Like everyone else on the planet, whenever I hear, on whatever media, what some famous people are doing to combat the aging process, I’m all ears (with suitable earrings, of course). I happened on an Entertainment Tonight segment about what Jennifer Anniston, Oprah Winfrey, Heidi Klum, Gwenyth Paltrow, and Kourtney Kardashian, are doing to capture the fountain of youth in a bottle. Say what? Secrets of the stars exposed? Actually, nothing earth shattering or new here. According to beauty nutritionist, Paula Simpson, often referred to, in the Entertainment Tonight segment, as the “Hollywood Pill Doctor”, the stars are consuming natural supplements to fend off aging and maintaining healthy skin. Taking concentrated nutrients in a pill form is going to help prevent premature skin aging. Green tea, seaweed, and probiotics are the new pill craze. Well, big whoop! Apparently it’s all about polyphenols, or green tea supplements, for Ms. Anniston, to help keep her skin healthy, and reduce redness and irritation from sun exposure. For Ms. Winfrey, it’s all about acai berries supplements to maintain her fantastic complexion. When Heidi Klum and Gwenyth Paltrow want to fight off wrinkles, Ms. Simpson claims they go for Astaxanthins, which come from salmon, shellfish, and seaweed. They would take these pills to help protect the skin from environmental pollutants that can cause premature aging. For a slimmer tummy, probiotic supplements will do the trick for Kourtney Kardashian. Nothing really new, right? Of course, it goes without saying that a sensible diet, etc., will help. But, man, how I wish it could go without saying. (Big sighs; I mean really BIG sighs.) I’m not saying how old I am, so stop with the guessing; but, it got me thinking about what I could be and should be considering as the years go by. I wish it would go by slower, but that’s a whole other story. I’ve put together a few products I thought we might consider towards our own efforts to wage the war against the signs of aging. The supplements I’ve chosen are extremely affordable and readily available. I’m afraid that I don’t the deep pocketbook these illustrious ladies have, so I won’t be taking them by the handfuls……and don’t you either! Be extremely vigilant in reading the instructions and abide by them.
I received the “free” Wrinkle Rewind and BioGeniste, paying only shipping and handling charges. Of course, in fine print that they hope you won’t read, after a 14-day “trial period”, you are charged, surprise, surprise, the full retail amount of the products. Pretty sneaky, and expensive if you’re not anticipating the charges.
I have tried the products for the past three weeks and can say that I really haven’t seen that much difference in appearance. Okay, I admit that I don’t have any wrinkles at age 60, but I was hoping that the products would even out my skin tone a little, perhaps lift my eyelids a bit, and tighten up my neck. My skin is dewy and does have a nice texture….very soft. I do not see any noticeable difference in the lifting and tightening aspect, but I’m telling myself that I need to give the product a chance by using the entire bottle before I say anything further. Of course, nowhere does it say how long you need to use the product to see any significant results. The products themselves are average in portion; not skimpy at all. The Wrinkle Rewind and BioGeniste comes in a 1.0 oz. jar and bottle, respectively, which is pretty average. A little goes a long way, so after three weeks, I still have half of the jar and bottle left. Not bad. High expectations are a wishing-for-a-miracle downfall, especially in the extremely competitive beauty product market.
We are all suckered into the latest and greatest with the added hopeful benefit that if the celebrities use it, then it must really work. We don’t take into account that everyone is different from skin color, tone, diet, lifestyle, and environment. I have a drawer full of products that I have tried and discarded as not “good”. I guess I keep them in case I run out of something and they’re there as a possible back-up. In the same drawer is tons of make-up that are in the drawer for the same purpose. I think I have just about every make-up line from L’Oreal to Chanel, from Almay to Estee Lauder, from Revlon to Shiseido, from CoverGirl to Clinique; you name it, I think I’ve got it. Hundreds and hundreds of dollars of make-up I just can’t make myself throw away….I just might need them tomorrow. Take care, everyone!