I was having lunch with an attractive woman about my age who said she wasn’t too concerned about her face; it was her legs that were giving her age away. I know where she is coming from. My focus these days is on an anti-aging body regimen, and I feel that I am finally getting it honed. It comes down to glycolic exfoliation, firming and very targeted hydration.
Now that might seem obvious, but for most of my life, I’ve regarded body care as all about hydration. And that limited my thinking to body lotion, or perhaps body lotion with a few anti-aging ingredients. At 53, this wasn’t cutting it and I started to give it a bit of thought and came up with my glycolic exfoliation, firming and targeted hydration approach.
My anti-aging body regimen breakthrough came when it suddenly occurred to me that my body needed regular glycolic exfoliation. I grabbed Lather’s 10-Minute Brightening Mask With Glycolic ($28) and used it on my upper arms, elbows, knees and décolleté. I do this about three times a week and my 4 oz tub has lasted a good three to four months. In the same spirit, I decided to use Arcona’s The Solution Pads ($45) on my neck. I sweep these pre-saturated glycolic pads at least every other night from my chin to collar bone. I was very pleased: my unorthodox use of the Brightening Mask and the pads helped make my skin very noticeably smoother, less dull and more receptive to body lotion.
And then I discovered the ultimate body lotion with glycolic, Arcona’s Pumpkin Lotion 10% ($35 in the shop). What a find. This is what my body has been crying out for. The 10% glycolic concentration is not for wimps – I feel a tingle on application that lasts about a minute, but it does not irritate my skin. What it does do is pretty amazing – it clarifies dull skin, smooths wrinkled areas and also leaves my skin feeling super soft. I don’t know if it will help with sun damage as I haven’t been using it long enough. I am also guessing that it must be used with caution (and a sunscreen) in the summer. Ann’s review has me agreeing with every word (including the unfortunate scent) – as she says, it seems to erase away age. Arcona has come up with my body rescue go-to.
My knees and inner thighs are giving my age away. The above mentioned exfoliation helps, but the issue isn’t so much wrinkles as sagging – elephant syndrome. I tried using my Ultra Renew ($89 in the shop) and the Ultra Renew Plus ($159 in the shop) around my knees and found that the process was tedious and the results were better than negligible, but not enough to encourage me to keep devoting time to it. But there was something to it and I started to do some research and testing some new functionalities. Ultra Renew Sculpt ($129 in the shop) is the result – it has FAR infra-red light and ultrasonic with a larger plate and light panel surface area than the Ultra Renews for face. Importantly, the ultrasonic is 1Mhz, which penetrates more deeply than the 3Mhz facial devices and for this reason is noticeably more effective. I have been using these two modes on my knees. The electro massage stimulator functionality is great for the inner thighs. With great delight, I found after reading Nina’s great review of Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Age Repair Body Lift ($95), an excellent companion for Sculpt. This is a thick, almost gel-like, body cream that works well with the device (good slip), as well as providing actives that are firming and anti-aging.
Of course, none of these are a substitute for exercise. For thigh sculpting and firming, the Bar Method is hands-down the best routine I have found. Whether you are a beginner or able to take on the more advanced Super Sculpting or Dancer’s Body, you’ll find that the Bar Method’s DVDs will change your body. Inner thighs are especially responsive to doing the exercises with the Bar Method ball.
My favorite everyday (Arcona’s Pumpkin Lotion 10% is not for everyday) body moisturizer is Red Flower French Lavender Moisturizing Body Lotion ($26). It is very hydrating and has plenty of natural skin-conditioning ingredients, as well as some with anti-aging properties, such as rose extract. For those stubborn areas such as elbows and knees, I haven’t yet bettered Retrospect’s Feet, Knees and Elbows ($38). As I have mentioned before, my elbows are looking five years younger.
I liked Stemulation’s Rescue Repair Hand & Body Treatment ($96) enough to buy myself a replacement pot when my sample ran out. I like to use it for hands and décolleté. For hands and, specifically, nails (dehydrated nails become ridged over time and cuticles ragged beyond repair), I am very pleased with the results I get from Retrospect Hand & Nail Reconstructor ($36).
At long last, I feel that my body regimen is catching up with the quality of anti-aging products that I have been finding for my face.