In case you missed some of my earlier posts on all the bad stuff that smoking does to your hair, teeth, and nails, a recap on the series is soon to come. But for the final installments, let's talk skin. Besides causing a tough, leathery complexion and an aged-beyond-your-years appearance, there are lots of other ways smoking is simply terrible for the body's largest organ. Find out what they are when you read more.
Considering Thandie Newton's gorgeous complexion, it was only a matter of time before a beauty company would offer an endorsement deal. It turns out that company is Olay, Grazia Daily reports. The BAFTA-winning beauty will appear in a new advertising campaign for its antiaging Total Effects line. She said:
When filming, my working day is hectic, so trying to strike a balance between work, a family, and time for myself can be challenging . . . Olay is a brand I trust and I love the fact that the range offers me an all-in-one, antiaging moisturizer which takes care of all my skincare needs.
While it looks like the ads will be just in the UK, we'd love to see more of her on this side of the pond, too. Are you happy to see this mother of two move into a bit of a different role?
I had one severe case of dry, peeling skin, and I had it bad. My chin and mouth area were flakier than both Heidi and Spencer Pratt combined. I needed one mighty fine exfoliator, and I needed it stat. I turned to Aveeno's Warming Scrub ($9) from the brand's Positively Ageless line. Thermal beauty products are nothing new, but I'm still fascinated by the sensation of warmed-up skin care, which to me — whether it really does anything or not — enhances the experience. To find out what I thought about this water-activated, self-heating scrub, just keep reading.
Do you ever wonder why some people seem to age at a rapid pace, while others look years younger than what their birth certificate might suggest? That's just what P&G Beauty scientists recently sought to discover, using genomics to learn more about the aging of skin.
While lower levels of collagen, increased inflammation, and a decrease in hydration-enhancing molecules in the skin all contribute to aging, there's one other factor that might surprise you. You know that sun isn't great for your skin, but as it turns out, it's really not great for your skin. Shockingly, skin that had not been exposed to the sun had around 3,000 genetic mutations, but skin with exposure had — are you ready for this? — nearly 10,000 genetic mutations. So if that's not another reason for you to run and grab the sunscreen, I don't know what is.
As if I didn't reiterate it enough, sunscreen should be a daily essential. Horrifying sunburns, anyone? Besides lobster-red tones from head to toe, what would happen to your skin if you skipped the 'screen? I've consulted with Dr. Adrienne Denese, a dermatologist who specializes in antiaging techniques, to find out what measures we can take to prevent skin damage. As expected, SPF is key. "The most important step a young woman needs to take is to use sun protection 365 days a year," Dr. Denese says.
The reason? "Over 90 percent of aging of the skin is sun-induced," she adds. "Nearly everything you do not like about your skin — lines, wrinkles, age spots, sun spots, enlarged pores, red capillaries around the nose, loss of tone, and firmness — all have to do with sun exposure." Plus, don't forget that you can get damage from the sun even when the sun is not visible. "It can be overcast. It can be raining or snowing. The UVA rays are present even under these circumstances, undermining the integrity of your skin," advised Dr. Denese. Lesson learned.
Don't ask me where I came up with this post idea. Ahem. Not surprisingly, there are many health benefits to sex, including a decrease in stress levels, an increase in burned calories, and boosted immunity, to name a few. But, when it comes to its ability to beautify, what can sex do for your looks . . .
- Heavy z's: When you sleep better, you look better. The oxytocin that's released during an orgasm helps you doze off.
- Antiaging benefits: Sex increases dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a hormone that is said to help lend a youthful appearance. This includes: shiny hair, brighter eyes, and an enhanced complexion.
- So long, toxins: A rise in blood circulation during sex helps to eliminate toxins in the body, as oxygen is pumped into the surface of the skin. This provides that nice, clear glow and plumped appearance to the skin.
There are times when we might want to look older than we are, and those times are typically set aside for Oct. 31. But when it comes to everyday life, could you be aging yourself unintentionally with the wrong shade choices and techniques?
Most of us, if not all of us, want to maintain an age-appropriate appearance. (Note that I didn't say younger — just looking your freshest no matter your age.) That's why over the past few days, I've been exploring ways to keep your eye makeup and complexion looking sensational, not sallow. For my final bit in this series, let's explore lipsticks and hair tones. Go on, read more
I love the look of a heavily lined eye smoked out to perfection. What I don't love? When the smoke goes south, causing an unintentional "I haven't slept for days" shadowy appearance under the eyes. Hello, instant extra decade.
I've got you covered on tips for keeping your complexion youthful, so now let's move onto those windows to the soul. Here are five things to think about when applying makeup around your delicate eye area. Discover them when you read more
We all know that smoking and unprotected sun exposure can age you. But can your makeup techniques be making you look older as well? After noticing that my under-eye concealer was providing a more cakey, wrinkled effect than smooth and clean coverage, I took note.
So, over the next few days, let's delve deeper into what tips you can use to make sure your face is looking fresh, not frumpy. Let's start with the complexion. See what I mean when you read more
BeautyFirst, a new program on Vogue.TV, offers up advice on all things beauty, health, and fitness — a program after my own heart. In this premiere episode, entitled "Preventative Beauty Secrets," dermatologist Dr. Lisa Airan dishes out her tips on slowing down the aging process. No matter how much we try to deny it, aging begins as early as our 20s, but that doesn't mean we can't slow down its appearance. While genetics play a huge part in how our skin looks, check out this video for Airan's advice on a "skin intervention," along with a product recommendation to get your collagen a-moving.