It's gonna get sappy up in here.
Cool story: So a few months ago I was at a party feeling young as hell, until I ran into a friend who basically reminded me "lol no!" Here I was thinking black don't crack and my friend, who sells Nerium International skin care, offers me some anti-aging creams.
I'm super into the skincare thing, I appreciate all things beauty-related. But, I couldn't help but wonder: why I was just offered an anti-aging cream?! According to the mirror in the bathroom I ran off to, my eyes have become baggy and a few faint lines are beginning to form on my forehead. I'd also noticed deep laugh lines that I'm not too happy about.
As I returned to the scene, my friend asks me if I'm interested in trying samples of her night and day creams. As social influence would have it, I said yes...hell yes.
It wasn't until recently that I finally got to try the products. I'm certain I've aged significantly since January. (This is the stuff my brain has been telling me since my bathroom mirror revelation) Before starting my one-week trial, I checked out reviews from previous users and the results were astounding. Apparently this stuff is a miracle in a bottle. As I clicked through online testimonials, I saw faces go from slack to snatched! Discoloration became even tone. Crows feet, wrinkles, and lines just seemed to disappear. If this cream could do wonders for these folks, I'm sure it can at least help me look alive.
For five days, I tossed my usual skin routine for the NeriumAD (age-defying) Day Cream and Night Cream regimen. The process goes:
- At night, wash your face with a gentle cleanser ( I used Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Shine Control Cleansing Gel). Leave face damp, apply 3-4 pumps of the night cream onto wet hands and rub together to form a thick white cream, and apply mask all over your face. It's an overnight mask so it will dissolve. I must say, the night step had me feeling all sorts of Kardashian. The mask really tightens your skin. It totally freaked me out on the first night because I felt like I couldn't move my face. I was stuck on surprised face. Not that I've ever had a facelift or botox, but everytime I see celebrities with super raised eyebrows and plastic tight skin, I imagine this is what it must feel like.
- In the morning, rinse off the mask (no soap involved), towel dry, and apply 3-4 pumps of the day cream to your face. This took me 3 days to get used to. I always wash my face with soap in the morning. This was a new gospel for me. Plus, I worried if my skin would get ashy without my normal moisturizer. Spoiler: It didn't.
Now for the results: Do I look 10 years younger? Is my face reliving 17 again in all its awkward glory? Thank God, no.
To be honest, as critical as I am about my baggy eyes and laugh lines, I know my skin is not dramatically wrinkled. So, I don't have dramatic results. However, what I did get from my this Nerium routine is super glowy even-toned skin. Yesterday, day five, I ran all around the city looking basic AF. I had no time to do my hair, my lipstick (which was the only cosmetic effort put in) was smudged, and I stressed. Usually my dishevelment shows, but I just kept getting compliments on my skin. Good skin helped me conceal my messiness!
It felt nice to look "renewed." I never imagined I'd be using anti-aging stuff anytime soon. I never grew up seeing any of the older women in my family using wrinkle cream, yet they all managed to look way younger than their actual ages. What's wrong with looking your age anyway? This whole experience sparked a beauty-edition existential crisis.
I'm at that age where I'm still a twenty-something but like society "expects more" from me. I have about two to three more years before "aww, don't worry you're still finding yourself," turns into "wtf get it together woman." You know, because empathy is on a sliding scale.
Keeping this in mind, I'm working hard to stay ahead of the curve in (almost) all areas of life — even skin care. I don't see myself being an anti-aging product junkie or making special appointments with Dr. Miami (at least not in my near future), but I do think I will adopt more anti-aging products into my routine. Low key, on the lowest of keys, I have a growing collection of anti-aging products given to me by PR people over the last year and I always tossed them to the side thinking "I don't need that! I'm uncrackable!" But girl, trust I was keeping them just in case mother nature wanted to try me.