No More Saggy, Wrinkly, Ol’ Skin!

fountainofyouth3.jpg It seems like since the moment each one of us spent our first day on this planet, the people and the world that surrounds us have been flooding our brains with anti-aging concerns.

“Eat your carrots, they’re good for your eyes.”

“You’re getting too much sun. Do you want to have wrinkles?!”

“Don’t rub your eyes — you are going to make them sag!”

It really is craziness. And it is a matter that, at the time, makes us want to be like, “What – EVER!”

But the truth is, we are all consistently thinking about ways to preserve our youth; a way to make aging seem a bit softer.

So, I found it rather interesting when I came upon a story the other day that talked about interesting ways to look younger. I know many of you are thinking, “But you’re 23! What do you have concerned with?” The truth is, however, that even women and men in their 20s should begin to use a basic anti-aging cream to protect their skin from the effects of aging.

Here is what Surprising Ways to Look Younger had to offer — Oh, and I did a bit of research for you, so you can check out some of the products that offer the elements the article discusses:

  • Put your blow-dryer on cold — According to the article, you should use your blow dryer on a cold setting to dry your lotion and sunscreen, allowing skin care products to set. This quick trick will also make your makeup go on more smoothly and last longer.
  • Apply mushrooms — Supposedly, the newest age erasers are fungi-filled face products. I still kind of think it sounds disgusting (maybe it’s the whole fungus part), but, according to the experts, the “antioxidant-rich mushrooms decrease inflammation that leads to wrinkling and a loss of firmness, and they don’t cause irritation.” Some fungi also contain enzymes that “speed cell turnover, slow collagen breakdown, and improve tone and texture.” Try Dr. Andrew Weil for Orgins Planidote Mega-Mushroom Face Cleanser.
  • Use coffee bean berry extract — At first, I was really excited when I saw the word “coffee” — I thought that maybe I could somehow justify my obsession with the oh-so-wonderful bean. But instead, the article informed me that CoffeeBerry, a new skin care ingredient, was in fact what would promise a younger complexion — not the java. “The extract, which comes from the berries that house coffee beans, packs polyphenols, antioxidants with the most free-radical fighters.” According to the skin docs, this means it protects against cellular damage, a main cause of aging. Check out the REVALESKIN CoffeeBerry Skin Care Kit.
  • Get a moisturizer that multitasks — Find an all-in-one moisturizer! The newest lotions and creams come chock-full of hydrators, tightening compounds, and even a bit of glow or gradual self-tanner. Try Lancôme ‘Glow Sensuelle’ Daily Luminous Face Moisturizer.
  • Use a sleep-time moisturizer — According to Look Younger, last year consumers spent about $56 million on nighttime moisturizers alone. So, what are the benefits of an evening moisturizer? Cosmetic chemists agree that “many anti-aging ingredients stay active longer when they’re not exposed to sunlight.” My favorite is Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Moisturizing Treatment.
  • Sleep flat on your back — YAY!! I sleep on my back, so I guess I will be young forever!! Anyway, research has shown that “smashing your face into a pillow creates fold lines that eventually become permanent if they’re repeated every night.” What’s more, sleeping on your back is supposed to also counter some of the effects of gravity that occur on a daily basis.
So, here is to looking younger! May the fountain of youth be yours!!
Now, go eat your broccoli — it puts hair on your chest! Wait a second …


    Filed under February 2008

    6 responses to “No More Saggy, Wrinkly, Ol’ Skin!

    1. Melissa

      You look so adorable! I also like Oil of Olay, but I can assure you, even if I sleep on my back…I still have wrinkles!

    2. Amanda

      On my twentieth birthday one of my “must have gifts” was anti-aging cream. I am a huge supporter of starting to decrease wrinkles before they occur! I want that “glow sensualle” stuff! Thanks for the info.! I love you


    3. Amanda

      P.S. I will have to work on the sleeping on my back thing. I heard silk pillowcases can help me and my fellow belly sleepers! 🙂

    4. Melissa — Thank you so much for the compliment! I, too, don’t know how much faith I put in that tip either!

      Amanda — Good tip with the silk pillowcases!

    5. Julie

      Silk Charmeuse pillowcases are gorgeous to sleep on and are gentler on the skin

    6. I read your posts for quite a long time and should tell you that your posts are always valuable to readers.

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