• The Skincare Treatment the Victoria’s Secret Models Swear By

    Aside from upping their workouts to twice a day, the lead up to Victoria’s Secret show also involves heavy-duty preening. Angels and models alike head straight for New York facialist, Mzia Shiman, who has been tending to the skin of VS models for the last five years.

    Shiman opts for an Australian-developed treatment, the oxygen facial, to prep the models’ skin. The treatment uses a hyperbaric oxygen machine to deliver serums rich in vitamins and antioxidants to the skin.

    The result reportedly reduces fine lines and wrinkles, leaving skin plump and hydrated. The concept was developed by Australian brand Intraceuticals and is said to combat free radicals and restore elasticity.

    The rise in popularity of the treatment can most likely be attributed to the fact that there are no real risks or side effects from the treatment itself. As a non-evasive procedure, benefits may not be immediately obvious but the treatment is touted as a long-term skin saviour, aimed to help rejuvenate skin rather than as quick fix that produces specific results.

    If you’re after a real-life look at the results, look no further than the faces of the 2015 class of Victoria’s Secret models, including Bridget Malcolm, Bruna Lírio, Vita Sidorkina, Cindy Bruna, Martha Hunt, Alessandra Ambrosio and Elsa Hosk.

    Feature from Intraceuticals.com

  • Black Women May Be Exposed to More Harmful Cosmetic Chemicals

    A new report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) suggests that women of color are using more beauty products containing potentially hazardous chemicals than other consumers.

    The EWG’s Skin Deep database — which allows users to search products that are rated on a toxicity scale from one to 10 — has added 1,177 personal-care products marketed to black women. And while the percentage of “high hazard” products is about the same as the general public, fewer than 25 percent of products for black women scored low (or “safer”) on the scale, as compared with 40 percent marketed to the general public. This suggests that there’s less choice for black women, who may be buying more chemically laden products.

    And while African-Americans comprise 13 percent of the U.S. population, their spending accounts for as much as 22 percent of the $42 billion personal-care products industry, according to the report, which also suggests that black women buy and use more products with potentially harmful ingredients than Americans as a whole.

    In categories of hair relaxers, hair color, lipstick, concealer, foundation, and sun-protective makeup, none of the products analyzed scored as “low hazard,” according to the report. And the worst of the worst are all in the hair product category — relaxers, dyes, and bleachers all had average rankings at the highest risk.

    The report comes as no surprise, says Ni’Kita Wilson, cosmetic chemist and founder of Skinects V-VI, a beauty resource for women of color. “Everyone is aware of the hazards of relaxers — chemical burns are real!” she tells Yahoo Beauty. “At the end of the day, it seems to come down to fragrance, retinyl palmitate (a derivative of vitamin A), and preservatives, along with highly irritating products like relaxers and hair dye — this report reveals the obvious,” she adds.

    Scientific testing on products marketed to black women has also been lacking; most of what exists has focused mainly on the two chemical hair-straightening groups of products known as relaxers and texturizers, which contain ingredients like lye that break down chemical bonds in hair so locks can be reshaped. Advocacy groups cite studies linking chemical straighteners to baldness and increased risk of noncancerous growths in the uterus; and among pregnant women, premature birth and low infant birth weight.

    Among other products like face creams, body lotions, and hair conditioners marketed to black women, the report says many show potentially harmful ingredients that mimic the effects of the hormone estrogen. While this is a common issue cited for the general population as well on the database, the EWG report points to studies that show African-Americans had higher urinary concentrations of parabens than the general population. According to the EWG, parabens are the potentially hormone-disrupting chemicals often used as preservatives in personal-care products. Again, this suggests that women of color are disproportionally exposed.

    In response to the bigger social issue of the higher exposure rates of African-Americans to chemicals, from beauty products to food and the environment, organizations like Black Women for Wellness, West Harlem Environmental Action, and Women’s Voices for the Earth have recently launched as both advocates and consumer resources.

    Originally featured on Yahoo Beauty

  • Broccoli Is the Fountain of Youth According To Scientists

    Scientists in the US claim to have discovered a natural compound found in avocado, broccoli and cucumber that has “remarkable anti-ageing effects in mice” – and could also work on humans.

    The researchers, who have started clinical trials involving a small group of people, said older mice given the compound, called NMN, in their water saw an array of beneficial effects. Their level of physical activity increased, bone density and muscles improved, the immune system and liver performed better, their eyesight improved and they even lost weight.

    The researchers began investigating the properties of a protein called NAD, which is involved in energy production in the body.

    As animals get older, they produce less NAD and it is thought this is a part of the ageing process. Attempts to add extra NAD failed, so the researchers looked for a way to boost its production in the body.

    They gave mice NMN, also found in cabbage and edamame, in their drinking water to see if this would boost levels of NAD and have a rejuvenating effect.

    Asked if this worked, lead researcher Professor Shin-ichiro Imai, of Washington University in St Louis, said: “The answer is basically yes. As a matter of fact, NMN has remarkable anti-ageing effects in mice.

    “Those NMN [fed] mice definitely have longer health-span – entire lifespan, we’re not sure, but if this keeps working in this way they could have a longer lifespan as well.

    “We have shown a way to slow the physiologic decline that we see in ageing mice. This means older mice have metabolism and energy levels resembling that of younger mice.”

    And he expressed optimism that the clinical trials with human subjects, underway in Japan, would produce similar results.

    “Since human cells rely on this same energy production process, we are hopeful this will translate into a method to help people remain healthier as they age,” he said.

    However, while there was no sign of it in the study, there could be a significant catch – NAD might also give an energy boost to cancer cells.

    “Some tumour cells are known to have a higher capability to synthesise NAD, so we were concerned that giving NMN might increase cancer incidence,” Professor Imai said. “But we have not seen any differences in cancer rates between the groups [of mice].”

    The researchers, who reported their results in a paper in the journal Cell Metabolism , added the benefits were only experienced by older mice.

    “When we give NMN to the young mice, they do not become healthier young mice,” said Professor Jun Yoshino, who also took part in the research. “NMN supplementation has no effect in the young mice because they are still making plenty of their own NMN.

    “We suspect that the increase in inflammation that happens with ageing reduces the body’s ability to make NMN and, by extension, NAD.”

    A statement about the research issued by Washington University said “high-grade NMN” for human consumption was not commercially available at present, but added “there’s always broccoli”.

    Earlier this year, a different team of scientists revealed they had managed to extend the lifespan of mice by 35 per cent by removing “worn out” cells from the body that have a destructive effect.

    Originally featured on www.independent.co.uk

  • Male Plastic Surgery Skyrocketing With Pricey ‘Daddy-Do-Overs’

    Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Step aside, Snow White; men are paying closer attention to their reflections and investing in their looks with a newfound openness to cosmetic surgery.

    Over the past 20 years, men seeking nips and tucks have shot up more than 325 percent, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. In order of popularity, men are lining up for nose jobs (rhinoplasty), eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), breast reduction (gynecomastia), liposuction, and face-lifts, reports the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and now account for more than 10 percent of plastic surgery patients.

    While women have long felt the social implications of a world obsessed with youth, experts say that men are now feeling more of that pinch. “The reality is that the job market is fierce, and many of my patients come in to look and feel younger to boost their self-confidence,” says New York City plastic surgeon Douglas S. Steinbrech, MD, who specializes in male cosmetic surgery. “Guys want to stay competitive in the board room and feel and look good to clients and colleagues,” he says.

    Is a chiseled jawline the new version of a shiny red midlife-crisis convertible? In addition to CEO and boardroom executive types, Steinbrech sees a lot of athletic men staving off the so-called “dad bod” with a “daddy-do-over” that tightens sagging faces and sucks away love handles and beer bellies that have slowly crept on over a couple of decades. Steinbrech even performs pectoral and butt implants on some male patients who want to recapture the jock look of college days gone by.

    Whatever you may fancy, looking good doesn’t come cheap. Nose jobs, liposuction, and male breast reduction cost anywhere from $5K to $8K each on average, and face-lifts can run about $12,000. Eyelid surgery, which is approximately $5,000, is often an add-on to other anti-aging procedures for a completely refreshed look, since the eye area is often the first and most noticeable area to age.

    Millennial men are also heading in to the cosmetic surgeon’s office, much earlier than generations before them, who often waited until retirement years to address advanced aging issues. They’re much more open and comfortable with the idea of plastic surgery, says Steinbrech. This age group tends to opt for more affordable injectable fillers and “Bro-tox,” which are often priced from only a couple hundred to a few hundred dollars and yet still significantly refresh the fac

    Part of the draw is that cosmetic surgery — when performed by a board-certified and experienced doctor — is having far more natural results on men these days. Fears that you’ll end up looking like an aging D-list celebrity in a tabloid headline are diminishing. This month, Kybella, the recently FDA-approved injectable that dissolves neck fat, has been running a television commercial that stars the impressive before-and-after shots of a man looking to make his genetic double chin history.

    Meanwhile, at cosmetic surgery community RealSelf.com, interest in nonsurgical hair-loss treatments have skyrocketed among male readers, who are most concerned with taking action against their receding hairlines. Consumers visited the site to research and view before-and-after photos twice as much this year as compared with last year, show site metrics.

    Follicular Unit Extraction — or FUE — remains the gold standard for both hair transplantation and hair restoration, says Austin, Texas, plastic surgeon Jennifer L. Walden, MD. SmartGraft is a new device that more quickly harvests hair grafts and places them in balding areas, so hair follicles have a better chance of surviving for fuller results. Either procedure starts at about $8,000 to $10,000 and can quickly rack up much higher, depending on the size of the treatment area and the time it takes to do the procedure.

    Younger men aren’t leaving those hairlines to chance; Walden says she sees more men with premature thinning who want to intercept the process before it gets too visually noticeable. “Patients are more apt to call or consult for hair-loss treatments today and not feel embarrassed — cultural shifts have occurred, and cosmetic procedures are just more accepted and understood by the mainstream public,” says Walden.

    Alex, a 30-something who works in financial services in New York City, recently had the popular FUE hair transplant. As someone who is sharply groomed and who works out regularly, he saw it as an extension of how he likes to present and take care of himself, both in his personal and professional life. “It’s vanity. I didn’t like the thinning and recession of my front hairline, so I handled it,” he tells Yahoo Beauty.

    He paid $11,000 for the procedure and worked from home while recovering for a few days afterward, though he says the raw redness of his scalp took a couple of weeks to subside. And he learned that cosmetic surgery isn’t a magic wand and that expectations must be managed. “It is definitely an improvement, and I’m glad I did it — having said that, I expected there to be fuller coverage of the places where the hair follicles were plugged in,” he says. Would he consider other procedures? “If I felt Botox or a neck-lift were necessary at some future point, I’d consider — and maybe even more, if technology improves,” says Alex.

    With male demand for cosmetic procedures only gaining, we think it’s a safe bet that cosmetic technology will do exactly that.

    Originally featured on Yahoo Beauty

  • Jennifer Aniston’s Best Kept Anti-Aging Secrets

    She’s been called “the sexiest woman alive” by Men’s Health and just this year was named “the most beautiful woman alive” by People magazine. So how does the perpetually gorgeous Jennifer Aniston manage to get hotter (and dare we say even more likeable) with each passing year? In a nutshell: By staying real. The spokesperson for Aveeno sat down with InStyle to talk about her favorite skincare tricks, her no nonsense diet, and the truth about aging gracefully. Here, a cribsheet to the 47-year-old’s best beauty tips:

    Tip #1: Stimulate facial muscles, don’t paralyze them

    Aniston feels that many people “lose perspective” and go too far with Botox and plastic surgery. “Why would you want to atrophy muscles anyway?” she asks. “If you don’t workout, eventually everything drops.” To keep her skin taut and smooth, she swears by microcurrent facials. “It’s like a little workout for your face,” she says. During the treatment, an aesthetician places electrically charged pads on the face to stimulate the muscles, immediately tightening and toning the skin. Two places where you can get the treatment: Mila Moursi Skincare Institute and Day Spa in Los Angeles (Classic European Facial, $300) or the Tracie Martyn Skincare Salon in N.Y.C. (Resculpting Facial, $329). If you can’t find a facialist who offers the service near you, consider investing in one of the new at home facial rejuvenation devices such as Nuface Trinity aka the “5-minute face lift” ($325 at sephora.com). This gadget—which is FDA-approved and clinically proven to improve facial contour—uses the same technology dermatologists and aestheticians use. Treatments take only 5 minutes a day (and trust us: you will see a small but noticeable lift after just one use).

    Tip #2: Focus more on texture than wrinkles

    “I love Clear and Brilliant laser treatments,” says the actress, who believes restoring a youthful glow to your skin is more important than obliterating all signs of expression. The 30-minute, non-invasive resurfacing (which costs roughly $300 a pop) “is a great refresher and there’s very little downtime.” Best of all, “it won’t make you look like a peeled tomato.” Aniston is also a big fan of Thermage (about $2,000), a non-invasive treatment that uses radiofrequency waves to stimulate collagen, smoothing and tightening skin after just one 45-minute session.

    Tip #3: Wear less makeup

    Coco Chanel once famously said, “Before leaving the house, a lady should look in the mirror and remove one accessory” and the same rule could be applied to makeup, according to Aniston. “Less is more,” says the star, who learned the value of “peeling away those layers” soon after moving to Hollywood. “I had a boyfriend who always said I looked better without makeup. It took me a while to feel comfortable enough to remove that armor, but I eventually realized he was right.” Aniston—who drinks three to four 23 ounce bottles of Smart Water a day (she is a brand ambassador) and cites “water, sleep and sunscreen” as her “top three anti-aging tips”—uses only a sheer tinted moisturizer from Laura Mercier. “I also love the Armani Face Fabric,” she says.

    Tip #4: Make friends with sunscreen

    “When I was younger, I would slather myself in baby oil and do everything in my power to get a burn. I was just completely uneducated,” says the former tanning addict. Nowadays, “with all the steps we’ve taken to get our skin healthy, it really doesn’t make sense to tan.” Though she still loves to occasionally lie out in the sun—“there’s nothing like that vitamin D boost!”—she always wears sunscreen. She swears by Aveeno’s SPF 50. “It’s not too heavy, and it’s extremely moisturizing. It also smells great and won’t make you look like you’re wearing Kabuki makeup.”

    Tip #5: Eat clean but don’t obsess

    “Everything in moderation,” says Aniston, when asked about her food philosophy. Her diet is rich in organic veggies and lean protein. “Breakfast is usually avocado on Ezekiel toast or a smoothie,” she says. Though she tries to limit dairy and gluten, she isn’t always successful (and doesn’t lose any sleep over the occasional indulgence). “I can’t say the ‘no dairy’ thing lasted very long for me,” she admits with a laugh. “Trying to part me and cheese is a difficult task.” She also allows herself the occasional plate of pasta or Mexican food. “It’s not like I have celiac disease,” she says with refreshing honesty. “For me, not eating gluten is more of a vanity thing. A diet heavy in carbs is not that great in terms of weight.”

    Tip #6: Shift your focus

    When you are lying on your deathbed, are you really going to care about having perfectly taut cheeks or a forehead that’s as smooth as a baby’s tush? Aniston thinks not. Part of growing older and wiser is learning to find value in something altogether different. “When I think about real beauty looks like, I think about women like Gloria Steinem,” she says. “She just turned 82 and she is gorgeous. But her beauty has nothing to do with what she looks like.”

    Article orginally featured on InStyle.com