Since there's nothing really horse-related, this is a good time to do an update on the face creams I started trying out in the post "New Bras and Other Non-Horsey Stuff." Face care has become a huge priority now that I'm 52, and I read about, think about, and TALK about it with my friends.
Well, one of my very honest, and hilarious friends, who is 61 and way past me in all this, told me right after I wrote that post,... point blank--
"Creams don't work."
She went on to tell me what DOES work, but we won't go there with this post. Did I believe her? Well, I was 50/50...maybe she didn't try the RIGHT cream.
I mentioned in the first post that I was taking photos of my face every week, in the same spots (to avoid lighting differences), and then comparing them to one another, in order to see if I could detect a difference. I began taking the photos on June 12th.
Well, my friend was right. As of 6 weeks in, creams do not appear to make a big difference.
Don't get me wrong, moisturizing versus non-moisturizing makes a huge difference. But, of course, good old Dermatologist recommended, cheap Eucerin for the face, can do that. Exfoliating dead skin cells makes a huge difference, but Aveeno scrub for the face and muslin cloths can help with that. Taking your makeup off at night and moisturizing before bed helps--but any cheap makeup remover and moisturizer will do, rather than the $50 version I bought. Minimizing pores makes a difference, but multiple daily spritzes with rose water can do that. Minimizing age spots makes a difference, but gradual face tanners and tinted BB creams can help with that.
So, sorry to report, but there is no miracle in a bottle. Are you surprised? The good news...you can save yourself a lot of money, by not having to buy the latest goo-goo gadget.
I will say this about the creams: I enjoy using them, despite their ineffectiveness. I think it is making me more aware of other things--like the importance of drinking water, continuing yoga (especially my time in savasana), happiness/optimism/gratitude and the way those emotions can change your face--less worry and frowning lines, and time spent at the computer or looking down at my phone, because it turns out, looking down at your phone a lot can create vertical neck lines. Lastly, the value of maximum sunscreen to protect your skin. Well, and the all-important SMILE, but we covered that in the first post.
Have any of you seen better results with a cream? This is by no means a scientific test, so I'm open to contradictory evidence.
A couple things to end with today--non-horsey moments.
1. My annual picture with the kids at our little family reunion at the lake, further proof that happiness really does make you glow. (Yes, that's me glowing in the middle.)
and 2. Huckleberry picking yesterday with my husband and brother and SIL.
We had a FABULOUS 5 mile hike, and we harvested 1/2 cup of berries. Of course, we ate a few along the way, too. That was all of our first time hunting berries, that we could remember anyway, and none of us knew what a huckleberry bush even looked like, until we finally saw our first berry.
As I was closing my eyes to sleep last night, that's all I could see were huckleberry bushes. I'm addicted to the hunt now! Watch out huckleberries!