As we age, plushy collagen and taut elastin fibres break down and skin loses it's elasticity. These ingredients can help bring back the glory days of youth.
Peptides are the naturally occurring building blocks of protein in skin. We don’t necessarily become deficient in them as we age, but introducing more into our routine is beneficial because of a specific receptor in the cell. “They stimulate collagen in a very unique way,” says Dr. Dennis Gross, a dermatologist based in New York. “The more receptors you put to work, the more firming you’ll see. If your concern is wrinkles or laxity, then it’s an important ingredient to look for in your products.” With consistent use, expect to see changes after one month.
Dr. Dennis Gross Firming Peptide Milk ($78), at sephora.com.
The Ordinary “Buffet” Multi-Technology Peptide Serum ($14.80), at ordinaries.com.
Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule found in connective tissues that supports skin due to its ability to bind water, says Dr. Kucy Pon, a Toronto-based dermatologist. “Creams that contain hyaluronic acid can improve hydration of the outer layer of skin and give a softer, smoother appearance,” she says. “When skin is well hydrated, the look of fine lines and wrinkles may also be improved.” Look for hyaluronic acid and/or sodium hyaluronic on an ingredient list.
Lierac Paris Hydragenist Moisturizing Rescue Balm ($70), at lierac.ca.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel ($25), at shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Ceramides are waxy lipids in the top layer of skin that act as a protective barrier and help retain water. The production of ceramides declines with age, compromising the skin barrier. “This can let in harmful environmental components and lead to inflammation,” says Gross. “An intact barrier is also essential for the delivery of other anti-aging ingredients.” On a label, look for ceramide NG, AP or EOP, ceramide 2/ceramide NS, ceramide 3/ceramide NP, sphingolipids or phospholipids.
SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 ($140), skinceuticals.com.
Ren Flash Hydro-Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion ($52), sephora.ca.
B vitamins have an essential role in the body. “Topically applied, niacinamide [a type of B vitamin] perfects the skin, strengthens the cell membrane, combats acne and controls hyperpigmentation,” says Gross. Retinol and niacinamide work exceptionally well together. Look for names like riboflavin (B2), niacinamide (B3), panthenol (B5) and biotin (B7).
Kat Burki Complete B Bio-Correcting Face Crème ($430), at murale.ca.
AlumierMD AluminEye ($80), at alumiermd.com.
Time to make nice with static, as seen at Sonia Rykiel's Spring 2017 show.
Spring 2017's most exciting message—to genuinely embrace the undone, aesthetic—is highlighted in the most beautiful way through hair.
Let us count the ways windblown hair looked fresh—not frazzled—on the Spring 2017 runways.
At Chloé, where the hair was slightly bent and the ends were left unfinished.
At Dorhout Mees, where models let their frizz flags fly.
At Etro, where the fuzz encircled the set of waves like an angelic halo.
At Tommy Hilfiger, where it looked as if the models spent the morning at one of the four corners of the earth.
Hair looked like it had air-dried after a morning lake dip (think summer camp and Herbal Essences) at Veronique Leroy.
At Koche, where the glory of the '90s hair flip worked in tandem with all the messy bits.
And at Philosophy, where surfer girl hair story matched freshly scrubbed skin—and freckles.
We know, not everyone can try this look at home. But something everyone can try is frizz forgiveness. The next time you're about to flat-iron, soak your strands in something heavy that will stomp out those flyaways—step back. Your lax hair finish might just be the next big trend in beauty. No need to fuzz off.
So you know the guy who directed Black Swan and also Requiem for a Dream? Well, apparently he's also dating Jennifer Lawrence.
A 'friend' of J.Law's has told People mag that the A-lister / Emma Stone bestie and director Darren Aronofsky are casually hanging out, seeing where this goes, just enjoying each other's company etc etc etc.
It is worth noting, however, that while the couple were spotted together this summer, Aronofsky did also just wrap directing LawJ in a movie, the upcoming Untitled Darren Aronofsky Project. (That's actually what it's called RN).
He had us at hello.
Tom Cruise relived some of his best performances in a live montage on The Late Late Show with James Corden last night.
The video is nine minutes long (so grab a coffee before you tune in), but totally worth the watch to hear the Oscar nom utter some of his most famous lines like "I have the need, the need for speed" and "Show me the money!"
Also hilarious: a surprise guest appearance around the four-minute mark.