A Breakthrough Formula Gives Our Skin Cells The Energy They Need

The beauty industry is attracting more scientists than ever, who are studying the extremely popular subject of aging. Every day, we hear about new lotions, creams and serums that reportedly stall, or even reverse, the aging process as much as possible, at least when it comes to our skin, one of the most visible signs of getting older.

Although I wasn’t a stellar science student in school, I still work hard to understand the science behind the new beauty products we’re invited to cover for our wonderful community of women, 45+ . Even if we’re compensated to write about these products, I don’t like parroting a manufacturer’s claims that its formula reduces wrinkles and under-eye circles, as well as increases skin elasticity, for instance, without explaining how the product works–in simple, clear terms that make sense to all of us. Then, it’s up to you whether you want to try it yourself.

Of course, I know that even if I love a product, after using it for weeks and months, and swear that it has dramatically improved my skin, that doesn’t mean your skin will react the same way.




MITOQToday, I’m going to tell you about a beauty product from a healthcare company in New Zealand, called MITOQ, that’s available as both a dietary supplement and a serum. Not an especially sexy name, MITOQ comes from the scientific term mitochondria, which are considered the “powerhouses” of our cells because they generate the energy that they need to do their jobs. Brain cells, for example, require a great deal of energy to be able to communicate with each other and with other parts of the body. Muscle fibers need energy to help us do everything from walk to lift heavy bags.

A process called oxidation occurs when oxygen interacts with cells of any type, such as an apple slice or, in our bodies, the cells lining our lungs or in cuts on our skin. This produces some type of change in those cells. They may die, such as with rotting fruit. In the case of cut skin, fresh new cells replace dead cells in time, resulting in a healed cut.


As we age, our mitochondria, and the supplies we need to fight oxidation (antioxidants) start to decline, and we simply cannot combat the damage to our skin and body from free radicals like we used to when we were younger. This can lead to cancer, heart attacks, diabetes and early aging.

That’s where MITOQ comes in. “ For the first time ever, we have found a way to deliver an antioxidant right to the mitochondria, where 90 to 95 percent of your cell’s free radicals are generated,” said Greg Macpherson, MITOQ CEO. “This helps your cells to produce the right amount of energy and function properly.”


Free radical damage affects our brain, heart. liver and kidneys, Greg added, but we notice the changes in our skin first. It begins to lose its elasticity and collagen, and we may start to see fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. Our skin also starts to look dull and loses its youthful “glow.”

supplementMITOQ 5-mg Targeted Antioxidant Supplements reportedly “increase our energy, support organ health and provide an overall improvement in wellbeing.” The MITOQ Power Antioxidant Rejuvenation Serum is designed to help our skin look smoother, brighter and younger by reenergizing it at the cellular level. It reduces age spots and wrinkles and increases elasticity. MITOQ is said to be 1,000 times more powerful than than any other antioxidant in an anti-aging topical cream or serum.

MITOQ’s technology is supported by over $50 million in research and has over 200 published studies, over a decade, showing how it can assist a range of health issues. After testing the products on “real people” for eight weeks, in 2013, the London Dermatology Clinic saw a 65 percent reduction in wrinkles; a decrease in skin redness, and up to a 70 percent improvement in skin texture.



“I’ve been using MITOQ serum and taking its supplements for about three weeks, and feel even more energy than I usually have, even when I haven’t slept as many hours as I’d like. When I told a blogger, with whom I was meeting yesterday, that I’m 68, she paid me a great compliment by saying my skin looks great! I am thrilled by the new breakthrough Indy beauty formulas coming out on the market today, and plan to tell my 33-year-old daughter about this one.”

“I did not expect immediate changes, but my skin looked more hydrated and slightly less lined after using MITOQ for only a day or two. Other changes occurred slowly over the next few months – my age spots lightened, areas of redness lessened, and my skin became firmer and smoother.”

The folks at MITOQ are pleased to offer the FOF community 20% off its Supplement and Serum. Be sure to enter code FAB20 at checkout.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of MitoQ. The opinions and text are all mine.

Why It’s Critical To Use Cleansers That ‘Target’ Your Face

When I was a teenager, my mother taught me to avoid using regular bar soap on my face because the chemicals in it would dry out my skin.


I actually listened to her, and started using special facial cleansers, made specifically to help remove dirt and impurities, while allowing my skin to retain as much natural moisture as possible. I’m glad I did. Our skin naturally loses moisture as we age, and since soap removes its natural lubricants, using it would have worsened the situation!

Today, I love switching off between different types of facial cleansers and makeup removers, depending on how much makeup I’m wearing, the season, and my laziness factor.   If I’m exhausted and don’t feel like even turning on the water, or looking at myself in the mirror, I’ll grab a disposable cleansing towelette, run it over my face, and plop into bed. If I’m in the mood to pamper my skin, I’ll use a facial scrub.  I generally use foaming cleansers and plenty of water after a hot and sticky summer day, and like creamier formulas during the drying winter weather.

I always read the instructions on the bottle to make sure that the cleanser I’m about the use also is recommended for the eye area.


That’s because the skin around our eyes is a lot more delicate than on the rest of our faces, and some cleansing formulas that work well to remove the blush and foundation on our cheeks can irritate or sting our eyes when we use them to remove mascara, eye shadow and liquid eyeliner.  Other products are designed to be effective all over the face, including the eyes.

Now that the nippy, invigorating fall weather is almost here, it’s nice to introduce new products into my beauty regimen at the start of the new season.


So I was glad to have the opportunity to visit my local Target to stock up on old–and new–facial cleansers and makeup removers, thanks to the folks at three tried-and-true brands, Neutrogena, Aveeno and RoC. They wanted FabOverFifty to help them announce that Target is offering deals on over 20 select products, during certain weeks, from now until Saturday, October 31. Besides the cleansers, you’ll find specials on cosmetics, moisturizers and anti-aging products.

You should find the products in a display at the end of an aisle in the beauty section, but if you have trouble locating them, ask for a member of the Target Beauty Concierge team, who can give you one-on-one advice on the products that are best for your skin. They’re not paid by any single brand, so their opinions are completely objective.

Here’s a rundown on the seven products I bought on my excursion to Target:

11. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

An Allure Best of Beauty award winner, the pre-moistened, soft towelettes remove face and eye makeup without a drop of water. They reportedly work on waterproof mascara, too, and have a subtle fresh scent. Note: I’ve been using these for years. They are packed in a sturdy plastic vanity case so the towelettes don’t dry out and become unusable, as they do with many other brands.

2. New Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil

Designed to clean the skin and remove makeup, including waterproof mascara, this product contains a blend of fine oils that act as a magnet to attract, and remove, oils and impurities in the skin, yet keep it soft. You apply it to your dry face, with a circular motion,  and then apply water to emulsify and rinse off. Note: I’ve tried it.  It did not leave my skin feeling oily.

3. Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser

Also a cleanser and makeup remover in one (yes, including waterproof mascara), this product can safely be used around the eyes. Although it foams, it is soap, alcohol and oil free, as well as hypo-allergenic. Note: It has a nice, fresh scent that I identify with making my skin feel refreshingly clean.

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4. Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub

Besides cleansing, this product uses natural soy extract with microbeads to gently exfoliate the skin and improve texture, tone, dullness, blotchiness, and brown spots. It’s reportedly gentle enough to be used every day, even if your skin is sensitive. Note: Unlike other exfoliating products, which feel harsh on the skin, this one goes on smoothly, yet I can still feel the little beads going to work on my skin.

photo 25. Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

When I’ve applied extra eye makeup, I like to use product that’s been created especially to remove it. This clear liquid is applied to the eyes with a cotton pad, then rinsed off with warm water. It contains aloe and cucumber extract to help keep the delicate skin around the eyes soft, and it doesn’t leave it looking oily. Note: My eye makeup came off quickly and easily.

6. Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser2

Containing hydroxy acid to penetrate deeper into the pores than other cleansers, this product is designed to remove dead surface skin cells that can dry, roughen and dull your complexion. Not meant to be used on our eyes, the product contains no oil or alcohol.  Note: I like to use products like this when I’ve been out all day and my skin has been exposed to the preponderance of pollutants that come with living in New York City.

7. RoC Multi Correxion 5 In 1 Daily Moisturizer

photo 5This was the only product I bought at Target that wasn’t a facial cleanser or makeup remover, but I’ve enjoyed the benefits of RoC products since I was first introduced to them in France many moons ago.  This brand is a staple of the skin care regimen of French women, who certainly know how to treat their skin right.

Its daily moisturizer uses Hexinol Technology,  a proprietary anti-aging molecule, which the company says improves the look of discoloration, sagging, dryness, dull tone and wrinkles. The moisturizer also includes sunscreen with a SPF of 30, essential for protecting the skin against harmful UV rays..

And here are the details of the Target promotions:

● From now until Saturday, October 3:

Buy one Neutrogena product and get 25% off a second product.

● Sunday, October 4 through Saturday, October 10:

5% off all Neutrogena products.

● Sunday, October 25 through Saturday, October 31:

5% off all Aveeno products.

Protect yourself from the winter elements before the first blast of frigid air hits your delicate face.

Win A Skin Cream With Botox-Like Effects

A few months ago, we offered ten lucky winners the chance to win Erasa XEP 30 ($160 for 1.7 fl oz), a revolutionary new skin cream with a neurotoxin similar to that of Botox.

Today, we’re offering ten more FOFs the same chance, since we love this cream so much.


5 Winning Ways To Turn Your Hair From Catastrophic To Cool

It doesn’t matter how gorgeous we look from the neck down. If we’re not happy with our hair, we’re not happy. Period!  But bad hair days are inevitable, whether the humidity is to blame, or those pesky grays have popped up overnight. When you wake up to one of these days, here are 5 ways to take control of your locks, before they take control of you.space

Wear a striking headband and no one will notice that you’re having a bad hair day. Headbands come in an endless variety of sizes, colors, prints and materials. We love those that have tidy front knots built right in, and don’t rely on our ability to create one ourselves.
Clip-in hair extensions are ingenious “accessories” that can add volume to lifeless locks, on the top, sides or back of your head. Best to consult with a talented hair stylist when you’re choosing which color, style and length are best for you. And make sure it’s made of real hair. Synthetic extensions often look fake.

You’re frustrated seeing your gray roots pop up weeks away from your next salon appointment. Fortunately, you can bring life back to your hair in seconds, with a temporary root concealer, like Gray Away. It looks completely natural and washes out when you shampoo.
If your hair is long enough, putting it in a ponytail will give you an instant facelift. If you lack the length, a ponytail extension will do the trick. And, there are lots of fun and sophisticated looks that turn ponies into sure bets when your hair isn’t cooperating. Secure your pony with a sensational scarf or team it with a headband.


You’ll definitely have fewer bad hair days when your hair is short, because short styles don’t weigh down your hair, and tend to better disguise imperfections. We love styles that are somewhat spiky, uneven and a bit tousled. Halle looks sensational in hers.

This post is sponsored by Gray Away, a quick and easy solution to temporarily cover gray roots. We love supporting brands that support FabOverFifty!


A Former Insider Exposes Big Beauty Brand No-Nos

We recently sat down with beauty industry insider, chemist Jules Zecchino, who left Estée Lauder after 18 years to create a game-changing skin cream– a topical competitor to Botox, that  also improves skin tone, dark spots, and other problems Botox can’t fix. Jules holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Bridgeport and has helped develop dozens of products for Estée, Clinique, Vaseline, Elizabeth Arden, and Avon.

Why did you leave a leading beauty brand to start your own skincare line?

I always wanted to create products on my own, but first I had to learn the science behind great products. Big companies gave me the opportunity to study with the best teachers in dermatology departments at large universities, and to test thousands of compounds and their combinations, to see first hand what works, from the petri dish to clinical testing.

I left after 32 years to go on my own, while I still had the energy and contacts to create first-class brands. I also became disillusioned that corporate pricing guidelines wouldn’t always let me introduce the highest-quality products.


Why don’t big beauty companies always conduct clinical trials for their products? Is there real “science” behind their products?

Most big companies always do some clinical testing, but they often don’t promote the results, because they’d prefer to manipulate subjective consumer studies to be even more appealing than the clinical tests.

Companies have to decide if they can really afford to use the ingredients at the levels they know work best. It may make the product too expensive, so they cut back on the amount of great ingredients they use.

Startups and companies without large internal research & development departments rarely conduct top-rate independent clinical trials. They rely on data from ingredient suppliers (with tests done only in petri dishes), to make their claims. They don’t verify if the ingredients in their products actually work on consumers.

What clinical trials did you conduct for Erasa?

We ran full clinical trials at AMA Laboratories, an FDA-certified independent company, who recruited women 35 to 65 years old, with fine lines and wrinkles, to test the product. During these clinical trials, AMA tested the efficacy of the product using advanced image analysis over two and four-week periods. Working with 12 women for the first trial, we saw an average of 64% wrinkle reduction in only two weeks. Thirty women were involved in the second trial, when we wanted assurance that the product would continue to perform long-term. It did! We also ran separate, but complete, in-use safety and consumer trials, the best ways to confirm that a product is safe and well liked by as many different women as possible. See more results

What are some advertising tactics used by the big beauty brands?

Be very careful of before and after pictures, many of which are altered in Photoshop.  If the photo looks too miraculous, it probably is. All our photos are digitally certified so they are accurate and real.

What are the most important things you learned during your decades in research & development?

To keep an open mind and test everything. I have discovered many gems this way, but maybe 70% of products that are promoted as the next “fountain of youth”  are just hype. I also try to make sure the product gives immediate benefits that mimic the long-term benefits it promises. This gives instant satisfaction and encourages someone to continue using the product until the long term benefits are achieved.

What are the biggest myths about beauty products?

The skeptics who say nothing works always bug me. Sometimes a woman needs to change products to get the results she wants, or look to an expert who can evaluate her skin so she doesn’t keep making costly mistakes.

Why is Erasa’s signature ingredient, XEP 30, so effective? How does it compare to Botox?

When we heard that Allergan was developing a topical Botox, I started to create a cosmetic version to compete with it, and came up with XEP 30, a patent-pending, anti-wrinkle neurotoxin. This neurotoxin would be combined with other powerful anti-aging ingredients, such as argireline and creatine. To assure the effectiveness of XEP 30 and its supplementary ingredients, we developed a patent-pending formulation of molecules that penetrate and remain in the skin. Our powerful “delivery system” is patent-pending.

Competitors use XEP 18, which is simply a less potent and concentrated version of XEP 30. Every part of Erasa is formulated to boost the overall efficacy of the product, and the clinical trials proved our diligence.

We have yet to see what Botox can achieve topically. The Botox that’s injected gives quick results, but our Erasa testers saw significant improvements in just two weeks, which is faster than most skin creams. It is also worth mentioning that Botox does not provide improvement on dark spots, redness, and sagging skin, while Erasa excels at reducing these.

What’s one piece of skin care advice about skin care that you’d give to a woman over 50?

Ultimately, the best advice is to use a high SPF moisturizing product and stay out of the sun. If you want to bring back a more youthful appearance, use a well-tested, effective anti-aging product with it, like Erasa XEP 30.

We are pleased to bring you the valuable information provided in this post, which is sponsored by Erasa. Thank you for supporting FabOverFifty!

See How You Could Look After A Cosmetic Procedure

Thanks to technology, you can see how you’d look with new makeup, eyeglasses and clothes, even before buying a single thing. And now, a brilliant new tool will let you see what you could actually achieve after having any number of facial procedures.

The innovative tool, designed by New Look Now, is a cinch to use, and once you’ve submitted your responses, and a photo, you’ll have your New Look within 24 hours.

Your photo will travel through a series of steps, including an analysis by an aesthetic professional, before you get to see your New Look. Only people trained on cosmetic procedures will see your picture to approve the quality.

You will not be seeing a photoshopped image like they publish in magazines.

You will see results you can realistically attain in the hands of  leading doctors!

Until now, you could only determine the effects of plastic surgery by visiting a plastic surgeon, who would manipulate your photo with a fancy machine. If you didn’t want to pay $150 or spend the time  at a consultation, you were out of luck.

“Now that women can actually see how different treatments will make them look, it takes consultations to new levels, by easing fear of the unknown,” said Devon Niccole, the creator of the New Look Now tool. “Women don’t hesitate when they’re offered the opportunity to try the visualizer,” Devon explained. “Plus, if you love what you see, and wish to consult with a leading board certified plastic surgeon in your city, we can arrange that too. Gratis!”

96 percent of you, over 45, told us in a poll that you’d be curious to see what you’d look like after facial rejuvenation. You can, within the next 24 hours!

New Look Now is offering 60% off its regular $50 price to use its visualizer.

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to get your NEW LOOK NOW! Takes just minutes. Only $20.


It’s Finally Good To Be Venomous

Scientific research on autoimmune diseases uncovers breakthrough beauty discovery

“While using the venom from cobras to research treatments for autoimmune diseases, we stumbled upon something so significant we couldn’t just brush it aside,” said Dr. Paul Reid, a Florida-based neuroscientist and pioneer in the clinical study of snake venom. “We discovered that king cobra venom could not only visibly soothe skin, the unique cell-penetrating peptides in this venom could help enhance entire skincare regimens.”

Although synthetic venoms that contain only one or two lab-created peptides have become increasingly popular in the beauty industry, Dr. Reid’s proprietary formula, Venin Royale Concentrated Neuropeptide Renewal Serum, is the first to use all natural king cobra venom, which is packed with over 27 natural peptides and neuropeptides and is backed by decades of biotechnology research. According to Dr. Reid, it is this “cocktail of natural peptides” found in king cobra venom, which is impossible to recreate in a lab, that separates this natural skincare technology from currently available synthetic venoms and lab-created peptides.

croppedVenin Royale’s patent-pending technology, called NRT-27®, goes through a very unique and proprietary purification process completed by Dr. Reid in his FDA registered and inspected laboratory. Additionally, Venin Royale’s relationships with zoos across the United States give them unparalleled access to a higher quality and sustainable domestic venom supply.  No snakes are harmed during the venom collection process and sales from venom go directly back to helping zoos care for their animals. In addition, while the harvesting of many botanical ingredients popular in cosmetics can wreak havoc on forests and oceans, collecting king cobra venom has no negative impact on the environment.

All of Venin Royale products are considered hypoallergenic, paraben, sulfate, and gluten-free, and are tested by dermatologists and determined to be non-irritating, so they can be used by those with sensitive skin.

After success in launching its serum, Venin Royale has introduced Advanced Dark Spot Corrector, which combines its powerful anti-aging NRT-27® technology with premium skin brightening ingredients and vitamins C and E.  The corrector works best when applied directly after the serum, across your face, neck, and hands to even your skin tone and brighten dark spots!

As an exclusive to FabOverFifty readers, learn more here from Dr. Reid, about why your current skincare regimen isn’t working.


Is Erasa As Effective As Botox?

After spending 18 years leading the innovation and research teams at Estée Lauder, Jules Zecchino was determined to use his extensive knowledge of the most potent ingredients to create a superior anti-aging product. A few months ago, Jules and his team launched Erasa XEP 30 ($160 for 1.7 fl oz).

Erasa XEP 30 is the single most technically advanced, anti-aging concentrate in the high-end professional product performance arena. It has been created to deliver a total activity of anti-aging benefits, normally requiring three or more products,” Jules claims.


What’s REALLY Wrong With Gray Hair?

THIS JUST IN: 84% of women, 45+ , color their hair, reveals an exclusive FabOverFifty.com survey of 500 members of its community. Of these women, 64% color their hair to cover gray roots.dance


10 Ways To Make Your Hair Look Younger

If our hair really is the first thing someone notices about us, we better start paying some more attention to it! Here are 10 tips for younger-looking locks: