Watch out for Anti-Aging Scams

Con artists have become much more sophisticated in recent times and fraudulent activities are rising. Scammers have perfected their skills, making it very difficult to differentiate the good products from snake oil, especially on the internet. With an array of tools, from fake blogs and testimonials to imitation news stories and bogus reports, it is becoming ever more important to learn how to protect yourself.

How to Avoid Anti-Aging Scams Online

  • Be skeptical. You know the age old saying, “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is?” Anything claiming to be a miracle or overnight cure is most likely not and should be researched thoroughly before trying out.
  • Reverse psychology. Using headlines like, “Anti-Aging Exposed” or “Product Warning,” scammers will try and add credibility to their bogus claims through the use of reverse psychology. This technique starts with the scammer claiming to investigate products on your behalf and ends with them allegedly discovering that the miracle claims are actually true… yeah right.
  • Fake blogs. Blogging is all about sharing your personal experiences and reading blogs can be a great way to find real life testimonials about products you are interested in. However, fake blogs with fabricated stories and bogus claims are widespread online. When evaluating the credibility of a blogger it’s important to lookout for a two things: 1. How many quality posts does the blog have? If it’s only got one page, it’s obviously a fake. 2. Do all the posts link to products with positive reviews? A blog full of nothing but positive reviews and excessive product linking is a red flag.
  • Fake news articles. With consumers catching onto the fake blog scheme, scammers have started imitating news articles. Like the blogs, it can be very tricky to distinguish a fake news article from a real one and you should keep an eye out for these two things: 1. Real news sites will have lots of articles, not just one or two. 2. Real news sites do not excessively link to products.
  • Fake review pages. Be wary of “Top 3 Anti-Aging Product” and similar sites. Unless the review is published by a credible source, do not trust the reviews. Sites dedicated solely to ranking and reviewing a specific type of product will claim to have done an extensive analysis using a large group of product reviewers, but 99% of the time the results are completely fabricated.
  • Know your credibility indicators. Pictures of random doctors in lab coats, claims of celebrity connections and fabricated product certifications are all blatant attempts at trying to give a scammer’s product credibility. When you see indicators like this, it is wise to steer clear of the site in question.
  • style=”margin-top:15px;”>Beware of automatic shipping. There are many companies that offer to ship you a refill of a product on a monthly basis. Beware of this, especially if it’s required. Often, it’s difficult to stop the shipping and your credit card is billed every time your new product is shipped.
  • style=margin-top:15px;”>Watch out for “proprietary blends”. Most companies are willing to tell you what’s in their products. If you can’t find information on what’s in your products, it’s probably because the “proprietary blend” can’t do what the company is claiming.

There are many really good companies out there, but there are also ones who simply want to get your money and run. If you notice any of these red flags, it’s probably better to just skip the product. As we’ve already discussed, if it seems to good to be true, it probably is!


DHEA: Anti-Aging Hormone

DHEA

The aging process affects everyone. Regardless of a healthy diet and exercise, somewhere around the age of 35 our bodies begin to fatigue more easily and gradually lose muscle mass as we get older. It is thought by many that much of this effect can be attributed to declining DHEA hormone production. However, scientists and doctors have not reached a conclusion and continue to debate whether or not DHEA has any real anti-aging benefits.

DHEA, which is short for dehydroepiandrosterone, is the most abundant biological steroid in humans. Our adrenal glands produce it naturally and it is synthesized by our brains. Declining DHEA is thought not only to be related to the loss of stamina and muscle mass, but also associated with increase in body fat, weakened sex drive and a higher susceptibility to disease.

Studies of DHEA Anti-Aging Benefits are Inconclusive

While some studies have shown evidence suggesting beneficial effects from DHEA, other studies have contradicted the findings. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Higher DHEA levels have been associated with longevity in both people and primates. But no experimental data are available to show that maintaining peak DHEA levels in older adults can prolong their lives.”

Those who take and advocate the use of DHEA supplements for anti-aging properties claim its benefits include less fatigue, increased energy, improved memory, relaxation, and a enhanced ability to handle stress. In one study at the University of California Medical School at La Jolla, women between the ages of 40 and 70 who took 50 mg of DHEA per day reported sleeping better, feeling more relaxed, and handling stress more easily, where those taking placebo in the same study did not.

Should You Try DHEA?

While doctors debate the actual benefits of DHEA, most agree that it is safe to use as a dietary supplement. Officially, DHEA is not recommended for people under 40 years of age unless your DHEA levels are known to be low. As with any dietary supplement, if you do choose to try DHEA, it should be taken under the supervision of a knowledgeable health care provider.


Hormonal Aging and Your Skin

What Keeps Your Skin Looking Young?

Is your skin looky crepe-y and thin?

If you’re heading toward middle age, chances are good that you’re noticing changes in your skin, and not for the better.

Throughout this article, we’re going to discuss hormonal aging, how it affects your skin, and what you can do to keep your skin looking young, firm, and beautiful.

What Causes Your Skin to Age?

Premenopausal women in their 30s to mid-40s continue to produce estrogen, but in diminishing quantities. Over that time the skin becomes progressively more fragile and starts to thin, sag and wrinkle. In fact, studies have shown that skin will lose up to 30% of its collagen over the first five years following menopause.

Estrogen hormones support the prevention of skin aging by promoting collagen production. They are a key element to keeping your skin soft, supple, and firm.

Signs of Hormonal Aging

There are several different signs that your skin is starting to produce less collagen and elastin. These symptoms are typically associated with “normal” aging and most people just assume that there’s nothing that you can really do about it. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Medium to deep wrinkles and creases
  • Sagginess or lack of skin firmness
  • Dull tone, blotchiness or rough texture
  • Adult acne breakouts
  • Thinner looking skin
  • Reduced resiliency

The good news is that topical and oral estrogen treatments can increase skin collagen and therefore assist in restoring its structural support system and youthful resiliency.

Proper use of anti-aging hormones will not only help maintain skin’s moisture, but the effects of the hormone on the elastic fibers can reduce and delay wrinkling as well. Some products require a doctor’s prescription to take, while others can be bought at health and beauty stores.

Hormonal Aging Treatments

  • Oral supplements such as Spring Valley’s Hair, Skin and Nails.

  • Creams, serums and moisturizers (topical) that contain retinol and vitamin C such as Retinol Anti-Aging Hand Cream with SPF 12 by LdeL Cosmetics for your hands and Olay’s Pro X line for your face.

  • Human Growth Hormone, HGH (prescription required)

  • Proper exfoliation can also stimulate collagen and elastin production by removing the layers of dead, dull skin so that fresh new skin can grow. You shouldn’t exfoliate more than twice per week and you need to make sure that you don’t use a product that contains large chunks of jagged ingredients such sand that can cause further damage. A good product is If you’d like to make your own, see our article, Make Your Own Lemon-Sugar Face Scrub.

  • Many specialists also suggest that you use a mild chemical peel every four weeks. This can be done at your local spa. Plan to take the day off though because your complexion may be a bit red for the rest of the day, and possibly the next day.

  • Eating right, drinking plenty of water, exercising, and using sunscreen are also necessary components to keeping your skin healthy.

Final Word

Your skin requires much more care as you start to get older but by investing a little bit of time and money, you can keep it looking young, bright, and fresh for many more years than you may think. You can’t avoid the birthdays, but you can certainly look as if you haven’t celebrated quite as many as you actually have!

If you’ve used any of these products or have a great trick that you use to keep your skin looking young, please feel free to share it with us in the comments section below!


Hand Lifting Procedure That Reduces Hand Wrinkles

Many women are able to take care of wrinkles on the face, but wrinkles on the hands can be a dead give-away of age.

The hands are an exposed part of the body. If you get a lot of sun over the span of a lifetime, as you age your hands will show crinkling, veins and tendons. However, there are a number of things that can be done with plastic surgery to give refreshed hands.

Plastic surgeons can fill or use laser, but there is another procedure where they will actually do a hand lifting procedure that’s extremely similar to a face lift.

With this surgery they make an incision along the side of your hand and actually pull the skin tighter on the top surface of your hand. They then take off the extra skin and remove the wrinkles on your hands when the skin’s pulled tight again.

The recovery time for hand rejuvenation is about a week. The results will reduce the appearance of veins, tendons and hand wrinkles and will make your hands look firm and young. So if you dislike crinkly loose skin on the back of your hands, there are ways to make them look younger again. Because everyone has different needs and medical situations, speak with your plastic surgeon about getting a hand lift if you think that this may be for you. It doesn’t take long and the results can be pretty spectacular.

If you’ve had a hand lift, tell us about your experience in the comments section below.


Wrinkle Relief Eye Patches for Crow’s Feet

Are you noticing crow’s feet around your eyes, or those “11’s” between them?

Would you like to do something about them but don’t want to get Botox?

If so, then there’s an alternate solution that may work wonderfully for you.

Eye wrinkle patches use retinol to exfoliate your skin so hyaluronic acid, a filler, can enter into the skin around your eyes to plump it. By adding a little filler back into the crow’s feet, it eliminates those lines and improves the area around the eyes.

The effects have been clinically proven to reduce wrinkle appearance up to 85% in only 20 minutes. However, the results only last up to a week. If you don’t mind reapplying weekly, wrinkle relief eye patches can do wonders for crow’s feet.

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If you’ve used any particular wrinkle patch, we’d love to hear about your results in the comments section below!


VolumaLift Facial: A Low Cost Facelift

Do you want to look younger but don’t want to go for a traditional facelift?

If so, then you may have an option that perhaps you haven’t heard about yet. VolumaLift Facials help reduce the appearance of your wrinkles without the need to go through the financial and physical trauma of a surgical facelift.

This new procedure promises to help you look younger without going under the knife and having plastic surgery.  According to Dr Stephen Mulholland, M.D., a Plastic Surgeon who recently appeared on the popular TV show The Doctors, “lots of women workout, still feel young but want to look young too.” He goes on to say that “the VolumaLift Facial is a 30 min procedure that provides the effects of a facelift in a 30min wow.”

The VolumaLift utilizes commonly available, injectable soft tissue fillers like simple sugar to replicate many of the buttresses of youth. In the procedure, the doctor will inject in those parts of the face that have lost the buttress support. They literally lift the face by filling in those sunken spots.

“If you look at the average middle-aged face, there is some sunken loss of volume and support under the eye, across the cheekbone, around the mouth, in this jowly area, back of the jaw and the brow,” says Dr. Mulholland. “By replicating those buttresses of support we can really create a youthful fullness, a fullness of youth.”

With a VolumaLift Facial, surgeons will often mix different fillers for various effects and inject down deep along the bony surfaces, thus recreating the buttress of support for the overlying soft tissue. The result is an elevating and pushing of those tissues forward, thus restoring a youthful fullness to your face.

In other words, the effects of gravity and time are erased and the tissues of your face will be lifted and look years younger. The best part is that you can get these results for just a fraction of the cost of a surgical facelift.

If you’ve undergone a VolumaLift Facial, tell us about your experience and your results in the comments section below.