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A Recommendation for Annette Bening

Is a Solution for:
Sagging Skin
Reviewed by Marta July 25, 2012 8 Comments

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.

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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.

  • March 26, 2013

    by Julie Kay

    Brenda! That's my point! Whether she has great genetics (it's rather obvious she hasn't) or not- Annette is letting the years (and, yes, probably smoking- I agree smoking ravages skin over time) have had their way with her skin rather than seek a scapel. I applaude this. Now, I would also love to have a discussion w Ms. Benning and give her a few excellent tips on skin care products that I'm certain (at 54-55) would roll back the clock somewhat. As for her hair, I have a bet it has to do w lifestyle and the ease of it. My guess is she's a swimmer, though, just a guess. Rock on, Annette! ~jk

  • March 26, 2013

    by Brenda Drew

    I beg to differ about Annette Bening, I think that while she has a bubbly outgoing personality with a mega-watt smile, and glows becuase of that, she's not aging well as far as her skin goes! Why? It could be partly genetic but it's probably because she has been or is a smoker and that's the worst thing that a woman can do that ages the skin! She has so many lines in her face for her age and those ring lines around her neck! She may also be spending a lot of tims out in that California sun and not using protection enough! I'm not thrilled with those spikey hairstyles either, I think she looked her best in the movie "Love Affair" and that hairstyle was beautiful on her, sexy with touseled curls on top! I wish she would still wear her hair that way! She really doesn't look good with too short hair or long blonde hair and being an actress she's experimented all over the place with hairstyles and haircolor! She should stick to what looked best on her! IMHO I hope she has stopped smoking but it may be too late, the ravages of smoking are on her face now, unfortunately! Now she is going for the character parts and gone is the youthful sexy looks and they're being replaced with a more intellectual older look, no problem with that, she looks good in other ways, tall, slim and fashionable! She just needs some help with her skin!!

  • January 9, 2013

    by Amy GIll

    Umm, have you seen Jessica Lange lately? Hardly an example of an actress who is aging naturally; she's had work done and it clearly shows, particularly in her odd-looking eyebrows. As for Annette, I think she's wonderful and more power to her!

  • January 7, 2013

    by Julie Kay

    I was reading London Daily Mail and found an article revealing Annette traveling back to LA wi' her children after the holidays. I, again, was shocked and awed at how au naturale Annette is; letting her age show at 54. She's a beautiful woman and looks gloriously happy. It's my absolute hope she doesn't cave and have work done so she can remain my idol. ~jk

  • July 25, 2012

    by Patricia

    Thanks for the product recommendations! I don't judge anyone who has had work done. If it is done well and makes them happy, good for them! Take Rachel Welch, she's 71 and i believe she's had "some' work done, tastefully, as she still looks like "herself." I also believe she takes very good care of herself, and she looks AMAZING. Good for her! I find her inspiring; a beacon of hope. I think with proper diet, skincare and stress management, (and touch up work if one chooses) we don't have to shrivel up like prunes.

  • July 25, 2012

    by Julie Kay

    Marta- I'm so with you on this! I adore Annette for not caving to peer pressure and letting her true self shine as the years pass. My bet is that Hollywood hates actors like her (Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Lauren Hutton come to mind, as well) who show who they really are, which, in turn, reveals what charlatans the majority of women in Hollywood have become. As for your mini crusade: I too would like to advise so many women I've seen, but haven't access to... It's like a "calling." ~jk

  • July 25, 2012

    by Guilly

    Annette Bening used to smoke. Don't know if she still does - but that is a skin-ager right there.

  • July 25, 2012

    by Teri Dourmashkin

    Marta...thanks so much for recommending the La Vie Celeste Day & Night facial cream! Best, Teri/ LVC

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