day and can be used with or without moisturizers, depending on your skincare needs.

Sunscreen
The first step in any serious anti-aging routine is an SPF rated 30 or higher, and lots of it. That means daily application whether or not the sun is out. And, remember, UVA rays can penetrate glass, so that means that even home, car and office do not provide cover from the damaging rays of the sun, so apply whether inside or out with due diligence.

Tips On Sunscreens
To maximize the benefits of sunscreen, you may want to consider the following:

  • You probably don’t want to apply a typical “beach” all- over body moisturizer to your face. A facial moisturizer with built-in sunscreen will give you the protection while also providing the hydration and anti-aging ingredients that your face requires.
  • Look for a facial moisturizer/sunscreen based on your skin type. Creams work best on dry skin, while fluids and gels are best for oily skin. Those with combination skin should look for a lotion of gel.
  • Antioxidants work well with sunscreen. Look for sunscreens with vitamins C and E, soy, grape, pomegranate am green tea.
  • Sunscreen should be the last skincare product you apply in your am routine. Applying products over sunscreen will make it less effective. If you are layering sunscreen, start with a facial moisturizer with SPF protection, followed by a primer containing sunscreen and topped off with a pressed powder with added protection from the sun.

What do you look for in your sunscreen and serums? Let us know what works best for you to combat aging issues.

Antioxidants and Skin Care

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Are antioxidants the new religion? Since the superpowers of the oxidation fighters were revealed, we follow groundbreaking news about antioxidants on social media with the same rabid enthusiasm that we follow the Brangelina divorce or the newest celebrity posts on Instagram. Antioxidants are our lifeline against aging, judging from the amount of attention antioxidants are getting, this attribute may be more valuable than reservations at the Ivy. So for those of you for whom the latest skin care breakthrough headline is more enticing than the latest celebrity baby bump reveal, here is some eye opening information on antioxidants and skin care.

Vitamin C and E and Selenium
According to research, vitamins C, E, and selenium not only protect skin against sun damage and skin cancer, they may actually reverse wrinkles and discoloration associated with the aging process. Karen E.Burke, MD, PhD attributes these results to the ability of this trio to speed up the natural repair system of the skin and prevent further damage. The doctor recommends supplements containing 400 international units of vitamin E, 1,000 to 3,000 milligrams of vitamin C and 100 to 200 micrograms of selenium daily to reap the glorious benefits of this healthy triumvirate.

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CoEnzyme Q10
CoEnzyme Q10 is an antioxidant which occurs naturally in the human body, promoting cell growth and protecting against cancer. Age-related decreases in the levels of CoQ-10 in the body are thought to be associated with aging, and a study published in the Biofactors Journal found proof that applying 0.3% concentration of the antioxidant may help to minimize the appearance of wrinkles.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid
Applied topically, this antioxidant may be able to aid the skin in the prevention of sun damage. A study found subjects who applied a 3%-5% concentration of alpha-lipoic acid to their skin, starting at a rate of once every other day and gradually increasing to daily application, showed noticeable improvement in changes in the skin brought on by the sun.

Retinoic Acid
If you’ve been doing your homework, you already know that retinoic acid is the active form of vitamin Q in the skin, and is also typically referred to as the “gold standard” in skin care. Used topically, retinoic acids, often branded as Renova or Retin-A, effectively treat age spots, wrinkles, and rough skin caused by the sun’s rays. A study published in the Journal of Dermatological Science revealed findings that retinoic acid treatment reduces the appearance of wrinkles by restoring the elastic fibers responsible for keeping skin firm and tight. Although dermatologists once believed that use of this antioxidant increased skin’s sensitivity to the sun, they now believe that it actually protects the skin from further damage. However, because high concentrations of retinoic acid have been associated with peeling and redness, Burke recommends starting at a low concentration (0.01% in gels and 0.1% in creams) and applying it every two to three nights to introduce it slowly to the skin.

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Flavonoids (Green Tea and Chocolate)
We saved the best for last. Research suggests that the flavonoids in green tea can protect from inflammation and cancer, and a German study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that women who drank cocoa with a high level of flavonoids had smoother, softer skin than those who drank a lower flavonoid version of the liquid chocolate. Although the results so far seem promising, Burke says more research needs to be done to prove the effectiveness of flavonoids and to determine the best dose, but, in the meantime, you are more than welcome to experiment.

Are you a believer in antioxidants? Let us know which ones you are most faithful to and why. We love to learn from you!