Clueless, but Trying ~Julie Kay

When Marta invited me to write my “decades perfected” daily regime for Truth In Aging, my first thought was “not decades, now I feel like a con artist.” But actually, that’s spot on. In my thirties I became a single working mom, and it was in my daughter’s and my first self-acquired apartment that my regimen began.  The product was Revlon’s European Collagen Complex. I have no memory of why I chose this, but I loved it. I used it faithfully each morning after showering on my face and neck. I remember often thinking I was being very kind to myself (at a time when I wasn’t always). I used this potion until Revlon discontinued it in the early 90s. I was devastated. I actually drove to all the drugstores I could find to snap up the last bottles I could. Thus began my true search for the Holy Grail- the Perfect Facial Regime. Because, you see, it isn’t in one bottle or tube…

A couple of things about my facial philosophy. Firstly, while my products are always open to change- I’ve learned the hard way to never become too attached- I’ve decided less is more. So, while it may seem I use many potions, I strive to use as little as possible to achieve my purpose. Secondly, I really don’t like to over wash my face. I think there’s a danger of doing this as we age. My skin reacts much better, is more resilient and plumper toned, since I lessened this step and/or really paid close attention to what I used in this step. Third, I’m on a rigid budget. I wish I could afford a facialist, but the truth is I’ve never even had a facial! So I try very hard to learn what I’m using and how it may affect my skin, determine the cost factor, then cautiously make purchases. I’ve made lots of errors, no doubt about it, mostly because I’m extremely exacting in what I want to achieve.

Results! Three years ago (at 55), I sat at my sister-in-law’s table and said, “My cheeks are sliding off my face.” This was a semi wail actually. She said all the correct encouraging things, but we know! Today halfway through 58, I look younger than that day. I continue to thank Buddha, my guardian angel and karma for the day I stumbled upon Truth in Aging. I’ve learned the bulk of what I know today right here!

So, here it is, my Daily Regime.

Wakeup:  Products- Skinn’s Pure Energy Replenishing Mineral Bath (I use a cotton ball soaked in this as a facial wash); Estion Ultimate Growth Factor, YBF Boost.

Shower Time:  Products- Cleanser (Burt’s Bees Orange Essence 4-5 days week; Skinn Sulfate Free Rapid Exfoliating Cleanser 2-3 days week); Skinn Hydro Surge (whole face/neck- use as toner, firms skin and remarkably readies it to absorb what’s to follow); MyChelle NoTox AntiWrinkle Serum with 6-7 DIY cosmetic actives mixed in, most notably Matryxl 3000 and COQ10 (this is my powerhouse potion); YBF Correct for my eye area. I let my face absorb all this and quiet down- perhaps five minutes. Then I apply a good coat of Skinn Crease and Release Triple Action Day Cream.

Beditime: Products- Pure Energy Replenishing Mineral Bath (same as wakeup, I use a cotton ball soaked in this as a facial wash); Skinn Hydro Surge (whole face, neck); YBF Restore (chin, cheeks, neck, nose, forehead); iQ Derma Restoreyes (this is thicker than Correct, and I use a liberal coat which absorbs during the night). Again, I let my skin “rest,” then apply a good layer of Skinn’s Wrinkle Balm Night Treatment. Just before I turn off the light, I apply a liberal coat of YBF Quench on my lips (and, yes, they've truly benefited from this overnight soak).

My purpose: To age gracefully. I’m going to have wrinkles. I don’t mind some crow’s feet around the eyes when I laugh- I think they’re charming. My forehead is going to have horizontal lines, but doesn’t that show just how much thought I've put to problems over the years, worried for my loved ones? My neck? I thought worrying about turkey neck was going to be the bane of my existence until my cheeks decided to slide off my jaw. Now I just look at my neck and shrug. It’s all going to happen. I just want to push it all back, especially my chin/jaw/cheeks- the marionette lines. No one wants to look like Howdy Doodie. I won’t for as long as possible.

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