Medically Proven Ways to Age Gracefully Guest Author: Corinne Keating

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Age is something that creeps up on us all, but there’s nothing in the rule book that says that we can’t do everything possible in order to age gracefully.  Here are a few tips and tricks, backed by science, to help keep Father Time at bay — at least for a few more years.

Use Sunscreen Everyday

We all know how important it is to use sunscreen when you’re out enjoying the warm weather, but did you know that it can help keep your skin looking young — as long as you’re using it every single day. One study found that upwards of 80% of the visible aging on the face can be attributed directly to sun exposure.

A good way to remember is to make it a habit to put on sunscreen when you brush your teeth in the morning.  If you use a face moisturizer, pick one that includes an SPF to keep your skin protected throughout the day.

It isn’t tanning and days at the beach that present the biggest risk here — it’s the normal everyday sun exposure that most people ignore.

Hit Snooze

Sleep

Not getting enough sleep isn’t just hard on your body — it’s hard on your DNA too.  Telomeres are a part of the DNA that indicates cell age — the shorter your telomeres, the older your cells are.  Damage can cause the telomeres to become artificially shortened as well, making you age faster. Two studies, one that focused on men and one that focused on women, both found that not getting enough sleep leads to shorter telomeres.

The participants who didn’t get enough sleep were found to have telomeres that were shortened, making them the equivalent of 5 to 9 years older than their biological age.

Laser Sculpting

Even if you’ve maintained your weight throughout your life, chances are you have some stubborn fat that you just can’t shed.  If it just won’t burn off, consider something like non-invasive laser sculpting. It’s not liposuction — it’s not removing the fact.  Instead, it uses laser energy to heat up the fat cells until they die and are passed out of the body as waste.

This can be a great alternative if you want to get rid of those stubborn fat spots, such as under your arms or around your abdomen, without the risk associated with liposuction or other invasive surgery.  It’s not as fast as surgery, with results taking up to 12 weeks to show, but it’s safer and just as effective.

Eat Healthy

Eating Healthy

A healthy diet, one that is high in protein and healthy fats like Omega-3, can help to improve overall health and may even help extend the human lifespan. Don’t fall for the low-calorie fad diets or the dangerously low calorie ‘starvation’ diets that claim that reducing your caloric intake to starvation levels will help extend your life — they have no science backing them up and can be dangerous.

Instead, focus on a diet filled with lean proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and sources of Omega3 and other healthy fatty acids.  Keep an eye on your weight though — obesity has been proven to actually shorten your lifespan by 6-7 years.

Don’t Stress

Stress

Stress is a normal part of life, but excessive amounts of it can actually reduce your lifespan. Remember those telomeres that we mentioned earlier? Research has found that chronic stress can cause the same sort of telomere shortening damage that not getting enough sleep can — artificially aging your cells.

If possible, take some steps to reduce the amount of stress in your life.  Adding meditation or mindfulness training can also help you to deal with the stresses that you can’t get rid of entirely.

Conclusion

These science backed tricks for staying young can all be started well before you start to show the signs of aging but if you’re no longer a spring chicken, you can still benefit from these simple lifestyle changes.

Author Bio:

Corinne Keating is a health and lifestyle blogger who loves coffee and hiking. Find her blogging at Why So Well, her health & wellness blog.

 

Our 5 Favorite Types of Makeup for Maintaining Beautiful Skin Guest Author: Grand Salon from Denver, Colorado

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Why do you wear makeup? If you are like most women, you feel that makeup enhances your looks while helping to conceal any flaws. Putting on your cosmetics is an essential part of your morning routine – just like brushing your teeth or styling your hair.

Many perceive makeup as a necessary evil – a tool to bring out our innermost beauty that hurts our skin in the long term. However, not all makeup is bad for our skin. In addition to covering up blemishes or highlighting those baby blues, the right kind of makeup can nourish and protect your skin, helping it retain its youthful appearance.

Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate the products you use so that you can reap the most benefits from your cosmetics. Here are five of our favorite types of makeup for maintaining your beautiful skin.

Vichy Dermablend

 

Dermablend 3D Correction by Vichy

If you are prone to breakouts or to redness, you will love this foundation, which is specially formulated for oily and acne-prone skin. Not only does it help hide blemishes, but it also gives your complexion a smoother and more even texture.

What’s even better is that this product has staying power. Apply it in the morning, and you are set for up to 16 hours! Recommended by dermatologists, Dermablend 3D Correction offers SPF 25, and it is non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, paraben-free and hypoallergenic.

Dermablend covers like a heavy weight, yet your skin will feel light and soft thanks to its special Alliagel™ formula. This foundation, which is available in five shades, is oil-free and is enriched with soothing salicylic acid and eperulin.

 Fix Make-Up by Clarins

When you have carefully applied your makeup, you want it to stay put. With Fix Makeup by Clarins, it will.

Just spray a spritz or two of this fine mist on your face and your makeup will stay fresh for hours. In addition, your face will be enriched with aloe vera and allantoin and refreshed with grapefruit extract and organic rose water.

This dermatologist-tested product is oil-free and noncomedogenic. We know you’ll love it. Visit Nordstrom’s online store to order it today.

Triple Power Intensive Revitalizer Serum by L’Oréal Paris

One of the secrets to younger looking skin is better hydration. Drinking water will help your skin from the inside out. L’Oréal’s Triple Power Intensive Revitalizer Serum will work from the outside in to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and to add more firmness and texture to your skin.

The product has a unique dual-chamber pump that combines a lightweight moisturizer with a concentrated serum to create one powerful formula. The anti-aging serum contains birchwood extract to make your skin firmer, and the moisturizer contains 2 percent Vitamin C, which works as a powerful antioxidant. You will see and feel results right away, and fine lines and wrinkles should be noticeably diminished within one week.

Triple Power Intensive Revitalizer Serum has been tested for safety by dermatologists for all skin types. For more on L’Oréal’s revitalizer, visit their website.


stila illuminating liquid foundation by Stila

Illuminating Liquid Foundation by Stila

“Glowing” is perhaps the best adjective any woman can hear about her skin. Glowing skin is healthy and radiant. While it may not be possible to bottle a youthful glow, this product comes pretty close.

Stila’s Illuminating Liquid Foundation is infused with tiny mica crystals that reflect light and help you look your best. This lightweight product glides on your skin, evening out your skin tone and providing sheer to medium coverage with a semi-matte finish.

Rich in minerals and amino acids, the foundation helps your skin fight damage from free radicals in the environment. It is suitable for either dry or sensitive skin. To purchase, visit Nordstrom’s online store.

Colorescience Illuminating Pearl Powder

Illuminating Pearl Powder by Colorescience

How would you like to have SPF protection without any drying chemicals? You can with Colorescience’s Illuminating Pearl Powder.

Perfect as a finishing touch for your look, this powder can enhance your cheeks, brow bones and the bridge of your nose with a natural-looking glow. A little dusting goes a long way, and you can even add a touch to your eyelids for soft color there. Infused with fragrant ylang ylang, neroli, lavender and cypress oils, this product smells as good as it looks.

Visit Colorescience’s website for more information on their Illuminating Pearl Powder.

 

We know how important your complexion is to you. When your skin looks and feels its best, you exude more confidence in everything you do. If you have questions about these products or about your skin care regimen in general, our specialists are ready to help.  We offer facials, microderms, dermaplaning, chemical peels and microcurrent treatments to help you put your best face forward. Visit our website for a complete list of all our skin care services. We hope to see you soon.


Author Bio:

Grand Salon is a full-service beauty salon based in Denver, Colorado. We pride ourselves on outstanding customer service, and offering the most fabulous cuts, color and style services in Denver.