I just turned 40. OK, to be honest, I didn’t so much turn 40 as get dragged there completely against my will kicking and screaming. But you get the idea. In any case, fending off signs of aging before they’re inevitable has recently taken on a new level of importance for me when selecting skin care products. If you can relate, then this article is for you. It's a modified version of the original piece I wrote for Feelgoodstyle.com, edited to include more recommendations from The Nature of Beauty because, well, because it's my blog, my store, so I can cross promote all I want!
a-hem. As I was saying.
To say we have a lot of choices when it comes to “anti-aging” products is the understatement of the millennium. Whether or not they all work (they don't) is another matter altogether. To get the low-down on what makes for a top-quality, effective elixir of youth, I turned to Valerie Grandury, founder of Odacité, an L.A-based anti-aging skin care line. Grandury is also French. And let’s be honest: if you’re looking for advice on how to look as great as possible, for as long as possible, asking a Frenchwoman just seems like a smart thing to do, n'est-ce pas?
I also turned to Blissoma founder Julie Longyear, and her invaluable, best-$10-you'll-ever-spend online booklet, Natural Anti-Aging Ingredients You Should Know, available for purchase and download at Iriestar.com. If you really want to know everything there is to know about what Nature has to offer in the way of anti-aging, in an easy-to-read format, I cannot recommend this booklet highly enough.
In the meantime, I have - with Grandury's and Longyear's invaluable assistance - honed in on a few important types of ingredients to look for when purchasing your next age-fighting elixir: