A Cosmeceutical Collection Taking Skin Health and Beauty to New Heights

Who can forget the bewildered look on Benjamin Braddocks’ face – played by Dustin Hoffman – when he hears these words in the 1967 movie, The Graduate: “I just want to say one word to you, Benjamin. Just one word. Plastics.” They’re uttered by a well intentioned friend of Ben’s parents, offering advice to the recent college graduate about his future. 

Instead of going into plastics, 21-year-old Ben has an affair with another of his parents’ friends, Mrs. Robinson, brilliantly portrayed by Anne Bancroft.

Collagenil is helping me keep my skin healthy and beautiful

Now, I just want to say two words to you, my FabOverFifty friends. Just two words. 

“Collagenil Cosmeceuticals.”

That’s my advice about what to use when it comes to the future of your facial skin, whether you’re 35 or 65. 

WHAT’S A COSMECEUTICAL ANYWAY? 

Simply put, cosmeceutical products offer both aesthetic and therapeutic (medical or drug-like) effects, and are intended to benefit our skin health and beauty. Like cosmetics, they’re applied topically as creams, serums or lotions, but contain active ingredients and delivery methods that reach down deeper to  influence skin cell function. This helps  improve our skin tone and texture, pigmentation and fine lines.  

You’ve probably heard the names of many of these ingredients over the years, such as hydroxy acid, retinoids and elastin. But just because a cream or serum includes them doesn’t mean it’s going to do a thing to improve your skin. That’s because the mass market beauty companies either don’t use the highest quality active ingredients or use insufficient concentrations of decent active ingredients. They want to keep their costs as low as possible. 

Beauty might only be skin deep, but ingredients that don’t go deep into our skin won’t help maintain its beauty. Especially as we age. 

Cosmeceuticals should ideally deliver sufficient amounts of active ingredients to the skin, in biologically effective forms, to successfully target and help improve our concerns. They don’t take the place of plastic surgery or minimally invasive aesthetic treatments. But, even if you go those routes, every single doctor will stress that you use cosmeceuticals after your procedures. 

HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT COSMECEUTICAL FOR MY SKIN?

I’m pretty safe in saying that you’re not going to find the best quality cosmeceutical lines in mass market drug stores or your local Walmart. But now we have access to a world of beauty products online, and scores of new indy brands – many created by dermatologists –  have hit the market. 

Choosing the right cosmeceutical can be challenging, if not downright exasperating! Do you rely on reviews? On the reputation of the doctor who is touting his own line? On the advice of your best friend? I say while any of these approaches might work, it’s still hit or miss, because every woman’s skin is unique and will benefit from a unique combination of active ingredients in different cosmeceutical formulas, 

That’s why Collagenil is the cosmeceutical line with the edge: Each of its nine collections is tailored to address specific skin concerns for all the different skin types. Originally available exclusively by prescription from aesthetic doctors and surgeons, but priced so it didn’t break the bank, Collagenil’s  professional-grade products are now more widely available – and without prescriptions.  

The brand enjoys a devoted following throughout Europe and has started to spread the good word to American women. 

This really works on my wrinkles, fine lines and all of the areas that stress and years of California sun have weakened,” says Diana P of Collagenil’s antioxidant rich Bio Longevity Serum. “This serum makes me look and feel 10 years younger,” she adds.

THE COLLAGENIL DIFFERENCE 

Collagenil’s experience in the cosmeceutical arena goes back to 1985, when it teamed up with the Italian Society of Aesthetic Medicine to create its first products. Thirty five years later, it still collaborates with aesthetic doctors to develop new answers to their clients’ skin issues.

That’s a whole lot of experience over many decades, and Collagenil remains a leading choice among Italian women who take especially good care of their appearance and skin. Improving tone, laxity, sun damage and pesky wrinkles like crows feet are among their most pressing concerns. 

As editor of a trusted website, I’ve tried countless skincare products, and give Collagenil a solid five-star rating.  After having aesthetic treatments last year, I now apply only top-quality serums and creams to keep my skin looking its best. 

Collagenil Detergente Restitutivo gentle cleansing cream has been a trusted part of my skincare routine for four years.  It’s created with natural oils, including jojoba and sweet almond oils,  that are similar to our skin’s sebum and produce a soothing and softening effect. 

I love the cream’s velvety texture and delightful fragrance  – I detect the aroma of roses – and how it glides over my skin. Unlike aggressive soap or foaming facial cleansers, which have the same cleansing properties as dishwasher soap, creamy and gentle Detergente Restitutivo preserves my skin’s protective barrier while it performs its cleansing magic.

I recently added Collagenil Liftensive and Re-Pulp 3D to my regimen. The high concentration of peptides in Liftensive 24-hour formula acts on the skin structure to temporarily tighten, lift and tone my face, neck and decollete. I also notice it has a Botox-like effect to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.

Re-Pulp microspheres penetrate the upper layers of the skin to deliver hyaluronic acid and extract from the Konjac plant and hydrate and plump the skin. It also strengthens the collagen network to help improve the density and firmness of the skin. 

Unlike many cosmeceutical brands with highly inflated prices, the Collagenil collection is reasonably priced so more women can take advantage of its outstanding benefits. 

AND START DELIVERING COLLAGENIL’S INDISPENSABLE INGREDIENTS DEEP INTO YOUR SKIN

The Exceptional Facial Cleanser I Use On My Aging Skin

I had two glorious experiences four years ago that I’m enjoying to this day: I moved from Manhattan to an 1899 house in Brooklyn, and I started using a facial skin cleanser that I discovered in Italy! 

Negotiations for buying the house took place while I was in Rome for meetings with a company that makes the absolute best feminine hygiene wash in the universe. But that’s a story for another time.  I had run out of my facial cleanser during the trip, and a woman at the company kindly gave me a tube of Collagenil Detergente Restitutivo gentle cleansing cream, which it also manufactures.

I’ve been using this exceptional cleanser ever since, so I didn’t hesitate when the brand recently asked if I’d let more American women know about it on FabOverFifty.com. As editor of a trusted website, I’m often invited to try out beauty products for everything from my head to my toes. Detergente Restitutivo stands out. 

I haven’t used soap on my face – or body – for decades, since my mother told me it would dry out my skin. I didn’t always listen to her advice, but since her skin was beautiful,  I followed her lead.  Conventional soaps weaken and remove the skin’s protective barrier – composed of sweat, sebum (an oily waxy substance) and water – which coats and defends the skin against bacteria and helps keep it supple, soft and hydrated.

What’s more, our skin becomes thinner and loses elasticity as we age, so it’s less able to retain moisture and guard against aggressive substances in the environment. The combination of soap and age is simply not good for our skin health, especially after menopause!

 

 

 

The Detergente Difference 

Collagenil Detergente Restitutivo is created with natural oils, including jojoba and sweet almond oils,  that are similar to our skin’s sebum and produce a soothing and softening effect.  I love the cream’s velvety texture and delightful fragrance  – I detect the aroma of roses – and how it glides over my skin.  Unlike aggressive soap or foaming facial cleansers, which have the same cleansing properties as dishwasher soap, creamy and gentle Detergente Restitutivo preserves my skin’s protective barrier while it performs its cleansing magic.

I apply the product on my dry skin morning and evening, massage it gently and then rinse it with water. My skin is left feeling nourished and refreshed, never the slightest bit dry. It’s also wonderful as a makeup remover, even for waterproof makeup. 

Detergente Restitutivo can be safely  used on any skin type, including sensitive, delicate or reddened skin. I discovered this marvelous cleanser four years ago, but Italian women have been using it for over three decades.

 “It nourishes the skin and leaves it smooth and radiant. I have been using it for years and it is worth every penny,  also because a little product is enough and the tube lasts a long time,” Claudia commented on Amazon. 

Collagenil also created Soft-Scrub Detergente, a delicate cleansing cream with vegetable-based microspheres that roll on the skin to gently exfoliate and remove dead cells and impurities without scratching or irritating the skin. Ingredients include sweet almond and jojoba oils to nourish, soften and moisturize, as well as aloe to soothe and refresh.   

I haven’t tried Soft-Scrub Detergente yet, but I think it will be a great complement to its sister cleanser, when I want to treat my skin to the benefits of exfoliation.

and cleanse your face like it’s never been cleansed before.

Get Younger-Looking Eyes, Instantly!

This is a “sponsored post.” Westmore Beauty compensated FabOverFifty with an advertising sponsorship to write it. Regardless, we only recommend products or services that we believe will be helpful for our readers. All insights and expressed opinions are our own.

Many fab women I know over 50 are exasperated by bags and puffiness under their eyes. Don’t even get them started on those annoying crow’s feet that landed at the outer corners. Regrettably, these unwelcome signs of aging are facts of life, especially after our skin has been exposed to decades of sun. 

I’ve used concealers, serums – even cucumber slices – to reduce the trio of irksome eye problems. Not a single one has lived up to its promises! 

When Westmore Beauty invited me to try its 60-Second Eye Effects Tinted Firming Eye Gel as the editor of a trusted website I thought “sure, what do I have to lose?” I remembered seeing – but not believing – the results when the gel was demonstrated on TV on a 70-year-old woman. “Impossible,” I thought. Now I’d get to see for myself if it really works.

I asked my sister Shelley if she’d apply 60-Second Eye Effects, too, so we could compare the results. Since a photo is worth a thousand words, take a look at how it worked on us!

Results may vary

Just like the tube says, it took about 60 seconds to diminish the look of our under-eye discoloration, fine lines and puffiness. Our crow’s feet looked less noticeable too. What’s more, the skin felt and looked firmer and the texture was smoother.  

Even though we’ve been staying close to home during the last few months – and hardly ever wear makeup – 60-Second Eye Effects has become our go-to product every single day. 

This stuff is magical! Actually, it’s Hollywood Magic.

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Results may vary

The Westmore family has been involved in the Hollywood makeup business for over 100 years. They opened the first movie studio hair and makeup department in 1917, glamorized stars including Marilyn Monroe and Shirley McLaine, and did the special effects for movies such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  

If anyone knows how to create Hollywood makeup magic, it’s the Westmore family. Leveraging decades of artistic genius, technical skill and scientific know-how, the Westmore’s developed the precise formula that makes 60-Second Eye Effects work. 

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The secret is Flex-Tensor Technology, which creates an invisible and flexible film that instantly smooths and tightens under-eye skin, especially the “bags” you want to send packing. Color correctors in the formula help diminish the look of dark circles. Hyaluronic acid provides hydration to help plump the skin. And, special light-reflecting, micro-filler ingredients fill in lines and pores so under-eye skin appears smoother and more radiant. What’s more, the formula includes retinol and vitamin E, two remarkable anti-aging ingredients. 

The results of 60-Second Eye Effects Firming Gel are so unmistakably astonishing that all 30 women who participated in a company-sponsored user perception study agreed:

  The appearance of crow’s feet and under-eye circles was visibly diminished.

  Lines and wrinkles appeared significantly diminished.

  Skin felt and appeared firmer.

  Skin texture was visibly improved. 

You’ve got to see it for yourself. And, if you’re not as excited as my sister and I, as well as the countless women who’ve written glowing reviews, send back your tube within 60 days for a full refund less S&H! 

All This, Plus A Fab Gift! 

Your 60-Second Eye Effects Firming Gel comes with a super special gift Glow Effects 24K Gold Body Glow Stick – a $40 value

With just a twist of the base, you can highlight and illuminate everything from your cheekbones down to your collarbone, shoulders, decollete, arms and legs. Fragrance free and hydrating, too! 

I adore the Body Glow Stick. It glides over my skin and gives it a subtle and pretty glimmer. I carry it in my bag so it’s at my fingertips when I want a quick pick me up.

…And Even More  

If you want to give your eyes – and lips – even more zing, the Westmore Flawless Eye & Lip Collection will bring you 60-Second Eye Effects plus these three phenomenal products.

I apply the Gold Lip Treatment Oil on top of my fave lip color for a high shine

Lash Drama Bold & Beautiful Mascara makes your lashes look dramatically longer and more voluminous by coating it with a revolutionary new texture in an intense black pigment.  

On-The-Go Lasting Effects Brow Gel creates perfectly defined, natural-looking brows with an exclusive blend of specially treated pigments and hair-like fibers. A unique two-sided brow brush helps you shape, soften and smooth the brows. 

They’ll stay full and fab all through the day and night! 

Beauty Starlit 24K Gold Lip Treatment Oil leaves your lips glowing, shining and voluptuous by infusing them with ultra-moisturizing and smoothing Jojoba and Argan oils, plus Vitamins E and C. I use it alone or apply it on top of my fave lip color for a glam high shine. 

From Embarrassment To Action: Expert Advice On Coping With Overactive Bladder (OAB)

Astellas compensated FOF with an advertising sponsorship to write this post. Regardless, we only recommend products or services that we believe will benefit the women in our community. Geri Brin, Founder, faboverfifty.com

The concert should have been a fun outing for Elaine and her young daughter, but it became a nightmare even before they left the car. “I had the urge to urinate and couldn’t hold it in another second,” Elaine recalls. Not wanting her “accident” to spoil the evening,  she wore a sweater around her waist for hours while her clothes were drying. That’s when Elaine knew she had to see a doctor. In her late 40s at the time, she’d been living with overactive bladder (OAB) for about six years and it was affecting her quality of life more and more.  

Characterized by frequency (needing to urinate eight or more times in 24 hours) and urgency, OAB can result in leakage if you don’t get to the bathroom in time.1 It occurs when your bladder contracts too often, even when it’s not full.2 “Instead of getting a first, second or final warning that you need to urinate, you get just the final warning, when the bladder is at maximum capacity.  If it begins to contract before you make it to the bathroom, you may experience a leak,” according to Dr. Ekene Enemchukwu, a urologist at Stanford University Medical Center.  

“The prevalence of OAB increases with age in both men and women.3 Almost 30 million people in the United States live with OAB symptoms,” Dr. Enemchukwu said.  

Years before her accident at the concert, when Elaine started working at a call center, she had to ask her boss if her desk could be located closer to a bathroom.  “Bathroom breaks were timed, and bonuses were based on the number of calls made each day and how long each one lasted,” Elaine remembered. But since she needed to use the bathroom two or three times an hour, she was afraid the job wasn’t going to work out.  Elaine bit the bullet and told her supervisor about her issue. While it was embarrassing to discuss bathroom problems, Elaine luckily had an accommodating boss and kept her job.

ELAINE STOPS DOING WHAT SHE LOVES

Elaine (left) shares her experience coping with symptoms of overactive bladder

As time went on, however, Elaine began to limit the activities she loved. She wanted to sign up for classes, for example, but she was concerned her frequent bathroom trips would distract the class. So she didn’t sign up. Her accident at the concert was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. “I had been coping, but I wasn’t being proactive with my lifestyle,” she said.

Elaine may have thought she was coping effectively, but Stacy Kaiser, psychotherapist and relationship expert, calls it unhealthy coping. “Coping in general is how we go about dealing with any difficult change in our life, such as a family challenge, a financial issue, stress at work, or a medical condition,” Stacy said. “And coping with a medical condition such as OAB, which can be very embarrassing for some women, is especially challenging.”2

        Stacy Kaiser

Elaine wasn’t coping successfully when she started avoiding activities she really wanted to do. Although she thought she was managing the situation by avoiding embarrassing moments, it wasn’t productive for her to withdraw from activities she enjoyed, Stacy said. People with OAB may isolate themselves from their support systems or social network,1 also a prime example of unhealthy coping. Healthy coping is finding ways to continue participating and engaging in your life, Stacy emphasized.

Once Elaine decided to reach out to a doctor, she was ready to shed her unhealthy coping habits and start taking charge of her life, rather than letting her condition take over. “Learning about a medical condition from a physician or medical expert helps give us the skills to get through challenging experiences in our lives,” Stacy stressed

A MEDICAL CONDITION THAT CAN BE MANAGED 

             Dr. Ekene Enemchukwu

“Many people don’t go to the physician’s office because they think OAB is a normal part of aging.2 Instead, they ignore the problem,” Dr. Enemchukwu said. They also find it difficult to discuss and don’t know how to bring up the subject up with their doctor. OAB patients can feel anxious, isolated and hopeless because they think there’s no way to address or fix a problem that has dramatically altered their lives.5

“Self-consciousness also stems from feeling like you’re the only person dealing with the situation and no one else will understand,” Stacy said. In fact, 39 percent of women with symptoms reported that OAB interfered with daily activities; 12 percent said their symptoms caused them to stay at home; 38 percent reported decreased physical activities and 34 percent attributed their weight gain to an inability to exercise.4 Sharing what you’re going through with others is key to helping you learn about OAB and can also provide emotional relief. Talking to friends and family and having a good support network are important, too.

It turns out that seeing a doctor was one of the best things Elaine could do for her emotional well-being, and for her OAB. She not only learned how common it is, but she also discovered it’s a medical condition that can be managed by behavioral, lifestyle and dietary changes and, in certain cases, prescription medications. Dr. Enemchukwu has a few recommendations:

  • Pre-empt the urge: If you experience urinary leakage or frequency, try to get ahead of your symptoms when possible by remembering to use the restroom before you feel the sudden urge to go, or before heading to an outing or road trip.
  • Be mindful of your fluid intake: Many patients believe that limiting fluids will help manage their OAB symptoms, but this can be problematic as it creates concentrated urine, which may be irritating to your bladder.5 It can also lead to dehydration.5 Your body needs water to function, so if you don’t drink enough, it will affect you in other ways.5
  • Avoid foods or drinks that can irritate your bladder: These include caffeine, spicy foods, carbonated fluids, citrus, tomato-based products, alcohol and tobacco.6 Keep in mind it’s important to talk to your doctor before making changes in your diet or exercise routine.

ELAINE’S HEALTHY COPING PLAN FOR A PROACTIVE LIFE 

Now retired and living with her fiancé in Florida, 64-year-old Elaine said she lives a proactive lifestyle, refusing to let her OAB symptoms control her daily activities.

Planning ahead is important to her. Elaine keeps an extra outfit on hand when she’ll be out for hours and doesn’t drink too much if she’s going on a long trip. Often having a loved one at her side— namely her daughter— is a big support, she said. “We recently made the long drive north from Florida to New Jersey, and my daughter started looking for bathrooms on the road before I did since she knows I’ll have to make a lot of stops.”  Elaine also relieves stress by listening to music and meditating and performs Kegel exercises to help strengthen her pelvic floor muscles.1 She advises anyone living with OAB symptoms to seek support from loved ones and health care professionals.

Passionate about helping other women with OAB to “enjoy their lives and have fun, not to let it overrule their lives,” Elaine has joined a new OAB awareness campaign called Coping Confessions, sponsored by Astellas. The campaign is brimming with online resources, including an online self-assessment tool that helps you become more aware of the way in which you cope, and “on-the-go” videos of women coping with OAB. To learn more about how you can assess your own coping behaviors and about overactive bladder, visit www.copingconfessions.com.


In a Coping Confessions video clip, Elaine joins experts on-the-go to share how she copes with overactive bladder

“We want to empower people to talk about their symptoms and to understand that healthy, productive coping is an important part of managing a medical problem, in addition to seeking expert guidance,” said Dr.  Enemchukwu. “I’ve seen so many patients who have been dealing with OAB for decades, too embarrassed to talk to anyone about it, even their own family members or friends. Talking about OAB can reduce the stigma associated with this condition.”

WHAT CAUSES OAB AND HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE IT? 

Although the precise causes of OAB are unknown, it impacts both men and women, but occurs more frequently in women.4,7 

If you believe you may have OAB, visit your healthcare provider so he or she can conduct a thorough evaluation of your symptoms and perform a physical exam. If you do have it,  your doctor can help you take the right steps to manage your symptoms. Go to the appointment with a short list of your symptoms,  which can help make the discussion productive. Make sure to give specifics, including:

 How many times you went to the bathroom in a given day.

➧  How many times you get up during the night to use the bathroom.

  How many times you had to change clothing because you leaked or had an accident.

  How many times you had to drop everything you were doing and run to the bathroom.

  Any activities you’ve avoided because you feared you may have an accident. 

This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always talk with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. This article is sponsored by Astellas.

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1Mayo Clinic. Overactive bladder: symptoms and causes (03-10-2018). https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/overactive- bladder/symptoms-causes/syc-20355715. Accessed 05-02-2019.
2Gormley EA, Lightner DJ, Burgio KL, et al. Diagnosis and treatment of overactive bladder (non-neurogenic) in adults: AUA/SUFU guideline. American Urological Association Education and Research, Inc. 2014.
3Coyne KS, Sexton CC, Vats V, Thompson C, Kopp ZS, Milsom I. National community prevalence of overactive bladder in the United States stratified by sex and age. Urology 2011;77(5):1081-7.
4Reynolds WS, Fowke J, Dmochowski R. The burden of overactive bladder on US public health. Curr Bladder Dysfunc Rep 2016; 11(1):8-13.
 5MacDiarmid S. Maximizing the Treatment of Overactive Bladder in the Elderly. Rev Urol 2008;10(1):6-13.
 6Interstitial Cystitis Network. 2012 ICN Food List for Interstitial Cystitis, Bladder Pain Syndrome, Overactive Bladder (2019).
 7The North American Menopause Society. What You Should Know About Overactive Bladder in Midlife Women (2017).

Honest-to-Goodness Skincare For Life-Changing Results

Sally, a 55 year-old from Phoenix, disliked her fine lines, large pores and loose, delicate skin. “I looked like a much older woman,” she lamented. After investing a small fortune in anti-aging creams that promised to “turn back the clock” – but did nothing – Sally was so dismayed, she started thinking about plastic surgery.

Across the country, in Atlanta, Marie had been suffering with consistent acne for about eight years. She tried treating it with one product after another, including oral medication the dermatologist prescribed. Nothing worked. When it came to her skin, she couldn’t focus on anything else, and desperately wanted a way to get rid of her blemishes.

THEN MARIE IN ATLANTA AND SALLY IN MICHIGAN DISCOVERED PAULA’S CHOICE.  

Sally’s appearance was changing right before her eyes, thanks to the beauty brand’s Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment. “If I had to pick one skincare item, this would be it. My skin is tight, firm looking and no longer looks fragile. I have fewer lines and smaller pores,” said Sally, thrilled to look like the young woman she is!

Meanwhile, Marie thought her Paula’s Choice exfoliant was magic in the bottle.  “I’m not one to share my opinions with the entire internet, but I think this product has made the single biggest difference in my skin,” Marie wrote in her 5-star review of Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. “My skin was smoother and softer within the first week, and my existing acne cleared up in another few weeks,” she said. Marie’s been using the exfoliant twice a day for two months, and her acne is completely gone. “I can finally concentrate on supporting and nourishing my skin. This product is legitimately amazing,” she raved.

THE BEAUTIFUL TRUTH   

Like millions of women in their 40s and beyond, Marie and Sally yearned to find honest-to-goodness solutions for their bothersome skin problems.  Paula’s Choice delivered because it’s refreshingly – and dramatically – different in a beauty market overflowing with exaggerations, misleading information, and downright lies! 

Paula’s Choice follows the truth – not what’s popular. It doesn’t promise miracles, but delivers results. Relying completely on science and research to create potent and effective formulas, Paula’s Choice uses everything skin needs and nothing it doesn’t. 

“We don’t follow trends or opinions. We follow the facts,” said Paula Begoun, whose best-selling books of candid beauty advice led to the creation of her eponymous skincare brand of honest products. A consistent cult favorite among the internet’s beauty cognoscenti, Paula’s Choice becomes the “can’t-live-without-it” brand when a woman discovers its remarkable results on her skin.  Just take a look at the thousands of exceptional reviews on its website.

Paula’s Choice chemists understand skin physiology, and precisely how the ingredients in their products react with our skin.

Consider the following:

◉     Although most of us adore fragrance in our skincare products, the truth is that it irritates the skin. While you might not see the damage on the skin’s surface, it can be silently lurking below. Just because an ingredient is “natural” doesn’t mean it’s always best. Paula’s Choice formulas never have a bit of fragrance or essential oils. What’s more, they’re never tested on animals, have dyes or drying alcohol.

◉     Glass jars or transparent packaging may be appealing on the outside, but honestly, they’re only helping the skincare ingredients inside to oxidize faster and lose their potency. Every time you open a jar you’re exposing the formula to large amounts of air. Light also can pass through transparent containers, another problem. Paula’s Choice products are always packaged to ensure that their power-packed formulas stay stable and effective.

◉     While other beauty products claim they’re created for mature skin, Paula’s Choice appropriately develops its unique collection based on women’s skin types –  from dry to super oily and super sensitive. The truth is “age is not a skin type,” said Deborah Kilgore, director of skincare education for the company.   Women can have oily skin with enlarged pores and bumps well into their 50s, 60s, and beyond, for example. No matter her age, a woman with oily skin needs lightweight and fluid products, and one with dry skin requires creamier formulas with lush textures.

While age isn’t a skin type, Paula’s Choice understands that a woman’s skin can experience changes in mid-life, from becoming thinner and laxer to redder and unevenly textured. That’s why it offers specific products to match every woman’s needs, with textures to match her skin type. A universal set of products can’t work on everyone. Paula’s Choice range of products lets each woman create her own curated routine.

FOUR SKIN-SAVING ESSENTIALS

If we all began taking care of our skin when we were young –  most importantly, protecting it from sun damage – we’d have younger looking skin as we aged.  Sun, pollution and poor diet – not chronological age – are the three biggest skin-aging culprits. The sun begins to affect our skin from the moment we’re born. Even women in their 30s can have substantial sun damage if they haven’t been protecting it.

Outstanding News: It’s never too late to start a skin protection regimen. These four Paula’s Choice products should be part of every woman’s daily skincare routine, and used in the order they’re listed here:

◉     WATER-SOLUBLE CLEANSER: You want a gentle but effective cleanser that can be rinsed away easily with your hands or a soft washcloth. “You don’t want a cleanser that must be wiped off, and involves you tugging at your face, which further breaks down the elastin fibers,” Paula noted.  

“I am loving how my skin looks after using Paula’s Choice toner and exfoliant for six weeks.” – Geri

◉     GENTLE TONER: This lays down a layer of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and hydrating ingredients that aging skin needs to preserve and reinforce its barrier, help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, increase firmness and improve uneven skin tone. “It’s like a liquid moisturizer, especially during the hot months, when you’d prefer something light,” Paula said.  It also removes the last traces of makeup. 

◉     LEAVE-ON EXFOLIANT:  A gentle, leave-on exfoliant is essential for removing built-up, dead skin cells that make skin look and feel dull, uneven and rough. It helps stimulate the process of skin cell regeneration that has been slowed down by sun damage and age.

            Exfoliant formulated with water-soluble alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) works only on the skin’s surface to slough away dry, dead skin so that new, more evenly pigmented cells can form and make the skin smoother. AHA is preferred by those with normal/dry skin with sun damage.  It’s a great option for diminishing the look of lines and wrinkles, improving the look of dull uneven skin, and enhancing natural moisturizing factors in skin.

            Exfoliant with oil-soluble beta hydroxy acid (BHA) works on the skin’s surface and deep inside the pores to slough away dead skin cells and relieve pore congestion. BHA is preferred by those with oily/combo skin that’s prone to bumps, clogged pores, rosacea-related redness and sun damage. 

     DAYTIME MOISTURIZER WITH SUN PROTECTION AND ANTIOXIDANTS: This may be the last product to apply, but it’s absolutely not least in terms of protecting our skin. We must be “religiously obsessive” about using moisturizer with sunscreen “every single day, inside and out,” Paula emphasized. “It should be like brushing your teeth.  I can’t say it enough!” Insert video of me using this product with this caption: 

“Broad spectrum sunscreen and gentle exfoliation are the steps missing from most women’s routines, and unless you use both, you won’t get maximum results,” Deborah explained.  An exfoliant will help make your skin brighter and clearer, but if you don’t also apply sunscreen every day, you’ll help diminish all the good you’re doing for it.

It would be nice if one skincare product really, truly did it all, but different concerns demand different formulas. Paula’s Choice has created the absolute best treatment products for every woman’s skin. Start treating your skin to them. Pronto!

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UP WITH FACELIFTS!

The brilliant author and screenwriter Nora Ephron wrote publicly about IT. The exquisite and talented actress Katharine Hepburn covered IT up. My statuesque and Southern former boss had IT “fixed.”

IT is their necks.

                                          Kate & Nora

Hepburn hid her aging neck beneath turtlenecks. Ephron publicly discussed hers in the book I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman,  a blunt and entertaining look at aging women who are dealing with everything from menopause to maintenance.  My ex-employer promptly hired a plastic surgeon to banish the telltale signs of aging from her neck—and face–soon after they appeared. She had her first facelift at 50!

I don’t feel bad about my neck. I hate it!  And although I like turtlenecks, I’m not about to wear them in 90 degree heat. That leaves me with three choices: Stop peeking at my neck in the mirror, accept it, or have a neck lift.  It’s unlikely I’m going to stop looking and start accepting. So I decided to find out what’s involved with a neck lift from Dr. David Sieber, a cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon in San Francisco. While I was at it, I  asked him about my (droopy) jowls and the rest of my (decades-old) face.

First, I’d love to share what I learned about the changes in most of our necks and faces as we age, and what we can do about them. It’s strictly a personal choice, of course, but the more you know, the more you can decide what’s best for you.

GERI   WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR FACES AND NECKS AS WE AGE?

Neck Lift. This 66 year old woman underwent a neck lift and limited brow lift for facial rejuvenation.

SIEBER  “Most people will lose 30 percent of the fat in their faces, starting in their late 30s and early 40s. We also lose collagen, a large component of our skin, which diminishes the elastic properties it had when we were in our 20s. Our skin simply can’t recoil as it once did, and since it has nowhere to go—and less fat to fill it in—it  re-drapes over other things on our faces.

“Loss of fat and collagen, plus gravity, can create drooping skin around the eyes, sunken cheeks, pooching jowls, sagging neck, pronounced folds between our nostrils and the sides of our mouth (nasolabial folds), not to mention wrinkles and creases.

“Jowling is caused when your facial skin starts to fall and gets stuck on the ligaments that attach jawbone to skin on each side of your face. Known as mandibular retaining ligaments, they prevent our faces from totally falling down. The drooping skin also creates the two vertical lines that extend from the outer corners of the mouth down to the jawline on either side of the chin. We call these marionette lines.”

CAN’T FILLER INJECTIONS REPLACE THE FACIAL FAT WE’VE LOST?

“Injectable fillers can make a face look really good. But when injectables are overdone on a face that has lost a great deal of fat and collagen, it will look worse and worse, like a balloon.  No one needs that much volume. The only option in that case is to surgically remove and reposition the fat where it should be on the face.”

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A Cut Above All Others

As I sit here watching TV news about the coronavirus, I am debating with myself whether to post anything at all that’s not related to the crisis we’re experiencing. 

Taking the appropriate precautionary measures is critical at this point, which I hope you will do.  Many of you thought this was being overblown by the media. That’s not the case.  

To entertain you for a couple of minutes, enjoy my love video to Rami, who has been cutting and coloring my hair for the past three years.

 

Don’t Let Sun Damage Age You Prematurely

Ask baby boomers today about nutty things they did in the 1960s and 1970s and they’ll likely say they rubbed baby oil all over their teenage bodies before hitting the beach to soak up the sun. Those  who were really determined to get the most from the rays even spiked the oil with iodine and used sun reflectors to speed up the process. If only we knew then…

    Dr. Mary Lupo

“Sun damage is insidious. You get it from the day you’re born and throughout life, so the more you can protect yourself when you’re young, the better off you’ll be when you reach your 40s and 50s,” said Dr. Mary Lupo, Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology in New Orleans. But even if young people in 2019 are more enlightened about protecting their skin than boomers were half a century ago, they often ignore their parents warnings. “Parents can control toddlers and pre-teens. My grandchildren wear sun-protective clothing, sunscreen and hats. But when adolescents and young adults defy their parents and go out in the blazing sun without safeguarding their skin, they’re inviting the sun damage process to begin,” Dr. Lupo explained.  

KNOW YOUR A, B, Cs

When you’re soaking up the summer sun, its short Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays hit the top layer of your skin (epidermis) and can cause burns, brown speckling, mottling, and broken capillaries. Unprotected skin can burn in as few as 15 minutes! The longer Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays reach into the skin’s second layer (dermis) and stimulate the melanin (natural pigment), which creates a suntan that makes you glow and look ultra healthy. Ultraviolet C (UVC) rays are the shortest of all and the most dangerous, but fortunately they’re filtered out by the earth’s ozone layer and don’t reach the earth’s surface, or our skin. 

Unfortunately, repeated exposure to UVA energy over years accelerates signs of premature aging–think fine lines and wrinkles–by destroying the skin’s collagen and elastin foundation, which decreases its strength, flexibility and suppleness.  Called “photoaging,” the consequences also include age spots, freckles, ruddiness from dilated blood vessels, scaly red patches, and tough, leathery skin that feels and looks dry and coarse.

The sun’s UVA rays are just as intense during the winter, and can penetrate the windshield when you’re driving and the living room windows when you’re relaxing on the sofa. 

Sun damage can have medical manifestations, too, such as basal and squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma, a fatal cancer if not caught and treated early. “And, the sun can damage the immune system cells that live in the dermis and survey for viruses, bacteria and funguses,” Dr. Lupo said. “When your immune system is weakened by the sun, you can develop uncomfortable and unsightly fever blisters.”

The best line of defense against sun damage is to faithfully shield your skin in the first place, from properly using effective sunscreen year round to driving with the sun visor down, from wearing sun-protective clothing to avoiding sun during the peak hours of 10 am to 4 pm. It’s never too late to start saving your skin, but a number of treatments can mitigate the damage for the millions who already have it. It’s wisest to consult with a dermatologist who will assess your situation and recommend the most effective treatment for you, depending on your type of skin and the severity of the condition.

Dr. Gilly Munavalli

The following treatments are among those favored by Dr. Lupo and Dr. Gilly Munavalli, Dermatology, Laser & Vein Specialists of the Carolinas. As esteemed dermatologists practicing in warm climates, both have invaluable experience and expertise dealing with sun damage. But even if you live in Minneapolis, the sun’s powerful UV rays can penetrate your car and home windows in frigid temperatures. Most everyone’s skin is a candidate for sun damage. It’s a fact of life. 

TOPICAL SKIN CARE FORMULAS

The most abundant antioxidant in human skin, vitamin C (aka ascorbic acid) helps protect skin cells from sun damage. Since our bodies can’t produce it, and derive only a small amount from oral supplements, we can get vitamin C from citrus fruits and dark green leafy vegetables. And thanks to scientific advances in the beauty industry, it’s available in topical formulas called cosmeceuticals, which are cosmetic products with bioactive ingredients that can help repair damaged skin and prevent further damage. 

Vitamin C cosmeceuticals also promote collagen production to reduce fine lines, and have the potential to thicken the dermis; prompt an anti-inflammatory response in the skin to prevent redness and inflammation even after sun exposure; reduce hyperpigmentation at levels of 5 percent and above, and improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin by strengthening our skin’s ability to repair. 

Dr. Lupo likes C+ Correcting Complex 30% from Revision Skincare, which helps brighten and even out the skin tone while protecting the skin from free radicals that can cause skin damage and signs of premature aging. The product is also shown to improve skin firmness. Almost 90 percent of users reported brighter skin and 94 percent saw an improvement in the evenness of their skin tone, according to the company’s website. 

Dr. Munavalli likes cosmeceuticals that also include phloretin, a flavonoid (plant pigment) substance that’s derived from apples and apple tree bark. Research has shown that it has antioxidant ability and can improve the appearance of discoloration and overall skin tone. SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF includes 2 percent phloretin, 10 percent pure vitamin C, and .5 percent ferulic acid for protection against premature signs of aging from sun damage and ozone pollution. 

CHEMICAL PEELS 

Chemical peels can improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin by using a chemical solution to remove the outer layer of old skin. The new skin that replaces is typically smoother and appears less wrinkled. Solutions used include glycolic, trichloroacetic, salicylic, lactic or carbolic acid. During the procedure, patients may experience a burning sensation that lasts five to 10 minutes. The best candidates for chemical peels have fair skin and light hair. 

IPL TREATMENTS 

     Before & After photos of a Lumenis IPL treatment

Exciting light and laser technologies are changing the face of the beauty business for their ability to safely, gently and effectively treat a wide range of skin conditions. Devices that deliver a broad spectrum of intense pulsed light (IPL), for instance, can reduce sun-induced damage, including sunspots, broken capillaries, fine lines and thickened, dry and wrinkled skin from prolonged and excessive exposure to the sun. 

Many dermatologists across the country favor the Lumenis IPL, which lets them adjust pulse duration and wavelength depending on your skin type and what they want to treat. “I’m on my 4th IPL device from Lumenis in the past 20 years. It’s extremely versatile and can target red and brown pigmentation issues, from broken capillaries and ruddiness to sunspots,” said Dr. Lupo. “When the water in the skin absorbs the light energy, collagen renewal is stimulated and patients also see improved skin texture and overall appearance.” Besides their effectiveness, treatments with the Lumenis IPL don’t impose downtime on patients.

IPL treatments for sun damage are more effective in the short and long term than topical formulas, but using topicals after your IPL sessions will help you maintain your skin health and appearance. Each IPL treatment generally takes about 30 minutes, and patients see improvement following the first one. Minor redness and swelling tend to disappear quickly. “Patients usually need three sessions. We’ll go after the pigment during the first treatment and the redness and texture during the second. Then we’ll see what we need to revisit for the final visit,” Dr. Lupo explained.

Your Skin’s in the Sun and You’re in the Dark

If you’re a woman over 45 years old, it’s likely you haven’t the foggiest idea how to take complete care of your skin to keep it healthy and radiant looking. You probably know that drinking water is crucial for skin hydration. Smoking ages the skin prematurely. And, adequate sleep will help reduce under-eye puffiness. But you’re clueless when it comes to the skin care products you use. Sure, you’ve been buying serums, creams and lotions for decades. You’ve also undoubtedly tried countless brands that made innumerable claims. So, of course you think you know what’s best.

But you don’t!

How do we know? We know because 209 OF YOU TOLD US in your answers to an exclusive eight-question FabOverFifty skincare survey. 

Two-thirds of the respondents aren’t satisfied with their skincare products because they fail to treat their concerns. Yet, only 11 percent say sun damage is something they want to improve. And, 13 percent use sunscreen! These answers reveal their profound lack of skincare knowledge.

Sun damage, not age, is the single biggest contributor to aging your skin. So, if 87 percent of you don’t use products with sunscreen, and 89 percent of  you don’t even think about improving the sun damage to your skin, you are seriously misinformed! Fact is, while aging itself certainly contributes to wrinkles, fine lines and discoloration, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are responsible for the vast majority of the visible suns of aging. Vast majority, as in 90 percent! 

Rubbing cream on your crow’s feet and having Botox injected into the wrinkles on your forehead aren’t doing much good if you continue to let the sun play havoc on your skin. 

See how your answers correspond to those of the women who responded to the FabOverFifty survey.  In the upcoming weeks, we’re going to introduce you to hard-and-fast facts about skincare products that will probably astound you. And, we’ll tell you the four types of products you absolutely must use every single day. I, for one, wasn’t using three of them.  Now I am.