There are so few benefits that come with age but one of them is the right to whine about getting older. But there are limits...Here is the formula.
After 30, you can now spend up to 10% of your conversations whining about age. After 40, you get to whine 20% of the time and so on.
This month I turn 50. Not sad about it, not glad about it, but I will claim my full whining rights. I am now up to 30% of my conversations can legally be age-related whining. Which for you, gentle makeup readers, means I will probably mention my advanced years in every review I write. So you have been warned.
I will now whine about facial lines.
The good news is that many of us appear younger than past generations. Advances in medical care, sunscreen and MAKEUP, have given us our youthful appearance. This is a good thing.
But those air brushed pictures in magazine advertisements still give me pause to check out my skin carefully…neurotically.
Smile lines are okay. Worry lines are not okay.
Skin with a clear refined finish is good. Large pores and dull skin are bad.
Enter microdermabrasion. This new phenom is designed to 'sand' off the years. Make no mistake, this is cosmaceutical sand paper designed to smooth skin. I have been watching the various products come out with much interest. Some come with appliances to do the sanding. Personally, I preferred a cream without an appliance. I just think that the appliance may damage skin and I would rather use my hands. Plus I would have to make room for one more gadget. Might displace some of my makeup stash. So no gadgets for me.
Then one of my chums at another board, mentions a product called EpidermX, a natural microdermabrasion cream.
The darling Wendy, posts before and after pictures with decreased lines in her forehead and some generally beautiful looking skin.
This was what I was waiting for; A real person with real lines in her face to use the product and show the results. Granted Wendy is now selling this stuff, but after I saw how well it did for her, I can't blame her for becoming a one-woman promotion department. I got my jar a couple weeks ago. I have used it faithfully about 3 - 4 times per week. You rub it on damp skin paying extra attention to the 'bad spots'. You are supposed to feel the skin coming off. I never could. But I use the Sage system which has cleansing grains in it. As a result, I suspicion that my facial skin doesn't have much of a layer of dead little Christine cells.
But what I did have were: an " 1 1 " between my eyebrows, nose to edge of mouth lines or waterfalls and some evidence of crow's feet starting to appear, especially on the 'driving' side of my face. I had taken an oath to my Baby Boomer birth certificate to fight every facial line with all of my being and Visa card.
Much to my chagrin, I could see lots of sun damage on my neck and chest! I hate the look of that poor OLD dead skin. These areas have not benefited from the daily Sage regime. So I took the Epidermx and the microdermabrasion cloth (Waves to Marcia) into the shower with me and start sanding down those poor abused areas. Talk about feeling the dead cells ball up and slough off! I could feel a layer of dead skin coming off. I came out of the shower with a rather red neck and chest and was a little worried that I had overdone it combining the cream and the micro derma brasion cloth. so I applied several drops of the Camellia oil as Wendy recommended. My skin felt immediately soothed.
First, here is the info and ingredients in Epidermx.
Epidermx microdermabrasion pro-treatment contains pure, fused, medical grade Corundum Crystal and is: filler free, paraben free, palmitate free, phenoxyethanol free, paraffin free, propylene glycol free, mineral oil free, formaldehyde free, myristate free, SLS and ALS free, and artificial color and fragrance free.
What are the ingredients in Epidermx microdermabrasion pro-treatment??
Purified aqueous extract of: Matricaria Rucutita (Chamomile Flowers), Sambucus Canadensis (Elder Flower), Rosa Canina (Rose Hips), Equiseteum Arvense (Spring Horsetail Grass), and Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), medical grade Aluminum Oxide - Corundum Crystal), Behentrimonium Methylsulfate (derived from Canola oil), Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Acohol, Glycol Stearate (all natural plant sources), Rosa aff. Rubligiaosa (Rose Hip Seed Oil), Carthamus Tinctorus (Safflower Oil), Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed Oil), Mangifera Indica (Mango Butter), Essential oils of : Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit), Lavendula Augustifolia (Lavender),Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Octanoic Acid/Serenoa Repens (Saw Palmetto), Xanthan Gum, Hydroxymethylglycinate.
On the website there is information about using this product on blemished skin, acne and rosacea. My recommendation is proceed with caution. In my younger days, I made blemishes worse by scrubbing them relentlessly. So I would contact Wendy and request more information.
The lovely Wendy also recommended Camellia oil which I bought. She recommended using the oil after doing the Epidermx.
So what is Camellia Oil? The low down follows….
Silkia® Camellia oil is a different type of oil. Silkia® camellia oil is derived from the seeds of camellias, a kind of evergreen shrub with shiny leaves and rose-like flowers. It is obtained by mechanical (cold) pressing of the camellia seeds, followed by advanced scientific refining processes including degreasing, deodorizing and filtering to produce a 100% safe, pure natural oil free from preservatives, odor and solvent residues. It is the most penetrative oil. It is composed mainly of Oleic acid (almost 82%), a mono-unsaturated Oemga-3 fatty acid and other essential fatty acids such as Omega-6 Linoleic acid. Its Oleic acid composition is the highest among all natural oils. Studies of Oleic and other fatty acids have proven that they are an excellent emollient, and a remarkable natural agent for the retention and enhancement of skin moisture.
The oil is incredibly light. You can use it on hair as well as skin. Just use a few drops on hair and scalp.
Three weeks have gone by. Well, my face has gotten the benefit of both the Epidermx and the Camellia oil. My skin is smoother, firmer and definitely younger looking. I caught a glimpse of myself as I was running out of a restaurant bathroom last week. I was shocked. My skin had an incredible glow and smoothness. Could this be the lighting? Could I be mistaken? (No, I hadn't had any wine!) The pores on my cheeks, the largest ones on my face, definitely look smaller. The " 1 1" between my brows isn't as deep. Even my hubby noticed that. The 'waterfalls' are also less noticeable. If I had to quantify the improvement, I would say about 30% improvement in two weeks. I don't know if each week I will see as much improvement, but I am willing to keep 'sanding away'.
My neck and chest have made about a 50% improvement. There was lots of room for improvement there! I can do that area once a week and just keep it moisturized with the Camellia Oil to keep the skin looking great.
I finish 'my facial treatment' by blotting skin and putting a couple drops of Camellia oil on my hand and dabbing around my eyes, cheeks forehead and a couple more drops for my neck. My newly 'sanded' skin seems to drink this stuff up. In the morning I wake to very baby soft, smooth skin.
I give this new cosmaceutical cream 5 flowers. Home microdermabrasion has arrived at an affordable price with some impressive results.