Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Let's Talk: Anti-Aging Skincare

Ladies, I’m not against a little ‘freshening’ up and I’m a proponent of preventive measures but when it comes to skincare I’m a bit of a Luddite (if I could find a reliable lard source I would smear it on my face every day). I already inject myself with toxins so have less than zero interest in doing the same into my face or neck. I’m also, let’s admit it, a bit of a cheapskate. I simply cannot imagine that whatever butterfly wings/kitten blood/ground pearls brew, costing $300 an ounce, is really going to return my skin to its pre-teen luminescence (a 4-H judge once called my skin classic peaches and cream and yes, I know how pathetic it is that I count that as the high point of my dermatological life). So it is news when I say I’ve discovered a reasonably priced anti-aging skincare product that really does make a difference.

It's a sad truth that age and gravity impact your skin so several years ago I moved into the “anti-aging” arena of skincare but still only at a drugstore level. Anything that would inflame my skin before making it look better didn’t make sense so I stayed away, until I saw an ad for a Neutrogena product called Ageless Intensives® Anti-Wrinkle Deep Wrinkle Night Moisturizer.

I was intrigued by the claim that the cream used a new formulation of retinol that didn’t cause redness or irritation. This plus a price point of $18.99 made me think that it was time to fall face forward into the world of anti-aging elixirs. Three weeks later and I can see a difference. The very fine lines starting around my eyes are gone, the deeper ‘frown’ lines on my forehead (have NO idea how I got those) are almost non-existent, and my favorite effect- my skin is noticeably smoother. It feels the way it used to as opposed to in recent times when it seemed thicker and a bit dull. Now if they had a formula that would do the same when my mind feels that way I’d be set.

A couple quick tips for those of you who are newbies to retinol the way I was. One, if it’s the fifth ingredient on the label then the amount in the product is negligible and not of much use. It should be the first or second listed. Also, it’s a delicate ingredient that begins to oxidize and lose effectiveness with exposure to air and light. So, if you’re looking at products, anything in a glass or plastic container with a wide opening is not likely to be effective for long. The Neutrogena comes in an aluminum tube with a very small opening.



Disclaimer: if you’ve been reading this blog for more then 20 seconds than you know there’s no one out there paying me to promote anything. When I write about a product it’s simply because I like it and think you might like it as well. I’m just that kind of caring sharing person.

4 comments:

Kathy G said...

Thanks for the unbiased information. I just might have to try that moisturizer out!

Bridget said...

I love that you wrote this. I have been trying different anti-aging lotions (one fancy french lotion I got as a sample from Bliss that made me break out horribly).

I bought Clinique's anti-aging, but it is too thick and white and I feel like I'm wearing clown make-up.

I will definitely try Neutrogena! I already use their exfoliate and toner, I wonder why I haven't leaned this way sooner?

Sarah Mac said...

Thank you Catherine - I'm looking to change as the one I've used for years really isn't right for me now. I'll check this out!

Julia said...

Even if we have so many anti-aging products available on the market, none can make us look as teens, because we are not teens anymore.

When I asked my doctor from Skin Vitality what should I do to look younger, he told me the only viable options are Fillers or botox. I'm not sure what to do, but if I want to get rid of those wrinkles, these are my only options.

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