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Fountain of Youth

So I get the distinct impression some of you think I'm a little vain , between the peels, injections and cleanses I can't imagine how you came upon that conclusion ; ). The reality is that I've always been thought to be older than I am, my dads wife when he took me shopping for a formal dress shopping in high school, my sisters mom at the New Jersey boardwalk., over 30 when I was 23 in property management and even over 30 when I was 27 by my own friends, smh! It's always been annoying and caused me to buy fancy fface cream but the last year changed everything. At some point earlier in 2013 I looked in the mirror and saw a face that had aged 5 years rather 7 months. It became more then just lines under my eyes and dull skin, it was a constant reminder of the stress I had been through. Erasing the signs of that stress isn't going to bring my mom back but it will make it less of a in my face reminder every single morning. And so I began my search for my fountain of youth, or at least the fountain of looking your actual age.

So while my quest was going on my sorority sister CL started a Facebook group to discuss girl things such as still having acne in your 20s, what make a good wedding gift and the hotly debated eyeliner vs no eyeliner at work. I also have my friend MB, whose age shall not be disclosed by looks 26 and flawless. These are my beauty gurus and with their input I have developed my plan for facial rejuvenation.

Step 1 is the vi peel. I know, I looked terrible in the pics I posted and it caused a lot of discomfort, but this is me 10 days post my last peel looking way younger than a month ago:
 
 
Step 2: taking advantage of the peel removing the top layer of skin trapping dirt and using glam glow to clear out pores. It's a little pricey at $65 a jar, but it's a great post peel treatment to clear out and do some light exfoliation.

Step 3: oil cleansing. My face has not been washed with soap in 3 weeks and I'm loving it. I was very skeptical about this as I have oily skin and the beauty industry has taught me for years to remove oil. But science knows different, that oil dissolves oil. So after Internet tea search and getting some personal testimonies I started trying it post peel. First off, it was way gentler on my peeling face than the mildest of soaps and this time I had no issues with drying, cracking skin and recovered faster. It's also great at removing makeup. I cleanse once a day at night, right now with Anna Sui rose treatment oil. I read that you're supposed to use castor oil but I also know that castor oil is used to grow hair and I'm in the process of laser hair removal from my face, so no good. You can read about the oil cleansing process HERE. While I noticed it did cause breakouts at first those breakouts also cleared up much faster which has me sold on the process ( and blemish free )
 
Step 4 is internal cleansing. I'm not saying everyone needs colon hydrotherapy, but flushing out junk food and alcohol with lots and lots of water is a good idea. Becoming very hydrated is one of the perks of a cleanse but I think just drinking lots ( I'm talking more than 64oz a day here) would provide similar benefits. I'm pretty good about checking my "color" in the morning and at night during restroom visits to determine my hydration needs.

Step 5: eyelashes. Nothing says youth by having that bright, wide eyed look and nothing else provides that to the aged better than false eyelashes. I might have to try learning to do these myself because I love them that much.

Step 6: makeup. I know it's not the most youth fully fashionable brand out there but I got bare minerals right before my first peel in may and having been using it since. I still use a liquid foundation, but then top it with bare minerals powder. The eyeshadows have serious staying power. I use normal lipstick and eyeliner (Chanel for me) and thanks to the lashes haven't touched mascara in a while.

Step 7: Botox. Yes, light Botox use is still in my game plan and I've posted before why it's so great, I just can't give those perks up.

Over the weekend I turned 29, here I am, with my 4 years younger bf ( might be step 8) looking way younger than I did at 28, hurray!

 

This pic, meanwhile, was take only a few weeks after my mom died, right around a year ago. I look terrible!

 
 
Oh, and another apparent way to appear young, at least to children is to have a purse full of various pink trinkets and wear big bows. My cousin was in town with her super cute kids and her little girl not only liked the other "girl" at the table ( me) but also questioned if I had gotten a big girl bed yet as she had just gotten hers. Totally didn't view me as an adult and I am totally ok with that.

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