Liza Goldman, Licensed Aesthetician
I hear over and over from people (especially women over 35) the same things. “I don’t have time to use a bunch of products”, or “nothing makes a difference with my skin”, or even better, “I just splash water at my face and it looks great!” So, we’re all friends here, right?!? Good! Any friend of mine knows that I tend to be direct. Why sugar coat it? So here’s the deal. You do have the time, it will make a difference, and just splashing water at your face is not exactly turning back the hands of time…..no offense. Healthy, properly functioning skin is not only important to our overall health, but let’s be honest, it makes us look better; healthier, younger, and more vibrant. I know there are plenty of people out there thinking that anyone seeking lotions, potions, and treatments from an Aesthetician is just vain and self-absorbed. To that I ask, what’s wrong with a healthy amount of vanity? When did vanity become the root of evil? Shouldn’t we take pride in our appearance? Shouldn’t we try to make corrections, when possible, where we unknowingly damaged ourselves in the past? Don’t we want healthy, properly functioning skin? Don’t we want to glow and feel good when we catch a glimpse of ourselves in a mirror? Doesn’t everyone, no matter their age, want to look even halfway decent in a selfie without a filter? I AM a little vain. I know that I am, but I think it’s healthy actually. You know why? Because I want to live MY fabulous over 40 life unfiltered.
Believe me when I tell you, I’m not seeking perfection in myself. Gone are my boot camp days, today I use my Pilates machine. I’m not looking to be G.I. Jane……just healthy and reasonably sane. Gone are the days of not even eating cake on my birthday, because frosting is seriously good. When it comes to my face, however, I just can’t find a good reason to look older than I need to. I realize that I’m not going to wake up one day with my 25 year old face, but why look older than I am? Someone recently told me that I have beautiful skin. You know what I responded? “It’s a labor of love”. I choose to take care of my skin because I choose to take care of myself. To make myself a priority. I am worth 5 extra minutes twice a day…..aren’t you? I’m worth regular maintenance and occasional treatments that help me to feel good and look good. Aren’t you?
Not every product is for everyone and not every treatment is for everyone. You are an individual. An individual who needs to take action to look and feel their best. Drink plenty of water, eat right (but don’t forget a little cake now and then!), exercise, and take care of your skin. It’s the only skin you’ve got.
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