Aging is inevitable. Then why does it bother us so much?
The global anti-aging market is supposed to reach a trillion dollars by 2025. People are spending a TRILLION dollars trying to look younger. Extreme? Yes. Unreasonable? It is all relative.
I am ok with getting older since, in fact, it is a privilege denied to many. I can’t help wanting to look my best, though. This week, I am focusing a lot on learning to accept the things I cannot change, but realizing that if something is truly getting in the way of your happiness and can be changed, then DO IT. I don’t think I am a superficial person, but I do take a lot of pride in the way I present myself to the world. I do know that looks aren’t everything, not even close…but I know that I feel better inside when I am proud of how I look on the outside.
There are some basic ways to slow down the aging process, and here are the ones that I have found to be most effective.
Thinning eyebrows are a side effect of the aging process. I am going to cry a little here, but I noticed my first GREY EYEBROW hair the other day. I mean, I have no clue what color the hair on my head is because I highlight the hell out of it every few months, but I didn’t think I would find grey for at least another 5 years or so. There are a few things you can do to beef up those brows. And yes, everything I use is from Anastasia. She hasn’t let me down yet!
Why I love it: This super slim micro pencil comes in 10 different shades, which almost guarantees a perfect match. Make sure to use fine, short strokes to mimic actual hair when filling your brows.
Why I love it: This duo is smudge-resistant, and the fact that it includes two colors ensures an ideal match. Use an angled brush to apply- I always use brow stencils to make sure they are even. Foolproof, right?
Anastasia Classic Brow Stencils- $20
Why I love them: This might seem obnoxious to some, but brow stencils changed my brow game. These are a perfect size and shape for my face.
Ask almost any esthetician, and they will say sunscreen is the #1 anti-aging product to use. Gone are the days of basking under the rays for a golden glow. Now, I head to a spray tan salon and slather myself with sunscreen on the daily.
Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum- $42
Why I love it: This is light enough to wear underneath makeup and contains an anti-aging/UV damage serum to help repair skin. This is paraben, fragrance and oxybenzone free.
For breakfast, I don’t have time to actually sit down and eat something on a plate. Yes, I should wake up earlier. Yes, I should take vitamins. Yes, I should make my health a priority. I know.
Why I love it: I tried out Barology Bars for my on-the-go breakfasts over a week time span. They are the first bars formulated with NIAGEN®, which is a next generation form of Vitamin B3 called NR. There are three different types of Vitamin B3 which each have fairly different effects upon the body. NR is the only one that actually “turns on” the longevity promoting proteins and and optimizes the anti-aging mechanisms of the body. Yes, a lot of science involved, but for me this translates to my desire to eat all-natural food than choke down a bunch of vitamins. I think a lot of health problems can be controlled by diet.
The Barology Bars actually taste good, and this is coming from someone who has thrown multiple boxes of breakfast bars away because I am super picky. I sampled the Blueberry Almond bars specifically formulated for Women, and found that they actually helped me get over that 3pm slump where I usually chug as much iced coffee as possible so I can make it to bed time. I had enough energy to forego the coffee chugging on the days I ate the Barology Bars.
Bonus- the founder and inventor is a woman (Jill Spatz, RN, MSN) from Highland Park, just up the road from where I live!
Sounds basic, but moisture combats
wrinkles. Wrinkles are caused as the skin ages, becomes less elastic,
drier and thinner. So how do I add a crazy amount of moisture to my
I slather on some amazing products at night. When
I say slather, I practically slide off my pillow I put so much stuff
on. Nope, not an attractive look, but it is incredible the difference it
makes. When I have had too many cocktails and crash without dousing my
skin in stuff, I look like I have aged overnight.
Here’s what I use:
Night Face Cream
Why I love it: This
goes on like a gel and I can still feel traces of it on my skin in the
morning, which means it hasn’t totally evaporated overnight like most
other creams. Plus, it is formulated with naturally-derived ingredients
so I am not putting chemicals on my face.
One Love Organics Vitamin E Eye Balm- $49
Why I love it: Maybe
I am a total idiot, but every time I put a cream or serum near my eyes,
it finds its way into my actual eyeball. And stings. For a long time.
Balms stay put, which means that they are doing their job where you
apply them. I apply the balm on my brow bone and just in front of my
temples, using my ring finger and tap-tap-tapping instead of rubbing it
in. This helps ensure you are applying it gently to the super-sensitive
skin around your eyes.
Why I love them: By
now, most of you have heard of sheet masks. When you walk into a store,
which of the million versions do you buy? I recently attended The
Makeup Show and celeb makeup artist James Vincent touted these as his
go-to. He gives them to models before every show to prep their skin and
get that gorgeous glow prior to his stunning makeup application. MustaeV
is a prestigious Korean makeup and skincare company, based in
Cheongdam…which is considered the beauty mecca of Korea….and Korea
is considered the beauty mecca of the world at this point. SO do the
math- you are getting the best of the best.
Why I love them: The
first wrinkles most women notice are those annoying crow’s feet. Yes,
you can use eye serums, creams, lotions and potions, but these eye
treatment pads keep the antiaging treatment where it belongs. Pop these
pads on up to 3 times a week (I do it weekly) and notice those crow’s
Why I love it: Strivectin
is at the forefront of the anti-aging game. This neck cream, which
helps improve elasticity and visibly lifts the skin is the only product I
used that I can actually notice a difference. This is the #1 selling
neck cream, and at $95 a jar it better work, right? It does go a long
way, and I recommend smoothing it down to your decolletage area as well
since this frequently shows premature signs of aging. I have used this
cream for a few weeks now and notice a visible difference in how tight
the skin is on my neck. Make sure to apply all lotions, potions, serums,
etc… in an upward motion.
Whatever your anti-aging regimen is, I hope we can all enjoy aging gracefully!
Disclosure: I was provided with Barology Bars for review purposes, but as always, all opinions are honest and my own.