By: The Honey Good Editorial Team
#1 Wear sunscreen daily. Yes, we know, it's trite but it's also right. Wearing sun screen daily (rain or shine, snow or sun) may not be sexy skincare advice but it's simply a fail proof way to protect your skin from damage. Today is not too late to start. Now is actually quite perfect.
And if applying sunscreen daily seems like too much work, simply opt for an all-in-one foundation with SPF that will smooth skin while protecting it. We love Miracle Skin Transformer 'Spotlight' Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen for Face, $48 here. Enhance and protect your skin with Miracle Skin Transformer Spotlight broad spectrum SPF 20 sunscreen for face. It’s a 5-in-1 formula that hydrates, primes, enhances, illuminates and protects skin of all ages.
#2 Minimize dryness. You know that as your skin ages, it invariably becomes drier. We aren't going to bore you with the hows and whys of that fact but rather the here's what to do about dryness.
Skip hot water as it strips skin of essential oils and exfoliate regularly to get rid of any dry, flaky skin you do have. You can exfoliate manually or chemically. For chemical exfoliation, we swear by Aveda's Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant, $21 here. Manual exfoliation can be done with a range of products or even an at home DIY mask such as this simple sugar scrub recipe from WellnessMama.
Another at home remedy oft-recommended is massaging and exfoliating the face with a dollop of extra virgin coconut oil applied to a damp, warm washcloth each evening before bed and after cleansing.
#3 Botox works. Which doesn't mean you have to do it but let's be real here, ladies, it's effective. We aren't going to argue the pros and cons but we are going to say this: Botox banishes crow's feet (and it's FDA approved to do so) and no amount of cream will do that. So, if your crow's feet are really bothering you, Botox may be the cure. And you know what the real tip here is...HoneyGood.com is a no judgment zone and when it comes to caring for your skin, let your own wishes and beliefs be your guide.
#4 Hydrate! You've probably already heard that drinking lots of water is the key to great skin. Actually, staying hydrated is crucial but that means much more than just consuming 64 oz. a day of h2o. Here are the top 5 hydrating foods (via Health.com)...give 'em a nibble for great skin.
Cucumber 96.7% water
Iceberg Lettuce 95.6% water
Celery 95.4% water
Radishes 95.3% water
Tomatoes 94.5% water
#5 Retinoids are a must. Which means, if you haven't already, it's time to make friends with a great dermatologist and keep her on speed dial. Prescription retinoids formulas contain retinoic acid, an ingredient that fights visible aging. Truly. Request a prescription for Retin-A, one of many retinoids (Vitamin A derivatives) proven, and FDA-approved, to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
And, when all else fails, we turn to the wise words of Lucille Ball, "The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age."
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By Susan "Honey" Good
Bat a lash if you are still use eyelash curlers. Far from being archaic, eyelash curlers are still used by many, and recommended by beauty experts.
However, there are some tips to be aware of when curling eyelashes.
For starters, never curl eyelashes after applying mascara -- this can cause eyelash breakage.
Secondly, heated or unheated eyelash curlers… what's your preference? Just as using a curling iron helps the hair on your head hold curl, a heated eyelash curler is ideal for creating a lash curl that lasts. Of course, picking the correct product is essential, which is why I've included my top five lash curlers below.
Another tip: Just as you wash and condition your hair before styling it, lashes should be prepped as well. Make sure lashes a
By Susan "Honey" Good
I've often mentioned my love for early morning showers. But once in awhile, when I really crave rejuvenation, a take a soothing swim... in a bubble bath, of course!
For all of is us who need to escape, but can’t afford to hop on a jet and fly away, the bathtub is an affordable destination for relaxation and renewal. Just pick your favorite bath time accompaniment and soak up this luxurious escape.
By Susan "Honey" Good
“I’ve learned to see beauty where I never saw it before. But only because my expectations are more realistic. My favorite part of my body is my eyes. Not because of their color… but because of what they see.” ~Diane Keaton
This nugget is from Academy Award winner and bestselling author, Diane Keaton's book entitled, "Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty." This candid and funny book covers aging, laughing, loving and living in a world obsessed with beauty.
By Susan "Honey" Good
There are so many wonderful things about being a mature woman, darlings! However, there are also a few changes we have to deal with. Perspective is everything! When we choose to look at the changes that come with aging as "different" rather than "difficult," we can simply adapt with a great attitude. Thinning hair is one of these changes; here's how to deal...
By: Susan "Honey" Good
I am so excited for this fall's beauty trends. The looks from fashion week this year ranged from edgy to polished and fresh faced, so no matter what your style you can find a runway inspired looks to update your style.
I’ve discovered a new tool that makes maintaining gorgeous skin simple. It’s called FOREO Luna.
The FOREO Luna is a revolutionary face brush and skincare system that goes several steps beyond cleansing to reveal healthier, brighter, and younger looking skin. The unique silicon material of this brush is thirty-five times more hygienic than the bristles of standard brushes and you won't have to buy replacement heads either. The brush also works using T-Sonic pulsations that are hard on dirt and grime but gentle enough for everyday use.
Darlings, I know how much fun makeup can be, but I also know how expensive it can get! I have picked out some of the best beauty products you will likely find at your local drugstore. These are great products that don't break the bank. I know I'm always looking for a fresh new lip color or blush to spice up my beauty routine!
Dry shampoo is a must have if you feel like you’re always on the go or in a time crunch. Dry shampoo isn’t a new product, but it has recently picked up popularity since beauty experts and hair stylists have been recommending washing your hair less to keep it feeling and looking healthy. Most recommend that you only wash your hair twice a week, but with so much time in between shampoos, what do you do when you hair starts looking oily?! That’s where dry shampoo comes in!
The quality and length of sleep you receive every night can have a profound impact on your skin’s overall health. When we sleep our bodies recharge. Not only do our bodies recharge, our skin does as well. Dr. Kaleroy Papantoniou is a board certified NYC dermatologist who explains that, “During sleep we heal, restore and eliminate toxins from the skin. If sleep is compromised, so is the body’s ability to carry out these essential skin functions. During the first three hours of sleep your body will start producing the human growth hormone from the pituitary gland. As we age, this hormone is necessary for the maintenance of youthful and radiant skin. Without this hormone release, skin is not repaired from daily damage and thus induces the aging process.”The quality and length of sleep you receive every night can have a profound impact on your skin’s overall health. When we sleep our bodies recharge. Not only do our bodies recharge, our skin does as well. Dr. Kaleroy Papantoniou is a board certified NYC dermatologist who explains that, “ During sleep we heal, restore and eliminate toxins from the skin. If sleep is compromised, so is the body’s ability to carry out these essential skin functions. During the first three hours of sleep your body will start producing the human growth hormone from the pituitary gland. As we age, this hormone is necessary for the maintenance of youthful and radiant skin. Without this hormone release, skin is not repaired from daily damage and thus induces the aging process.”