5 Anti-Aging Favorites
By Alix Turoff
You know those women who never seem to age? The ones that just seem to get more beautiful as they get older? Yeah – we want to be like them – and the key to flawless aging is all in the prevention, which means it is super important to start taking care of your skin right away! We found the best products for young and not-as-young skin alike, to help you to achieve clear, bright skin, prevent fine lines and wrinkles and altogether ward off signs of aging.
Anti-Aging Serum. With the high stress environment that we now live in, wrinkles are a serious threat. The combination of longer work days, less than stellar nutrition, sun exposure and a few cocktails at happy hour, our skin is often the first to see the effects. Vbeaute Undercover Agent Anti Wrinkle Protecting Serum ($135) can help to combat these stresses by repairing the skin from the inside out. The oil, paraben and fragrance free Undercover Agent serum uses Alpine Rose Botanical Technology and BioCellular Peptide to help prevent the cycle of aging. Peptides are proteins which fight wrinkles and aid in collagen synthesis. With antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, the vComplex in Undercover Agent will not only halt the signs of aging in its track, but also correct any previous damage.
Body Moisturizer. Moisturizer is just as important for keeping your skin hydrated as water consumption. Dry, flaky skin is an instant marker of aging skin. Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Body Moisturizer ($42.95) helps to keep skin smooth and youthful. Rose and orange essential oils come together with velvety wood and vanilla to make for a gorgeous scent which is just the icing on the cake. Red clover, horsetail and birch leaf extract lend antioxidant properties which work to promote the skin’s natural renewal process while jojoba oil, candelilla wax and marsh mallow extract moisturize and aid in skin’s elasticity, helping to keep it tight and firm. Who doesn’t want that?!
Firming Serum. Fine lines are a classic sign of aging which are difficult to combat. Estee Lauder Perfectionist CP+R Wrinkle Lifting and Firming Serum ($95) reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles…FAST. As soon as you apply the serum, the CPR-75 technology immediately begins to work on plumping and smoothing the skin by aiding in collagen production. Within one week, skin will start to look more vibrant as well as supple and firm. Within 4 weeks, 96% of testers saw a marked reduction in the appearance of lines and wrinkles. By encouraging collagen production, the CP+R serum helps to create a “force field” or essentially, a line of defense against lines and wrinkles.
Organic Cream. We try our best to eat organic foods but when it comes to products, it is very difficult to find an organic version that measures up. Melvita Naturalift Youthful Skin Cream ($50) certainly meets our criteria. Packed with extract of wild Beech Buds, flavonoids and polyphenols, Melvita Naturalift skin cream energizes and moisturizes the skin. The peptides in the Hibiscus seeds work to repair any fine lines by promoting collagen production. Argan nut proteins promote immediate tightening whilst chestnut, camelina and safflower oils combined with alpine buddleia work to fight the oxidative effects of free radicals. Finally, the juice from Mamaku, a New zealand fern revitalizes and tightens the skin. This vast array of ingredients all come together to form a light textured, organic skin cream with subtle Rosewood and Geranium undertones.
Eye Cream. A good eye cream is a must have for EVERY woman. The eyes are the windows to the soul, and we want those windows to be light and well-rested looking! Obagi Elastiderm Eye Treatment Cream ($89) is made of a bi-mineral complex (copper zinc malonate) which helps to promote elasticity around the eyes while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Obagi Elastiderm eye cream is packed with blueberry extract to help combat free radicals and “Penetrating Therapeutics”, an Obagi technology that helps ingredients settle into the skin. By stimulating the production of skin cells, Obagi works to tighten skin and lessen puffiness.