Anti-aging – More than just a word?

A little over a year ago, Allure Magazine decided to ditch the term anti-aging.

 

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Anti-aging – is it more than just a word?

 

In their September 2017 issue (featuring the gorgeous Helen Mirren on the cover) they stated:

This issue is the long-awaited, utterly necessary celebration of growing into your own skin — wrinkles and all. No one is suggesting giving up retinol. But changing the way we think about aging starts with changing the way we talk about aging.

With that in mind, and starting with this issue, we are making a resolution to stop using the term “anti-aging.” Whether we know it or not, we’re subtly reinforcing the message that aging is a condition we need to battle — think antianxiety meds, antivirus software, or antifungal spray.“

Aging is a privilege, I think we all can agree on that, but does not using the term anti-aging actually change anything?

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The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2 % + B5 – #firstworldproblems

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Is the „feels“ side of a product important to you? Or is the sensual experience secondary, as long as a product delivers?

And isn´t even asking this question the epitome of #firstworldproblems?

I guess it is. If a product delivers ingredientwise, shouldn´t that be the only thing that matters? Why would we spend more just to have a more pleasant experience when applying something?

 

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2 % + B5
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2 % + B5

 

A question I do ask myself quite often when it comes to The Ordinary products, and one that I have yet to find an answer for.

But I have learned, the „feels“ do matter to me, and, within reason of course, I am willing to pay extra just because something feels nicer.

Last product to proove that? The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2 % + B5

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Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel – Little Mermaid

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I love „The little mermaid“ by Hans Christian Andersen. My parents had to read it to me countless times, even though I´d always end up in tears.

Mind you, although it is what inspired Disneys „Arielle“, the original story only bares slight resemblance to that movie. It is much darker, full of death and blood and loss.

 

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel
Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel

 

Ah, you´ve got to love the old stories, told to prepare children for the cruel and dangerous world they were facing!

The little mermaid never gains the love of the prince, nor does she get an immortal soul or a functional human body. Though trying, mute and in constant pain, to win his love, the prince marries another woman. When offered the opportunity to kill him (and his bride) to at least regain her mermaid self, she decides to die instead, turning into sea foam and becoming a daughter of the air.

Wouldn´t count as a happy end, don´t you think? Seeing the story as a transformation, innocence first, then the catastrophy and in the end your changed self, formed by what you experienced, is what made me think of it right now.

Why? Because the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel goes through three different stages as well. Without the loss, pain and blood though, promised!

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Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Mask – Magic bullet

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In medicine, there is the term “magic bullet”. It refers to the ONE pill/treatment/procedure that will singlehandedly cure a severe illness.

Once in a while something new comes along, shows promising results in the first studies, hopes get high… until time (and more research) shows, that it might be, indeed, a great addition to the existing procedures, but not the “Magic bullet” we secretly hoped for.

 

Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Mask
Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Mask

 

Sadly (shh, don´t tell my daughter) that is not the kind of magic you´ll find on this earth.

So if anyone tells you that stem cells in your cosmetics are the “magic bullet” and will replace your aging cells to make your face all shiny and new, send them off to the sunset on the back of their unicorn.

 

Stem Cells in your body are amazing, and they may play a huge role in medicine in the time to come.

Stem cells in plants are amazing as well.

For the plant.

See, an apple stem cell has the means to replace aging apple cells. If the conditions are right.

When put in a cream, they aren´t. Because the cell is dead, and, more important, because you are not an apple.

So are plant stem cells just a gimmick?

No. They do have antioxidant properties. They are just not the “magic bullet” of skin care.

Latest stem cell product on my vanity? The Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask

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Why I think you should still play video games

„Still?“ is the question I get asked most when I mention it.

„You still play video games?“

Yes.

Yes I do.

 

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Meet my main character, Asharra, a warlock

 

I started at the tender age of 11, on my C 64 with 5,25„ floppy disks and classics like „Bubble Bobble“, briefly touched on the whole „Age of Empire“ series in LAN-parties with friends and then discovered the world of MMORPG, namely World of Warcraft.

Which just released it´s latest addon, „Battle for Azeroth“, on August 14th.

Now my raiding days are behind me, I just can´t keep up equipmentwise with work, kids and the blog, but that doesn´t mean I won´t immerse myself into the new content as much as possible in the upcoming weeks.

To mask this period of less blog activity I did of course prepare several blog posts, one of them on why I think you, as a beauty lover, should consider playing too!

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The Ordinary EUK 134° 0,1% – Superheroes

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Do you have a favorite superhero? Or a favorite super power? I have! Both actually.

My favorite superhero is Mystique, and my favorite power is her power, which is changing her appearance at will. Kind of what I try to do with makeup every day.

 

The Ordinary EUK 134° 0,1%
The Ordinary EUK 134° 0,1%

 

Don´t get me wrong, I like how I look, but being able to change it up occasionally would be fascinating.

I do feel though, that the superpower I´d need the most would be a different one: The ability to rejuvenate myself without downtime, to constantly keep going and tackle one task after the other.

The corresponding superhero? Superoxiddimutase, the antioxidant that keeps regenerating itself and tackles free oxygen radicals hour after hour after hour. And, as it happens, the main player in The Ordinary EUK 134 0,1%.

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Instytutum Flawless Skin Mask – Abbrevations

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Abbrevations are always a source of amusement for me. As are alliterations (see what I did there?), but for a different kind of reason. The abbrevations you use tell a lot about where you are coming from and, as there are multiple uses for most of them, can lead to quite some confusion.

Take TCD for example. For the longest time, a TCD to me was a transcranial Doppler, something you do in neurosurgical patients to evaluate cerebral bloodflow. Google told me that TCD could as well mean Tschad or Trinity College Dublin.

 

Instytutum Flawless Skin Mask
Instytutum Flawless Skin Mask

 

So if I tell you now that the Instytutum Flawless Skin Mask works with TCD, which image pops up in your head? Well, let me explain what TCD stands for in this case: Transdermal cosmetic delivery, a method that allows ingredients to better penetrate the skin. There are several ways to achieve that, like using ingredients that weaken skins barrier function (alcohol for example) or using specific low molecular weight ingredients. Or, and I assume that this is what is used here, combining the low molecular weight ingredients with an occlusive layer on top.

So how did the Instytutum Flawless Skin Mask * work for me?

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Firm skin – Everything you need to know

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In a world where science based blogs pop up right left and center, I want to draw attention to an aphorism that, albeit in different form, has been around for as long as 300 BCE:

“Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”

Or, put more simple: Just because we don´t have proof that something works, that doesn´t mean that it doesn´t work. Maybe we just don´t have the research to back it up.

 

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Two products I am currently using, both by Skin689

 

Especially in skin care, not all of the myriad ingredients have been put through the process of statistical and evidence based approval. Some just have been around forever, together with claims that may or may not be true.

So please do take the information I give you in this article with a pinch of salt. Just because some ingredients in the Skin 689 Firm Skin products *have not scientifically proven to firm the skin, that does not mean that they actually don´t. You have to see for yourself whether or not you think they might work for you.

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Instytutum Ultimate Anti-Wrinkle Brightening Eye Cream – Being pleasant

A few weeks ago someone saw me and my daughter and told me to raise her “to be a pleasant young lady”.

Now getting unwanted parental advice from strangers is something you quickly grow used to when having kids, but this one got me thinking:

You see, there are many concerns I have in raising both my kids, but making them “pleasant” is not among them.

 

Instytutum Ultimate Anti-Wrinkle Brightening Eye Cream
Instytutum Ultimate Anti-Wrinkle Brightening Eye Cream

 

Independent, caring, strong, well-mannered, thoughtful, educated… So many adjectives come to mind, but pleasant? I think I don´t even associate pleasant with human beings, more with inanimate objects and, well, skincare.

Which kind of brings me to todays topic: The very pleasant Instytutum Ultimate Anti-Wrinkle Brightening Eye Cream (*PR-Sample).

But please enlighten me: Do you (or would you) want your kids to be pleasant?

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Retinol – Everything you need to know

Retinol. A skincare ingredient most of you will have heard of, yet one many are unsure about. Rightly so?

No. If you ask me, and you kind of do by visiting this blog, anyone should use a Vitamin A product. The question is not if, the question should be which one!

 

Retinol – Everything you need to know

 

And to help you answer that I sat down and recorded a video, answering all the question I had received throughout the last months. Of course the title “Everything you need to know” is hybris and should not stop you from asking away in the comments. But it is catchy, don´t you think?

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