Andie MacDowell – an anti aging case study

andie-macdowell-plastic-surgeryFor many years the face of L’Oreal, Andie MacDowell has stayed looking younger than her true age of 53 and what’s more she is on record as saying she definitely doesn’t believe in plastic surgery.

Starting out as a model in her late teens, some critics say she never quite made the leap to convincing actress – in fact many describe her acting as ‘wooden’.

Although she may not be among the greatest actress in the world she has been among the most successful and has achieved huge celebrity status.

Lucky – or clever – in her choice of part, she has appeared in some groundbreaking and successful movies: including ‘Sex, Lies and Videotape’, ‘Groundhog Day’, and ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’.

Wrinkle free from skin care?

As the representative of L’Oreal, Andie MacDowell was the first of many women to tell us that she was “worth it” – a phrase which became one of the most successful (or annoyingly smug) marketing phrases ever.

Of course with any celebrity endorsement – the question we all want to know is: does she really use this stuff or is she just in it for the money?

After all – offered a million dollars who among us wouldn’t be persuaded to endorse products we may never have used?

And there’s the dilemma. For better or worse – we care which products celebrities use. Celebrities have vast resources of money and fame – they can seek out and use the best anti aging skin care. What works for Andie MacDowell will hopefully work for us too.

Representing L’Oreal for as long as she has – MacDowell must have been given every single product within the range to try out. It may well be part of her contract to do so – and to tell the world about it.

Whatever her reasons – she is on record as extolling the virtues of a number of anti aging products from the L’Oreal Revitalift line which she claims to use as part of her everyday skin care routine.

MacDowell is also a big fan of a high-end French skin care company called Caudalie (koh-da-lee) whose anti aging skin care is based on the antioxidant properties of grapes. With no commercial contract to Caudalie she has said she particularly likes the Anti Aging Serum for Eyes and Lips and the Vinosource Nourishing Cream for day and night use.

Macdowell on aging and Hollywood

MacDowell remains confident that older actresses have a future in Hollywood – despite some of the attitudes to aging that increasingly infuriate her.

As she has said recently: “people put way too much emphasis on age. You’re pre-programmed to believe that a man can have wrinkles and he’s sexy and a woman has wrinkles and she’s old – I do this nonstop. I have to defend myself and all women my age, and say:Yes, we’re still beautiful”

She has decided to take time off from film making for a little while and plans to return sometime down the road when she’s ready. Currently, Andie MacDowell lives among the beautiful mountains and forests of North Carolina, and it may be that this stress free environment helps her stay looking younger.

Not all of us can follow Andie MacDowell’s lead and simply stop working for a while.

But we can all benefit from more exercise and time spent in the great outdoors to reduce stress levels. A combination of less stress and a consistent anti aging skin care regime can work  wonders for most of us.

Andie Macdowell and the plastic surgery question

As soon as any well known celebrity says they don’t do plastic surgery the world goes into overdrive trying to prove they do.

Andie Macdowell is on record as saying she has not had facial plastic surgery to keep her great looks but she has had breast enhancement in the 1980’s according to the cosmetic surgery site Make Me Heal.

Could be that her views about plastic surgery have changed as she got older or maybe she just knows a really good plastic surgeon. She does have fantastic bone structure and naturally beautiful skin so that helps!

Many women manage to preserve a natural look by using botox on their forehead and frown lines but leave the crinkles at the corner of their eyes to avoid the frozen mask syndrome.

Also Andie may consider a little help from dermal fillers gets her by without using invasive surgery. None of us really knows but whatever she is doing – it works judging by recent photographs.

Plastic surgeons – who ought to be able to recognize “work” however well done – appear to back up her claims against plastic surgery. Quoted on Make Me Heal, Dr Paul Nassif – a facial plastic surgeon in Beverley Hills – says: “Andie MacDowell may have had botox and fillers. It does not appear she has had additional work performed.”

Although a natural beauty, Andie MacDowell’s slim figure is not just down to genetics – she works hard to keep it. She has had three children and is a self-admitted exercise freak.

Luckily, in North Carolina there’s plenty of space for her to do the horse and bike riding that she loves.  She’s also committed to yoga and gets her cardio exercise from running, weight lifting and frequent visits to the gym.

Something we could all copy – a great exercise routine that combines cardio exercise and core strength training with lots of variety to prevent workout boredom.

Exercise is a great anti aging boost – a toned slim figure is a younger looking figure and cardio exercise floods skin with oxygen and nutrients preventing premature aging naturually.

So take a leaf out of Andie MacDowell’s book if you want to look younger and stay healthy for as long as possible without plastic surgery. Work out an anti aging regimen that suits you – make it part of your life and keep to it.

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