Posts Tagged Antiaging

Why You Should Be Stocking Up on Skin Care Products With Copper Peptides

Peruse any shelf in your favorite beauty store – virtual or otherwise – and read the label. Chances are, you’ll see many mentions of ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, vitamin C, and retinol. While you’re likely pretty familiar with those buzzwords, it’s safe to guess that you’re not as acquainted with copper peptides. However, more and more products are taking advantage of copper’s powerful properties, so it’s time you got a quick lesson on the science and skin care benefits.

The Science and History

Copper peptides were first developed and utilized in products that helped expedite wound healing. But over the last couple of decades, scientists and researchers have studied the ingredient as it pertains to the regeneration of collagen production and antiaging. What they’ve found has been promising and has led to more brands incorporating copper peptides into products.

“Copper peptides are supported by voluminous scientific research and play an integral role in age prevention skin care regimens,” said Francine Porter , a product development expert and the founder of Osmotics Cosmetics.

She explains that copper is something our bodies produce naturally and that it serves as both an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. According to recent studies, copper peptides in skin care have been found to not just increase collagen and elastin (the materials responsible for firm, taut skin) but also nix old, damaged collagen and elastin to make way for a more youthful complexion.

The Skin Care Benefits of Copper Peptides

Products utilizing copper peptides are best for those who want to slow down signs of aging. Will it give you an instant facelift? No, the only thing that can do that is, well, a facelift. But according to many researchers, it can improve the quality of your skin.

“Proteins are the key building blocks of most living tissues,” explained Bella Schneider, a clinical skin care expert and founder of Bella Schneider Beauty. “Copper peptides can help minimize the damage from daily wear and tear of the skin. They also have the potential to improve wrinkles, skin texture firmness, and thickness. Copper peptides are effective against various forms of skin irritation, mainly due to their anti-inflammatory effects.”

Products Containing Copper

Sunday Riley Bionic Anti-Aging Cream ($125) contains an antiaging cocktail of copper, resveratrol, coenzyme Q10, and prickly pear. I find that a little goes a long way with this thick, custard-like formulation and that it’s ideal for mature or dry skin types since it’s so moisturizing. I apply a thin layer at night after cleansing and toning, and as the night progresses, my skin slowly sucks up the sweet-smelling product. In the morning, my skin is noticeably softer and plumper.

CU Shine Copper Mask ($46) is a shimmery peel-off mask that looks like molten metal and contains a mixture of copper, magnesium, and zinc. I apply it to clean, dry skin and let it set for about 10 minutes before peeling it off in one layer. Afterward, my skin feels exfoliated, soft, and firm. Bonus: it makes for fun Instagram selfies.

Lastly, Korres Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Elixir ($98) combines copper with saffron, hyaluronic acid, and oat. These ingredients work together to plump skin, minimize fine lines, and hydrate and soothe your skin. I like that it has a velvety slip to it and my skin drinks it up within minutes after applying.

Established Ingredients vs. New Ones

“Remember that many cosmetic ingredients come into popularity in cycles,” said Stephen Alain Ko , a cosmetic chemist. “Copper peptides, in combination with retinoic acid, was popular in the mid-2000s as a treatment for acne scarring on online forums.”

Ko says that the jury is technically still out in the case of copper peptides and that many of the studies are currently “in vitro,” which means they’re still being tested on skin models within a lab. For that reason, some arguments say you should avoid new ingredients (like copper) entirely and stick to those that have a long and solid history. While it’s hard to argue with that line of thought, there’s still something to be said for innovation, even if it’s young.

30 Skin Care Rules For 30-Somethings Who Want to Age Slowly

There are plenty of us in our 30s who want to hold off on invasive skin care procedures but still – ya know – have killer, wrinkle-less skin. Is that too much to ask?

Advice on how to best maintain a dewy glow and lineless visage varies, of course, depending on one’s age. But fortunately for those of us in life’s fourth decade, Dr. Karyn Grossman , an LA-based dermatologist who has worked with Gwyneth Paltrow , Molly Sims, and many more stars, is here to help. Dr. Grossman is a Harvard-educated dermatologist who is known for using the best technology, both old and new, to combat antiaging with the most natural-looking results possible.

During her years of experience – and the process of formulating her own upcoming skin care line called KARYNG – Dr. Grossman knows what works for her clients at every stage of life. She knows that, in particular, the 30s are a decisive decade. It’s finally time to get serious about skin care and to establish a dedicated routine. By following these 30 steps, Dr. Grossman believes that it’s possible to keep a youthful look for a very long time.

  1. Always clean your skin in the morning.
  2. Choose gentle cleansers; don’t pick a product that strips the skin.
  3. If you’re in a pinch, it’s OK to even just wash with water.
  4. Make sure to use SPF in the morning, whether it’s a lightweight or heavy-duty formulation.
  5. Apply SPF before makeup.
  6. Follow this order: cleanser, serum, sunblock, moisturizer.
  7. Go oil free with your products and cleansers if you’re acne-prone.
  8. Moisturize as much as your skin needs depending on dryness.
  9. Be careful with scrubs; they can cause micro-tears in the skin.
  10. Always take off your makeup at night.
  11. Makeup remover pads are your friend.
  12. Let thoughts of your skin at 50, 60, 70, and beyond inspire your dedication to taking care of your skin.
  13. Avocado face masks are a good DIY option.
  14. And coconut oil is a great, natural moisturizer for the body.
  15. Remember tans are not good for your skin. A tan means DNA is breaking.
  16. If you have pigmentation, use prescription remedies for only a limited amount of time.
  17. Natural products including licorice and mushroom extract are also good ways to address pigmentation issues.
  18. To combat acne, over-the-counter products work – but moisturize to compensate for the dryness they cause.
  19. For blackheads or cysts, turn to a low-percentage alpha-hydroxy treatment.
  20. If you have significant problems with acne, see a professional.
  21. Find your preferred antiaging cream; it’s time to use it.
  22. At night, apply serum.
  23. Then add moisturizer.
  24. Learn to love collagen-promoting products. Collagen keeps the skin thick and youthful looking.
  25. You don’t need Botox until you see wrinkles on your face at rest. And then you still don’t need it.
  26. Don’t overdo it on procedures. You don’t want to be in your 30s with a frozen face.
  27. Facials can be particularly effective to treat antiaging if they include light fraxel laser treatment, a targeted process that works under the skin to reduce wrinkles and promote collagen.
  28. Pay attention to what you eat. Vitamin-packed foods are good for your skin.
  29. Stay hydrated; water is necessary for good skin, but drinking it in excess doesn’t have major effects.
  30. Don’t stress – every age is beautiful.

Olivia Munn Shares 4 Secrets to Antiaging That Don't Include Botox

As y’all know, I’m a big believer that most women in their 20s and 30s don’t need cosmetic surgeries , such as Botox. So I was thrilled when Olivia Munn, who is four years my senior at 34, shared the Instagram and message below. In it, the gorgeous actress reveals her theories and own findings when it comes to discovering natural antiaging methods.

She writes: “Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you I love research. Convinced that there’s got to be natural, healthy ways (ie not only the rich and connected can do it) to keep your skin from aging, I do lots of research.”

Then she shares four methods that kept her own face looking fresh: losing weight, reshaping her brows, using Proactiv Mark Correcting Pads to reduce her sun spots, and eating Japanese potatoes (that, according to Olivia, “are high in hyaluronic acid [to] help keep wrinkles away”).

Keep reading to learn more about her secrets of youth, and hopefully it will inspire your own healthy habits!

Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you I love research. Convinced that there’s got to be natural, healthy ways (ie not only the rich and connected can do it) to keep your skin from aging, I do lots of research. Who says guys are the only ones who can get better with age? We’re gonna turn that myth around if we share what we learn with each other. So here are 4 skin tips I’ve learned just over this past year that really helped the texture and shape of my face. Left Pic: 1 year ago. Right Pic: Last month. 1. I lost 12 pounds this past year while training for Xmen. I kept it off by coming up w/an hour workout I do a few times a week. The weight loss leaned out my cheeks and jawline. Working out is also great for your skin because it increases blood flow to your face which helps rejuvenate. 2. Reshaped my brows. I do my own brows and always thought they were supposed to have a high arch. Then a facialist pointed out to me that I was shaping my brows into a frown. So I let the top of my brows grow in (which is never fun because it looks spotty for a few weeks) and then I plucked the bottom. That gave my brows a more horizontal angle and instantly brightened my eyes. 3. Got rid of sunspots. I love my freckles. But over the past couple of years I’ve seen more come up and merge with other freckles to make large dark spots. Dark spots prevent your skin from reflecting light and gives you a dull complexion. So for the past year I’ve been diligently using @Proactiv Mark Fading Pads. I wipe my face with one every night and now my face has a more even tone and the large spots aren’t as noticeable. 4. I’ve talked about this before and I still stand by it: Japanese potatoes that are high in Hyaluronic Acid help keep wrinkles away. Look up this video: “Connie Chung Yuzihara” to learn all about it. There are Hyaluronic Acid pills and vitamins but I think that the best way to get it in your system is by eating them in foods that naturally have them. I’m still looking into what gets rid of the lines that develop around your neck. I think it has to do with tension and acupuncture might be the answer. When I find out more, I’ll let you know. 👯👍

A photo posted by Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) on Feb 23, 2016 at 6:26pm PST

Everything You Can Do to Prevent Wrinkles Without Getting Botox

 This is what a pickup line sounds like in your 30s:

“Wow, your skin is so nice,” an old college acquaintance told me. “You don’t have wrinkles like some of the other girls.”

“Is this really what flirting has come to these days?” I thought, as I made my way from the bar back to my boyfriend. In my sorority years, a dude would tell me I had a great rack and nice shoes and buy me a shot. Now, at a wedding full of 30-somethings, a guy I haven’t seen since college tells me I’m aging well.

Sure, the compliment made my day – since, as a beauty editor, I put a tremendous amount of effort into my skin care upkeep. And I’m proud to say, there’s no Botox involved. But as my Champagne buzz kicked in, I had a nagging feeling that there was more to the topic: Women are obsessed with youthful skin. Men are obsessed with youthful skin. Society is obsessed with youthful skin. And this fixation keeps starting younger and younger.

My job as a beauty editor allows me to reach millions of millennial readers, so I feel a responsibility to help change the conversation about cosmetic dermatology treatments. I promise that you don’t need Botox – at least, probably not yet. While women in their 20s are now getting what’s called preventative Botox, I’m countering aging with a method I like to call “preventative moisture.” But more on that later!

Yahoo Beauty’s 30-something senior editor Joanna Douglas shares the same sentiments. In this essay about why she won’t get Botox , she explains that even though she is offered the perk of free cosmetic treatments through her job, she rejects it every time (as do I). She writes, “Yes, our society is youth obsessed, and if media is to be believed, I’ve already passed my prime. But I refuse to spend the next 30, 40, 50, 60 years fixated on looking younger.”

When I spoke to my friend Amber Katz, a beauty writer in her mid-30s who founded , she revealed that she is also needle-free. “I’m not saying I’ll never do it, but I am comfortable enough with my face right now. I don’t think freezing my forehead will make me look younger at this point. I can often tell when people I know have had injections. Many people have it done well, and you can’t tell, but I’m not willing to take the chance at this moment.”

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What Is Preventative Botox?

In 2016, Botox is relatively normal, especially in certain circles. If you’re 25 and your derm is shooting Botulinum toxin (the formula known as Botox, which temporarily paralyzes muscles) into your forehead, no one lifts an eyebrow . . . that is, if their arch area isn’t frozen.

I know a 26-year-old beauty editor who already gets Botox, despite having gorgeous, born-with-it dove-white skin. When I ask her why, she says, “I’m getting preventative.” She is referring to a hot term in the cosmetics dermatology industry called “preventative Botox.” The idea behind preventative Botox is that if you get the procedure early on, it will keep your face from making expressions that could cause lines, so you won’t get those lines later in life.

“I do a lot of Botox and I do believe it has a preventative role, but there has to be a reason,” said plastic surgeon and 111Skin founder Dr. Yannis Alexandrides. “So what is that reason? People who grimace or frown a lot; people who tend to have a special expression on their face that repeats the same movement and creates creasing in the skin.”

OK, fine. But here’s the thing: I have fine lines on my forehead. They were there 10 years ago, and they are expression lines, meaning the area around my mouth creases when I smile and my forehead crinkles when I am surprised. If I were to get injections in my forehead, I wouldn’t look younger, I would just look Botoxed. I wouldn’t look like myself.

Plus, the cosmetic treatment doesn’t always work; you can get immune to it over time. Amber brought up another point: “Sometimes it can lead to ‘bunny lines,’ which are wrinkles around the nose and inner corners of the eyes,” she noted. “Injections can be the aesthetic equivalent of course correction in time travel in a sci-fi movie: The wrinkles show up in some other form somewhere else.”
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My Theory on Botox

You’ve probably seen the Botoxed Instagram Face (or BIF, as I am calling it) on your feed. Thanks to social media, we have access to view an endless stream of stunning makeup artists and celebrities who have the BIF. The face looks like that of a mannequin, smooth and glossy. Check out the Instagram handles of Kylie Jenner (48.6 million followers), Anastasia Beverly Hills (8 million fans), or vlogger Huda Kattan (10.6 million). While I truly enjoy admiring these inspirational accounts, the women all have the same smooth, taut look. Perhaps it’s due to skillful makeup or savvy photoshopping (via apps like Facetune ) rather than cosmetic surgery, but it still sets a BIF standard of beauty that millions of women are subscribing to. In our high-def age, everyone seems to be unnaturally ready for their close-up.

Do people who have a BIF actually look like their younger selves? In my opinion, no. Absolutely not. I am going to go out on a limb here and say it: wrinkles and facial expression lines can be totally sexy.

Recently, I met with the French head of research of a major skin care company. She was definitely older than me with fine lines peeking through her dewy skin. And I found her to be so attractive – she looked unapologetically her age. And it projected confidence!

I had a similar reaction when I visited Provence, France, and met a 70-something woman who worked in flower fields, harvesting lavender for a skin care brand. The crinkles around her eyes were hard-earned from years of smiling and being happy. (Side note: Kim Kardashian has advised against smiling in photos because it causes wrinkles, and I think that is bat-sh*t crazy.)

These two French women are clearly knowledgeable about skin care as it is what they do for a living, but they’ve chosen to age gracefully and naturally. Though I enjoy looking at the BIFs on my phone, I aspire to age like the French women do, celebrating my life however it shows itself upon my face and neck.

Meet the Solution: Preventative Moisturizing

Make no mistake: I am not letting myself go, either. And I would like to clarify that I am not against Botox and do not judge those who get it at all (some of my best friends do). And I predict that one day, probably in my 40s or 50s, I will try it. I just don’t believe we – women in our 20s and 30s – all need to get it now.

Botox is not a magical band-aid that fixes bad habits like smoking, drinking, and sunbathing. It won’t give you a lit-from-within glow – the kind that comes from being in love or eating tons of vitamin-packed fruits and vegetables. It will freeze your muscles so you can’t make certain expressions and temporary fill in fine lines. Botox does not give you perfect skin; it gives you smoother skin.

Fortunately, there are other less-invasive tools that do the same thing. And I am sharing an effective antiaging method I’ve been doing since my late 20s that I call “preventative moisturizing.” Here’s what I do: whenever I see a fine line creeping into my forehead or around my eyes or lips, I put serum , moisturizer , or oil on the area, depending on what my skin needs that day. With enough hydration, the lines go away. Poof! It sounds easy and simple, but I promise you that it works.

When I look women my age in the face, I often notice that their skin looks dehydrated. And while lotions are also not magical potions, they do plump the skin with youth-enhancing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, retinol, or vitamin C. If you are acne-prone, be sure to choose a simple, oil-free products.

Dr. Alexandrides backed up my philosophy. “I believe in preventative skin care from an early age – even in the 20s – and the reason for that is that skin progressively loses collagen from the 20s but it’s not visible,” he said. “Usually the changes start becoming visible in the mid-30s, so that’s when most people think, ‘Oh now I have some fine wrinkles, let me start using some antiaging cream.’ However, if you start earlier you would have pushed that time much later into life in a preventative way.”

Don’t freak out if you’re 30 and those crinkles start showing up. Preventative moisturizing works on them, too! “Fine changes can be reversed with high-quality products if it’s something consistent,” Dr. Alexandrides noted. “I would recommend a serum and a retinol oil at night, because that will work long term. And I would say moisturizing is the first step.”

When I asked him how much moisturizing is too much, he replied: “Well that’s similar to asking, ‘how often can I drink water?’ You can moisturize as often as you want. I would say a minimum of twice a day. If you’re in an extremely dry environment, do it more often.”

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Benjamin Stone
POPSUGAR’s executive editor Nancy Einhart is 37, has fantastic skin (pictured), and doesn’t get Botox. She believes in preventative moisturizing, too. “I know moisture makes a difference with my wrinkles, because when I don’t get enough, I look older – especially after a night of drinking or a long flight,” she told me. “So I try to stay ahead of it with eye cream and moisturizer every day and every night, a retinol every other night, and a moisture booster or serum in the Winter. Plus, I do a moisturizing mask twice a week, and I spray MAC’s Prep and Prime Finishing Mist over my finished face to make sure it doesn’t get dry and cakey.” 

Amber – who swears by Dr. Brandt Needles No More 3D Filler Mask – follows a form of preventative moisturizing that extends to her makeup routine. “My mom famously eschews powder in all forms, even eye shadow,” she explained. “I don’t subscribe to the shadow thing, but I do skip setting powder and powder bronzers and blushes, unless I’m being photographed or videoed. My mom also looks about 20 years younger than she is, so I heed this advice! There are so many great cream products on the market, I don’t feel like I’m missing out. Especially powder-to-cream formulas like Flower Beauty’s blush in Tickled Pink . It’s my favorite! ” 

It may seem like a lot of work – and you can read about my own personal skin care regime here – but it’s a price we’re willing to pay to avoid injecting chemicals into our faces. The official name of Botox (Botulinum toxin) even has the word “toxin” in it. I worry that it can’t be good for you – especially when it sits so close to your brain. Personally, I spend so much money buying organic produce and detoxing at the spa. The act of getting Botox seems to go against all the hard work I put into having a healthy lifestyle.

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Extra Natural Ways to Tackle Antiaging

In addition to my moisturizing ways, I have picked up other antiaging tips and tricks. First of all, no tanning – especially on your face. Here’s my PSA: if you lie in the sun without applying SPF 50 every 20 minutes, you will get wrinkles and sunspots. No exceptions. So don’t do it! And wear a hat and oversize sunglasses to cover your eye area.

Dr. Doris Day told me not to chew gum for more than three minutes (as it can cause lines around the mouth) and to talk with my eyes (while relaxing my forehead). During a recent Tammy Fender facial at John Barrett Bond Street , my esthetician, Natacha Delacruz, advised me that my eye area was tense from squinting at the computer screen all day. I now actively practice resting my face (it’s also good for stress levels!). Peach & Lily founder Alicia Yoon (read: the master of Korean skin care trends) told me she gently tugs her scalp every day to tighten her face. Massaging the area around the eyes when you apply eye cream is also a fantastic way to depuff the area. Get consistent facials every few months. (In the photo above, I am about to get an oxygen facial, and the image is completely unretouched.)

The rest you know: Eat clean. Drink water. Do yoga. Get enough sleep. Be mindful. All of these things add up, and they will make you look 100 times prettier and glowier than Botox ever will. On one hand, you have the older French woman who has practiced these methods throughout her life. On the other, there is the 20-year-old who stays out late partying, tans, and eats processed food. Again: Botox simply can’t fix all of that damage.

My mother is in her 60s (you can see a photo of her here ), and she has naturally crease-free, porcelain skin. She definitely hasn’t gotten Botox – the woman doesn’t even use moisturizer or wear makeup (except for special occasions), and she washes her face with water. Her secret is to stay out of the sun, and when you do go in it, wear SPF 70 and a big floppy hat. Before “organic” was a buzzword in the early aughts, she had our family on a natural diet. When it comes to my mom’s youthful skin, I will use one of her favorite phrases: “the proof is in the pudding.”

At the end of the day, you need to be your own doctor. These are only my thoughts and theories, and you need to decide for yourself how to care for your skin. Maybe I’ll see you at the dermatologist’s office one day, both of us waiting to get Botox injections. But I sincerely hope it’s not for a very long time.

The Best Foundations For Covering (and Healing) Blemishes

Why just hide your skin concerns when you can treat them? Our friends at Charlotte’s Book found seven foundations that will not only cover your blemishes and blur wrinkles, but will correct them, too!

Every product that makes it through the judgement phase and onto your skin is part of a well-considered balance: whether sensitive, oily , dry, wrinkling, or fresh as a daisy, the skin can only take so much.

And because skin health = beauty, we’re starting to think of makeup as working with our skin care routine, not just as something we need to strip off every night. New breakthrough products (BB, CC creams) are fusing skin care with makeup, and ultimately changing the way we feel about our foundation – for the better.

These hybrid products pack all the skin-loving ingredients needed to treat, not just cover, our biggest beauty ailments while giving our faces a flawless finish. But they’re not all perfect, so Charlotte’s Book tested the best and came up with seven fusion products we love.

How to Get Sexy, Glowing Skin Like a James Bond Femme Fatale

It’s no secret that Bond girls are always killer beauties (pun intended), so we’re not surprised to learn that these ladies take skin care very seriously. Now, thanks to our friends at Charlotte’s Book , you too can have the complexion of a Bond babe.

The Bond Factory

For 53 years and counting, moviegoers have adored James Bond and every iteration of his muscly, action fury-glory.

And yes, blame it on his charm, chivalry, impeccable taste, and knack for getting out of impossible situations – it’s no surprise this franchise has grossed close to $6 billion worldwide with a total of 23 films. Spectre, the newest (and last) James Bond film featuring Daniel Craig , broke official box office records when it opened last week in the UK.

But to give all the credit to Bond would be a bit one-sided, wouldn’t it?

The It Factor

That’s right – we’re talking about the other half: the beautifully dangerous Bond girls, the ultimate femme fatales. Amazing actors with commanding presence and irresistible allure (see Ursula Andress), they’re sexy, bold, and powerful.

And every one has great skin and a deadly bod , of course.

In celebration of the stateside premiere of Spectre, we’ve gathered a slew of skin care and beauty secrets from our favorite Bond girls. For advice on how to be (or at least emulate) the ultimate femme fatales, read on.