WE WANT IT AND WE WANT IT NOW!

We are a fast-paced, “want it now” generation of people. We don’t go to stores when Amazon often delivers the very next day. This “want it now” attitude makes no exception for many of our desires; losing weight, getting a tan, banishing acne or removing wrinkles.

We see the young celebrities who get plastic surgery far too early, and the older beauties who have procedures that take away their unique look; a look that would have persevered and remained unique, even with age.  As I was growing up, this wasn’t the way it was.  The big thing that happened in my early adulthood was that the actress from “Beaches” had her lips done.  This was a first.  Hers was becoming.  This is now the norm, and the proportions are far different.

Witnessing this throughout my lifetime after that point, I knew with certainty that I would never endure an augmentation procedure, unless it was restorative. I’ve valued the authenticity of my appearance, and while yes; aging is shocking, I did happen upon an excellent skin care program quite by accident.

Because I’m a daughter, a niece, a sister, an aunt; I shared with those I love. I’m not a Name Brand, so it was easy for many to dismiss, except that ten years went by and then fifteen. And my skin maintained. They are all faithful now. And there are many clocks turning back and slowing in these faces.

I bought a purchase in the last few weeks; one that the retailer had to inquire about my age. It turns out that I was a few months older than he was. He complimented me again and again and my response was more than the usual “thank you,” as this time I added, “I just wrote a book on it.” He was incredulous at the difference in appearance in this person who was a few months older than he was. I was pleased that I would have guessed him at 10 or more years older than I was. He should totally buy my book.

I am convinced that the “accidental” skin care regimen that I began in response to facial injuries of 15 years ago has drastically slowed the hands of time. And it was not immediate, but ongoing. Sustained.

To have your best skin, it takes commitment. I feel that the best results come from committing to a morning and evening regimen, seven days a week; but even I don’t do that. Something always comes up. It does take a commitment to see results. I can state with firm certainty that if you follow a regimen more times a week than you do not, you will see results. I would shoot for 70% participation as the lowest, meaning morning and evening; about five days a week.

Last July, I went to a Happy Hour with a friend I had not seen in a few years. I did not know I was walking into a skincare presentation. And there I was; thrilled by a scientific background, and I became a part of that skincare group. I was very enthusiastic, because it came from science where my own regimen did not. I followed their guidance; try this one day for every year of your life. I tried it for my 53 years (my age) and up to about 120 days. I had given up my tried and true regimen. There were some good results and I discovered an excellent ingredient that I’ve added to my daytime routine through that trial. There were also some deficits; some age spots on my face increased in color and size, a wrinkle between my brow grew deeper and lines around my lips began to form. Being 53, I really didn’t notice this until I put glasses on. I was shocked.

As I began writing my book, I had just begun my own regimen again, and it is my commitment to apply 53 days of patience and see the results, as I haven’t regained all the lost ground just yet. The reality is that I likely have to give it the 120 days I gave the other products.  So far, I have seen improvement in reduction of the age spots as well as some of the lines that had become more prominent around my lips, that emerged slowly as I discontinued my own well-working regimen.

I did do what many of you will do (but please don’t) and I went nuts with the acid and burned a couple of areas on my face. I encourage patience and commitment so that no injuries or scars come from your treatments.

We all want what we want, and we want it now….. Life has never worked that way, not with good outcome. I know that I have tried so many things, usually miracle diets, miracle patches, etc. and never have the results equaled the advertisement. I’d look back at six weeks and ask myself “why didn’t I just commit to the hard way? I’d be halfway where I want to be now.”

Everything worth achieving takes time, patience and commitment. Not a single regimen will work without these three traits and I encourage you to focus on them on this journey with your skin.

Acid Freak

ACID FREAK

I’m all about the ACID, manLet’s pull off that mask of old skin you are wearing and show what you have underneath it all!

I’ve revived this post following my Amazon Kindle book release (SEE AD).

Glycolic Acid– This is one of the most important products you can use in your beauty arsenal, and you should eventually use it daily.  A word of CAUTION – start slowly.  Most of us work with the public in some capacity, and it is unseemly to conduct business with our faces flaking off.  If you will start slowly, the effects will be gradual but they will be ongoing.  I noticed a difference in the first month and I feel you will too.  I also saw my pores tighten, my skin exfoliate the oxidation and an overall look of brightness and youth.

Glycolic acid is an acid found in fruits and is the smallest molecule acid. This allows it to work really effectively with fine lines and wrinkles, milia, acne, and a host of other concerns.  When used in a peel, it is giving great injury to the skin, causing the skin to react in a positive way, AFTER the angry redness and the peeling skin.  When used daily, and graduating the strengths, small injuries to the skin are sustained, but they are usually not noticeable, and what about those injuries to the skin?  The great outcome of injury to the skin caused by glycolic acid is that it kick starts collagen production as a healing process. Collagen is not easily absorbed into the skin, and it is almost a waste of money to purchase it, but glycolic acid, your new friend, is encouraging your skin to produce it’s own, and may allow for greater penetration of collagen products.

What does that mean for you?  This one is a “no brainer.”  The sagging skin that happens with age, that skin that people term as jowls; if you are using glycolic acid on your face, jaw line, neck and décolletage, you are combatting that skin sag.  You may go through life “jowl-less” with a daily regimen of glycolic acid.

If you’ve never used glycolic acid, start with 5% for a month.  Then increase to 10%.  Or, go more slowly and increase to 7% for a month and graduate to 10% the month following.  At any time experiencing abnormal sensitivity, decrease the percentage, or skip a day.  Eventually, it will be an easy part of your daily ritual.  As I mention in my book, I’m comfortable remaining at a 10% glycolic acid treatment, but give myself a GLYCOLIC POP periodically. Read about the GLYCOLIC POP in my book!  And Glycolic Acid works best with some companion treatments.

Recommended Glycolic Acid Products

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A unique benefit of glycolic acid is that it opens your skin to allow for greater penetration of good products. This is where I bring in the equally important Hyaluronic Acid.  This special acid is naturally in our bodies and we produce less of it as we age.  It is found in many high-end creams and lotions and is the buzziest cosmetic buzz word of the day.  It is also used in many fillers.  It will absolutely, positively bring hydration and youthful plumping to your skin.  It works by allowing you to retain your skin’s moisture.  I would not go one day without this.

Recommended Hyaluronic Acid Products

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When incorporating Glycolic Acid products or any Alpha Hydroxy Acid products into your daily regimen, the use of sun protectant is recommended.  As Glycolic Acid is an exfoliator, do not use scrubs or scrub devices when cleansing skin, as this could cause injury.

 

I’M SOON TRYING ANOTHER ACID!  Groovy, baby!  I’ll update.

 

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