Biohacking Beauty

For decades I have researched and followed many cutting edge science findings as they relate to beauty and aging. Perhaps it’s the former model in me, or just the California Girl upbringing. Either way, biohacking beauty has been a significant part of my life since my teenage years, coming more elaborate as my income and expertise increased!

I am asked regularly what my beauty regime is, or if I have any “secrets”. Like Dave Asprey, and others, that consider the use of “smart drugs” (like Modafinil) a scientific tool for performance engineering of our brains, beauty has its own top tools that science has helped refine. My “hacks” include both science and care… here are a few of my favorites:

  • Retin-A (tretinion). It’s a form of vitamin A that helps the skin with significant exfoliation. It’s what many would refer to as a chemical exfoliant (versus a physical one like a scrub brush or apricot scrubs). What this exfoliation does for you is limit the build-up of cells that can block pores, and continues what beauty insiders call “constructive destruction”. This keeps the skin building collagen and other youthful agents. Early usage of tretinion will limit wrinkling, create a much smoother appearance, and allow other topical creams (like lighteners) to be absorbed. It also helps prolong the benefit of botox. Defiantly worth starting at age 30. I’ve had friends start in their 20’s and they look amazing in their 40’s. This is by prescription and unless you have severe acne you’ll pay full price for it. It’s generic now, so a 45g tube of .1% should cost around $50. Using on face and neck nightly, this 45g tube will last 3-4 months.
  • Hydroquinone. Simply, it’s a skin lightener. Used as a hack, it provides a super smooth and creamy look to your skin and will minimize freckling and skin blotchiness. Available by prescription only, a 4% cream in a 20g tube will run about $50 and last about 3-4 months when used every other day. Yes, you can mix the tretinion and hydroquinone in your palm prior to application. A pea size of each will cover your face and neck. It has an odd smell (based on a sulfur component to the compound.) No worries about the smell. Yes, you can find 2% products available over the counter, and they are better than nothing, but I highly recommend getting the prescription strength (4%). This way you know what you’re getting and can mix based on your needs. I use it every every three days, but many use it daily or every-other day. Start by using it daily until you achieve your desired results then cut back.
  • Botox. I’ve been getting botox in the glabella area (between your eyes) since my mid-thirties and highly recommend it to everyone. There is nothing worse than those deep wrinkles that make someone look like they’re chronically confused or stressed. The “11” wrinkles. I’ve seen women 15-20 years younger than me look drastically older due to this simple fix. If you start before the wrinkles appear (like I did) chances are you may never see them. Yes, genetics play a part on how your skin ages, and I have great genes. Yet this simple, and inexpensive hack can take years off your face and prevent a look that’s much harder to hide in your 40’s. I am complimented daily on my skin and thank God for tretinion, hydroquinone and botox. You now know my biggest secrets 😉
  • Sunscreen. The use of both a chemical and a physical barrier is a must for any age. If you want a tan face, use a tanning cream or bronzing powder. Damage may not show up until you’re in your mid-to-late 40’s, but when it does you will regret those tan cheekbones. I used a tinted sunscreen with moisturizer as my daily thing and I love it. A favorite of mine is Moisture Surge (Clinique).
  • Sweet Almond Oil. What doesn’t this do for you? Organic is best… and its uses include daily moisturizer, hand/cuticle oil, and hair moisture. I add pure lavender oil to mine.
  • Clairsonic (or any other sonic based  facial scrub brush). This is the physical exfoliant I use and my skin is always smooth and flawless. You’ll want a physical exfoliant and I recommend the sonic based ones due to the muscular toning they do as a side bonus. There are many to choose from. Clique has a nice one as well.
  • Bee’s wax lip balm. If you keep your lips moist they will always look perfect, no matter their size or shape. I have full lips and they seem to dry out often. I prefer bee wax based balms, but any one that you use regularly will make a huge difference. Most cosmetics dry the lips, which is why you’ll be hard-pressed to find me wearing anything other than gloss when I “dress up”. A few of my favorite glosses are Dior Lip Maximizer and Clinique Superbalm.
  • Self-Tanners are way better than actual tanning. Don’t get me wrong, being outside and getting some natural sun is great for you, but I do not recommend sun tanning. My favorite tanner is Body Drench Quick Tan. It gives you both an instant tan and then deepens over the next few hours. It smells of oatmeal cookies. I mean really, what more could you ask for? Yes, exfoliate prior to application. I also use a tanning mitt to apply, versus just spraying it on.
  • Latisse. Absolutely the most amazing lashes ever. I have  hazel (greenish/golden) eyes and it has not affected eye color. My lashes are uber long, super thick, and dark. I curl them in the morning, and that’s it. No need for mascara. Honestly, a tinted sunscreen moisturizer, lip balm and a quick curl of the lashes and I’m done.
  • Yoga. Keeps a body beautiful, strong and flexible.

Other little things…

  • Body wash as shaving cream
  • 5 blade razors
  • Sonic toothbrush
  • Great tweezers (tweezerman) and regular brow grooming
  • Proper skin care and the right product will eliminate your need for cosmetics
  • Trim hair often to reduce split ends
  • Don’t do more than one ugly thing to your hair.. and I recommend you don’t do any. What’s an ugly thing? Coloring, straightening, perming, blow-drying, curling, etc. The least you can do the most gorgeous your hair will be.
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