Take a Powder & Face It

Posted on January 16th, 2014, by iMinerva


My face is falling apart!  The wrinkle lines have become old friends dividing my face into one of those puzzles with 500 pieces.  My long-standing foundation – previously relied upon to smooth out the crevices – now only accentuates the lines, like bad putty settling into the cracks.

I think I’ve found some hope.  (Granted, I tend to grab on to every potential quick fix when it comes to my visible aging process, but I think this is real – not just hoped-for improvement.)  There are three pieces to the puzzle that I’ve been applying for a few months and have actually had friends tell me I look “refreshed” when I was dog-tired.

The first two product lines are a combination of lotions and potions.  They may not all be necessary but I’m afraid to eliminate any one for fear that it will be the critical piece.

1) Dr. Perricone.  Perricone is  a dermatologist, a widely celebrated expert on healthy aging and the author of several books including The Wrinkle Cure and Forever Young.  He has developed a line of skin treatments and vitamin/mineral supplements designed to save aging faces.  Supposedly, his wife loves them all.  Typically sold at upscale retailers such as Nordstrom’s, you can also find them on TV infomercials or shop online at www.perriconemd.com.  (I can always walk away from a salesclerk; I can’t walk away from a good infomercial)  Cost-wise, they’re pricey but comparable to the magic anti-aging products offered by Lancome, Estee Lauder, etc.  The two I’m currently using as a result of a dreary Sunday infomerical are:

High Potency Amine Face Lift ($98).  The “promise” that got me hooked is that it “visibly firms sagging skin.”  Now that would be a miracle!  However, it has definitely reduced two small bumps on my face (one has actually disappeared), and does seem to have significantly minimized other spots.  Claims are that it will make your skin appear more “luminous” and I think it maybe has….

Cold PlasmaSub-D for the neck  ($135).  (There is also a Cold Plasma for the face – tho I’m not sure how they differ.  Right now it’s my neck that’s desperate for help)  The claims are for a “Visibly more crisp appearance of the chin and jawline, imparting an overall more youthful looking face.”  I’m not sure I’m looking any younger, but the big wrinkle that divides my neck like a misplaced choker, has definitely diminished.  (I’m still wearing a turtleneck sweaters but not as frequently)  The skin texture is also softer and pores are smaller so I think this is worth the high price.  A jar lasts a very long time.

2) Aesop’s Camellia Nut  ($49).  I LOVE this!   I discovered Aesop’s in a little shop in Paris – though it actually comes from Melbourne, Australia.  They’ve been around since 1987 and describe their focus as “Slow Skin Care – advocating the use of our formulations as part of a balanced life that includes a healthy diet, sensible exercise, a moderate intake of red wine, and a regular does of stimulating literature.”  Now there’s a lifestyle worth striving for.  All types of plants, flowers, herbs, etc., are incorporated into their wonderful face and body potions.

Aesop’s Camellia Nut is a most wonderful, rich moisturizer for dry and sensitive skin.  My skin is typically the T-Zone type with oil in good supply but I love this. Gal Pal Kay also is a fan and she does fit the “sensitive” category.  An intensive hydrating cream, the formula is made of chamomile bud, sandalwood and rosemary leaf with no preservatives.  It’s light, delightfully scented, and seems to add a glow to my skin.  This is the one product I won’t experiment with eliminating.  It just feels good to put it on.  Sadly, if you live in the U.S., there is limited retail distribution.  It is available at some specialty stores and at Barney’s where you can also order online with free shipping if you spend $100. There are several Aesop signature stores in New York and two in Los Angeles so it seems that they are gaining traction.  Of course, you can also buy all of their products online at www.aesop.com/usa.

3) Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear, Talc-free Mineral Correcting Powder ($13.99).  Who knew?  I didn’t, though it’s been around for some time.  I didn’t expect this to be something that would immediately replace my old liquid foundation.  The correcting powder actually seems to “correct” providing good coverage for “spots” and “bumps” and even seems to minimize lines.  While maybe not a miracle, it is pretty amazing.  And, it’s inexpensive (appx. $13.99), easy to get (drugstore, grocery, big box), and easy to use.  Some may be challenged to select the best shade because of the swirl of yellows, greens, orange, etc.  Start with “Natural Beige.”  This has worked for me (tan-ish complexion) as well as for my GP Kay (fair skin).  Check out the website at www.physiciansformula.com  for more information.

I know my mother never went through this facial turmoil.  At 96, she had a beautiful Swedish complexion with very few lines.  Her typical beauty routine was soap and water, Pond’s cold cream, and a dab of Cover Girl powder from a plastic compact.  With the rise of the aging Baby Boomers, accustomed to looking young and vibrant, the beauty industry has obviously seen the opportunity to provide an abundance of choices to ease our pain.  I may not try them all before my final demise, but I’m doing my best.

So, my Minerva Gal Pals, face the future with a smile and a glow!  A lot of lotion and a brush of powder could be the basics to happiness.





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