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August 30 2014

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25 posts tagged "Antioxidants"

Bye-Bye Botax, And More…

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Concessions and compromises are being made to get the health-care-reform bill through the Senate, including replacing the proposed five percent tax on elective cosmetic surgery with a 10 percent tax on indoor tanning. Botulinum toxin for everyone! [NYT]

120 hopefuls competed to become the first transsexual Miss India this weekend. No word as to whether similarly barrier-breaking televised pageants are headed to the States, but we would definitely tune in…if you’re listening, Bravo network. [Independent]

Could antioxidants be doing more harm than good? New studies suggest that the free-radical-fighting wonder nutrients might actually counteract the benefits of healthy exercise. Consider the beauty industry rocked. [Independent]

Jillian Michaels, the on-screen trainer for NBC’s The Biggest Loser, is trying to whip the overweight into shape using a new tactic: virtual reality. The latest edition of her Fitness Ultimatum 2010 game for Nintendo Wii comes equipped with an instructional avatar created in Michaels’ likeness that also boasts a repertoire of motivational phrases. There’s nothing like a computer-generated guide screaming, “You’re wasting my time!” to really get your body moving. [WSJ]

Photo: M. Lakshman /AFP/ Getty Images

Goji Berry Makes You Believe In Love And Sex And (Skin) Magic

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GOJI BERRY/(Goh-jee be-ree)/n./ 1. A small evergreen shrub found in temperate and subtropical regions in China, Mongolia, and in the Himalayas in Tibet, also called wolfberries; /n./ 2. Dried, shriveled red berries used for 6,000 years by herbalists in China, Tibet, and India to boost immune function, improve circulation, promote longevity, and even increase fertility and libido; /n./ 3. A super-fruit boasting high levels of antioxidants and antiaging benefits that has recently been added to everything from chocolate bars and energy drinks to skincare products., e.g., “Get off and get gorgeous with a hefty dose of goji berry.”

Try it: Kumaara Daily Antioxidant Protection Skin Repair Formula with SPF 15, $59.95, www.kumaara.com.

Dr. Obagi “Gets Real Serious” About The Onset Of Aging

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This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia_ellenberg@condenast.com.

I am 29 and starting to notice the early signs of aging. What is the best course of action to either diminish or prevent these fine lines from getting any worse? Is it just a matter of proper sun protection at this point or are there certain ingredients I should look for in my skincare regimen that will help slow down the inevitable?

UV protection (a sunscreen with SPF 30) is a good and very important first step, but it may not be enough. Skin aging starts at the age of 30 and that’s when you need to get real serious about combining physical UV sunblocks with a heavy dose of antioxidants. For example, vitamin E is vital in protecting skin cells from ultraviolet light and other elements and conditions that produce free radicals. Its antioxidant activity provides powerful antiaging benefits, but more than that, it increases the effectiveness of sunscreens because it protects the epidermal layer from damage. That’s why I recommend applying ZO Skin Health Daily Power Defense, which contains both vitamin E and DNA-repair enzymes—before applying a sunscreen.

A board-certified member of the American Board of Dermatology and a leading expert in skin health restoration and rejuvenation, Dr. Zein Obagi is an internationally renowned dermatologist and educator who is known for his ability to successfully correct a wide range of skin conditions—often after other traditional treatments have failed. He is also the founder of the Obagi Medical Product line, the number one brand of physician-dispensed antiaging skincare products in the world, as well as the Obagi Skin Health Institute in Beverly Hills, where he currently practices.

Photo: NINA LEEN/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

Your New Favorite Foundation: From Prototype To Finished Product

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After two and a half years of trying to create a new kind of cream foundation with long-lasting, medium coverage that’s still buildable and hydrating (no more cakey makeup face, thanks), MAC Cosmetics is launching its new Well-Defined line this weekend. We first reported on the brand’s “life-changing” Studio Sculpt foundation last fall, when we encountered the company’s global makeup artists in battle mode—i.e., Spring 2009 fashion week—armed with prototypes of the complexion-enhancing formula, then in its third and final round of product testing. Boasting a luxurious, rich, creamy feel, the foundation possesses a host of antioxidants; broad-spectrum UV blockers to protect against photo-aging; and sodium hyaluronate, yeast extracts, and shea butter for the kind of moisture levels typically associated with a lotion. The final touch is a combination of soft-focus powders that optically diffuse imperfections and help provide a smoother finish. And there’s more good news: The same attention to detail and effective ingredients went into the line’s equally monumental concealer.

Photo: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

Take A Break For Tea Time; Your Skin Will Thank You

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GREEN TEA/(Green Tee)/n./ 1. The unfermented leaves of a magnolia-related evergreen tree with the botanical name Camellia sinensis; /n./ 2. An ancient herbal drink rich in polyphenols, known for its high antioxidant levels and a reported ability to fight free radicals and prevent photo aging caused by the sun, e.g., “So much more than a cathartic experience, sipping a hot cup of green tea can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”

Try It: 100% Pure Peach Pigmented Natural Concealer with green tea, $20, www.qvc.com

Photo: Courtesy of Rae Cosmetics