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Then: Clearasil

Now: Clearly Desperate
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With the holidays upon us, we all want to look our best.  I remember when looking my best involved spending more time on my hair than on my face.  One cleanser, one moisturizer and my face was good to go.  

Now?  Well, lined up on my shelf are a variety of creams, gels, lotions, vitamins and fluids with promises to firm up, reduce puffiness, erase lines, tighten skin, wipe away wrinkles, restore elasticity, hydrate, energize, revitalize and even hypnotize my face into looking younger.  

You name it.  I've bought it.  If product X doesn't take away that wrinkle under my eye, product Y is sure to do the job.  I have an alphabet of miracle potions to choose from  each morning, with ingredients ranging from avocado juice to Queen bee pollen.  

I've even waited an extra week to make car repairs, so that I could buy this very expensive face repair kit.  After all, my face is worth the attention.  My car may get me down the road, but it's the roadmap of my face which stares at me from the mirror.      

Every product makes the same claim...to stop the aging process.    

But wait!  Sometimes they promise much, much more.    

Why, with my younger skin, I'll feel better.  I'll cook better.  I'll stop forgetting words.  I'll get a raise.  I'll read faster.  I won't get indigestion.  I'll have more energy.  And all of these changes will take place in within twenty days after application!    

Well, I'm not positive about all these creams.  Last time I checked, the Fountain of Youth, still only exists in science fiction.  But I do believe in the power of positive thinking.  And that age is just a state of mind.  

We may worry about how we look at age forty...at fifty...at sixty ...but when I see a woman in her eighties, I expect to see lines and wrinkles.  Every line tells a story in that woman's life.  Laugh lines around the eyes tells me she's had an abundance of happiness.  Lines near the mouth says she's had many stories to tell.

I want to grow old gracefully (and not too wrinkly) but I know we can't freeze time.  Sure, I’ll keep on applying all these anti-aging creams but I still want my face to show that I've lived a full, rich life.  Like I said, it’s the roadmap that I show the world.  How about you?


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      Tinaf wrote Nov 29, 2008
    • Looking at your profile picture, I can say your creams are working!  You look terrific, you know!  Anyway, yeah, I’ve started playing around with creams myself, trying to find the right fit as far as texture and effectiveness.  And it’s hard for me to believe that back in the day of my “new” skin, all I ever put on it was baby oil for sunbathing and some Clearsil at night.



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      Mary Clark wrote Nov 30, 2008
    • I use my 4 step skin care program...and microderm abrasion 3-4 times a week.  Getting the dead skin off is the key to having nice skin and making your makeup go on smoothly.  

      Exfoliate....that is the key...and moisturizer...

      And I don’t do the tanning bed thing....no leathery skin for me.



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      Janie Emaus wrote Nov 30, 2008
    • Beachbum - I think a lot of aging just depends on the genes.

      Annie - You are so right.  It’s all in the attitude.  My mom is 83 and looks gorgeous.

      Maryclark - Thanks for the tip about exfoliating.  I’ve had a few facials and always fees so wonderful afterwards.



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Dec 3, 2008
    • I am right there with ya. I never took care of my skin until I hit 30. Then I decided to 'get ahead of it'. Now, I say "I'm not going down without a fight."
      I use Optimal Skin Care [Link Removed]  It is all about feeding and restoring your cells. I use the analogy of a copying machine - making copies of the copies. Pretty soon the lines become smudged and blurry. Proper nutrition for the cells (inside and out) can restore the cells using the blueprint, and not the copy - so in essence you can make yourself younger to a degree. You can't rewind the clock all the way, but it is possible to turn the gears back some. :) I look and feel younger now than I did ten years ago. I agree with Annie that attitude has a lot to do with it. For me it is a combination of attitude, and doing my best to promote cellular restoration, both from the inside and out.


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      Meri Cain wrote Dec 3, 2008
    • Alpha Lipoic Acid,DMAE,Salicylic Acid are what I have been using for the last few months to plump up my skin  and refine
      my pores.I buy the ingredients raw and make it myself,that way I can make sure I am getting high percentages of actives.
      go to [Link Removed] /


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      Janie Emaus wrote Dec 4, 2008
    • Happymomma - It is all about feeding and restoring your cells and your mind.  Thanks for the comment.

      momogirl - I’m going to check out your site.  I’d love to make my own face creams.



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Dec 4, 2008
    • Stress is huge - it is the main factor that triggers most all auto-immune conditions. It shuts our immune system down! I have learned to not sweat the small stuff. :)
      I have a friend who is older than I am. She looks younger than me. She has been using the same supplements and skin care products I am using, only longer. I look forward to getting older and looking younger. LOL I have asked her if she would let me use her as an advertisement. She also lost over 100 lbs - and you would never know it. She is amazingly beautiful and vibrantly young looking. I want to be like her when I grow up! :)



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      Diane Klapper wrote Dec 4, 2008
    • HI JANIE ,

      First of all I’d like to tell MaryClark that she looks great for her age.  Annie 123 I wish I new your MOM’s secret the only time men approach me are for directions.   And Janie I think you know my feelings whatever you can to to look your best do it!  So do yiou think I’m vain? or do I just have low self-esteem?   Don’t answer  that .  I just trying to get my show-on the road.CUL8R.



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      Mary Clark wrote Dec 5, 2008
    • Thanks Givalook!!  I do try to stay young looking.



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Dec 5, 2008
    • I miss seeing your smiling face Mary!



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      Sylvia wrote Dec 5, 2008
    • Wow!  What a great story!!  I guess I have wrinkles in my
      wrinkles. I waited too long to try anything and now
      nothing helps. But, each wrinkle tells a story. Carry on
      all you young beautiful young women. Try all the new
      lotions and creams. ,
      Sylvia



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      Sandyde wrote Dec 5, 2008
    • I’ve got all the anti-aging products!  You name it, I’ve got it.  

      Now, if I could just get my hands on one of those mirrors that lie estatic

      As usual, Janie...great blog!

      Sandy



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      Mary Clark wrote Dec 6, 2008
    • Happymomma......that profile pic is ME....LOL
      But thank you for your compliment.  

      Sylvia....it’s never too late to start taking care of your skin.  

      M.R.P.   Maintenance, Repair, and Prevention...

      You can repair ......



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Dec 6, 2008
    • Mary,
      I wondered if it was a picture of you or a daughter. You were adorable then, but I loved your other picture. You have a beautiful smile.
      Sylvia,
      Mary is right. I look younger now than I did ten years ago. My wrinkles are disappearing, and not with botox either. I am a health nut, so it made sense to me that if you feed your skin from the outside as well as from the inside, you can repair and restore it.
      Sandy,
      Alot of anti-aging stuff actually causes aging. The preservatives in most of it cause oxidative stress. And parabens are linked to breast cancer.



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      Robin M wrote Dec 20, 2009
    • Genes play only a small role in aging (like 30%), making environmental damage the enemy.   Here are some tips from Dermatologists, Drs. Rodan + Fields:
      1) Your skin does most of its repair-and-refresh work at night. Lack of sleep shows up on your face as dullness initially, graduating to wrinkling, and even breakouts as you continue to lose sleep.
      2) Wind and cold are dehydrating. Moisturizer plumps up your skin, making it look and feel smoother temporarily. We have never met a makeup artist who doesn’t apply moisturizer liberally before makeup—it really makes a difference.
      3) Even if you‘re sitting in the shade, without suncreen you‘re being zapped by aging rays. Sunscreen (at least SPF30, every day) not only prevents aging, it gives your skin time away from defending itself, so it can actually repair and undo existing damage.

      Sun damage that shows up as brownspots on your face ages you because those spots are a lot larger below the surface. As you age, light doesn’t reflect off your skin as it once did because the spots below the surface of your skin. Look around you at people with visible sun damage? Do they glow and radiate light? Now look at people with little or no damage? See the difference?  The doctors above have a new product out that reverses sun damage, and as an experiment I’m using it on the back of one hand, but not on the back of the other.  Oh my gosh - there’s a huge difference!



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