What I’m about to tell you, I’d like you to read, then immediately forget, ok?
Ok, here is goes. *deep breath*
I am going to be FORTY next year.
The big 4-0. Ugh. And I have to tell you, I’ve been noticing signs of aging creep up lately: little wrinkles around my eyes, faint laugh lines around my mouth, creases on my forehead that I swore weren’t there last week. I’d like to say I’m taking this gracefully, being kind to myself and telling the mirror that those laugh lines are there because I laugh and smile and that’s a good thing. Yeah yeah, that’s true and all, but no! I’m not ready for this! A friend of mine was having a Botox party the other day and I seriously considered going. But am I really there yet? I feel like I just grew boobs and hips, how can I be old enough to be considering Botox?! Well friends, I’m almost *shudder* forty. So I guess I am there.
But, hold on…not quite.
I have nothing against Botox, but I am not quite ready to take that step. For now, I’ll focus on needle-free routines to ward off those annoying lines. At least for a little longer.
As a stressed out busy, working mother of two young boys, I need a skin care routine that is quick, easy, inexpensive, but also effective. I’ve played around with several different routines and found one that is perfect for me and may even prevent some of those pesky little lines. So if you’re in the same boat as me, check it out…
Cleanse – But Not Too Often. When it comes to washing your face, less is more. I wash my face once a day. No more. Washing your face too often can irritate your skin and take away its natural moisture.
Exfoliate – Always. Facial cleansers with the word “scrub” in it are my favorite. According to A Woman’s Health, “As we age, the process of cell regeneration slows down. This means that the body is slower to shed skin cells and generate new ones. When old skin cells start to pile up on the surface of the skin, it can leave skin looking dull, rough, and dry. Proper exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the skin and uncovers fresh new cells below. This opens the way for moisturizing products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which makes them more effective. In short, a regular exfoliating routine will leave your skin looking fresh and healthy.” So there you have it. Exfoliate.
Moisturize – The Key to Healthy Skin. I’ve tried about a million different moisturizers. I’ve spent anywhere from $6 at the grocery store to $80 at a department store looking for the perfect one that minimizes fine lines, moisturizes, smoothes and brightens. Last year I discovered – and have been in love with – Argon Oil. I’m aware that a certain famous model has a skin care line that offers it; however, you don’t need a brand name. What you do need is 100% pure cold pressed Argon oil. I buy mine on Amazon for less than $20 and have been using the same bottle for almost a year. I use two drops, warm it up by rubbing it in my hands, then smooth it all over my face and neck. Let me tell you, this stuff is ah-mazing. My face glows, not in a shiny, greasy way, but in a healthy, youthful (yes, I said youthful) way.
Nourish – From the Inside Out. Drink a ton of water. I can’t stress this enough. According to Livestrong, “Water plays a vital role in digestion, blood circulation, absorption of nutrients and the elimination of toxins. It’s important in the function of every organ in your body, including the skin. Just like all other organs, the skin is made up of cells that require water to function. When your skin cells aren’t sufficiently hydrated, the appearance of your skin suffers, making you look older than your years.” I drink at least 120 ozs a day. Luckily, I love water so this is easy for me, but if H2O is not your thing, squeeze some fruit in it to make it a little more exciting. Do whatever you have to do, just DRINK IT.
Also, be sure to take a women’s multi-vitamin and add a fish oil supplement. The fatty acids in fish oil help hydrate your skin and also minimize inflammation.
Stop Smiling. When you smile, you just make those laugh lines deeper. When you feel a smile coming on, just think about that scene in Titanic where Rose releases Jack’s hand and she whispers, “I’ll never let go…” See? It worked didn’t it? Stay far away from anything that might make you smile, laugh, or even smirk. Smirking can lead to full blown laughter and laughter is the enemy. Repeat after me: Laughter is the enemy.
(Ha! Are you smiling right now? Good. Keep smiling. You’re way more attractive that way.)