Brace yourself, because I am about to tell you something shocking. I am about to be fifty. Not until next May, so it's not like it's happening tomorrow, but it's coming. George Orwell once said, "At 50, everyone has the face he deserves." Maybe so, but this is Dallas and no one in their right mind lives with what God gave them. We have too many plastic surgeons, stylists, hair dressers and estheticians for that! The big 5-0 is looming large and that has me reevaluating myself, inside and out. What am I doing right and what areas do I need to make changes or improvements? There's no denying that one of the most noticeable things that is changing is my skin. Gravity has set in and thanks to a new magnifying mirror I recently bought at Target, I can now see every imperfection 500x better than before... Did you know that Dallas is one of the largest hubs for cosmetics brands in the country? According to D Magazine's Holly Haber, "North Texas is fertile ground for beauty brands thanks to its extensive resources for everything from formulations to production, as well as its position as a central transportation hub... It’s difficult to track industry revenue with any precision, given the large number of private firms. But the majors alone rack up around $9 billion in annual sales." One thing I know for sure is that if I'm going down, it won't be without a fight. So, I reached out to some of my friends in the Dallas beauty biz and asked them what advice they had for women in their 40s and 50s. Here are their golden nuggets of wisdom:
|Jamie O'Banion, President &|
Co-Founder at Beauty Bioscience
called microneedling, and it stems from the proven philosophy that to regenerate the skin one must wound the skin. Microneedling is a new approach that induces a micro injury response. Instead of having to remove the entire epidermis and dermis as in decades past, micro needling creates painless, imperceptible microchannels in the skin to stimulate skin's natural healing response. For the first time, we are able to induce a micro injury and achieve macro injury response to the skin. With regular use (at least 2-3x per week), the skin's natural collagen response is ignited and volume, firmness and smoothness are restored to the skin. My partner and father Dr. Terry James introduced and patented the concept of micro needling and began supplying dermatologists and plastic surgeons offices with this technology. In May of 2016, GloPRO was introduced to the retail world with the first at-home painless, effective micro needling tool also including red LED light therapy and vibrotactile stimulation for enhanced collagen regeneration. The retail cost is $200." GloPRO is available online or can be found locally at Neiman Marcus.
Mary Kay TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Day Cream with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is perfect to address our two main skin problem as we age. First the SPF prevent new skin damage from occurring and it contains plant stem cells and peptides to repair previous damage and add volume and firmness to the skin which we also start to lose as we age. It's a one stop product for day time. I am (also) sensitive about my neck area as I age, so I love to add the TimeWise Volu-Firm Lifting Serum to my routine. It increases the skin's moisture by 61% which also helps to prevent wrinkles. It also lifts the skin which is a concern as gravity is starting to take its toll, particularly around the jaw and neck. It's not hard to take care of your skin as you age, it just takes a little extra time and some effective products. It's well worth it." You can find this Dallas-based brand online at marykay.com.
Soft Microdermabrasion Cream. You can find this new Dallas-based brand online at camillecoton.com.
May the Force be with us all...