Seeking the Fountain of Youth

If you’re nearing, or are over, the age of 40 then more than likely you are attempting to combat the signs of aging. This feat should be easy enough, shouldn’t it? Every drugstore, beauty counter, and magazine aimed at women offer countless products being touted as “anti-aging,” right?

Enter a reality check from medical professionals at Healthguru: if the products worked like medical procedures they’d be classified as medicines and not cosmetics.

Phooey!  I want easy access to relatively inexpensive to magic potions to keep me looking not a day past 39! Don’t lose heart, as the above video mentions – some ingredients have proven effects. Of course, opinions vary on which ones work, but here is a list of what I’m incorporating into my daily regimen:

1) Garnier The Radiance Renewer Cleansing Gelee: Citrus Extract and Hydroxy Acid  are the anti-aging ingredients. Garnier says it “gently exfoliates & deeply renews.” In stronger doses, hydroxy acid is a common ingredient for chemical peels. The citrus extract is a bit of a mystery, but I’ve heard lemon juice can be used as an anti-bacterial element which could in turn help prevent adult acne and it can lighten hair so maybe skin too. A word of caution: customer reviews of the product advise against its use if you have sensitive skin. I can vouch that it has a pleasant smell and does remove make-up.  To date, I can’t say I’ve noticed any adverse or wanted changes since switching to this cleanser about a month ago. Maybe too soon for any noticeable results?

2) Garnier Skincare Skin Renew Clinical Dark Spot Overnight Peel: Vitamin C and Glycolic Acid are the anti-aging ingredients.  Garnier advertises this product “fades spots and reveals…a more even skin tone.”  Vitamin C is said to stimulate collagen production and Glycolic Acid is classified as an Alpha-Hydroxy which is is known to be an exfoliant.  I’ve been using this for nearly 2 months now and I wish I had taken “before” pictures to prove this, but I swear my dark spots are lighter!  They’re not erased entirely, but virtually eliminated when I use a bit of concealer.

3) L’Oreal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power Deep-Acting Moisturizer: The anti-aging ingredients are Pro-Xylane™, which is a patented L’Oréal ingredient that is “shown to stimulate collagen production,” and Hyaluronic Acid, which I’ve found is commonly used as a lip filler and facial line filler. Maybe similar effects can be achieved using it topically?  I’ve been using L’Oreal’s RevitaLift® for quite some time and although I can’t say I’ve noticed any difference, maybe that’s the point. Old friends tell me I haven’t aged when they see me and new people I meet are surprised when I admit to my age.  I surmise this product has truly slowed down the signs of aging.  Either that or everyone I encounter is truly gracious and kind!

4) L’Oreal Paris RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream: Since the eyes are the first thing to show your age, I also buy something made especially for them.  This is advertised to smooth and firm skin as well as reduce dark circles. This eye cream contains Pro-Retinol A® and Stimuplex™ which I guess does do what it claims because so far I honestly don’t have “crows feet.” My dark circles are hereditary and have been with me my entire life, but maybe they would look worse if I stopped using this??  I tell you I am not going to gamble it.

My list of products is relatively short and I’ll admit it’s tempting to try the latest and greatest products, but I do realize you can’t fight the inevitable forever.  Well, that’s not true.  You can – for example – take more invasive measures like Joan Rivers.  Yikes!  All joking aside, what products are you using to keep your youthful appearance?  Has anyone taken before and after pictures to track their results?  Are there any men out there that will admit to a beauty regimen? I did notice L’Oreal does offer a a VitaLift® product for men that you could try; we’d all like to hear what you think of it.

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