Usually, when I write about a beauty product I know whether I am hailing it as the greatest thing since sliced bread or as a WTF? With the copper-infused pillow cover, well, I just don’t know. Apparently you can get rid of wrinkles, fine lines and crow’s feet by sleeping on a copper-threaded pillow.
According to the peeps at Cupron, who make the copper infused pillow (as well as copper infused gloves and eye masks), copper has been used since ancient Egyptian times for its “antimicrobial properties.” How this translates to less wrinkles, I have no idea, but Cupron’s own clinical trials have shown that people who use the pillow are more likely to see a reduction in them.
Bottom line: it might not work, but if you need a new pillow anyway you might as well try and be a beauty pioneer. [$37.99, Cupron Cosmetic Skin Appearance-Enhancing Satin Pillowcase,CupronSales.com] Keep reading »
If there were ever two words that shouldn’t go together in a sentence, it’s home and laser. But Johnson & Johnson and their hair removal medical supply partners, Palomar, are teaming up to turn out home laser wrinkle treatments for consumers. The FDA has just approved their skin-smoothing machine, but it sounds more like a plot for world domination. While the companies are keeping the product info plans top secret, and they won’t describe the device or even the release date, they do admit the price will be high.
ray gun wrinkle remover is going to cost hundreds of dollars, but the equipment won’t require that hard-to-get dermatological appointment or even a prescription. That’s right, let’s just put lasers right into people’s hands! With the popularity of the Snuggie proving that millions of Americans can’t work a simple blanket, is this head zapper really a safe idea? Well, we bet it would at least make an awesome sci-fi movie plot. [Boston Globe] Keep reading »
Do you want to get rid of wrinkles while simultaneously looking like a NASA astronaut? If you answered yes, then we have the product for you! Introducing “The Face Trainer,” is a mask-helmet that you put over your whole head which creates resistance so when you move your facial muscles or make an expression, you are “exercising” your face, making your skin toned and tighter. Flabby cheeks are a thing of the past! Keep reading »
Valerie Bertinelli is on the cover of People showing off her new bikini body just a couple of weeks shy of her 49th birthday. She has the body of a 20-year-old, but her face looks much older. In fact, she looks older than she did when she started losing weight two years ago. It turns out that being too thin ages women over 40 more than smoking, heavy drinking, or sun exposure, according to a new study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal. The reverse is true for women who haven’t reached the big 4-0. Keep reading »
Fox News had two women on “America’s Newsroom” to discuss the extreme close-up photograph of Sarah Palin on this week’s cover of Newsweek. Andrea Tantaros, a Republican media consultant, said it is “a clear slap in the face in the face at Sarah Palin. Why? Because it’s unretouched. It highlights every imperfection that every human being has. We’re talking unwanted facial hair, pores, wrinkles.” Julia Piscitelli of the Women and Politics Institute at American University disagreed, saying that it’s nice to see a beautiful woman in her natural state for once. Watching the video segment is painful. At once point, Tantaros starts speaking over Piscitelli: “This is mortifying, Julia! This is mortifying!” What the program didn’t discuss is that the article’s headline is “The Palin Problem,” and magazines actually use photos to convey the message of the accompanying article. The cover photo is reminiscent of a microscope’s close inspection, and the article attempts to investigate Palin in a similar way. Another factor not discussed: News magazines try to stay away from the Frankenstein photo retouching that fashion magazines do on models.
Honestly, Tantaros’ rant only makes me want to go out and buy the issue so I can see what a pretty face like Palin’s looks like with all its imperfections. Keep reading »
The Harvard Women’s Health Watch reports that dermal fillers are becoming more popular for women looking to erase wrinkles. Is it just me, or did we know that collagen and Restylane were popular a few years ago? What’s really news (ha) is that some celebs are using other methods to prevent wrinkles and keep their bodies youthful and fit. Victoria Beckham has been using a $110 “natural Botox” face cream, in addition to following a low carb diet to prevent her skin from sagging and eating nuts and seeds to help her skin glow. And Madonna’s sick figure is the product of hard work. “There’s no easy way,” she told British Elle. “If you want to know how I look like I do, it’s diet and exercise and constantly being careful.” I think I’d rather eat an ice cream Snickers. [Medical News Today, AHN, and PopSugar] Keep reading »
If you smoke, drink a little too much, or don’t wear sunscreen, you’re going to have a few more wrinkles than you would otherwise. But you knew that because you’ve heard it a million times. What you need is a time machine that will take you into the future and show you what a hot 60-year-old you would be if you gave up your bad habits. At least two companies have technologies available or in the works that illustrate your future self. And the results might scare you into becoming a healthy eater, a non-smoker, and a religious wearer of SPF 30. Unless, of course, you want your mouth to look like a cat’s anus. [Good Morning America] Keep reading »
Magazines tamper with photos to make women appear skinnier, more busty, and wrinkle-free. That’s a given. But in movies, you can sometimes see a little breakout or some crow’s feet on an actor’s face when there’s a closeup shot. It might be a little mean or insensitive, but I find it reassuring to know that even really attractive people get zits every now and again. Sadly, though, these minor blemishes in movies will be going the way of the double-chin in magazines. With Photoshop-like programs, post-production companies can correct or change colors, erasing frown lines, and shave off 5-o’clock shadows, and it’s happening more often now that the cost has gone down. Digital coloring specialist Stefan Sonnenfeld told NPR that he had touched up Tom Cruise’s face in Mission Impossible: III and Johnny Depp’s in Sweeney Todd, and some stars even have digital coloring written into their contracts. Perhaps this will negate the need for Botox? [NPR] Keep reading »