by Brooke Le Poer Trench
David CookThose tiny bottles of oil that promise a youthful complexion are not of the snake variety anymore. Dermatologist David Colbert, the founder of Colbert M.D. Skincare, who has studied the skin-care and anti-aging benefits of face oils for 15 years, explains how they benefit the skin.
"Many botanical oils, including argan, passion fruit, and African marula oils, are potent antioxidants. In the morning, massage a few drops onto clean skin, wait two minutes, and apply sunscreen or foundation as usual."
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IMPROVED SKIN TOLERANCE
"Oils can prevent the irritation caused by some anti-aging ingredients. Argan, yangu, and borage-seed oils all decrease inflammation. Smooth one on after your nightly anti-aging treatment. A few drops will be enough to cover your face and calm the skin."
"In your late 30s, wrinkles suddenly look deeper because the skin's natural oils decrease, the moisture
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Roger Cabello I love a nude lip--and I always will--but there's new evidence that lipstick with a hint of red makes you look younger. As in, actual evidence: New studies from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania suggest that in addition to obvious cues like wrinkles and gray roots, we subconsciously take facial contrast into account when guessing someone's age.
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Researchers took pictures of men and women ages 20 to 70, manipulated them to increase and decrease contrast between the eyes, lips, and skin, and then asked 100 participants to guess how old the people pictured were. Care to guess what happened? Yup, the higher the facial contrast, the younger the faces appeared. It means that wearing eyeliner, brow pencil, and rosy lip colors (since your lips loose their natural red tint with age), makes you look younger. And fine, you don't need a study to tell you all of that. But it's still nice to have some backup.
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It's time for the Hottest Under 30 list! No, not that list. Here, the top anti-aging eye creams, serums, and brighteners to treat wrinkles, dark spots, sagging and more--all for the low, low price of $30 (or less).
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Fairchild Archive Yesterday I received the following email from a colleague here at Allure:
"This weekend I was at the salon getting my hair done and the woman shampooing my hair said she always gets a gel topcoat on her manicures--JUST the topcoat is the gel. She said that way you don't have the limited color selection of gels, it doesn't take any longer than a reg manicure + drying time, and it comes off easily, just a little filing (not the crazy removal process when you have color + topcoat in gel form)."
My first thought was, Wow, what a smart trick! But the more I thought about it, the more this technique seemed too good to be true (not to mention that the safety of gel manicures is still debatable, until further research is available). So I emailed manicurist Elle to get to the bottom of it. Here's what she said: "It doesn't always work, and you need a lot of patience to get it right. With a regular manicure, your drying time at the salon is about 20 minutes, but it actually
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"For the best protection, wear a formula with several antioxidants. Studies show they work together, becoming more powerful when they're combined than when they are alone. For instance, lycopene is more potent than beta-carotene and lutein, but all three together are significantly stronger still."
MAKE IT QUICK
"Wearing a sunscreen or moisturizer with antioxidants is fine, but I prefer serums, which penetrate faster than creams when applied to bare skin. The strongest concentrations are usually the most stable, so look for one in a dark or opaque bottle. A
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CLEAR THE WAY
"Extend your daily exfoliant, whether it's with a cleansing brush or a glycolic acid, all the way down to the top of your chest. Sloughing away the dead-skin layer allows active ingredients to absorb faster."
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GET THE STRONG STUFF
"The skin on the neck and chest is thin, so sun damage is more apparent and harder to repair. Both the neck and chest require stronger formulations to reverse aging. Dedicated neck creams are more concentrated and powerful than most face creams, but some facial formulas with retinol, such as RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum, have been shown to work on the neck and chest, too."
PUT PEPTIDES TO WORK
"One of my
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It wasn't so long ago that a woman with a desire to look younger, slimmer, or simply better would huddle with her doctor in private. Now, one demonstration of a new laser on the Today show, and phones are ringing in dermatologists' and plastic surgeons' offices across the country. More and more patients are demanding the latest treatments the moment they hear about them on the news, in the salon, or over lunch with their best friend. Here's the problem with this pioneer impulse: Plastic surgery's past is crowded with operations that were rushed to the public with insufficient testing, or that proved too painful, or that simply weren't as effective as promised. Take it from us, the most dangerous word in plastic surgery may be "new." And unlike making a mistake by, say, buying a pair of jeggings that aren't