Welcome! I'm a 48 (and 1/2) year old, wife, mother (8 1/2 year old son), daughter, sister, friend and volunteer. So, 48.5 really means I'm into my 49th year on this amazing planet, and on July 19, 2010, I'll be in my 50th year. The mid-century mark. L. The big 5-0. However you want to say it, to most of the English speaking world, it means "old". I want to get there with grace, passion, beauty, love and laughter. I want to get there the old-fashioned way: by taking care of myself, eating right, creating a balanced life, laughing and living life to it's fullest. I'll be documenting my journey and hope you will watch and learn along the way. I'll also provide some of my tips for looking young and feeling your best as we head to and beyond our mid-century mark. Here's to being "Beautifully 50".

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Mature Skin? Really?

We all love giving, getting and opening gifts, right?  I know I do, and it really is the thought that counts. My little boy bought me a bag of Godiva Dark Chocolate for Christmas and my first thought was "ugh, try to act excited" and although I was able to put a big smile across my face, it wouldn't have been my choice. See, I've never been a chocolate or sweets person (bring on the chips, please!), but of course, I ended up enjoying every last morsel in that bag. Now, I want a piece (or two) of dark chocolate every day...a 1/4 oz. is recommended daily (Health Magazine, Feb 2010) as dark chocolate helps reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease and aids in building healthy bones. Bravo Connor for that awesome gift!

I received another gift from a dear friend and initially had to feign excitement. La Roche-Posay SUBSTIANE Replenishing Care for Mature Skin. My beautiful, young (36 yr. old) friend just gave me lotion for mature skin, really?? Ok, it did help matters that her husband works in the dermatology industry and knows about the best skincare available, but still, it stung a little. I'm not even mature, let alone my skin! It took me a few days, but I finally tried my new skin lotion.  It's been a couple of weeks now, and I LOVE it! My skin feels softer, smoother, hydrated and tighter. In the past three days I've received numerous compliments about my skin! So, could the mature skin lotion possibly be making my skin look less mature? I think so!

La Roche-Posay products are formulated with the La Roche-Posay thermal spring water base which is rich in selenium, a powerful anti-oxidant. SUBSTIANE's key ingredient (Pro-xylane 5%) helps to restore inner thinning and loss of facial definition (my problem area).  Consumers show a 29% increase in skin fullness over a three month period in clinical studies.  Substiane is to be used morning and night and provides 24-hour intense moisturization. And, at only $49.00, it's a steal!  La Roche-Posay products are available on-line at http://www.laroche-posay.us/ and through many dermatology offices (check your area for availability), and in major metropolitan areas at your local CVS!

Now, please remember know that I am not a representative of ANY product that I blog about and that recommendations are based on my personal use and results. But, after spending 15 years in the cosmetics and beauty industry, I do feel like I can weed out the bad and pick the good. My mantra has always been "use what works for you". This one is working for me now, so I wanted to share. I'm about to order the eye cream (only $39 for .5 oz!), so I'll give my reviews on that soon. Happy shopping!

And..to my dear friend...thanks for the FABULOUS gift!


Cashon&Co said...

OF COURSE CHOCOLATE IS GOOD FOR YOU! :) seriously though youre right, it is. And I'm saying that as i am eating Special K Chocolate out of the box.

Anonymous said...

I've got your Dark Chocolate any time you need it. From your friend who sales GODIVA!