Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Olay Twin Study: As Impressive as Olay's Affordable ProX Products

Olay Twin Study: Intensive Wrinkle Protocol Regimen

Olay has had the best affordable anti-aging skincare lines for some time. We've often featured more than one Olay product in our Affordable Top Ten Skincare Product List. Currently there are three. Two are from the ProX Wrinkle Smoothing Protocol shown above.

So my ears always perk up when I hear about new Olay products or research. Have you heard about the Olay Twin Study? Olay selected 21 sets of identical twins aged 20 to 53, with some visible signs of skin aging, to demonstrate that genetics are not destiny as far as aging skin goes.

Olay Twin Study: ProX Trumps Genetics

Since identical twins share the same genetic makeup, they tend to look identical even when the visible signs of  aging show up, right? Not necessarily; and visible differences can emerge after just eight weeks.

In the test, one twin from each set was given a set of ProX products to use. Ten sets of twins were assigned to the Olay intensive wrinkle smoothing protocol group and eleven to the tone correcting protocol group.

Olay Twin Study: Tone Correcting Protocol Regimen
One twin used three ProX products daily, while the other continued using her regular skincare regimen. High-resolution digital images were taken before, during and after the eight-week study period allowing results to be viewed at a microscopic level and quantified.

Olay Twin Study: Tone Correcting Protocol Regimen Results

After eight weeks, tone image analysis showed that 100% of the women from the Olay Tone Correcting Protocol treatment group had a reduction in dark spots and uneven skin tone as compared to their control twin.

Olay Twin Study: Intensive Wrinkle Smoothing Protocol Regimen Results

Wrinkle image analysis showed that 70% of the women from the treatment group using the Olay Intensive Wrinkle Smoothing Protocol regimen had a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as compared to their control twin.

All of the women in the study were delighted, even the twins who served as control subjects. They could see a reflection of their own skin’s potential in their sisters' skin; plus they were given the protocol products to try for themselves.

Visit to see before-and-after photos, twin pair testimonials and an  entertaining behind-the-study video of the twins and their reactions.

You might also be interested in Clinical Proof: Olay Pro-X Anti-Aging Skin Regimen Performs Better Than Prescription Renova.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Yoga: 7 Reasons Ageless Beauties Should Try It

1. Yoga is Free this Month!

September is National Yoga Month. To celebrate and teach more people the benefits of yoga, many studios are offering free classes. Visit Yoga Health Foundation to find a participating studio near you.

Over 1,600 studios are offering an entire week of free classes. Most studios routinely allow a newcomer to take a free introductory class anytime of the year.

2. Yoga has no Age Limit

If you think you're too old for yoga but can still move your body, yoga may be the best thing for you.

Listen to yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, who still teaches classes and is a very much sought-after yogi at age 96.

I started yoga at age 66. Two years later, I can do strength moves I've never done in my life and others that I haven't done since childhood. To put that in context, I should add that I was a ballet teacher, aerobics instructor and personal trainer at various points. I never stopped exercising until I reached the age when I couldn't keep up with high impact and high intensity classes anymore.

After a period of mourning the loss, I pulled on my big girl panties and searched for exercise regimens I could still do. I found one in yoga It's a type of exercise I can do until I can't move anymore - for whatever reason.

3. Yoga Keeps You Tall and Erect

Yoga Mountain Pose Namaste Hands
Yoga Mountain Pose with Namaste Hands

Two key focuses of yoga are proper posture and alignment. Because I'm at a computer keyboard many hours every day, posture was one of the main reasons I decided to give yoga a try. It has helped immensely.

When I catch myself slumping forward, I remember my yoga training. I consciously lift my torso up and pull my shoulders back. That's no longer difficult to hold for long periods, but long-held habits like slouching take time to break.

Standing tall and stretching the vertebrae strengthen the spine and help maintain height. On average, people lose 1 cm (0.4 inch) of height every ten years after age 40. Don't be one of those statistics.

4. Yoga Makes Bones Stronger

Yoga Warrior I
Yoga Warrior I

Weight-bearing workouts that stress bones and muscles improve bone health and density.

According to Web MD, "[yoga] standing poses like Warrior I and II work the large bones of the hips and legs, while poses like Downward Dog work the [bones of the] wrists, arms, and shoulders. Both the Cobra and Locust poses, which work the back muscles, may preserve the health of the spine. Yoga also sharpens your balance, coordination, concentration, and body awareness - and thus helps prevent falls."

Yoga Cobra
Yoga Cobra

5. Yoga Improves Balance

There's not much I need to say abut this. How can poses like the tree (below) not improve your balance? Of course a beginner doesn't start with the tree pose; but almost every yoga pose requires some degree of balance.

There is a beautiful progression of poses one learns in yoga. The proper progression to build strength, flexibility and balance has been perfected over the ages to continually challenge students to improve.

Yoga Tree Pose
Yoga Tree Pose

6. Yoga Increases Range of Motion

When driving, do you find it getting harder to turn your head far enough to view traffic and obstacles behind you? Is it difficult to reach behind and zip a dress or manage a necklace clasp? Do you need to bend you knees in order to bend forward and pick up a piece of paper from the floor?

If you said yes to any of those questions and have no structural excuse like a fused shoulder or spine, yoga can help you do those things again.

7. Yoga Strengthens the Core and Flattens the Tummy at Any Age

Yoga V-Sit
Yoga V-Sit

From the easy cat-cow stretch on your hands and knees to the more difficult V-sit shown above, the list of yoga poses that strengthen the core muscles is long and impressive.

The plank pose is fairly easy: lie face down on the floor, lift your body weight so that it's suspended between your palms (with arms straight) and your toes. Make your body as straight as a board. To challenge yourself, hold the position longer and longer until you can easily do so for two minutes.

Strengthening your core not only tones and flattens your abs it also improves stability and alleviates pressure on your lower back.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Shopping on Ageless Beauty September 14, 2014: Cosmetics for Ageless Beauties

Ageless Beauty ShopSave steps and money with a leisurely stroll through the aisles of the Ageless Beauty Shop featuring recently recommended items.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Brow Smarts: Focus on Brows this Season

Brow Smarts: Well-Groomed Brows Speak Volumes

Brow Smarts

Do you have brow smarts? Have you noticed how much focus is on well-shaped brows this fall? Almost every fashion magazine has a feature article on how to beautify your brows. My in-box is overflowing with alerts on brow grooming articles and videos.

Your brows speak volumes. By observing your brows, people judge your age, your mood and your attention to your appearance. Are your brows saying what you want to convey?

Brow Smarts Lesson 1: What do Your Eyebrows Say?

Who would think that simply changing how you groom your brows could make an incredible difference in your appearance?

Read The Secret Language of Brows by Jenny Bailey and view the before and after slideshow. The vibes sent out by each woman's eyebrows go from negative, in one way or another, to positive.

If your eyebrows resemble any of the before shots, follow the instructions given by master eyebrow expert Eliza Petrescu. Prepare to be amazed.

My eyebrows said "I'm surprised" like Catherine's photo in the slideshow. Following Eliza's tips, they now say "I'm easygoing." I'd much rather be perceived in that way. Plus, overall my face looks more balanced – surprisingly more natural.

Brow Smarts Lesson 2: Know the Eyebrow Shape Guidelines

Paula Begoun, one of my beauty product gurus, just wrote How to Get The Best Shape for Your Brows. The article includes many helpful diagrams, which may be easier to follow than a video while you experiment with a new brow look.

Paula covers all the types of brow products available and how to use them. No one needs them all. Choose the ones which accomplish what you desire for your new brow smart look.

Paula suggests that "the shape of the eyebrow is correct when the beginning of the brow is aligned with the center of the nostril." I've always used the outer edge of the nostril as a guide and will continue to do so. For me, that's a more natural and flattering look.

Brow Smarts Lesson 3: Watch Professional Makeup Artists in Action

Watch this tutorial as eyebrow expert Kristie Streicher shows the best anti-aging eyebrow techniques.

Notice that Kristie observes the rule of thumb which says a natural brow's inner edge begins at a vertical line from the outside edge of the nostril in the demonstration. But Kristie herself follows Paula's guideline to align vertically from the center of the nostril. You decide which look works for you.

Now that you have brow smarts for the new season, let me tell you something. While there's high focus on getting brows right this fall and there are new products that help make it easier, the guidelines are classic. Sometimes fads crop up, like the bushy brow look of a decade ago, but the classics are always fashionable.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dr. Jart Bounce Beauty Balm SPF30 Review

Bounce BB by Dr. Jart

I just published this review directly to the cosmetics directory of the website. Yay! Eliminating duplication of efforts between the separate website and blog was one of the goals of our website redesign. It will free more of my time for product reviews and reader questions.

So ... do you have any questions for me or is there a product you would like to see reviewed?

Bounce BB by Dr. Jart has Several Great Features

Bounce BB SPF 30 by Dr. Jart features a new way to apply your BB cream. Read more.
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