No to Botox, yes to effective anti-aging creams
As a woman in my 30s, I’ve realized I have to be more diligent with my skincare regimen. I have added more products to my dresser that I feel will help slow down signs of aging. This came about after a discussion with some friends about Diane Lane. Yes, Mrs. Kent in “Man of Steel,” who doesn’t look like she’s had anything done but looks absolutely gorgeous. She is aging gracefully. That’s when it hit me.
I have nothing against Botox. I think people should do it for prevention, but I have seen too many people without a single line on their forehead, fillers and all, and honestly I think they look kind of freaky already. Sadly, some of the most beautiful women in Manila have over-Botoxed and shot their faces with fillers, and now they all look the same to me.
I have a feeling that overdoing plastic surgery highlights a woman’s insecurity about aging, and looking that fake takes away one’s appeal. If your face is plumper than a 17-year-old’s and you’re in your 30s or even older, you don’t look young, you just look weird. Trying to revive the youth that you can never really take back just makes you look desperate. And desperate is never, ever attractive, most especially to men.
Honestly, I am anxious about aging myself, but I’d rather invest in effective creams and moisturizers that will make me less reliant on the needle.
Here are anti-aging products I have added to my regimen that promise to preserve as much youth as they can without making me look like a plastic doll. So far, I am very happy with the results. And, yes, I do use two eye creams simultaneously.
Perricone MD’s Cold Plasma is formulated with the latest skincare technology to address the 10 most visible signs of aging: wrinkles, enlarged pores, dryness, discoloration, redness, uneven skin tone, impurities, loss of firmness, loss of smoothness and loss of radiance.
Because of the custom blend of proprietary anti-aging ingredients formulated by Dr. Perricone himself, Cold Plasma has been proven very effective among a majority of clinical participants ranging in ages from 20 to 65 years old. Surveys show that 94 percent said they liked the results, 93 percent would highly recommend this product to a friend, and 89 percent said their skin never looked healthier.
The product is free of parabens, fragrance, sulfates, mineral oil, artificial colors and fillers, ensuring that users only get the best of Dr. Perricone’s prestigious formula. Apply it during the morning and evening on cleansed skin. Follow with your usual treatment or moisturizer if necessary.
For the eyes
Cold Plasma also has a nutrient-rich eye cream that makes an excellent base for makeup. It is non-greasy, fast-absorbing and drenches the skin with essential moisture for healthier-looking eyes. It’s a 2-in-1 product—an eye makeup base and a healthy eye cream all in one. It is safe and gentle, and can be applied not only along the orbital bone but directly on the lids where many women experience extreme dryness.
Dr. Perricone recommends applying Cold Plasma Eye along the contours of the eyes in the morning and in the evening, and reapplying throughout the day if necessary for an instant boost of hydration.
One of Switzerland’s most excellent skincare lines, La Prairie has also recently launched its most luxurious system yet—the White Caviar Illuminating System. It is an innovative three-part collection of very advanced formulas that target age spots, discoloration and pigmentation, giving skin a brighter, lighter and younger look.
First, there is the White Caviar Illuminating Clarifying Lotion. Created as a pre-treatment, this product sloughs off dead skin cells to promote clarity and better penetration of the serum and moisturizer. It contains an especially designed Refining Peptide to enhance absorption of the system’s most beneficial ingredients, and a Toning Complex that contains caffeine, biotine and niacinamide to help reduce the appearance of pores.
Use this morning and evening after cleansing and toning by saturating a cotton pad (more economical than using cotton ball!) and wiping gently over the face and neck.
For dark spots
If you have dark spots on your face, use the White Caviar Spot Treatment immediately after. It is a spot eraser contained in a portable, pen-size packaging with an angled applicator. It features a combination of white caviar and Swiss garden cress sprout extract, designed to prevent future excess pigment formation.
Follow with White Caviar Illuminating Serum and White Caviar Illuminating Cream to ensure clearer, more even-toned skin and prevent re-pigmentation.
Hands are the most highly exposed parts of the human body and, more often than not, give away your age or make you seem older. So I recommend White Caviar Illuminating Hand Cream SPF 15. It fights daily damage from harsh environmental elements and protects hands against future discoloration. It makes the perfect companion to a manicure with its rich conditioners that hydrate the skin, soften the cuticle area and, at the same time, strengthen the nails.
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