By Ayren Jackson-Cannady, REDBOOK
Before you Botox, try these five easy at-home tricks to fight aging naturally.
1. Wash With Oil: Sounds terrifying, right? But you should relax and try it if you have dry, weary skin, says Miami Beach dermatologist Leslie Baumann, M.D.: "Many natural oils contain linoleic acid, which helps skin retain water." Start with 10 ml of olive oil, says natural skin-care expert Sharon Gnatt Epel, then mix in 2 drops of one of these oils: carrot seed to boost elasticity, frankincense to restore skin tone, or lavender to calm redness. Massage it in for thirty seconds, then rinse with warm water. We promise, no morning-after acne.
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2. Rub These In: Meet the latest crop of natural time-busters from around the globe. African Anogeissus, found in Origins Plantscription antiaging serum, $55, stimulates production of fibrillin (a protein responsible for skin's "bounce back"). Kiehl's Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating
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(edited from the skininformation.com articles: Winter Skin Care)
Wintertime can be hard on the skin. Winter itch, dry skin and chapped lips are common complaints for many of us who live in colder climates. If you have eczema or psoriasis, you may notice that your condition will tend to get worse over the fall and winter months.
The main culprit behind skin dryness and irritation is your skin being exposed to the drying effects produced by the combination of indoor heat, wind and outdoor cold temperatures. Luckily, there are a variety of ways you can keep cold, arid weather from wreaking havoc on your skin.
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Our mission: to keep you and everyone in your family glowy and smooth this winter, from your heads to your chubby-wubby toes.
1. Reach out and touch someone: It's a fact: Skin-to-skin contact makes you happier. "Being touched signals the brain's vagus nerve, which has branches everywhere in the body," says Tiffany Field, Ph.D., director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. "This decreases cortisol, which lowers your stress levels." So silkify your skin, then cuddle someone stat.
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2. Winter-proof your skin: Right now, your body probably feels nothing like, say, velvety-delicious baby feet. By midwinter, skin is tight, scaly, and beat up. Guys, and even children, suffer too: "Low humidity outdoors combined with dry indoor heat robs everyone's skin of moisture," says Ethan A. Lerner, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School. To stay
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Step 1: Understand Undereye Circles
"Undereye puffiness is the result of fluid retention," says Dr. David Bank, a Mt. Kisco, NY, dermatologist. And you can thank the sun for that bluish hue. "Over time," Bank explains, "the sun depletes our collagen supply, making skin less plump and taut, and causes tiny blood vessels beneath the skin's surface to dilate and burst." (You don't feel it happening, but the vessels show through thin skin.) A chilled gel-filled eye compress will constrict them (making them less noticeable) and reduce puffiness.
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Step 2: Give Crow's-Feet the Boot
"Since wrinkles result from a loss of collagen in the skin," says Bank, "to truly get rid of them, you need an eye cream with retinol or some vitamin A derivative, such as retinyl linoleate or retinyl palmitate." These products plump up the skin and
By Nina JudarRead More »from 10 Tips for Winter Beauty
10 tips for winter beautyNot only is the weather outside frightful, as the holiday song goes, but it can also make you look frightful. Between the icy dry air and wind outdoors and the hot dry air indoors, you may be contending with flaky skin, chapped lips, parched locks, raw hands, and more. Send those winter beauty woes packing with these head-to-toe pro tips and product picks.
1. SPEED-SHOWER It's counterintuitive, but getting soaked in water sucks the moisture out of skin. Stick to a five-minute shower to help prevent dryness. "Get in, get out," advises Ranella Hirsch, M.D., a dermatologist in Boston.Aveeno, Neutrogena, and Nivea products
2. DON'T DRY OFF COMPLETELY "The emollient in lotion seals in skin's own moisture," explains Dr. Hirsch, "so slather it on slightly damp skin. For an extra boost, look for a lotion with a humectant like glycerin, which simultaneously attracts moisture to skin." Try Nivea Express Hydration Daily Lotion with Hydra IQ ($9, drugstores).
3. SOOTHE WITH OATMEAL It's an anti-inflammatory that's gentle
By Sarah Grossbart, REDBOOKTo really beat winter's harsh effects, tackle them from the inside out by eating these skin-boosting foods, says registered dietitian Joan Salge Blake, a clinical associate professor of nutrition at Boston University. "The nutrients in these foods can be as good for your skin as they are for your health."
Soybeans: These little legumes are like nature's nip and tuck. They're protein-rich, to help skin stay firm.
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Papaya: The tropical fruit is high in vitamin C, one of the most potent antioxidants for protecting skin from damage that leads to wrinkles.
Sweet potatoes: These are rich in beta-carotene, which your body converts to vitamin A, a nutrient that helps skin shed dead cells.
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Almonds: They're packed with vitamin E, an antioxidant that can aid in fighting skin-aging free radicals.
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CN Digital StudioallureBy Julie Giusti, Allure magazineRead More »from 13 Winter Beauty Mistakes
1. Lingering in a Hot Shower
When it's ten below outside, it's tempting to turn your morning shower into a half-hour steam-a-thon. But after about 15 minutes, all that heat begins to compromise your skin's lipid layer, a complex of fatty acids that holds in precious moisture. Turn down the heat as much as you can-or at least shorten your shower time.
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2. The Wrong Cleanser
Since drying soap lather is even worse for your lipid barrier than hot water, avoid soap-based facial cleansers. "In the winter, when there isn't as much moisture in the air, absolutely everyone needs a non-foaming cleanser," says Miami dermatologist Leslie Baumann.
For dry skin, she recommends Pond's Cold Cream, Murad Renewing Cleansing Cream, Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils, and Laura Mercier Cleansing Oil.
For oily and acne-prone skin, she likes Cetaphil.
3. Applying Foundation to Flaky Skin
No foundation, no matter how great the
You might have the perfect date-night do, but even the savviest beauty junkie can learn a thing or two from these sought-after sirens.
"I couldn't survive without dry shampoo," claims ESPN's Erin Andrews. "Before I go on camera, it gives me that Marisa Miller-vibe that I'm always striving to have!"
"Curling your lashes really makes a huge difference," explains 30 Rock star Katrina Bowden. "It opens up the eye area and makes your eyes stand out."
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"One of my favorite beauty tricks is to apply a little bit of highlighter down the center of the nose-or on the sides to contour it," says Californication and The Baytown Disco star Meagan Good. "Anytime the nose looks dewy, it brings all the light to the middle of your face and helps enhance every feature."
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There are a few things that bug me in this world: Guys wearing jeans skinnier than mine; Kim Kardashian's faux love life; and unrealistic ideals created by movies. Don't get me wrong -- I love a good rom-com as much as the next gal. But nothing boils my blood more than the scenes when the girl wakes up the next morning in Ryan Gosling's bed looking gorgeous. No smudged mascara, blotchy skin, or puffy eye bags.
Yeah … I don't look that impeccably perfect when I wake up, even after a solid eight hours of blissful snooze time.
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The reality is that no one wakes up looking fresh-faced, with perfectly tousled hair, and kissable breath. That's why movie characters have lighting directors and a team of hairstylists and makeup artists to hide those bags and spritz on some shine spray.
I may never have that posse of hair and makeup artists waiting by my bedside each morning, but these tips help me look good first thing in the a.m.
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