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.