Cindy Crawford: ‘Take care of your body and your mind’

Cindy Crawford believes taking care of your body and your mind is the key to looking and feeling beautiful. The 53-year-old supermodel and founder of anti-ageing skincare company Meaningful Beauty spoke to People about her daily beauty routine, and re…

Cindy Crawford believes taking care of your body and your mind is the key to looking and feeling beautiful.

The 53-year-old supermodel and founder of anti-ageing skincare company Meaningful Beauty spoke to People about her daily beauty routine, and revealed how she achieves her youthful glow.

“I think if you take care of your body and your mind, are present in your relationships and have girlfriends you can laugh with and share with, that’s most important,” Cindy shared.

The mother-of-two credited wonder product Lano All Over Everywhere Multi-Cream as her go-to beauty staple.

“It’s the only thing that works on my cuticles. But you can also use it on your heels, on your lips or anywhere you have a dry patch. I just love it,” she gushed.

And the fashion star, who travels across the world on a regular basis, can’t live without Kevin.Murphy Un.Tangled when she’s away from home, spraying it on wet hair straight out of the shower, or using it to tame frizz.

Another regular in her beauty routine is the Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer Hydrate, which she uses daily, followed by a quick sweep of Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder in 10, which gives her a dazzling glow and has SPF 15 in.

Cindy, who collaborated with one of Europe’s leading anti-aging specialists, Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh, for her exclusive skincare line, also swears by two of her own products, and credits them with plumping up her skin and reducing wrinkles.

“I’ve been using eye masks for five years. It’s an instant pick-me-up that hydrates and smoothes the skin,” she said of her Revive & Brighten Eye Masque, adding that she preps her skin every morning with the Meaningful Beauty Youth Activating Melon Serum, applying it before moisturiser.

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Simple tricks to keep skin looking young

To age as gracefully as possible is the goal of people everywhere.But with all the complicated products and celebrity-endorsed beauty regimes out there, it can be confusing to know exactly what to do in order to take care of your skin and hair.Stuart M…

To age as gracefully as possible is the goal of people everywhere.

But with all the complicated products and celebrity-endorsed beauty regimes out there, it can be confusing to know exactly what to do in order to take care of your skin and hair.

Stuart Miles, the U.K.’s leading anti-ageing expert and founder of MilesYounger.com, doesn’t believe it is necessary to spend lots of money on treatments, and has shared his top tips for looking young regardless of how many candles are on your birthday cake.

Wear sunglasses while driving

Always sport dark glasses when driving in the sun, as UVA rays, the major cause of skin ageing, can even penetrate the car windscreen. “Even on a sunny winter’s day with the sun low in the sky, put on a pair of shades when driving to protect the delicate skin around the eyes,” he said.

Drinks lots of water in the morning

Put down those fancy moisturising creams and instead gulp back a big glass of water as soon as you get up. Your skin will benefit immediately, as the water will help de-puff your face by giving your lymphatic drainage system a boost.

Try a simple facial

A simple hot and cold facial can help decongest your skin and rid it of toxins. It will also trap moisture in the deeper layers of your skin so it looks fresher, brighter and altogether younger.

“Simply lay a steaming hot cloth on the face for a minute followed by one that is rinsed in ice cold water for a further minute and repeat,” advised Stuart.

Raid kitchen cupboards for easy beauty treatments

Next time your skin is feeling dry, head to your kitchen cupboard for an easy remedy. Coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil all make fantastic moisturisers for the body and offer intensive nighttime hydration for the face, depending on your skin type. And never throw leftover cucumber away! Simply slice up cold cucumber and place the pieces on your eyes for two minutes – it will instantly calm the eye area.

Or indulge in a milk bath. “Simply add milk to your bath. The lactic acid in milk helps clean and soften the skin preventing future dryness, so it’s perfect if you have any dry or eczema-prone areas,” the expert added.

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Why stress is skin’s worst nightmare

We’ve all been there, when things look like they can’t get any worse, a cluster of spots spring up from nowhere.But why is it that when life is on a downward spiral, with work, love and home stress, does our skin decide to breakout? It’s all to d…

We’ve all been there, when things look like they can’t get any worse, a cluster of spots spring up from nowhere.

But why is it that when life is on a downward spiral, with work, love and home stress, does our skin decide to breakout? It’s all to do with hormones, celebrity facialist Abigail James tells us.

“We have all suffered from some kind of stress, on whatever level that might be,” Abigail explained. “It’s a modern-day phenomena, I see this weekly in my treatment rooms. A massive part of skin freaking out is increasing stress levels.

“This has a huge impact on our skin. When we are stressed our adrenal glands are going head to the dozen. We might not feel it, we might be firing off the energy that we’re getting, but because the adrenal glands are going, we’re releasing stress hormones, cortisol is one of them. They’ve done research, and found that cortisol actually destroys the telomeres that hold DNA together. It physically ages us when we are stressed.”

And this stress is happening on a daily basis, heightened by the fact that technology now rules our life, which means that before we even get out of bed in the morning we check our email and social media pages.

“Stress also affects our hormones,” Abigail continued. “We give off different hormones and a big chunk of that is they’re connected to the sebum production in our skin, which increases breakouts. Along with that, it really interferes with the barrier function of the skin, the protection of the skin. “And that’s not even mentioning the pollution, which is a stress to the skin.”

So what exactly can we do to combat the effect of stress on our skin? Have some ‘me time’, advises the skin specialist, whose clients include model Arizona Muse and British TV presenter Donna Air.

Treating your skin to a double cleanse when you remove your make-up and a daily facial massage will help to unclog pores and let skin breathe.

Top skincare products to incorporate into your daily routine include Darphin’s new Vetiver Aromatic Care Stress Relief Detox Oil Mask, which is soothing and calming, Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer and multi-purpose balm Egyptian Magic.

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Hello, hibiscus! 

Around the globe, hibiscus is held in pretty high regard.  It’s the national flower of Haiti, with other versions also representing South Korea and Malaysia, and in Hinduism, red hibiscus is the flower of the goddess Kali.  While in Hawaii, where…

Around the globe, hibiscus is held in pretty high regard.  

It’s the national flower of Haiti, with other versions also representing South Korea and Malaysia, and in Hinduism, red hibiscus is the flower of the goddess Kali.  

While in Hawaii, where the hibiscus is the state flower, the pretty bloom can be worn to show if a woman is single or not; placed behind the left ear, it shows a lady is married or on a relationship, while wearing it behind the right represents being single.  

In Chinese medicine, it is revered for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and emollient properties, which also makes the flower a powerful player in beauty and skincare. If you’re not already familiar with it, now is the time to say hello to hibiscus!  

Also known as Rose Mallow, more and more beauty brands are turning to it thanks to hibiscus being a natural source of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), a hero product when it comes to exfoliating, reducing wrinkles and curbing the visible effects of ageing on the skin. Plenty of popular skincare brands use chemical forms of AHAs, though these can often be too harsh for some complexions, whereas the natural form is much gentler.  

Eminence Organic Skincare tapped into the visage boosting power of the flower with its Hibiscus range, which includes the Instant Line Filler, Ultra Lift Eye Cream, and Ultra Neck Cream because the ingredient increases elasticity. These products are moisture rich and truly keep skin hydrated and supple.  

Similarly, the high vitamin E, antioxidant and omega content of the flower is what inspired Aurelia Probiotic Skincare to use it in the botanical rich Restorative Cream Body Cleanser, and new British brand Nakin have included Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Extract in the Anti-Ageing Performance Face Serum and Anti-Ageing Eye Cream Complex, calling it “natural Botox”.  

No7’s brand new Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation chose to use hibiscus extract, taken from the seed of Hibiscus Abelmoschus because it’s rich in peptides and amino acids, which helps to support collagen production and makes skin look and feel smoother.  

And Jimmy Choo has zoned in on the delicate scent of hibiscus for the L’Eau perfume, as has fun new brand Being, from the makers of Sanctuary Spa, using it for one of its signature fragrances, pairing it with coconut water for a nine-piece range of bathroom goodies, including a body butter, shower gel and hand cream.  

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Wave goodbye to crow’s feet

When hearing the word Botox, you no doubt think of a frozen, shiny forehead.But the days of extreme Botox are numbered, with people now preferring natural tweaks as opposed to harsh doll-like appearances.And that includes a few tiny drops injected arou…

When hearing the word Botox, you no doubt think of a frozen, shiny forehead.

But the days of extreme Botox are numbered, with people now preferring natural tweaks as opposed to harsh doll-like appearances.

And that includes a few tiny drops injected around the eye area to rid thin skin of ageing crow’s feet.

We spoke to Harley Street aesthetic practitioner Dr. David Jack about why Botox is the answer to getting rid of lines and wrinkles around the eyes.

“Botox is a neurotoxin and it works by blocking the signal coming from the nerve to the muscle,” he told us. “If it’s done properly it shouldn’t completely freeze things. A lot of people worry about getting this frozen, kind of scary effect, but when done properly it will simply relax the tension muscles are putting on the insertion points in the skin, which is where you get the lines. So, if you relax the muscles a bit without fully freezing it, then it relaxes those skin tension lines and allows the skin to regenerate with less tension on it.

“It’s a very simple treatment for around the eyes, usually only three or four injection points with a tiny, tiny needle. It’s not an uncomfortable treatment.”

He adds that using Botox to get rid of crow’s feet is one of the most common treatments his clients ask for, and he does the two-minute procedure on a daily basis.

Dr. Jack also uses the injectable to slightly lift the eyes if people suffer from a droop.

“It’s a lot more effective than things like skincare (for crow’s feet and wrinkles), which can take 20 years to notice just the slightest difference,” he explained. “Peels for very fine lines might work, but for deeper crow’s feet, you’re not really going to see much of a change, nothing comparable to Botox.

“But if it’s someone who’s coming that’s older with very deep lines, you have to consider doing other treatments as well, like peels, resurfacing, laser, microneedling, other methods of resurfacing the skin too.”

There is no downtime after Botox, and for most people, there are no telltale marks. However, there is a small risk of developing a tension headache.

“And if it’s not done by someone who’s not properly trained, then it can affect eye muscle movement. So, you need to go to a professional, preferably a doctor,” Dr. Jack warned.

The Botox will need to be repeated every three to four months.

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