Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Celebrity Birthdays: Age-Defying Beauty Secrets for Women in Their 30s & 40s

Photo by Pinguino K

Happy birthday to Kristen Bell. The actress, singer and animal rights activist, who just announced she's expecting her second child with hubby Dax Shepard, turns 34 today.

Bell became an animal lover early in life. In fact, at the age of 11, she stopped eating meat because she couldn't disassociate the dogs and cats she cuddled with as pets in her home from the animals served on her plate at mealtime. She currently supports the Helen Woodward Animal Center and the ASPCA, as well as Invisible Children, Inc.  

Several actresses in Bell's age range, mid-30s to mid-40s, celebrate birthdays this summer. They include Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Theron, Cameron Diaz, Amy Adams, Gisele Bündchen and Kristen Wiig. Although these stunning superstars exemplify age-defying beauty, many women tend to experience fine lines, creases and age spots during this stage of their life. Your skin retains less moisture and your complexion may look a little dull due to loss of collagen and elasticity.

To slow signs of aging, take a look at the following serums, moisturizers and eye treatments. They restore lift and luminosity by using antioxidants, vitamins, hyaluronic acid and peptides. Plus, in honor of Bell's birthday, all manufacturers featured follow no animal testing or cruelty-free practices. 

No reason why you can't glow like the candles on your birthday cake from the inside out!

Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Yahoo News
July 10: Sofia Vergara turns 42.

Photo by Gabriel Marchi
July 20: Gisele Bündchen turns 34.

Photo courtesy GLAAD Media Awards
July 24: Jennifer Lopez turns 45.

Photo by Sebastian Derungs
August 7: Charlize Theron turns 39.

Photo by Chrisa Hickey
August 20: Amy Adams turns 40.

Photo by Eva Rinaldi
August 22: Kristen Wiig turns 41.

Photo by Caroline Bonarde Ucci
August 30: Cameron Diaz turns 42.

SHINE: 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream. BEAUTY: Vitamins C and E, aloe vera leaf juice, and coffee cherry and green coffee seed extracts help reduce puffiness around the eyes and brighten dark circles. BEACON: Vegan, and gluten and cruelty free. Contains no detergents, synthetic chemicals, or artificial fragrances or colors.

SHINE: B-Leve B-Bright Eye Roll-On and B-Youthful Face & Eye Serum. BEAUTY: Minimize puffiness and dark circles in the orbital area, and help firm your skin and balance your complexion with fruit cell extracts and peptides. BEACON: No animal testing.

SHINE: DeVita Natural Skin Care Perfecting Time. BEAUTY: Aloe vera gel, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and peptides aid in softening, smoothing and nourishing your skin. BEACON: Vegan and cruelty free. Contains no FD&C colors, lead, carmine, cochineal, gluten and parabens.

SHINE: First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Serum. BEAUTY: Correct uneven skin tone and dark spots caused by aging, sun damage and acne discoloration with licorice root and green tea leaf extracts, grape seed oil and shea butter. BEACON: No animal testing. Free of parabens, phthalates, alcohol, fragrances and artificial dyes.

SHINE: Gunilla of Sweden ÄKTA Alpha Hydroxy Treatment Anti-Aging Blemish Cream. BEAUTY: Aloe vera concentrate, fruit acids and safflower seed oil help remove dead skin cells, and increase collagen production and skin elasticity. BEACON: Vegan, non-comedogenic and cruelty free. Contains no benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, salicylic acid, dyes, detergents, or synthetic colors and fragrances.

SHINEIntelligent Nutrients Supernatural Skin Normal + Sensitive Travel Set. BEAUTY: Restore a radiant glow with this firming and fortifying five-piece set--Nourishing Tonic, Gentle Cleansing Lotion, Renewal Complex Eye Gel, Restorative Moisture Emulsion and Anti-Aging Serum. BEACON: No animal testing and USDA Organic certified. Vegan and gluten free. Contains no pesticides, phthalates, sulfates, artificial fragrances, parabens, formaldehyde or petrochemicals.

SHINE: Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Instant Eye Life. BEAUTY: Aloe vera juice, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness, and leave your eyes looking restored and refreshed. BEACON: USDA Organic certified and no animal testing. Free of parabens, petroleum, propylene and butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes and synthetic fragrances.

SHINE: L'Oréal Revitalift Moisture Blur. BEAUTY: Create a soft focus blurring effect to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with peptides, vitamin A and salicylic acid. BEACON: No animal testing. Free of parabens.

SHINE: Pevonia Botanica Lumafirm Lift & Glow Eye Contour and Repair Cream. BEAUTY: Hyaluronic acid, black tea ferment and peptides diminish dark circles and puffiness around the eyes, and smooth lines and wrinkles on your face, neck and decolleteBEACON: No animal testing. Free of parabens, alcohol, lanolin, mineral oil, PABA, urea, formaldehyde, artificial colors and sulfates. Supports the Beauty Bus Foundation.

SHINE: Phytoceane Aquasaphir Serum. BEAUTY: Soften expression lines and brighten your complexion with vitamin E, sunflower seed oil, and cucumber fruit, algae and malachite extracts. BEACON: No animal testing. Preserves marine resources used in its products with a program focused on seasonal algae harvesting and farming.

SHINESkinAgain Youth. BEAUTY: Aloe vera leaf powder, green tea leaf extract, peptides and vitamin E ease the appearance of wrinkles, expression lines, dark spots and uneven skin tone. BEACONCruelty free. Contains no parabens, fragrances or gluten.

SHINEVichy Laboratories LiftActiv Serum 10. BEAUTY: Minimize crow’s feet, brow/laugh lines and neck sagging, and maximize lift and luminosity with hyaluronic acid and a 10% concentration of Rhamnose--a naturally derived plant sugar that helps boost skin rejuvenation. BEACONNo animal testing. Free of parabens.

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