Oprah Winfrey Source: Getty
Her skincare specialist explains.
When you get a bespoke facial from Jennifer Brodeur at Bella Clinique in Montreal, you’ll also meet “Max,” the LED-light-therapy machine that Brodeur designed in 2003 and always refers to as a person. (It’s actually called “Max+.”)
The machine, she explains, harnesses research from NASA and uses light wavelengths to treat skin concerns. Skin cells absorb the UV-free light as energy. Red-light wavelengths, for example, are said to stimulate fibroblasts to create collagen, while yellow light tightens skin.
“It’s interesting because you don’t feel anything, so a lot of clients at first were like, ‘Are you sure you’re doing something?’” she says, laughing. Any disbelievers can call Oprah; Brodeur has been treating her since 2012.
Are you using it yet?
We're guessing you've heard of Proactiv? The founders behind the acne treatment line – dermatologists Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields – also happen to be the savvy brains behind another skincare brand, aptly named Rodan + Fields, which zeros in on anti-aging treatment systems. The duo were recently in Toronto to talk about a super secret launch from said skincare brand, and while my lips are sealed on those details (guys, I had to sign a non-disclosure agreement!), I can tell you my takeaway from meeting with them is that I need to start using retinoic acid like, five years ago.
According to Dr. Kathy Fields, who is still a practicing dermatologist and prof at Stanford School of Medicine in San Francisco, it's all about retinoic acid, which has been around for over 30 years.
"Retinoic acid is still the favoured molecule by dermatologists," says Dr. Fields. "It's vitamin A. It makes the pores look smaller because it debrides the pore [for all you word nerds, that means it unplugs the pore]. It helps normalize cell turnover, which is anti-wrinkle. It helps shed dark skin [think brown spots] and a little anti-cancer."
"If you have sun damaged skin, it helps normalize the epidermis," says Fields.
A few things to know about using retinoic acid:
But the number one anti-aging cream of all time, to infinity and beyond? Come on, you should know this by now.
The answer is sunscreen. "If you're not protecting your skin, you're toast," says Fields.
Edward Cullen and Bella Swan Credits: Imdb.com Source: ELLE Canada
Today in news that will make you feel really old: Eight years ago, the very first Twilight movie hit theatres. If you're looking to round out your collection of Edward posters (no judgement) and other memorabilia, now you can own a piece of the vampire franchise.
Some 900 props and costumes from the set of all five of the Twilight movies will be auctioned off on November 19 and 20 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Before you book your flight to L.A.: bids can also be placed over the phone and online.
Visit the auction's official website for the full catalogue of items, but highlights include Jacob's motorcycle, Bella's engagement ring and every blood-stained Volturi battle costume you could ever want.
"Barack Obama is the Nickelback of presidents."
Everybody hurts – even Barack Obama. But that didn't stop him from returning to Jimmy Kimmel Live! for the second edition of “Mean Tweets: President Obama." (It's reportedly the last late night show he'll do as president... sigh.)
In the two-minute clip, the POTUS read tweets from haters about everything from his policies to his dad jeans. But the most intriguing message of all came from Donald Trump himself. Obama's response to the Republican presidential nominee is pure gold.