While this French fairy tale has a wonderfully happy ending, the beast, in this case being aging skin, doesn’t always follow suit. If only we could turn a ring around our finger three times to regain our youthful appearance, we would no longer have to live with the dread of, dare I say it, wrinkles but alas, in real life we must find alternative measures or learn to accept ourselves as we are, as has the 95-year old New York fashion icon, Iris Apfel. Fortunately, for those of us more mature folks living in a youth- beguiled society who don’t possess the confidence of Ms. Apfel, there are many effective products available that won’t obliterate your life savings or involve invasive, painful procedures.

As a woman of a certain age, it’s entirely possible that I spent at least one third of my 2017 income exploring those options with some purchases being only moderately effective and others being extremely beneficial. Some skin care possibilities to consider:

Vitamin C

Want Brighter Skin? Why Vitamin C Is the Answer
By Jenna Birch, Allure Magazine

“…when applied topically, it’s a powerful addition to an anti-aging skin-care regimen.

Vitamin C is essential in collagen synthesisDendy Engelman, Dermatologist at Manhattan Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery

It helps reverse and prevent signs of aging. Use it to keep skin firm and youthful and protect yourself from UV rays.“ Some great Vitamin C products include Osmotics Cosmeceuticals Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin C Patches and Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster.


“There is no magic bullet for perfect skin. But retinol comes pretty close”
By Katie Dickens, Elle Magazine

“With consistent use of a topical retinol or retin-A, you can see improvement of fine lines, dark spots, texture and tone.” Try Paula’s Choice RESIST 1% Retinol Booster.

Additionally, there’s a vast amount of peels, masks, creams and serums that can be added to your anti-aging toolkit. I for one, while waiting for an authentic elixir vitae to hit store shelves, plan to attempt to channel Ms. Apfel’s adventurous spirit, extreme self-confidence and her ability to be true to herself. Who knows, if I can achieve that goal, maybe I’ll be able to swap out my role as a baby-boomer consumer for that of a trend-setting muse!

Iris Apfel

The New York fashion icon who is famous for her thick-framed oversized glasses has served as a muse to Eyebobs, a U.S. eyewear company. It has unveiled a set of three limited-edition frames which has been dubbed the ‘Iris’.

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