Graziella Baratta Ventura
Fountain of Youth Helpers: my anti-aging obsession!
Ah, the fountain of youth, and what we do in search of it! As I get older it becomes more elusive every year, and I become more impassioned to find it! However, I've come to realize that it's truly not just one thing in particular, but an active combination of lifestyle habits and good quality "helpers" along the way. You see, I'm not one for anything invasive...like at all. And as you may already know, being the Fit Foodie, I'm also not one for toxins. I didn't even use any form of medication during the birth of my VBAC baby (crazy, I know). With that said, I seek out the most non-toxic, anti- aging products and modalities out there. I've realized there are a few key characteristics that make someone look older, and when combined, they can have a compounding effect. Some are more obvious than others: wrinkles, uneven skin tone, uneven skin texture, enlarged pores, dark under eye circles, eye bags, yellowing teeth, sagging skin, and the list goes on. I'd like to talk about two main products here that are really stellar anti- aging “helpers” that make a big impact on overall youthfulness.
This one serum does it all- MATRIXYL 3000 + ARGIRELINE Peptide + Vitamin C Serum + Organic Hyaluronic Acid - it’s my MUST- HAVE!! It’s basically botox in a bottle, sans-needles and side effects, targeting wrinkles, dark circles, eye bags, enlarged pores, sagging skin, age spots and discoloration.🙌🏼🤩 The three main stars of its ingredient line-up are argireline, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. Together they help the skin reverse signs of aging with every use, but the best part is that the results actually keep getting better as you continue to use it!! I really feel like giving birth to my second child (and postpartum everything including nursing), plus this unexpected pandemic have aged me. That’s what prompted me to give this a try (Hello, online shopping during pandemic times at home with 2 small children, hubby working from home and mommy needs something for herself!). So when I first tried the serum, I was quite pleased with it’s immediate effects of plumping and smoothing, but it wasn’t until a few weeks later that I was really “wowed!” by the even greater anti aging results. 😁 I was not even planning on writing about it, but after being so pleased, I had to share! My skin seems firmer, smoother, more resilient, more even toned, and particularly decreased dark circles despite little sleep during my baby’s sleep regression stage🤪 Another thing I noticed about myself in older photos while I was performing in shows and in pageantry like Miss America preliminary competitions and Miss United States pageant (which I won!), was a super bright smile that really stood out. It’s a quality of youth, and over the years, my teeth have darkened from constant wear and tear (normal, but annoying!). Unlike my former youthful self, I sought out a non toxic version of the whitening strips I used to use, since I’m no longer a proponent of a toxic lifestyle; all the way down to my tooth whitener. I mean who wants a side of inflammation with their white smile?! NOT me!
I found an effective yet gentle whitening powder that works amazingly fast with just one use, and even more so over time called Active Wow https://amzn.to/38kIMGl What’s best is that it’s totally natural and doesn’t cause sensitivity in your teeth! I was always sensitive to whitening strips but used them anyway. I’m not all about that beauty= pain anymore, lol. Plus, pregnancy and nursing has made my teeth super sensitive as it is, and I’m thinking I’d like to preserve them as best I can. 😬 I definitely love and use other products as well in combination with these, but these are the current stars of my beauty routine! I hope you try them out too, and let me know what you think!!