Open Thread: Reading Between The Lines

Just because you can do something about lines and wrinkles, should you?
Publish date:
July 18, 2014
anti-aging, clinique, aging, open thread, lines, wrinkles

A while back, I went to see a fancy dermatologist, a to-the-stars type, for a mole check. After she gave me a cheery, “All clear,” she cocked her head to the side and gestured toward my forehead, saying in a low voice, “So... what are we going to do about that?” “That,” in this case, referred to my forehead lines, and she had a menu of lasers and peels that would fix them “with minimal downtime.”

I remember thinking how funny it was that she used the word “we,” as though we were in this (that) together. I hadn’t mentioned wanting a forehead consult--I was just there for the mole check--but I thanked her for her concern and muttered something about keeping the lasers and peels in mind down the road.

After I left her office, I remember feeling kind of surprised that she seemed so conspiratorial when pointing it out--as though it were news to me. Of course I was aware my forehead was lined. I could pin that on two things: having an expressive face (I cannot hide my feelings, for real) and not being wiser about sun protection when I was younger (I had my fair share of sunburns that peeled).

I’ve made peace with acne, cellulite, gray hair (which seems unfair, given the acne), and the assorted weird vein. I do what I can about those things because they’re relatively easy to deal with--or ignore. And I’m pretty OK with how I’m aging and don’t wish I could turn back the clock (ugh), no matter how hard the anti-aging industry tries to troll me. (And let’s talk about that word for a second: anti-aging. As though aging is something you can be against. It’s like being anti-weather. You can’t control it, so why try?)

But since that visit with the fancy derm, I can’t un-see those forehead lines.

I’m not saying I’m ready for the lasers and peels she offered; I guess I just wish they weren’t so...there. So when I went to the presentation for the new Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum (crammed full of hyaluronic acid, algae, glucosamine, salicylic acid, and a bunch of other stuff), and the clinicals showed a noticeable improvement in the appearance of forehead wrinkles after 12 weeks of use (two times a day), I sat up in my chair.

A serum is, to use biz jargon, a low-touch solution--if it works. I’ll report back in 12 weeks. Or I’ll just learn to ignore it, which seems a whole lot easier in the end.

Do you care at all about aging? Lines? Wrinkles? Use any anti-aging products?

Don’t hold back about that, or whatever else is on your mind this week, in the comments. Your thread is open.