SKIN WINS ƒPART TWO„

CEL­LULITE? Wrin­kles? No thanks. We’d rather not. Un­der-eye cir­cles? Let’s nix ’em. If you’ve got a skin is­sue that’s get­ting you down, let us lift you up! We’ve got so­lu­tions, from quick fixes to well­ness tips to in-oce treat­ments.

Best Health - - CONTENTS - by INGRIE WIL­LIAMS

Fine lines, wrin­kles, un­der-eye cirl­ces and cel­lulite, bid you adieu

A YOUTH­FUL AP­PEAR­ANCE DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A DIS­TANT MEM­ORY THE QUICK FIX

THERE ARE A HOST OF IS­SUES THAT CAN CAUSE SKIN TO LOOK AGED, in­clud­ing slug­gish cells, a loss of col­la­gen and elastin, ge­net­ics, sun dam­age and en­vi­ron­men­tal stres­sors. Luck­ily, what you need to re­cap­ture your youth can be summed up in one word: retinol. “It’s ab­so­lutely the best anti-ag­ing in­gre­di­ent,” says Naomi Furgiuele, se­nior di­rec­tor of Global Beauty Face Care R&D at John­son & John­son, a com­pany that has stud­ied retinol for more than 20 years. “It’s es­sen­tially help­ing you with cell re­newal and boost­ing your body’s abil­ity to repair dam­age. It’s an in­gre­di­ent that works with time, and you have to use it con­sis­tently. The more con­sis­tent you are, the bet­ter the re­sults.” Since retinol is de­signed to give skin’s nat­u­ral func­tion a nudge, it’s best to ease it into your rou­tine. “Typ­i­cally, we rec­om­mend us­ing it ev­ery other day ini­tially to see how your skin does with it. If you’ve never used retinol be­fore, it’s not un­usual to see a lit­tle bit of red­ness or flak­i­ness be­cause it’s get­ting your skin to in­crease its cell turnover rate.” Even­tu­ally, you can use retinol ev­ery night, but don’t for­get to use sun­screen in the morn­ing.

THE WELL­NESS WIN

Take mat­ters into your own hands with a DIY nat­u­ral face lift mas­sage. Julie Clark, holis­tic es­theti­cian and owner of Prov­ince Apothecary, swears by a quick 2-step rit­ual that stim­u­lates acu­pres­sure points on the face, en­cour­ages lym­phatic drainage, re­duces puffi­ness and smooths lines. It tones and tight­ens skin, she says, and helps any prod­uct, like her brand’s or­ganic cus­tom face serum, pen­e­trate deeper. Visit

provinceapothecary.ca for a how-to video.

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