You can barely turn the page on an article about youthfulness without encountering two secrets. Water and Estée lauders advanced night repair oil.
It’s easy to scoff at such claims that a cream can work wonders in reducing the effects of aging and pollutants and yet most us will at some point find ourselves purchasing a rather expensive vat of miracle product and I’m no exception.
At 25 when this all begun, I’ve had the looks of and the remarks of, you’re so young why do you bother? But if there’s something powerfully apparent it’s this, the earlier you look at after your skin the better it will fair 50 years down the line and that my friends is a plan I can invest in.
Both lucky and unlucky in the skin department, any complaints I’ve had have been produced by wacky hormones so the likelihood of perfectly clear skin to an acne breakout and switching from dessert dry to oil slicked is just par the course of an average month in the life for me.
I’ve accepted the insanity of it but if there is one thing I know I need to get a hold of is how to look after my face and body when it’s so easily affected by external factors.
Lowering sugar for one is a must, upping water and water filled foods is another and hugely important, sun care.
As I write this our aeroplane is dropping as we descend into morocco and I’m hugely aware of the fact that I need to up my water game. My moisturisers are already on hand once we get to our hotel (better prepared) but the thing on the very top of my list? Skin protection.
According to my latest doctor I have extremely fair skin (something I never truly thought of myself) and so the likelihood of burning and skin damage is ten fold. In fact this pasty British skin is of no match for sun any brighter than a mid winter sun patch. I even have one patch on my shoulder from India where I now have to have it covered constantly either by a plaster or shirt in the mildest of sunny days to stop it getting any worse. These revelations of the last year have prompted me to do the only sensible thing which is stay covered (& by that extension repeatedly fall in love with countries like morocco where being well covered is the done thing) and use factor 50 minimum sun screen and be regularly re applied.
On the other side is skincare. When I turned 25 I tried a sample of advanced night repair and without sounding too cliched I think it changed my life. Then again, how can I know that for sure?
Can a serum have that type of power? I wish it was a question I had the answer to. After all if it turns out to be a complete fail I’ll be far better in the savings department. However, saying that in the instances I used it, my bags lessoned, my skin accepted more moisture and I didn’t see a lack of acne but instead discovered my real face not the one ravaged by a daily get up of time of 5:45 and four hours cramped on a train. I can hear the groans of “You are young, don’t worry about it!” But worry about it I do and will.
I’ve never been the kind of girl to sacrifice myself for a few drunken nights before so why start now.
The real question I have of course is does the price tag, looks and promises mean anything? In a lot of cases the answer is no so how can ANR have achieved such a prestigious reputation and retained such a slew of awed users shrieking about the benefits of what it has done for their skin.
I guess my real question is this, what is it really doing for mine? I’m thinking of keeping an eye on it, but really I can’t help but think to myself, really… this stuff means nothing in the face of a good diet and lack of oiled up sunbathing. Ultimately my skin is going to age as it wants to but I think it will be interesting to see how my skin responds over the next couple of cold months. Will it be less flaky and dry? Will it hold moisture more? Will it continue to stop the lines of my pillow case from making indentations on my face in the morning? I guess its all a wait and see and then thats probably the hardest bit, the not knowing, the going on faith, that maybe this is the miracle product we have all been waiting for…
If you’ve been doing this longer than me, let me know… do face creams make a big difference, or just a small one?