What’s the key to longevity, and looking and feeling fab over forty? Life-altering "superfoods" are the answer to warding off premature aging, disease, and more. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorites, and interesting ways to prepare them.
It's a well-known fact that environmental factors and stress are the main causes of premature aging. Wearing sun protection along with diet of healthy, organic food and low to no alcohol consumption is one of the best ways to fight off the signs, but that still might not be enough. Here are a few of our favorite beauty secrets for looking "Fab Over Forty."
Grow old gracefully? Why not! The surest way to look "Fab Over Forty" is by making a longterm investment in your health and care for your skin. Environmental factors and stress can do a lot of damage and on the flipside, if they are minimized, can keep that youthful glow and virtually wrinkle-free skin into your fifties.
Take this quiz to see if your environment and stress levels have put time on your side, or if it's just a matter of time.
Like fine wine, women only get better with age. One of the key secrets to being "Fab Over Forty" is to dress your age. No, not the dowdy, over-the-hill matron look, but the sophisticated, confident, mature, and stylish woman look. Try some of these tips on for size.
Here's another reason to stay away from the needle: Some British and European doctors are raising concerns about facial fillers. A handful of plastic surgeons is worried that these injectables could permanently damage skin over time. Dr. Daniel Marchac, a prominent French plastic surgeon, said he had been contacted by at least 25 patients who developed untreatable fibrous tissue and other changes after being injected.
"We will see in the future patients of 50 who have had 15 years of fillers with fibrous, tough tissue we wouldn't be able to do anything with," he said. "The serious things are the permanent fillers, and the second is abuse of resolvable fillers." Abuse, in his view, involves using temporary fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane twice a year for four years. (Botox, which isn't a filler, isn't a worry, the doctors say.)
This story makes a good point: Some technologies are so new that we don't yet know the long-term effects. (Remember what happened to this woman?) Plus, if plastic surgeons are raising concerns—and they have every financial reason to encourage cosmetic procedures—I think it's worth paying attention to them when they say it's dangerous stuff.
I just heard about this skincare line called Renée Rouleau, which was founded by a skin salon owner of the same name. (Rouleau also christened September as National Skin Care Awareness Month.) The Rouleau collection consists of more than 60 products, which run the gamut from cleansers to sun protection.
The star product I'm excited to try is the just-released Instant Line Filler with Vitamin C ($62.50). The wrinkle-reducing serum is made with Restylane (typically delivered through injections) and something called Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, which act like little sponges to plump the skin. Frankly, the whole concept sort of boggles my mind it sounds so cool.
It doesn't tingle, but your skin will feel tighter and moisturized. Though I haven't tried it yet, I did speak with one woman who claims it has really helped firm her crow's feet and brow furrow. (Of course, she's only 29, so take that with a grain of salt.) Use the serum in the morning when your skin is cleansed but still moist.