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By Jessica Thomas

The fountain of youth is here ladies, so take a big sip or just fill up your water bottles. And when we say the fountain of youth has arrived, we mean the fab New York Times bestseller book written by Charla Krupp. Everyone has been talking about it, so if you haven’t heard about it (e.g., if you are living under a rock), take note.

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How To Not Look Old: Fast & Effortless Ways to Look 10 Years Younger, 10 Pounds Lighter, 10 Times Better is the new Bible not just for our mothers and grandmothers, but also for us. The tips given by the former Glamour magazine beauty director, contributor to The Today Show, and a current fashion columnist at More magazine, are literally life changing for the low-maintenance to the real O.C. housewives out there.

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Charla Krupp and Katie Couric at the NYC book launch at the Gramercy Park Hotel

The book offers a comprehensive plan of attack with specific tips on hair color, lipsticks, wrinkle erasers, jeans, heels and more. You can also see celebrity examples of good and bad style, go through shopping lists of “Brilliant Buys” in fashion and beauty products and snag coveted addresses of “where top beauty pros go.”

Here’s steps one through three out of five of Charla’s recommended five-step skin care program
given in the book:

STEP 1 – CLEANSE: Keeping your skin clean – free of dirt, bacteria, and makeup – will go a long way toward a fresh complexion. Choose a gentle cleanser that won’t strip your skin – your face shouldn’t feel tight after you wash it!

STEP 2 – EXFOLIATE: As we get older, our skin cells don’t turn over as rapidly as they once did, resulting in a rough, uneven, or blotchy texture. To speed up cell turnover and help reveal fresher-looking skin, you need to give those cells a nudge. For a heated mask-like treat, I like Olay Regenerist Thermal Skin Polisher. This unique product is a scrub with glycolic acid that warms up on your face and is gentle enough to use daily.

STEP 3 – RESTORE: A dizzying number of antioxidants seem to take turns on the hot list, each promising to reverse the damage already done and to perform other skin-saving miracles. Every morning, slap on a serum, a rich cocktail delivering potent doses of skin-fixing vitamins. You’ll want an antioxidant-rich product. Studies have shown that antioxidants can help boost skin’s defenses against damaging free radicals. At night, I recommend using a product with Vitamin A to improve skin tone and texture and even help build collagen.

Get your copy at BarnesandNoble.com or Amazon.com.

Originally published March 2008
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