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Do you remember when there was a spate of silly books with titles like French Women Don’t Get Fat, French Children Eat Their Vegetables, or perhaps it was French Children Don’t Throw Food, French People Don’t Live In France (but in tax havens), French Men Don’t Date (only have affairs). OK, I’m making these up now. Anyway, my 75-year-old mother-in-law is the walking embodiment of French Women Don’t Get Wrinkles. And, annoyingly, it’s mostly inexplicable—other than she’s simply beautiful. Anyway, she has (with deep love and affection) inspired a few ideas for 70-something skin.
La Belle Mere (yes, the French for mother-in-law couldn’t be more appropriate in her case) was recently visiting and I thrust upon her a spare bottle of Your Best Face Uplift Toner MistYour Best Face Uplift Toner Mist ($22 in the shop). Frankly, this product is good at any age, but for a 70-something it seems so, well, right. Close the eyes, quickly spritz and you are done. No one in their 70s wants life to get more complicated, so what could be better? Not only is this mist hydrating, but it also has a skin-firming peptide, a free radical scavenger, skin brighteners and more.
Because 70-something skin can be very dry, even papery, there’s a temptation to slather on lots of cream. A lighter approach is better, or the skin becomes slack and clogged. My thoughts are more in the direction of a hydrating gel. Truth Vitality Treatment Gel ($49 in the shop) can be used as a hydrating, refreshing face mask. It has sodium hyaluronate and, more unusually, perfluorodecalin, which mimics the blood’s ability to carry oxygen to the skin cells, while boosting moisture and SPF performance. An antioxidant boost is given by green tea, vitamin C and milk thistle.
Mais non, you say. I’m not French and I do have wrinkles. I don’t have fine lines, but I do have deep furrows. You can target these with some heavy-hitters and I have two different strategies to suggest.
The first strategy is to control expression lines, soften existing lines and slow down new ones. Benir Beauty BV-9 Platinum Provectus Super Serum ($195 in the shop) has peptides for inhibiting expression lines: Argireline and, working synergistically with it, pentapeptide-18 to relax the muscles, Syn-ake and SNAP-8 . Plus, there is collagen-boosting copper and Matrixyl 3000.
The second strategy is to get out a wrinkle repair kit. Medik8 Growth Factor ($160) is all about sh-Oligopeptide-1. This peptide is synthesized to be identical to the human gene that codes for Epidermal Growth Factor. EGFs bind to cell receptors and activate them to do things, such as repair a wrinkle.
The seventies are when dark spots (les taches, as my Belle Mere calls them) seem to take hold and proliferate. Even if they seem to have suddenly appeared, these are the result of decades of sun damage and they are no quick fixes. Treatment is also going to depend on your skin’s thickness and tolerance.
Jenetiqa Premiere Essence Day & Night Anti-Aging Serum and Dark Spot Corrector ($65) is a gentle but effective formula that will help with hyperpigmentation and areas of discoloration. Arbutin is combined with vitamin C, ellagic acid and niacinamide.
Medik8 White Balance Click ($80 in the shop) is one of the strongest targeting serums I know. It is mostly kojic acid, which is stored in the top part of the container’s lid and is released upon use to ensure it maintains potency.
If you think your skin is up to it (I wouldn’t do this on very thin skin) then Trophy Skin Microderm MD ($299 in the shop) is a consideration as it removes the outer layer of skin to prompt new cells to grow. To avoid over-exfoliating aging skin, it can be used to target only dark spots
Very many of us have been guilty of focusing our skin care efforts on our faces and ignoring everything below the chin. In our 70s, this will come home to roost. Jowls can sag as the result of too much fat, too little fat and, in either case, loss of elastin. Meanwhile, the odd pheasant ring has become a full-fledged turkey neck. But there’s no need to get in a flap as there are some solutions.
BRAD Biophotonic Sublime Gel Cream ($245 in the shop) has a quick-hit tightening effect, while over time it is firming and plumping. There’s an interesting plant stem cell, as well as collagen-boosting peptides, MSM and amino acids.
One of the few neck creams worthy of the name is Osmotics Necollete Age Reversal for Neck & Chest ($75). A key ingredient is a peptide that goes by the name of Syn-Hycan and stimulates the fibers that give collagen its structure.
The best thing I have found so far for sagging is ultrasound. The ultrasonic waves oscillate water around the cells and help increase collagen production. It requires regular use, though, as the effects are cumulative. See the Truth Vitality Lux Renew ($279 in the shop) with LED and ultrasound.
Now, I am forced admit that my mother-in-law's hands and arms give her age away. Her hands have wrinkles and her arms are very crepey. Most women will not hesitate to invest in facial skin care, but when it comes to hands, they are often completely ignored, while the body has been given little more than a basic lotion—moisturizing at best, never seriously anti-aging. If you are younger than 70 and happen to be reading this, then consider yourself warned and upgrade your hand and body regimen now.
For serious anti-aging guns, reach for Stemulation Relance ($98 in the shop). It is one of the only body lotions to use human stem cells to improve crepey skin and increase firmness and tone. There is also hydrolyzed pepper fruit extract to strengthen and firm skin tissue.