First of all, this is a NO JUDGEMENT ZONE.
Now we have that out of the way:
I am 54 this year. I realise that my skin is in good nick and fundamentally it is down to great genes and maintenance. My dad was Indonesian, my mum is Dutch, so I have had a pretty good head start in the way my skin looks. I have always taken good care of my skin, and never go to bed without taking my make up off.
There have been gradually some major changes in my skin over the last few years.
The usual changes as we get older:
- Changes in the elasticity and strength of the connective tissue (especially noticeable in sun exposed areas)
- The epidermis (outer layer of the skin) thins and becomes more fragile
- Pigment changes
- The skin repairs itself much slower as our cell metabolism slows down
Add to this an early onset of menopause due to 2 rounds of chemo therapy and radio therapy and we have a smorgasbord of skin issues.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining. As I have written previously; the fine lines are from laughing a lot, the sun spots are from long, summer days and if it wasn’t for the chemo meds, I wouldn’t be here today.
I would also like to add that I do not consider this as “work”. I have not had any “work” done, whatever that means. I think of “work” as a full blown cosmetic surgery, and there has been none. I like to consider what I do to my face to be maintenance and special care. Like a good running car, it needs to be looked after, and at different stages of its shelf life, requires different maintenance.
To those that believe I should age gracefully (what does that even mean??): This has nothing to do with wanting to look younger. I do not want to look younger. I am 54 this year, and thank God I made it this far. It has everything to do with when things bother me, I fix them and make them better, or make them go away. As I do with a broken nail, or ironing my shirt so it doesn’t look creased, getting my teeth a good clean or have that cavity fixed or getting your heels replaced when they’re worn.
You get the picture.
So here is what I have had done:
IPL (Laser Treatment)
This was a game changer for me. Dani and the team from Bliss Day Spa proved to me that IPL can be a good option and fade those pesky pigmentation spots. It was getting harder and harder to cover them up, and I was thrilled with the results after 2 laser sessions*. You can read all about my experience HERE
Regular Facial Treatments
I have had a Micro Dermabrasion treatments* at THASPA: a super exfoliating treatment to reveal soft, new skin. I have also had Acid Peels to chemically exfoliate my skin. One of my favourite treatments as a treat and to get the skin tight, plump and glowing, is OMNILUX LED Light Therapy* Instant glow in 20 minutes, with optimum results after a course of multiple sessions. A great treatment to have in your lunch break!
Now let’s talk about pricks:
Anti Wrinkle Injectables (BOTOX/DYSPORT)
I have been getting DYSPORT injections every 6 months for about 4 years now. I do not have deep lines, but solely have these done to lift my eyebrows a little. (it relaxes the muscle that drags the brows down). It takes about 2 weeks to properly set in but it gives me an ever so slight lift which works well for me. (you know those close ups of eye make up tutorials…yeah, for that). In the last session, my nurse Sunita added a little on the side of my eyes to immobilise the area that has fine lines and for the first time, in my chin as well. She says it will stop me from making funny faces which I tend to do when concentrating, it will elongate my face a little and therefor streamline my jawline. (I just let her do what she wants, she knows my face better than me!) It differs for people but mine lasts about 5-6 months.
Dermal Filler Injections
I received this treatment* for the first time, when I went for my 6 monthly Dysport top up. I had been toying with the idea of getting fillers since last year. Allergies, and an extremely stressful 2 years have left my eyes looking quite deep set and gaunt and with that comes dark circles. I look tired all the time, even with the best concealer on the market!
Sunita explained the difference in fillers available. Fillers can be made with biodegradable substances, such as collagen or hyaluronic acid (HA), or non-biodegradable substances like silicone. She suggested the hyaluronic acid, which is found naturally in our own body. By the time we reach 40, our own HA has already been diminished to 50%. We decided on one syringe (1.2ml) to try. She applied it in my cheekbones, to give me a little lift, and in the hollows under my sockets. Application in the tear duct or eye socket wasn’t possible, due to my sinus problems. She also applied a little dot on each side of my mouth to fix the corners that tend to move south as we get older.
The result is a fresher, more awake look which I love. By the time I went on holidays, I looked like I had been on one already!
PS. It is important to trust the person that injects, and I trust Sunita completely. In the next couple of weeks, I will have an interview with her on Fashionista in Suburbia. If you have any questions for her, let me know below and I will ask her.
High Quality Skin Care
And I do not mean the most expensive. I am not so keen on the term: anti ageing, instead I look for products that have ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid for moisturising, Vitamin A (or retinol) for fine lines, Vitamin C to keep those pigment cells at bay and skin bright, Glycolic or Lactic Acid to slough off those lazy dead skin cells. SPF50 every single day, and of course, I take my make up off every night.
I like and use/used:
As a last note, there seem to be a real taboo talking about injectables, and I am not sure why. Is it something to be ashamed of if you have had injectables as part of your beauty routine?
Would love to discuss…
*these treatments or products were gifted or part gifted. This does not affect my views or opinions. They are honest, and all my own. Please note that this is a personal review and products results may differ for other people.
You can contact Sunita O’Neill from Southern Cosmedics on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0415988161 . Let me know if you have any questions for her.
I have teamed up with some fab beauty bloggers over at Ingrids Monday Make Up madness.
Til Next Time