Honestly, I don’t know how anyone gets any work done at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, what with this view and all:
But they do, and they do it well. Most recently, the editors at Good Housekeeping have put together a scientifically backed anti-aging guide designed to help women look and feel seven years younger in just seven weeks, and put it all into a book due out in January called, “7 Years Younger.” In the book, several women try the plan with great results, from losing weight to reducing redness on their faces.
I was invited to find out all about the plan at the Hearst headquarters in Manhattan yesterday, and I went for two reasons: 1. I adore Good Housekeeping, especially for running my Good Grief blog for two years and 2. Who’s over 35 and doesn’t want to look 7 years younger? I mean, really.
At the event, I heard from several of Good Housekeeping’s editors and a few scientists from the Institute, about simple ways to get smoother skin, fuller hair, a healthier body, and a sharper memory. Here’s one tip that I learned from each expert:
- Add 20 minutes of walking per week: It doesn’t have to be all at once. Take the stairs when you normally take the elevator, park farther from the store, etc. — Senior Executive Editor, Jennifer Cook
- You don’t have to give up carbs to lose weight: I snacked on a Sammy in a wheat wrap that was quite delicious. — Nutrition Director, Samantha B. Cassetty, M.S., R.D.
- Fill in your brows the right way: Filling in your disappearing eyebrows helps frame your eye and make them “pop” while making you look younger. (As of yesterday, my favorite brow gadget is Laura Geller’s brow sculpting marker, with a little brush at the end. It looks natural and yet, POW! went my blue eyes). — Nina Judar, Beauty Director
A few women got to test out the Visia equipment, which compares your wrinkles and age spots to the averages for your age. To find out what to do about what Visia shows you, check out “7 Years Younger,” which includes tips for reducing wrinkles and lightening brown spots, featuring products tested by the GHRI that they found to be effective. (Tip: Think retinol.)
I also learned about the history of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, which was founded before the FDA to help test products and protect consumers.
Then I got a bag full of GHRI-tested goodies to take home. They’re good for at least two of the seven years younger. You’ll see.