Dr. Adrienne Denese is a leading expert on the topic of skin care, particularly when it comes to antiaging regimens. She's got a complete line of products available on QVC, from sun protection to antiacne formulations. Thanks to Denese, I'll be sharing some of her tips on how to keep your skin looking its best. Find out what she has to say about how much sunscreen we should be wearing on sunny Spring and Summer days, along with how often we need to reapply, when you read more
There's an old saying that no matter how young your face looks, your hands will give your age away. Concerned about your hands not looking their best? Keep hydrated, wear sunscreen, and rely on antiaging creams to keep them looking supple, like Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Age Shield Hand Cream ($6.70), which has an SPF of 30; Sally Hansen Age Correct Retinol Hand Creme ($6.50), formulated with collagen and antioxidants; and L'Occitane Immortelle Young Hands SPF 15 ($32), which helps to fade away discolorations.
You may or may not look your age, in general, but do you think your hands are the telltale sign of your true years of existence on this big blue planet? Share your experience with us below.
You've probably heard about retinol in ads for skin care products, but just what is this term of which the commercial voice-over speaks? Retinol is essentially the antioxidant vitamin A in its purest form. Because it has a small molecular structure, it easily penetrates into the top layer of the skin, moving down into the elastin and collagen layers. This ingredient works to help stimulate collagen production, increase cellular rejuvenation, and decrease pore size, creating softer, smoother skin. For these reasons, you'll often find retinol in antiaging products like Equilibra Perlabella Anti-Aging Retinol Face Serum ($20), or RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily ($23).
Because of retinol's ability to get the cells a-moving, it's often used to treat acne because it can help loosen clogged pores. Also, due to its exfoliating nature, it is sometimes used in the treatment of keratosis pilaris. One more benefit? It can help even acne scarring and mottled skin tones.
If you protect your skin with sunscreen and an SPF in your 20s, you probably won't even consider using retinol until you're in your 30s. To find out if your skin might benefit from retinol, check with a dermatologist. Otherwise, start out using this vitamin in small doses to see how your skin reacts. And don't forget to wear a sunscreen, as retinol will make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure.
Are you looking for the fountain of youth? So is GlaxoSmithKline, and the pharmaceutical company is betting that it has found it — in red wine no less. Researchers have found a compound in red wine that slows the aging process, possibly prolonging life. American biotechnology company Sirtris discovered the compound, but Glaxo wants to own it and plans to buy the pharmaceutical start up for $720 million in cash. The company is gambling that this compound really works and hopes to reap the profits on many types of antiaging products.
Dr. David Sinclair of Harvard Medical School isolated the longevity compound resveratrol when experimenting with yeast. While helping yeast live longer may not seem that exciting, that same compound also countered the effects of a high-fat diet in mice and lengthened their little mouse life spans. Drugs modeled after this compound might help safely treat many deadly diseases that shorten our lives. So far, preliminary tests have shown the compound could lower blood sugar for people with diabetes. Sirtris hopes to develop compounds that have even stronger effects on slowing aging. Pretty cool, huh? Scientists are not encouraging us to drink more red wine, but this seems like pretty great reason to drink a glass tonight — just one glass, of course.