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Some of our beauty choices are more than skin deep. We’re learning this more and more every day.  Candice Sabatini joins Just Ask David to give us a little guidance when it comes to these decisions.

Candice is the co-founder of Beauty News NYC, the very first digital beauty magazine. She’s very well known in the industry and has been writing beauty and skin care for decades.

Anti-Aging vs. Pro-Aging

Once you hit a certain age, most skin care routines put a heavy focus on anti-aging. And in a world where we place a lot of value on youth, it makes sense. But eventually, we WILL age — whether we like it or not.

“We all want to look more youthful,” Candice agrees. “But I don’t think anybody at 40-years-old or 50-years-old is gonna say, ‘Give me something that’s gonna make me look 25 again.’” Candice cites Jane Fonda as an example. We know that she’s had plastic surgery, and we know how old she really is. But doesn’t she still look beautiful at her age?

Most of us realize that shaving off forty years just isn’t going to happen, which is what pro-aging is all about. Maybe we can’t look 25 again, but looking incredible for our age is the next best thing. “We want to look our best,” Candice adds.

Do You Know the Quality of Your Vitamin C?

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What are the best products for anti-aging (or pro-aging)? Candice swears by vitamin C and retinol. “Vitamin C — that’s the best one,” she adds. But she also warns that a lot of the vitamin C on the market isn’t high quality.

“One of the issues with vitamin C is most people use the cheapest and least effective form of vitamin C,” she explains. “If you’re buying a bottle of vitamin C serum and you’re paying $25 for it, it’s fine if it’s l-ascorbic acid. It’s not going to hurt you. But there are companies out there that are charging $150-200 [for] a bottle of vitamin C. And it’s the cheapest form.”

Instead, she suggests using the highly effective (but also expensive) form of vitamin C — tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, also known as tetra C. “That’s the one you want in your vitamin C serums.”

Beauty Packaging: Jar vs. Pump

Packaging is about a lot more than presentation. Many of us don’t think about it, but the container holding our beauty products can have a significant impact on how effective they are.

“I’m on a one-woman campaign to get rid of jars,” Candice jokes. But on a serious note, jars can introduce your expensive products to oxygen, changing its chemical properties. Contamination is also a concern. “You open it, you get more air into it, which is bad,” Candice says. “Women put their fingers into it… it’s the most unhygienic thing in the world.”

Candice suggests using containers with pumps instead. That way, the perfect amount of product is dispensed right into your hand. No extra dirt, no extra air.

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Want to learn what the very first digital beauty magazine is all about? Visit the Beauty News NYC website and follow on Twitter @BeautyNewsNYC.

You can also stay updated with Candice by following her on Twitter @SabatiniOnStyle or Instagram @Candice_Sabatini!

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