Juventud Divino Tesoro, or finding anti-age products that work

The woman approaching the mirror just meant to do a quick scan, de esos que haces first thing in the morning, and never saw coming the disbelief that followed, a major introduction to the panic of the A-word.

But there it happened on a Sunday morning, yesterday to be exact, when THIS woman faced the moment of truth: AGE on my face is now a major concern. As I looked at the mirror, recién levantada, there was this realization that my face is not what it used to be. (“Juventud divino tesoro,” dice mi Tia Gilda, obviamente citando a Rubén Darío.)

Yes, I’m talking wrinkles and sun spots and an uneven complexion. Yes, I’m going to be perfectly candid and say that they’ve arrived, and I don’t like them, and I need to do something about them!

The funny thing is that I thought I was already doing it, all these years, staying out of the sun most of my adult life. I always use SPF, moisturize, never go to bed with makeup on, and invest in “good” creams and treatments from all price points.

I am a sunscreen worshipper, never leave home without the SPF in my face and most of my skin. I NEVER sunbathe, I swim in an indoor pool, and wear long sleeves when it’s too hot outside. During the summer, you’ll see me wearing weird big-ass hats. De hecho, I’ve heard my vecinos say about me, “Que extraña mujer,” when they see me leaving the house all covered up en el calorón

But desperate times call for desperate measures and obviously the SPF 60 is not doing the trick. So off I went to the drugstore and to Costco in search of new products.

There were 3 that seemed appropriate for my anti-aging mission: Age Shield face SPF 110 by Neutrogena. (Yeah pump it up to SPF 110 baby, the more the merrier); Oil of Olay Regenerist Cream (after seeing all those ads that claim they work just as well as the $700 dollar creams, worth a try); and a Dark Spot Eraser Clinical Strength Cream by Bremenn Clinical, that is supposed to borrarme las manchas del sol.

So now the experiment begins. The improvements the creams claim to do don’t happen overnight, so I’ll have to be patient. The SPF is already on and I feel it’s working, because it’s a bit heavier than the other stuff. It’s been quite sunny in LA for the past few days, and summer is practically here, so this one is not leaving my bolsita de indispensables any time soon.

Ahi luego les platico si sirvieron… o no.

Disclosure: I bought these products on my own and none of these brands nor companies have sponsored this post, nor supplied me with any products nor compensation. Lo puse porque quise, porque lo estoy usando, y porque I’m really looking for something that works.

AntiAging Creams

La belleza cuesta: Oil of Olay Regenerist MicroSculpting Cream (around $36 for two 1.7 ounce jars at Costco- a good deal considering it’s around $24 for one at other places); Neutrogena Age Shield Face SPF 110 (around $11 for 3 ounces at the drugstore); Bremenn Clinical Dark Spot Eraser (around $36 for 1 ounce at Costco).

7 thoughts on “Juventud Divino Tesoro, or finding anti-age products that work

  1. honey, I had been on a dermatologist created treatment of creams and gels and sunblock…the works… AS SOON AS THE SUN STARTED TO SHINE IN ALL ITS INTENSITY, TOMA TUS SUNSPOTS, they were back, aaarrrggghhh, como que el sol las revela como una foto…of course I did start late in the spf frenzy, but i have just realized this is not about being consistent it is about prevention which is now of no use for me… and any other form of erasing them can be quite delicate in summer south of the border, so I’ll have to wait till winter again and slather on the spf meanwhile… ahi nos platicas como te va…tómate unas pics de before and after 🙂 xoxo, Ale

    • My dear, you can see me soon y me dices si funciona. I just hope it works. Seriously had a moment there when I came “face to face” with the sunspots and I was not a happy camper. Ah! The A-Word!

  2. This is a very sensitive subject for me.. because I have so many age spots and have been to the dermatologist and am currently on a skin treatment to correct the sun damage. By the way my doctor told me to put sunscreen on my children everyday because we are exposed more to the sun from age 3 to 18 years.. so there you go… I already have the neutrogena 110 spf.. but I put on whichever is at hand, everytime I go out.. I also wear my hat and people look at me like I´m crazy…

    • We’re the crazy hat people! But whatever it takes. Why don’t people wear more hats? I wonder. I guess we have to leave vanity aside for a bit.

  3. I have been on a mission for some time now to keep my skin looking as young as humanly possible. I have been using 100 SPF for some time but now I will switch to 110 SPF, thanks for letting me know. For some reason I get a lot of compliments when I visit the beauty counters in regards to my skin – apparently it firm, no spots (ya right) and excellent texture. So here is my secret: drink a ton of water, sunscreen everyday (even on cloudy days), avoid the sun, use Olay’s Regenerist cleansers (has mild exfoliation which is critical for renewal of skin), a lot of moisturizers day and night, the best eye cream you can afford (using Chanel) and start visiting those Polish women in Del Mar for facials.

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