Friday, November 03, 2006
I am literally weeks away from turning 30 years old and to tell you the truth….very excited about it. I’m not all caught up in feeling like I’m getting old and all that hoopla. I’ve always thought I’ve looked young for my age and have enjoyed growing up and maturing. I was taken aback recently when somebody I see on a regular basis due to work related duties commented on me being the same age as they were after telling me they were 24 years old….I was shocked. I was like, “honey, you’re just a baby!” and he commented back about how we were the same age and I was like, “NO……I’m hitting 30 here!” He was really surprised.
Well I thought about this little fortunate exchange of words for a while. What about me make people think I am younger than what I actually am? I’ve always been on more of the mature side. My best friends are all older than me….even by 8 or more years. So it’s not me acting immature that makes me look young. I’ve had two kids so I don’t have that cute hip body anymore that might make me look young. Hmmmm……Ah ha! I know what it is. It’s my skin. I take very good care of my skin and drink tons of water. By taking care of my skin I mean, I take great care in choosing good products to lavish my skin in. Most recently I have been using these awesome Dr. Brandt products day and night and the most fabulous Sanoflore products at night.
My regime has gone a little like this: In the morning I cleanse my face with this wonderful rose infused shea butter soap that I buy at Trader Joes. It smells so good. Sorry I don’t know the name or brand off hand but I’ll get back to you on that. My cleanser changes often since I love trying new stuff all the time….but the rose infused soap has been used the most lately. Anyway, after my face is cleansed I always do some kind of antioxidant treatment. For example I love Dr. Brandt’s lineless gel and “c” gel which have healthy doses of green tea, grapeseed extract, and vitamin C. The green tea ingredient, which contains caffeine, is a great way to perk up your skin and tighten it a bit, while the grapeseed extract is a natural botanical with anti-aging properties. Love it! I told ya, I’m growing old gracefully!
Next, of course, I moisturize. I can not speak highly enough of the Lineless Cream and Infinite Moisture by Dr. Brandt. It is sooooo lightweight and absorbs into your skin so quickly that you almost forget it’s there….until you stroke the side of your cheek and your skin feels silky smooth. Now the canvas is ready to be painted.(We’ll talk makeup another time, of course!).
Now, when the evenings come and you need to unwind…this is a great treatment. I like to do this at least once a week. Draw yourself a nice hot bubble bath, grab a great book or magazine and soak. If you’d like you can put a few drops of lavender oil or chamomile oil for calming effects in your bath. I also like eucalyptus and peppermint for a more invigorating scent. Burn some candles and unwind. Once you feel totally relaxed and calm and you start your nighttime skincare regime give these products a try once or twice a week: Sanoflore Firmness Mask followed by Moisturizing Oil. These are totally organic products from Italy and they are absolutely amazing. I feel like I’ve been to the spa after using these products…especially the Moisturizing Oil. I massage it into my face and onto my neck and décolleté (the delicate skin on your chest beneath your neck). After I used it the first time my husband was even stroking my face! He was like, “can you put this on your whole body?!” Your skin will feel baby soft!
And this…is what I attribute to the deception of making people believe I am only 24!