Look Younger and Save Money

You don't have to spend a fortune for younger-looking skin. Your local drugstore is packed with high-tech, low-cost solutions that can help you look 10 years younger.

Look Younger and Save Money

Americans spend between 40 and 50 billion dollars every year on cosmetics that promise to keep the aging process at bay. But experts say you don't have to spend big bucks to see big results. As more and more effective ingredients are discovered, they make their way into lower-cost options. Which means your local pharmacy has effective cosmetics for all your beauty trouble spots at a fraction of department store costs.

Trouble Spot: Bags Under the Eyes

Contrary to popular belief, poor sleep is not the bad guy when it comes to under-eye circles. While lack of sleep can cause capillaries to swell and worsen the appearance of bags, the real culprit is fat. Besides residing in unfortunate places like our hips, fat is also found behind our eyes, and as we age, the ligaments holding it in place weaken and the fat slips down. That, combined with thinning skin and translucency that come with age, creates those bulging unattractive under-eye circles.

Latest Fix

Wrinkle products that contain eyeseryl tetrapeptide, which can penetrate the skin beneath the eyes and lessen their puffy appearance by bulking up the surrounding skin.

Frugal Fix

Allergies can also cause puffy eyes by congesting the sinuses and the veins under our eyes. Given that 80% of us are allergic to something, there's a good chance allergies are contributing to your under-eye circles. Ask your doctor if a generic antihistamine is OK for you to take, which may decrease your eye puffiness overnight. And forget about special "eye creams," they're no different than your regular moisturizer and often contain fragrances that can irritate and puff up your eyes as well. Ice, cool teabags, and sleeping with your head slightly elevated also will help decrease swelling.

Trouble Spot: Laugh Lines

Live your life with laughter and lots of smiles and what do you have to show for it? Deep wrinkles around your mouth. Doesn't seem fair, does it?

Latest Fix

Apparently the coffee plantations of Costa Rica are filled with coffee pickers who have sun-damaged and wrinkled faces but hands as smooth as a baby's bottom. Scientists noticed this and realized there was a powerful antioxidant in the fruit of the coffee plant that was decreasing fine lines and wrinkles, and reducing redness in the workers' hands. Now they've isolated that antioxidant and put it into a lotion that can be applied to the whole face. While expensive, it is cheaper than Botox.

Frugal Fix

Scour your drugstore aisles for products containing antioxidants that have been around for longer and are therefore cheaper, including:

  • Isoflavones from soy extract
  • Catechins from green tea extract
  • Vitamins A, C, and E
  • Vitamin B3 products

Trouble Spot: Facial Discoloration, Blotchy Skin

Discoloration is often caused by sun exposure, which is why all of us need to wear sunscreen daily with an SPF of 30 or more.

Frugal Fix

Sunsreen is the first defense against brown spots and discoloration. It's important to pick one that contains Helioplex, which blocks UVA rays (SPF only protects from UVB) that age the skin. But since sunscreen can be an eye irritant, choose one with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide around your eyes to prevent those dark circles from cropping up again.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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