6 surprising ways to stay younger
Tip #1: Cool Blow-dry your face to maximize your creams
According to dermalogist Fredric Brandt, MD, author of 10 Minutes/10 Years, he said to use our blow-dryer on a cold setting to dry our lotion and sunscreen after application. This helps skin care products to set and allowing our makeup to go on more smoothly thus lasts longer. [ I'm really not too sure about this, but it sure feels weird to be cool-drying my cream-slabbed face. Anyhow, I'll give it a try tomorrow and see how it fares. ]
Tip #2: Go mushrooms
The newest age erasers? Fungi-filled face products. "Antioxidant-rich mushrooms decrease inflammation that leads to wrinkling and a loss of firmness, and they don't cause irritation," says Marta Rendon, MD, of the University of Miami School of Medicine. Some 'shrooms also contain enzymes that speed cell turnover, slow collagen breakdown, and improve tone and texture. [ I love mushrooms and there's a great mushroom range from The SkinStore, Natural Skin Care Products ]
Tip #3: Use coffee bean berries
Dermatologists are rolling out the red carpet for CoffeeBerry, a new skin care star that promises a younger complexion. The extract, which comes from the berries that house coffee beans, packs polyphenols, antioxidants with the most free-radical fighters. "You're protecting against cellular damage, a main cause of aging," says David McDaniel, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at Eastern Virginia Medical School.
Tip #4: Get a multitasking super moisturizer
By the time you hit 40, you'd learned to juggle more than three things at once [um, try 30 things instead]. Now some moisturizers are catching up to your speed. Besides containing a hint of self-tanner that allows skin to slowly darken, the newest daily glow lotions are packed with potent hydrators [apparently now, ginkgo biloba is the new 'quench']) and tightening ingredients [such as favourite newbies such as caffeine and ginseng] that make jiggly skin look and feel firmer, according to Mary Lupo, MD, a Prevention advisor and a clinical professor of dermatology at Tulane University.
Tip #5: Invest in a good night cream
Cosmetic chemists know, for example, that many anti-aging ingredients stay active longer when they're not exposed to sunlight. Retinoids, which speed cell turnover, "can break down chemically with light exposure and become ineffective," says Julian Omidi, MD, a dermatologist in private practice in Los Angeles. Other "anti-agers"--such as topical vitamins, including C and E--don't hold up well in sunlight or air. They're in both day and night products, but you probably get more antioxidant bang for your buck when you apply them before you go to sleep. [This is not news, we beauty buffs already know how important a night cream is. My current favourite is Body Shop's Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream]
Tip 6: Sleep flat on your back
Smashing your face into a pillow creates fold lines that eventually become permanent if they're repeated every night. Spending time on your back also helps counter the effects of gravity that accumulate during the day. In a recent study of 38 women and men, Japanese researchers found there was greater wrinkling in the afternoon than in the morning; they concluded that the face literally falls with gravity as the day progresses. At night, you get a chance to reverse that. [yay, I'm right on track. I've always been preaching to sleep on your back since the time of Tips to look young and fresh in the mornings]
So there you go my dear beauty buffs, I hope you'll find them useful as much as I do. Maybe you can share with me your own treasured beauty tips