Five anti-aging tools no one should live without
OK, fine, I could live without them and I certainly don't want you thinking that if some kind of apocalypse happened or I was sent to do Peace Corps work that I would just throw my hands in the air and say, "You don't have the right outlets to charge my Clarisonic, I'm out. Where's the tallest bridge? Crap, I was sent on this mission to build a bridge? Well, as soon as I build it, I'm jumping off of it." What, I'm a philanthropic person, who doesn't like dull slack skin!
That being said, these are the anti-aging tools I adore (Sadly, I bought these on my own, did not receive compensation to write about them and these are my personal opinions):
Clarisonic. What did we do without things that vibrate? (Wait, that may have come out wrong.) I'm just saying, I love, love this contraption, because it gets my face cleaner than I can with my hands and I use the sensitive brush, so I don't break anything (like capillaries… or a hip). It helps exfoliate dead skin and improves tone, plus stops pores from getting clogged and I have the one with the body brush, which may be my fave! I seriously feel like I polish my body in the shower like detailing a car. You can see your reflection in my thighs. ($100-$225)
GLO. Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening. A bright smile and shiny hair is the equivalent of good shoes and a good bag. Seriously, it's something people always notice. Plus, our teeth get 2 shades darker with each decade (my mood gets 2 shades darker as well). We spend a fortune on our hair, and yet a visit to the dentist and a couple bucks on toothpaste is the extent we spend to keep our teeth white. Well, not me, because frankly, I really like coffee and red lipstick and one makes the other look less hot. I'm kinda obsessed with GLO, because it's actually easy, looks cute on my counter, and is used by dental offices - because it works. They make these massive claims, but so far, I've found them to be true. Well, me and Dr. Oz who usually loves what I love (that may be the other way around, I'm not sure). ($199)
Sedu Revolution. When I was young, I would use crimping irons and actual irons with starch, which fried my hair into submission … sadly, I was doing it on top of a toxic perm. Look, when you're young, you can afford to make those mistakes, like using Sun-In. As you get older, the hair shaft isn't as thick or strong and it's more susceptible to breakage. The Sedu is a flat and styling iron (it has curved edges so you can use it to make waves and add body) that has smooth ceramic plates for shine and doesn't tug and break hair. This is my fave and apparently it's Allures Best of 2013 Winner, which I didn't know until just now, but it's not surprising. I would bring this on my Peace Corps mission. ($200 but I found a sale for $159)
Sonicare. Listen people, if you're still using a manual toothbrush, you need to leave the cave! Yes, we're back to the teeth, because they're important and this is a must have. The latest models can manage 31,000 strokes per minute, I can't beat 20,000 manually (What? I counted.) Obviously, this brush is getting teeth cleaner, getting into areas where plaque hides (or whatever plaque does) and the 2 minute timer causes me severe guilt if I turn it off before the beep! As you age, oral hygiene becomes more and more important, just ask anyone in a Fixadent commercial. That said, I've been using a Sonicare for about 15 years and I'm only on my second. The sides are worn, buttons missing and all, it looks more like a century than a decade old. Of course, I can't replace it because it makes me feel cool in an ironic hipster way that I use one so old. It's like carrying a beeper. ($50-$200)
Rodan and Fields Micro-Exfoliation Roller. This awesome gadget is last, but it's not least - in fact, you've probably never heard of it, and I'm obsessed. It's a roller with 200 tiny little needles which damage the skin enough to stimulate the production of collagen and allow the serum in the capsules (which come with it) to penetrate deeper into the skin. It can also help resurface fine lines, reduces dark spots and soften the scars from blemishes. Here's why it's on my list - - it left my skin crazy soft and smooth from the get go. Each morning I wake up glowing, like after a facial in a spa, except there's no sauna and I have to make my own tea. ($200 - comes with a 60 day supply of night renewing capsules packed with peptides and retinol (here’s the whole regimen).
Fine, so you may not need these items in a post-apocalyptic future, but for now, I prefer not to do without them.