7 anti-aging products that actually work
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There is no Fountain of Youth, but we do have serums and creams and ointments that work just as good as drinking magical water. And you don't need to travel across the world on a rickety old galleon to get your liver-spotted hands on them. Immortality (or at least the next best thing – collagen) is available with one easy click. Here are some of the best anti-aging products that would've made Ponce de Leon stay at home had he had access to them.

Andalou Naturals Instant Lift and Firm Hydro Serum Facial Mask


These sheet masks do exactly what they claim to do – lift and firm, instantly. They come in a six pack, so you can stock up and save when you're feeling like the Crypt Keeper and need a quick pick me up before a special occasion. The masks contain Resveratrol Q10, a super antioxidant complex which helps inhibit cellular damage as well as stimulate collagen and elastin.

Six per case, $21.99; Amazon



Belei Triple-Peptide Eye Cream


Who says you have to use an expensive eye cream to get the job done? This cheap, but powerful eye cream contains caffeine, which gives sleepy-looking eyes a boost by reducing puffiness. A tri peptide blend supports firmness, and hyaluronic acid targets wrinkles. Plus, it's fragrance free!

0.5 fl oz, $18; Amazon


Tree of Life Anti Aging Serum


Talk about a triple threat! This pack contains the holy trinity of anti-aging skincare – vitamin C, retinol, and hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid reduces wrinkles, while vitamin C brightens skin and promotes collagen. Retinol smooths and refines skin, but remember - retinol can be drying and can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so be sure to pair it with a sunscreen when using.

Pack of three 3 oz. bottles, $15.96; Amazon


BODIPURE HandPure Moisturizing Gloves


Your hands can be one of the first places on your body to show signs of aging. However, they don't get nearly as much attention as your face – until now. These one-size fits all moisturizing gloves were designed to be touch-screen friendly, so you can sit back, relax and still work your iPhone while getting the supple hands of a 15-year-old.

Pack of three, $7; Amazon

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Powder


An anti-aging routine worth its salt also focuses on creating youthful skin from the inside out. This collagen powder is part Jennifer Aniston's "go to collagen routine." Just one scoop in your morning coffee can promote collagen production, which supports hair, skin, nail, bone, and joint health. Because nothing gives away your age like creaky joints.

20 oz. unflavored, $39.31; Amazon

Neutrogena Age Shield Face Lotion Sunscreen SPF 110


Sun damage can accelerate the aging process, which is why it's important to shield your skin with a good sunscreen. This sunscreen is made with a special formula called Helioplex, which prevents the sunscreen from losing its efficiency over time. Not only that, it's also designed to hydrate your skin while it protects from sun damage. And at $10 a bottle, it's practically a steal!

3 fl. Oz, $10.97; Amazon

Besito Anti-Aging Neck Firming Cream


Do you really need a separate cream to stave off wrinkles on your neck? Maybe not. But should you get one? Absolutely. This cream is specifically formulated to keep that turkey neck at bay, and many reviewers note it gives their skin a "silky feeling." Not bad!

2 oz. $14.95; Amazon

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Often, parents of children with special needs struggle to find Halloween costumes that will accommodate medical equipment or provide a proper fit. And figuring out how to make one? Yikes.

There's good news; shopDisney has added new ensembles to their already impressive line of adaptive play costumes. And from 8/30 - 9/26, there's a 20% off sale for all costume and costume accessory orders of $75+ with code Spooky.

When looking for the right costume, kids with unique needs have a lot of extra factors to consider: wheelchair wheels get tangled up in too-long material, feeding tubes could get twisted the wrong way, and children with sensory processing disorders struggle with the wrong kind of fabric, seams, or tags. There are a lot of different obstacles that can come between a kid and the ability to wear the costume of their choice, which is why it's so awesome that more and more companies are recognizing the need for inclusive creations that make it easy for everyone to enjoy the magic of make-believe.

Created with inclusivity in mind, the adaptive line is designed to discreetly accommodate tubes or wires from the front or the back, with lots of stretch, extra length and roomier cut, and self-stick fabric closures to make getting dressed hassle-free. The online shop provides details on sizing and breaks down the magical elements of each outfit and accessory, taking the guesswork out of selecting the perfect costume for the whole family.

Your child will be able to defeat Emperor Zurg in comfort with the Buzz Lightyear costume featuring a discreet flap opening at the front for easy tube access, with self-stick fabric closure. There is also an opening at the rear for wheelchair-friendly wear, and longer-length inseams to accommodate seated guests. To infinity and beyond!

An added bonus: many of the costumes offer a coordinating wheelchair cover set to add a major boost of fun. Kids can give their ride a total makeover—all covers are made to fit standard size chairs with 24" wheels—to transform it into anything from The Mandalorian's Razor Crest ship to Cinderella's Coach. Some options even come equipped with sounds and lights!

From babies to adults and adaptive to the group, shopDisney's expansive variety of Halloween costumes and accessories are inclusive of all.

Don't forget about your furry companions! Everyone loves to see a costumed pet trotting around, regardless of the occasion. You can literally dress your four-legged friend to look like Sven from Frozen, which might not sound like something you need in your life but...you totally do. CUTENESS OVERLOAD.

This year has been tough for everyone, so when a child gets that look of unfettered joy that comes from finally getting to wear the costume of their dreams, it's extra rewarding. Don't wait until the last minute to start looking for the right ensemble!


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