I grew up watching my mother slather on face creams and lotions.... literally - I used to sit on the floor outside the bathroom and talk to her while she did it. It used to take her forever!! morning and night. BUT she had beautiful skin... may have been partially genetics but I believe it was the care she took of it too.
So during my life time I have tried all sorts of cleansers and face creams and lotions. Finally giving up on the expensive companies and settling on drugstore offerings. My hit and miss ministrations must have had some effect as folks do not believe my age when I tell them.... usually assuming I am about 10 years younger than I actually am. (ok ok my energy levels probably help)
BUT last summer all hell broke loose with my skin. Dry does NOT describe how bad it was. I had rashes appearing on my forehead... if I ran my hand around the edge of my face I felt sandpaper ...... my eyebrows - dear lord - they looked like porcupine spikes!! sticking up and out from my face. I've been blessed with nice eyebrows - nicely shaped without having to tweeze - nice colour - BUT now they were ugly!! and it wasn't just my face - my whole body was drying up and flaking off. and itching!!!
A friend told me her dermatologist recommended CeraVe .. I bought vat sized CeraVe and slathered that sh*t on my whole body and FACE night and day. I had some relief - but not much.
THEN as if it couldn't get any worse......... brown age spots started to appear on my face! I was devastated... (yes that sounds dramatic - BUT it's the truth - I was devastated! I am almost 20 years older than Sir Steve - I did NOT want to look like an old crone when I was with him!! vanity is real!)
A couple of months ago on my feed on Facebook - I read an ad for face treatments. They offered a month's supply of your choice for free. AND they promised not to automatically enrol you in their program. Curiosity won out and I clicked the link. First plus was it was a Canadian company. I browsed through their packages - settling on their treatment for extreme dry skin......... I started to fill in the forms.... waiting for the required credit card number. It never came up. They shipped their product and it arrived in less than 10 days........... AND it was totally free - no tax - no shipping! I started using it...... at first I thought it was a pain - cleansing - treating - moisturizing and once a week I was applying 2 masks - first a glycolic peel - then a hydrating antioxidant mask. I did notice that my skin seemed to be less dry........ was there hope?
I decided to place an order for full size product - it was easy peasy and still no automatic renewal .......... YAY!! (Can you tell how impressed I am ??!!)
This morning I put all the creams lotions and masks out in the bathroom.........
OMG! and I believe I'm not high maintenance?? (grinning) It takes almost an hour just to do the masks - then cleanse and moisturize BUT I am seeing a small improvement..... my skin is soft again - no sandpaper! My eyebrows are lying flat again - no more porcupine spikes. As for the brown spots? the wrinkles? I'm not expecting a miracle.... and they do say it can take months for the age spots to fade ........ who knows maybe they'll fade a little bit.............
As for that vat of CeraVe - I'm using that on my body....... it's slowly moisturizing again and isn't as itchy or flaky.
BUT I can't help musing on what we women do in the name of beauty - or is it pure vanity?