The editors of Good Housekeeping contributed to the new book 7 Years Younger, which covers topics from diet and nutrition to fitness for body and mind, to hair and makeup. The team includes Health, Beauty & Environmental Sciences Director Birnur K. Aral, Ph. D., Nutrition Director Samantha B. Cassetty, M.S., R.D., Executive Editor Jennifer Cook, Food Director Susan Westmoreland, and Nina Judar, Beauty Director. Nina contributes some tips from the book below.
Age-Appropriate MakeupFreshening Foundation: The right base sets the stage for the rest of your makeup palette. The overall effect you want is dewy, to help compensate for drier-looking or rough-textured skin. Look for the ingredients glycerin or hyaluronic acid. Also, check out “light reflecting” foundations, which deflect light from lines and crinkles, visually filling them in and making them look softer. Other words to keep an eye out for that mean the same thing are "luminous," "radiance" and "light-diffusing."Eye-enhancing Products: Perhaps more than any other feature, your eyes draw others in. And eyes are not just a window to your soul (as the saying goes); they can reveal your age, your health and how well you care for yourself, too. A sign of age shows up here first.
Full, Attractive Lips:As with most of your features, lips evolve with age. Their color may lighten or become more irregular, and their overall volume may dip.
Lengthening Mascara: Choose a formula that’s also water resistant to keep mascara from smudging and flaking.
Here are some new anti-aging skincare products:
European favorite PRIMAVERA made its way to the U.S. recently. The 25-year-old German brand, born in the Alpine foothills of southern Germany, uses pure plant oils in its natural skincare and aromatherapy line. The company’s holistic approach extends to social and environmental responsibility with fair-trade partnerships with eighteen growers around the world who provide 125 ingredients farmed from their natural habitats. Their Revitalizing Rose Pomegranate face care products are designed for maturing skin. They feature Organic Rose Essential Oil, which helps promote cell renewal, and Organic Pomegranate Seed Oil, which contains antioxidants to help fight free-radical damage. The extensive line features the moisturizing Cream Cleanser, Intensive Repair Eye Cream, Intensive Seed Oil Capsules, Antioxidant Mask and Intensive Firming Cream. (Available at primaveralife.com.)
Neydharting Moor Skin & Body Care, from the Neydharting Healing Clinic in Austria, utilizes the benefits of Neydharting Moor’s Peat & Peat Water, which contains naturally-sourced botanicals, herbs and nutrients. Their Advanced Skincare line features the Ageless Eye Cream, a delicate eye cream infused with age-defying antioxidants. The Intense Regenerating Serum is a cream-gel that helps reduce puffiness and irritation. The newest addition to their product family is the Regenerating Night Cream – Face and Neck. It’s a rich, ultra-hydrating night cream with their signature Neydharting Peat and Peat Water, bioactive Super-27 anti-aging complex, Sweet Almond Oil and Allantoin to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and help restore lost elasticity. (Available at MoorSkincare.com.)
The new Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate is powered by 20 pure plant extracts and potent high-tech molecules. The dual chamber system combines two age-defying formulas to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, minimize pores and make skin look firmer. (Available at Sephora.com.)
The new Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Finishing Cream from L’Oreal Paris is a finishing cream that utilizes the new Opti-Blur Technology to diffuse light to erase the look of fine lines, wrinkles and pores for a smoother looking complexion in thirty seconds. Silica helps absorb oil and the SPF 30 protects skin from UVA/UVB rays. (Available at drugstores.)
Elizabeth Arden presents their new PREVAGE Anti-Aging+ Intensive Repair Daily Serum. It blends Idebenone, an anti-oxidant, with their exclusive new ingredient Arazine, which helps shield the skin from environmental effects and helps support the skin’s natural repair process. (Available at www. elizabetharden.com.)
Make Up For Ever’s new Pro Finish is a unique multi-use compact foundation with an innovative formulation that can be applied wet for a sheer, satin finish or dry for a full, matte finish. The breakthrough formula boasts a Vegetal Lecithin coating that wraps around each pigment to transform the product’s texture so it stays on the skin better, longer and more effectively. It’s mineral oil-free, fragrance-free and paraben-free, with less talc than traditional formulations, eliminating the chalky, cakey effect that gives the impression of aging skin. (Available at Sephora.com.)
Calgon’s new Ageless Bath Collection has Vita Pearl Complex of Collagen, Vitamin E and Pearl Powder in their Ageless Bath Body Scrub and Soak, Ageless Bath Pearls and Ageless Milk Bath with Serum Beads. (Available at takemeaway.com.)
The LiftActiv Serum 10 from Vichy was the 2012 Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner for Big Breakthrough. The anti-aging treatment is formulated with Rhamnose, a naturally-derived plant sugar, clinically proven to improve skin rejuvenation. The hydrating, lightweight serum has proven efficacy on the appearance of wrinkles, pores and sagging. (Available at vichyusa.com.)
The new Ecos Daily HydraPrimer SPF 30 keeps in skin’s natural moisture with Soy and Sodium Hyaluronate and helps the signs of aging with apple stem cell technology to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Its light tint makes it perfect to use alone or under foundation. (Available at Target.)
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