Anti-Aging Myths Debunked

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Today we’re going to dispel some anti-aging skin care myths.  We’ve all heard them. We’ve heard the outrageous product claims and slick magazine ads. Chic & Green takes a look at 7 of the most common skin care myths and truths.

Myth #1:  Dry skin causes wrinkles.

Truth: Dry skin does not cause wrinkles. A breakdown in collagen is what causes wrinkles.  Dry skin will most definitely make wrinkles more obvious, but skin hydration has nothing to do with whether or not one will develop wrinkles.

Myth #2: My mother looks very young for her age, so I will too.

Truth: While genetics do play a small role in terms of aging, lifestyle habits have a much greater impact. If you are smoking, eating a poor diet, and skipping sunscreen, your genetics will not help you stay younger looking. These lifestyle choices have much more of an impact on your skin than genetics.

Myth #3: Moisturizing faithfully will help prevent wrinkles.

Truth:  Regularly applying moisturizer will help your skin stay hydrated, but it will not prevent wrinkles.  You can apply all the moisturizer you want to and there will still be no impact on wrinkle prevention. Moisturizer will add hydration to the top layer of your skin.  It has no impact on wrinkling.

Myth #4:  It’s cold and cloudy so I do not need sunscreen.

Truth:  You need to apply a broad spectrum SPF each and every single day--rain or shine.  The fact is that your skin is still exposed to UVA rays (the aging rays) even on a cloudy December day in New York. The sun’s rays are the number one cause of aging and everyone should be applying sunscreen before going outside.

Myth #5: The ad said that I will look younger in just 7 days. This has to be true, right?

Truth:  Unfortunately, this is just a tactic to get you to purchase the company’s products. The FDA does not monitor or control the claims made by the skin care and cosmetics industry.  You have to take these claims with a grain of salt and do your own research. Just because the company selling the product promises you the fountain of youth doesn’t mean that it will happen.

Myth #6: You can exercise your facial muscles to get rid of wrinkles.

Truth: No, this is just a myth. We’ve all seen those facial exercising machines late at night on home shopping television channels. Stretching and making exaggerated facial expressions with a special “exercise” gizmo for the face could actually cause you to look older, so do not waste your money.  

The muscles on your face are unlike the muscles in other parts of your body.  Do your facial muscles have the ability to get bulky like your biceps? No.  There is no evidence that facial exercises will erase lines and wrinkles.  In fact, doing so is more likely to create lines than diminish them.

Myth #7: Expensive anti-aging skincare products are better than drugstore ones.

Truth:  What matters the most in a skin care product is the quality of ingredients used.  You might actually find that are $20 serum works better on your skin than an $80 one in fancy packaging. It’s what is in the product that makes it good or bad.  Product efficacy has nothing to do with the price. Remember that there is no such thing as a cream to remove wrinkles, so do not buy into the slick marketing campaigns.

You can actually find some really lovely skin care products at the drugstore that rival high end skin care products.  Look for products containing proven anti-aging ingredients such as retinol or Coenzyme Q10.

Anti-Aging Skin Care Truth

We all want to prevent and correct the signs of aging, but the most important tip is to take good care of yourself and treat your body with respect.  Eat fruits and veggies.  Stay hydrated. Wear sunscreen.  Don’t smoke or use alcohol in excess. Take time to be out in the fresh air being active.  Choose your products wisely and don’t fall victim to the latest product advertisement promising you the fountain of youth.

We Pick the Best Natural Shampoos on the Market

Monday, September 23, 2013

Do you know what is in the typical shampoo found in salons and on store shelves? Most shampoos contain harsh chemical detergents such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Both are irritating and may be linked to many skin and health concerns.

Until recently, natural shampoos earned a reputation of not working well on the hair. People often complained of these products leaving behind a film or greasy residue.

Companies have been working hard over the years to create safe and natural alternatives to harmful mainstream shampoos. I have tried dozens and dozens of natural shampoos over the years and am here to share the best.


Original Moxie Get Fresh Shampoo features Dead Sea salts and wheat protein to add volume, while lime and citrus essential oils help get rid of product buildup and residue without drying. Find it here.


Does your hair lack bounce and softness? Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Shampoo contains green tea and vitamin B5 for a double dose of healthiness. Find it here.


If you are looking for an ultra gentle shampoo to help protect your color and highlights from environmental damage and regular fading over time, you'll adore this product. Cupuaçú seed butter and buriti fruit oil pamper chemically-treated hair, too. Find it here.


No matter what type of hair and scalp you have, a clarifying shampoo is needed every now and then. This shampoo is ideal for clarifying even fragile and dry hair types. Argan oil is added to strengthen and nourish hair follicles. A bonus? Shiny strands! Find it here.

A new lipstick to love!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Can I just tell you how much I ADORE this lippie? It is called Hannah from Jane Iredale and I absolutely think this will be my go to fall lipstick.

I love Pure Moist Lipstick because it is, indeed, moist like the name implies. However, it is NOT so moist that it gets on my teeth and bleeds under my lips. The color stays put and makes my lips feel hydrated. Unlike most "moist" lippies, this one lasts and lasts.

The ingredients are also Chic & Green approved! Among the ingredients: elderflower extract, sunflower seed oil, radish root, shea butter, pomegranate and white tea.

Color-wise, Hannah is very me. I love plums and raisins and this one is right up my alley.

Speaking of Jane Iredale, in the below picture which shows off the Pure Moist Lipstick in Hannah, I am wearing the Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer in Medium. Seriously, medium. I never wear medium in makeup--but this one is very similar to a light in other brands. This is my favorite tinted moisturizer, as it works like a CC cream on me. HIGHLY recommend!

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Friday, September 13, 2013

I have some neat things friends (or friends of friends) are doing right now and would like to share them with you all today!

1.  Once upon a time, I was a senior in high school sitting in one of my French classes with a bunch of 9th graders. I had already completed 4 years of Spanish and loved foreign languages, so my senior year was spent studying other languages--I enrolled in French I, II, and III like a crazy person all in one year (and scored a 99 on the New York French Regents!), while taking my required courses and an elective called World Languages. That class included 10 weeks each of American Sign Language, Japanese, Russian, and Hebrew.

Anyway, while I was in French class, I met a short little blond boy named Ryan.  We quickly became pals that year and I truly adored this kid. I used to help him with his French and then I do not think I ever saw him again once he came to my graduation party. I went off to college while he was just entered tenth grade and we lost touch.

Ryan was always a talented musician. He went off to Ithaca College and decided to go after his dream later on of becoming a star. He is well on his way now, having performed with Brad Paisley. Ryan packed up and moved and is in the south now, pursuing his dream. Would you watch his video when you have a chance? He is a really great guy with an amazing voice!


2.  You all know if you've been here any length of time reading, that my dad died of Pancreatic Cancer when he was just 56 years old. He died 3 months after being diagnosed. I was pregnant with Ben, and I can honestly say that that period of Dad's illness and death were the darkest of my life.  I am so, so thankful that I had Tom, baby Nick, and Ben's impending arrival to keep me going. It was 8 years ago in January when we said goodbye to my dad. Raising awareness for this very deadly cancer has been important to me. That is why I have been involved with such wonderful charities such as the Lustgarten Foundation and PanCan.

My dear friend, Beth, shared a wonderful blog with me detailing her family member's mission to raise awareness (and MONEY) for pancreatic cancer research. Says Beth, "James is traveling by bike down the Pan American Highway, thru 16 countries from Minnesota to South America, raising money for pancreatic cancer research. 3 years ago he traveled from Minnesota to Alaska by bike raising over $16,000. Following his journey is impressive to me. Living his dream."

Beth, this blogger thinks his journey is impressive, too. Kudos to James for his strength! Seriously, this man will be traveling over FIFTEEN THOUSAND MILES by bike--all as a tribute to his dad. You see, James also lost his father to this horrible disease. He is turning his grief--and his love for his dad-into something amazing.

James Rienstra has a blog called Pedaling for Pennies.  He is chronicling his experience as he pedals away on his bike to help a wonderful cause, the Randy Shaver Cancer Fund. I would love for you to check out his blog and follow along as he travels all in the name of love and raising awareness.

For more on Pedaling for Pennies via the Randy Shaver Cancer Fund, please click here.


Also found on Facebook today, my friend  City / Life / Eats a mention of a NEWLY LAUNCHED organic skin care brand.  Turns out, this DC-based blogger has a friend who just started this business and the products look absolutely WONDERFUL. Nothing harmful in them, eco-friendly, beautiful packaging--who could ask for more?

The ingredients you will not find in this line: 

Synthetic fragrance

The brand is called lilikoi living and I would love for you to browse the site!

Our Favorite Paraben Free Facial Sprays

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Facial mists are a lovely addition to your skin care regimen. When you spray on moisturizing ingredients, they help nourish skin cells and will help your facial cream work more effectively.  Use a mist prior to moisturizing and again to set makeup. You can even use them throughout the day if you are feeling dry.

Here are my 5 favorite facial mists in all price ranges.  Not wanting to shop?  At the end of this post, I have some links for my DIY facial mists, the very same ones I used to create for my skin care line (which I closed 4 years ago now) time flies!

Here is how I personally use facial mists-- 
  • As a toner post cleansing
  • As a makeup setting spray
  • Throughout the day to boost hydration if I am in a particularly dry environment
  • While flying, as the cabin air is extremely drying to the skin

Best Mist for Oily Skin:

3 Girls Holistic Purifying Toner

If you are fighting a battle against excess oil production and would like to remove the residue from cleanser as well as lingering bacteria WITHOUT stripping the skin, this is the spray for you.

$6.95 - $20

Best Mist for Sensitive Skin with Early Signs of Aging:

Cucumber juice calms hypersensitive skin, while rosewater provides anti-aging benefits. This mist from 100% Pure is gluten free and vegan and will give your skin a plumper, more youthful look.


Best Mist for Dry Climates:

I am not much of a Clinique fan, but they do have one product I recommend--their facial mist. Do you live in a dry climate or are you a frequent flyer? This face mist provides extra moisturization for those with parched skin. The best part? This one also works well on combination skin since there are no oils present.


Best Protective Spray:

Jane Iredale's Pommist spray helps fight UV damage and contains multiple antioxidantssuch as pomegranate, grapeseed, and white tea to combat the damage caused by free radicals.


Best Mist for Dull, Aging Skin:

If you're in your 40's and 50's and are experiencing a loss of firmess and brightness, Arcona's mist may breathe some life back into your skin. Copper and colloidal silver may boost cell regeneration, while Sodium PCA will give a healthy looking glow.


Make it yourself!

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013


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