I've seen tons of commercials for wrinkle products but don't know who's real and who's not. I've seen the ones where you can get it for a trial but can't seem to find them anymore...cause I was going to order.
What do you use and how well does it work?
|Water. Drink it. Lots of it. Every day. And sleep. Yeah, water and sleep. And no stress. Water, sleep, and a stress free life, that'll do it! I have no other advice to offer, but I will keep watching this thread to see if some miracle cream is revealed!|
|Just let your eyesight go bad and enjoy your wisdom!|
|I'm convinced that genetics play a huge part in wrinkles. My mom was 90 when she died and had few wrinkles. |
I do think it's important to stay hydrated (drink your water), use a good moisturizer (not specifically for wrinkles, just one that keeps your skin not dry), stay out of the sun and don't smoke. I know all the lip lines I have are from 30 years of inhaling.
There are a lot of good over-the-counter/drugstore moisturizers. You just have to experiment. I use Avon's cheap one--it's like $5 for a big jar. I like Boots eye creams and you can get that are Target.
|I agree with the importance of hydration, and sleep. I haven't found a way to avoid stress and it's too late to change genetics. In general, I have noticed that people with darker hair/eyes tend to have fewer wrinkles than their blonde/blue eyed kin. This is true in my family: my sisters are blonde to light brown haired, fairer skin than mine, blue eyes. I look younger for my age than they do, considerably. |
I would like to add the following: make sure you use sunscreen every single day, clouds or sunshine, winter, spring, summer and fall. You can use a light moisturizer with an SPF that should be just fine unless you are going to be outdoors a lot. I like L'Oreal and I also like Olay lines.
The other thing I do is I've made very good friends with my hairdresser who keeps my grays at bay (I am unfortunately at that dead mouse stage of hair color. Someday I'll have a nice silver color and I'll be happy with that. I'd be happy with salt/peper but no: I got dead mouse) and keeps my hair style classically current. Or current/classic. Something like that. Ditto with eye glass frames. It's a line to walk between looking like you are trying too hard, or have given up entirely. I think the right hair style/color can do wonders for keeping you looking fresh and young. If you wore it in high school, it's probably past time to change.
|Dead mouse How well I know that color! At 9 my mother said, "You hair color is like a field mouse, I'm going to bleach it blonde." When I was thirty I let the blonde grow out and my boss said, "Either that's grey coming in or you have mouse colored hair." So I went back to blonde, then red and now back to very light blonde. I'm hoping for the silver or white to appear......but still mouse more mouse than white. Strange, they never list "mouse" on hair color charts. "Enhance your natural color." What?? into super mouse or is that rat? |
Wrinkles, I have no clue. Years of high elevation living, recreating and working in super high UV without sun screens, a jobs that have kept me outside 12 months a year, no sun screen. I have quite a time with that stuff melting into my eyes. There is nothing for my crepe skin now except moisturizers. I've creamed, but now am using an oil that works just as well and goes in quicker. Brown skin spots, yep they are appearing at greater speed. It's all cumulative and I figure my bucket is competely full and now showing.
|my Aunts friend is a dermatologist she says the Neutrogena brand is the best to use. Its better than all the expensive or prescription brands. (according to her) Also says water and moisturizer work together. Have to drink the water (which is my biggest problem, I just hate water ) to get it into your body, then the moisturizer works as a barrier to keep the water in. My problem is after my hysterctomy the moisturizer makes me sweat more, so I just use a very small amount around my eyes. Cant put it all over my face. |
She also says for people with acne that the Neutrogena acne solutions is better (and cheaper) than Proactive. I have 3 teenagers. 1 has acne problems, we tried proactive and it dried her face out really bad, we switched to the Neutrogena brand and it worked great. So now all 3 use the face wash to keep pimples away. And I can just get it at Walmart when Im grocery shopping. (which with 3 teenagers is every other day )
|The dermatologist I saw recommended neutrogena too!|
|My mother and her sister used rose water and glycerin all their lives. When I helped clean Mom's apartment, there were 4 bottles! Great, because the stuff isn't easy to find. The glycerin helps hold in moisture but also pulls it to your face from the atmosphere. Product brand is Humco if you go searching for it.|
|All of the above is great advice--plenty of water--moisturizing--and of course a current hairstyle matters!!|
BUT...there are some other things you need to consider as well. Great skin care does not need to translate to BIG BUCKS--it really is not necessarily expensive but I would recommend a couple of things.
First--find a line of skin care products that are affordable and a good match for your skin type and stick to ONE BRAND for your skin care regimen. Most women do not realize that products produced by a particular company are generally designed to 'work with each other' for maximum results. There are MANY GREAT PRODUCTS out there and it is just like anything else--sometimes one brand is better for you than another brand. BEWARE that there are many good lines that are formulated for 'young skin'--and if you are over 35 those products will not be as effective for you. ASK questions when looking for a good skin care line.
Second--always go to bed with a clean face and use products designed to give you overnight results--it is NOT a myth that the aging process is accelerated when you sleep with daytime cosmetics on your face. Always clean your eyes and face prior to going to bed--I promise this makes a difference.
Third--there are ingredients in the cosmetic market that can do a little 'repair' these days--products that can help your skin develop the ability to produce more collegen and slow down the process of aging a 'BIT'. There are not any topical products that will produce dramatic improvements but you can improve if you are willing to do a few things. Exfoliating regularly is a MUST. Find a good microdermabrasion product and use it at least twice a week. Make sure the product that you use has a replenishing serum to use after the microderm process.
Also find a product that contains SERUM C----this is a cutting edge ingredient that DOES make a difference in fine lines around the eyes and mouth. Another tip if you do have lines around the mouth from smoking or sun damage--find a good eye firming product and use it around your mouth prior to applying moisutrizer.
Fourth--many women do not realize the importance of wearing a good 'foundation' daily. Foundation is not just for 'icing' on the cake or a background for great color products. It is a necessity to form a protcetive layer to shield your skin from some of the harmful things in the environment that we encounter daily. Find a great foundation that feels good to you and matches your skin tone well and WEAR IT DAILY! There are MANY to choose from and even a tinted moisturizer gives you extra protection against the elements.
A really good Dermatologist will typically assist you in finding good skin care but often their recommendations are 'general' and not specific to you. Find a good skin care specialist and allow them to help you find the correct products for your skin type. OF COURSE ALWAYS USE A GOOD SUNSCREEN OR PRODUCTS THAT LAYER WITH SUNSCREEN! There are many moisturizers and foundations that contain an spf as well.
The GOOD NEWS is that there are products out there that will minimize and repair--and you can slow down and reduce the signs of aging!!
YOU do have to be committed to the 'grooming' time that it takes though--and invest in the right 'tools' and products To look younger longer!!
|I also like neutrogena products. Right now, I am using L'oreal and/or Olay, but neutrogena is nice and clean. For me, with 50+ year old skin, living in very cold, dry MN, working in a very dry environment, Neutrogena is not quite enough for me, but in the summer I switch to something lighter. To be honest, I switch things a bit when I get bored. Or enticed by promises of younger/newer/better/faster results. The brands I mentioned are all about the same price and easily available at chain stores/big boxes. |
For some really weird reason, I buy make up. I don't know why: I virtually NEVER wear make up--maybe for special occasions but I was never a make up kind of girl.
I don't mind getting gray hair but I DO mind that my nice, dark brunette has faded to the dead mouse color. So my hairstylest 'retores' some color but last couple of times, we've started to go a bit lighter. I think that when my hair is finally all the way gray, I will be more than fine with that, will let it go natural and (don't tell my stylist because she'll have a fit) I think I will let it grow out and just wear it in a long braid. My best friend will probably join my stylist in locking me up and taking shears to my head but, still: I would be more than ok with that, especially if I could live out my dream of living in jeans and t-shirts 90 % of the time and the rest of the time wearing beautiful killer outfits that make me look younger, taller, THINNER, hipper, and totally fabulous. Not that the real world works that way but a girl can dream, right?
|My dad who is 83 years old is often mistaken for a 60 year old man. His skin is perfect. I believe it looks the way it does based on his genes. But I have often wondered is his twice daily routine of using good old fashion Noxema (in the blue tub) has helped. |
Me, I bought it once...just can't get past the smell.
I think I got my mum's gene, darn.
Nice to learn of other gals preferences.
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