Are you 40 something like I am and trying to figure out what anti-aging products actually work? If you are younger, I have some products to start using now!
Come have a seat on my porch and let’s chat about the anti-aging and cellulite fighting products that have worked for me.
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In a day of social media and picture posting, I think we’ve all become a little more aware of our appearance and possibly more vain. It’s hard to avoid getting your picture taken now that everyone is walking around with a camera in hand 24/7!
Here is a St. Patty’s day picture taken with my iPhone (with no filter) to show you what my face looks like as I approach 48…I can’t believe I am announcing my age.
Biggest Aging Culprits
We all know this, but let’s remind ourselves:
- Poor Diet
- Big Weight Swings
Most people say I don’t look my age and some of it is genetics (my mom looks much younger than her age), but my skin has also been helped by my own efforts starting around 25 years old.
However; what I did all the way through college and even a bit in my 30’s was use a tanning bed and have BIG regrets around tanning. The skin on my body is worse for wear because of it!
Please stay out of the sun and wear sunscreen every day no matter what your age! Every dermatologist will tell you the best anti-aging cream is sunscreen.
Disclaimer: I am not trained, licensed, or in the medical profession and am sharing what works for me. Use at your own risk. Some affiliate links are included. If you purchase through one of my links, I may make a small commission that helps support this website.
Anti-Aging Products that Work
To say I’ve tried a wide variety of skin care products is an understatement! My dad worked in the cosmetics industry, so I got a taste for lotions and potions early in my life and was willing to try new products as they came on the market.
Am I am expert? NO! I’d just like to share what I see working. Everyone has different issues, so my results may be different. Nothing works overnight, so don’t expect a miracle 🙂
Face and Neck Care
It’s important to look for skin care than can address a variety of issues with one application. The face and neck cream I use treats wrinkles with Retinol, improves tone, and protects with a broad spectrum UV blocking sunscreen. This face cream is my daily standard and I’ve definitely seen improvement overtime.
The under-eye area has been tough for me, after years of puffiness from allergies. This eye cream helps to moisturize, tighten the skin under my eyes, and reduce the depth of wrinkles.
Exfoliation also becomes more important with age to help cell turnover and brighten skin’s appearance. A couple of times a week I use a chemical exfoliating mask that is really mild on my skin, but gives it a really smooth appearance.
Next on the anti-aging list is a new addition to my repertoire and I’ve been SO impressed. I’ve been using this on my face and neck and am seeing early results. My neck is tighter, under eye area less dark, and jaw line more defined after just a month. Oh and my JOWLS have shrunk and tightened
Please read up on the fascia, which Ashley Black put on the map AND our Facebook feeds, which is how I found this amazing tool. CLICK HERE for her website and more information.
PLEASE WATCH Ashley Black’s video tutorials, before use. I’ve been using my own face cream StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Day Treatment SPF 30 as a lubricant.
In full disclosure, I do use Botox at least 2 times per year and have done a laser treatment in the last 5 years for broken capillaries and brown spots. Some things can’t be fixed with cream 🙂
Body Skin Care
Sun is our worst enemy, when it comes to the skin on our bodies. I can’t say I’ve been as vigilant fighting aging skin on my body and after 40 things started to turn for the worse.
Using a really emollient moisturizer that also exfoliates helps improve the appearance of my skin.
Stretch marks are so common in women and while I didn’t develop any in pregnancy I did on my hips during puberty. Luckily, I’ve found a cream that shrunk the depth and size of my stretch marks decades after they developed.
Are you seeing a theme here? I’m a fan of the StriVectin brand! The few products I’ve tried from them I’ve seen true results! I’ll use this cream on my neck and chest with my FaceBlaster, as well as on my stomach and tops of my thighs to tighten my skin.
Cellulite is my nemesis. My really good girlfriends and mom will tell you this is an area that drives me crazy! No matter how thin I was or how fit I was or how healthy I ate a little cellulite was always hanging onto my thighs.
After years of being a competitive gymnast and dancer, my legs developed lots of muscle that has atrophied overtime. NO lotion, cream, or in office procedure has done ANYTHING to improve the look of my cellulite – until now!
It’s amazing those little dimples and gummy lumps are created by unhealthy fascia. Guess what? It can be massaged and improved, with all kinds of health benefits that come with reducing and removing fascial adhesions!
When the products are based in sound science it’s easy to get on board! Use this massager after heating your muscles through exercise, a hot bath, or sauna. Follow her MANY VIDEO TUTORIALS for problem areas.
After seeing some initial results using a basic oil, I switched to Ashley Black’s oil and WOW it makes all the difference. Less bruising (yes bruising), inflammation, it moisturizes my skin and smells great. Plus I am seeing faster results on my thighs!
The skin on the tops of my thighs is tighter and my knees less saggy. Plus the circumference around is smaller, dimples starting to fade, and my legs are seeing more definition. CLICK HERE for before and after photographs from Ashley Black’s study.
Good right? It will take more time, but I am HOPEFUL that I’ve found something that is reducing my cellulite and improving the overall look of my legs. 🙂
Anti-Aging from the Inside Out
Yes, I believe that eating a clean diet, exercise and taking vitamins really helps improve the look of your skin! Dr. Perricone started putting the two together and has proven the connection. For more information CLICK HERE.
Age is an Attitude
Honestly, the best anti-aging advice I can provide is have a positive outlook on life and be a good person. Beauty is an inside job! Confidence and happiness is all you need to feel and look young! Be young at heart and you’ve won the anti-aging battle!
Come on May 11th and 48! I’m ready for you…
Until next time…