Things just got real. It’s happening. No matter what I do, they are not going away. I can close my eyes as many times as I want, they are here to stay. They’ve taken up permanent residency on my face. My first fine lines and wrinkles.
So how am I dealing with this major beauty crisis?
Acceptance is the key. And then comes moisturizing. Here is the thing: The number of anti-wrinkle, anti-aging, anti-everything creams and products grows exponentially every year and a visit to the local drug store can leave your head spinning. With claims that seem too good to be true, what is the best way to figure out what will work for you? So I keep it simple. I’m sure to keep my skin plump and hydrated with daily moisturizer with at least SPF 30 every day. And night. This is a good age (mid-thirties) to start using Vitamin A daily, and you’ll want a more intense formula to get your glow going. Many cosmetic skincare lines offer anti-aging creams containing retinol, part of the vitamin A group of molecules.
Also, and this may sound funny, I try to sleep on my back more often. Apparently, favoring one side and sleeping in such a way that your face comes into contact with cotton pillowcases, like on your side or stomach, can lead to the creation of deep sleep lines on your forehead and cheeks. Yeah right! – That was my initial reaction but I looked into it and it’s true. Other ways to help reduce this kind of extrinsic wrinkling include swapping out your usual pillow case for a silk one, which is less likely to pull at or leave marks on skin.
It may not look like much but that’s what I’m doing. And at the end of the day, I try to remember that when I look at my wrinkles, I see a woman fearlessly making her way through the crowd. I see tears shed, perseverance, happiness, love, laughter, experience. I see my Mom, I see me. And on a day like today, when I feel terrible about myself, I watch Audrey Hepburn movies and drink away my sorrows with wine. Because that’s the answer for everything in life.
Wine cures wrinkles, right?