You: BEAUTIFUL & CONFIDENT!
A tad droopier here…a bit flabbier there… we’re all feeling the confidence-sapping
effects of age. So it’s no shock that millions of women opt to go under the knife for a little nip and tuck. But the cost, pain and downtime of cosmetic surgeries aren’t for everyone.
FOR A PERKY BUST
PRICEY PROCEDURE: Breast lift
Women ages 40 to 50 now favor breast lifts over implants by a ratio of 2-to-1, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports. Why? Lift surgery tightens the tissue surrounding the bosom and removes excess skin for perkier, plumper breasts that look natural. Downsides: Recovery is two weeks, it costs about $5,000 and the surgery can cause scarring.
AT-HOME HERO: A firming cream with CoQ10 Applied topically, coenzyme Q10 (a potent antioxidant) absorbs deeply into skin to increase collagen and elastin production—and this firms chest skin for a lifted appearance, says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, M.D. Research also shows that daily application of CoQ10 cream makes skin 26 percent smoother within six weeks for a more youthful appearance. Just massage cream (like Dermelect Cleavage Contour Cream, $40 for 4 oz., Dermelect.com) onto the chest twice a day for a boosted bust in three to six weeks.
So FIRST consulted a panel of the top skin and makeup experts for at-home tips and tricks that can turn back the clock for a fraction of the price—no recovery time needed. Here, the pain-free alternatives that will have you looking and feeling 15 years younger!
FOR FLAWLESS LEGS
PRICEY PROCEDURE: Sclerotherapy
Spider veins are such a common concern that last year alone, women in the United States spent $97 million on vein-minimizing treatments. The procedure involves injecting the weblike veins with a chemical that damages and scars the inside lining of the vein so it closes, which forces blood flow to reroute. It takes three or four sessions to completely fade vein clusters, at a cost of up to $2,000.
AT-HOME HERO: Horse chestnut cream
Horse chestnut seed extract has been shown to strengthen the weakened blood vessels that leak and lead to spider veins. “It also promotes healthy blood flow to prevent pooling,” says Dr. Zeichner. Plus, studies show that anti-inflammatory aescin in horse chestnut works to restore vein health. Simply rub a cream (like Planetary Herbals Horse Chestnut Cream, $13 for 4 oz., iHerb.com) onto veins twice a day for results in six weeks.
SMART STAT FAN FAVORITE Sofía gets the award for “best breasts”— plastic surgeons report that the Modern Family star’s bosom tops their most-requested list
SOUND OFF GLAM GAMS “Lightweight stockings make everything look smooth,” says Christie of her key
to instant wow