Science has proven there’s a link between feeling good on the inside and having beautiful skin on the outside.
Learning this confirmed what I already knew: When you feel happier and more relaxed, your skin looks better too.
And on the flipside: When you’re stressed, your skin shows it.
When you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed, your nervous system automatically responds and mobilizes your other systems to protect you.
But when you live under constant daily stresses, your systems can get worn down. That includes your skin and all the systems that feed and nourish it.
By meditating, you can stop your body from overreacting to everyday stresses—and then your body can spend that energy repairing itself.
When stressed, your body also releases a surge of hormones, including cortisol.
This cortisol triggers inflammation—and inflammation breaks down your natural collagen, which keeps your skin plump, firm, and vital.
The most effective way to reduce cortisol is through meditation. One study showed a 20% decrease in cortisol after four months of regular meditation.
No time or energy to meditate each day? Try “mini-meditations” like:
1. Pay attention to your breathing for one or two minutes a day.
2. Tune into your body as you walk down the street.
3. Sit quietly for thirty seconds before you drink your coffee in the morning.
Keep in mind: Even small amounts of meditative awareness can help you reduce cortisol levels, calm inflammation, and give you more radiant skin.
“The whole idea of less is more, that women shouldn’t be slaves to dozens of makeup products, is what I really believe in,” said Cindy Joseph, a makeup artist and model who’s pared down her own cosmetics kit to just a few items. Three of them are from her new line of multiple-use cream sticks called BOOM!.
The line is not just for Boomers like Joseph. “BOOM! is the sound of a revolution in cosmetics,” she says. “Cosmetic companies are constantly adding products; I’m taking away. Mine is the only company that is pro-aging, not antiaging.
Jennifer Aniston believes in aging gracefully and not over-doing it on the makeup. When asked by Self Magazine what is in her purse when she leaves for the day, she said, “Boomstick Color: It’s an all-in-one stain for eyes, cheeks and lips that’s so much fun.”
“There is this pressure in Hollywood to be ageless,” said Aniston. “I also understand that age is kind of awesome... Don’t over-product — that’s the other thing.”
The BOOM! Products come in identical chubby white tubes that fit in the palm of your hand. Boomstick Color, a sheer berry for cheeks, brow bone, eyes, lips, forehead and neck; Boomstick Glimmer, a sheer iridescent champagne for the inner corner of the eye, cheekbones, shoulders, decollete; Boomstick Glow an olive oil and beeswax moisturizer for lips, cuticles and around the eyes.
Judging by the photos and videos, Joseph, who recently turned 60, needs no makeup at all. She’s one of those Emmylou Harris beauties with lovely features, luminous skin and long silver hair, who spends just a few minutes a day on her face before she’s out the door. As women age, she says, looking fresh, rather than made up, is the key.
“The biggest makeup mistake that middle-aged women make is putting on too much under eye concealer,” she said. “At home, it might look OK, but in the daylight, it just looks like a bunch of gunk under your eyes. The older you get, the less makeup you should wear. It’s not a blank canvas anymore.”
After growing up in the Bay Area – Mission San Jose High School, Fremont, class of ’69 – she moved to Paris in the early ’80s and later to New York.
“I was a classic California flower child,” she says. “I went to Haight Ashbury on the weekends, the Fillmore West, the Avalon Ballroom. I was at the center of it all. People still ask me to this day: ‘Are you from San Francisco?’”
Joseph married young, had two kids and began her makeup artist career in San Francisco in the late ’70s, working for Macy’s, Esprit de Corp and others.
“I always had the smallest kit and the fewest products of any of my colleagues,” she remembers. She let her hair go gray in her late 40s, and just like that, she was spotted on a New York sidewalk by a scout for the fashion photographer Steven Miesel and has been a model ever since, featured in ads for Target, L.L. Bean, Dolce & Gabbana, DKNY, Olay, Nivea and others.
About a year ago, she went into the cosmetics business herself. “I’d done makeup for two decades and when I created this line, I created what I would want in my own kit,” she says. “I wanted to do a line that was not about hiding, but was about revealing.” The overall effect, she says, is a dewy, glowing face.
“By far this is the best ‘make-up’ for women over 40. I feel the need to brighten up just a little. Time is showing on my face, which is beautiful, but a splash of Boom is the perfect accompaniment of a wonderful life.” — Susan
No extra packaging, no animal testing, no parabens or phthalates. Anyone can have allergies. If you have any discomfort or a rash develops, discontinue use and consult your physician.