Annette Bening, whose movie “The Face of Love” opens March 7 in Los Angeles, attracts fierce debate. There are two deeply divided camps: those that love her looks and the way she is aging naturally; those that believe she is aging horribly and has let herself go. I am in the former camp – I adore her distinctive style (tailored silhouettes and choppy haircuts) and that high voltage sparkle. But, I do admit, that at 55 she could do with upgrading her skincare.
First though, I think those that say she “is not aging well,” are conditioned by the overwhelming number of actresses over the age of 40 who have had Botox, fillers, regular peels and even plastic surgery. Annette Bening hasn’t succumbed to any of this and refuses to be defined by her age. In my opinion she is aging beautifully – even by Hollywood’s ridiculous standards.
That being said, I can’t resist a comment on her skincare line of choice, Dr Hauschka. This brand, with its well-known focus on natural ingredients, is all well and good if you are in your 30s. Arguably, in your 40s if you are as genetically fortunate as Ms Bening. But 50s? Nope. Dr Hauschka just doesn’t cut it.
Take the Dr Hauschka Moisturizing Day Cream ($69.95) said to be favored by Annette Bening. To be sure it has some nourishing oils, especially antioxidant apricot and olive. Carrot extract has beta carotene, a useful precursor to vitamins E and A. And there’s a couple of nice skin soothers in the form of witch hazel (also an antioxidant), calendula and St John’s Wort.
None of these are really going to make a critical difference for aging 50-something skin. My recommendation to Ms. Bening – if I may be so bold – would be to search for natural brands that up the anti-aging ante. For my money (and the prices are not so different from Dr H), I would take a look at La Vie Celeste, whose Day & Night Restorative Face Cream contains ChronoLine, a newish peptide that helps combat sagging skin, and the powerful antioxidants R-lipoic acid and spirulina. Another option would be Snowberry’s Nourishing Rich Day Cream with peptides as well as an amazing slew of botanicals.
Ingredients in Dr Hauschka: Water (Aqua), Anthylis Vulneraria Extract, Apricot (Prunus Armeniaca) Kernel Oil (Prunus Armeniaca), Alcohol, Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana) Extract (Hamamelis Virginiana), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (Prunus Dulcis), Olive Oil (Olea Europaea), Carrot (Daucus Carota) Extract (Daucus Carota), Peanut Oil (Arachis Hypogaea), Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Germ) Oil (Triticum Vulgare), Hypericum Perforatum Extract, Calendula (Calendula Officinalis) Flower Extract, Lecithin (component of natural essential oils), Jojoba Oil (Buxus Chinensis), Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Farnesol, Benzyl Benzoate, Geraniol, Citronellol, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Algin, Xanthan Gum
Ingredients in La Vie Celeste: Aqua (Purified Water), Sweet Almond (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) Oil*, Chronolin Peptide, Sesame Seed (Sesamum Indium) Oil*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Emulsifying Wax (Behentrimonium Methosulphate and Cetearyl Alcohol), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii)*, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Extract, Spirulina (Spirulina Platensis Geitler) Extract, Sodium Lactate, R-Lipoic Acid, Cosmocil CQ (Polyaminopropyl Biguanide), Grapefruit Seed (Citrus Paradisi) Extract*, Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) Extract, Olive Leaf (Olea Europaca) Extract*, Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Leaf Extract*, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic) Acid.
Ingredients in Snowberry: Aqua (Demineralised), Coffea Arabica (Coffee Bean) Oil, Cetearyl Wheat Bran Glycosides & Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol & Cetearyl Glucoside, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Algae Extract & Pullulan, Sodium Hyaluronate, Inga Edulis (Inga) Seed Extract, Plukenetia Volubilis (Inca Inchi) Seed Oil, Pfaffia Paniculata (Suma) , Arachidyl Alcohol & Behenyl Alcohol & Arachidyl Glucoside, Xylitylglucoside & Anhydroxylitol & Xylitol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Aqua & Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Hydrolysed Hazelnut (Hazelnut Oligopeptides) Protein, Glycine Soya Protein Oxido-reductase, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Soyabean Lysophospholipid, Glucose & Glucose Oxidase & Lactoperoxidase, Ubiquinone, Palmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Seed Butter, Glycine Soya Seed Extract & Ceramide-3, Rubius Chamaemorus (Cloudberry) Seed Oil, Cetyl Palmitate & Sorbitan Palmitate, Fragaria Ananassa & Rosmarinus Officinalis, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Palmitoyl PG Linoleamide, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Margaritifera (Mother Of Pearl Extract) Powder, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Extract, Superoxide Dismutase, Podocarpus Totara, Fragrance, Parfum, Rhizobian Gum, Sclerotium Gum, Xanthan Gum, Corallina Officinalis Alba (White Coral) Extract, Polydecene & Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Extract, Sleletonema Costalatum Extract & Caprylic Capric Triglycerides, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol (mixed) & Beta-Sitosterol & Squalene (Sunflower), White Peat Extract, Galactaric Acid, Rewarewa Honey (Knightia Excelsa Mel), Phytic Acid, Kinetin & Cocos Nucifera.