As Below, So Above using “feminine” cream to treat wrinkles

I love secret beauty tricks that really work. Using estrogen on my face is one of them.  I use a cream called Estrace. It is only available by prescription. I have it because, as a post-menopausal woman, my private area is less “youthful”  (If this is TMI – skip ahead to the next paragraph) It is dryer, takes longer to become aroused, and the interior walls are thinning. So my Gynochologist prescribed Estrace to apply on and in, to help plump and moisten things up, down there.

Where else can I use plumping and moistening? Oh yeah, my face! I had already read about the potential cosmetic benefits of using an estrogen cream on my face. I had to do some research (using reputable sources, not just a “google” search source) and found that there is indeed evidence that applying an estrogen cream about three days a week does help diminish fine lines and thicken skin. It works – I use it.

I would be terribly remiss though, if I did not mention that there is evidence that estrogen can increase chances of some cancers. Further, I don’t truly know what detrimental effects using estrogen topically in such a way may have. So this is somewhat risky. If you have any questions, contact your doctor or dermatologist.

Thus far, I have been happy with the effects of using the cream above and below.

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Beauty Takes Discipline

. . . especially as I get older. All beauty or fitness regimes take perseverance and discipline. I am unwaveringly faithful to my beauty and fitness routines.

A healthy body takes regular exercise. We all know that. But the most expensive beauty tools and cosmetics hardly make a change unless they are used regularly.

For instance, like I said in my previous post, I use Latisse every other night without fail. This way my lashes stay as full as they can. I also use 5% minoxidil every day, without fail. My hair is thicker now than before I started using the stuff daily. Admittedly, it is still not as thick as it was in my twenties, thirties, even forties. But using the minoxidil really helps. There would be little to no effect if I weren’t religious about its application.

I also apply body cream every single day to my entire body – arms, torso, butt, thighs, calves, hands, back, feet and neck. I have done this since I was in middle school. I am convinced that it has gone a long way in keeping my skin fresh, young, smooth and stretch mark free!

Of course, I have my regular exercise routine – which takes only twelve minutes when I am in a hurry. Longer when I have the time. Exercise is another wonderful thing we do for ourselves that takes persistence and discipline. But, everyone who works out knows, the results are so worth it.

Latisse and Extensions

I have made no bones about the fact that I wear eyelash extensions. It is one of my indulgences that have a great payoff as far as improving my look.

When I first started with regular extension applications, I stopped using Latisse, thinking it was no longer necessary.  Well, I was wrong. My natural lashes shrunk, and so, there were fewer lashes for extensions to be attached to. The result: sparser extensions and a much less dramatic look than I wanted.

So, I started with the Latisse again. For the first six weeks, I applied it every night. After that, I find all I need to maintain is every other night – so the stuff lasts twice as long. Which is good, Latisse is not cheap.

The results are definitely worth it. Also, I do not fear that if I ever decide to let my extensions fall out naturally, I will have some quality lashes left.

Smoking, Drinking, and Sunbathing

She doesn’t look a day over 162!

I can always tell when a woman is a smoker or chronic sunbather. One who smokes and drinks regularly is even easier to spot.

Otherwise beautiful women have leathery skin and fine lines

YIKES!

all over their face. Often voices become raspy. If the skin has a chronic tan, ugh! It is painful.

 

I one time worked with a beautiful woman who was in her early forties. She had huge, wide blue eyes. Beautiful lips, great cheekbones, perfect white teeth lovely hair, but her skin was very tanned and wrinkly. Leathery. It was painful to see this otherwise gorgeous woman ravaged by bad habits. And myths that she believed.

She was convinced that she needed to have a tanned appearance to look good. She also refused to use foundation makeup because it was too cakey and uncomfortable to wear. So she spent hours in tanning beds. Her beautiful face was withering.

I tried to delicately suggest she not use the tanning bed. She insisted she needs the color. Why not make-up, I asked. Too cakey. I can’t wear it. So you are willing to wear leather as skin?!! I was dumbfounded. She just couldn’t accept that there was another way for her to look good.

I am sure she would have looked lovely with un-tanned skin. But she was dead-set on her myth of how she looks good. It worked well throughout her twenties and thirties. It was time to rethink and adjust!!

If I could have taken her home with me, I would have made her use Retin A regularly. And I would KEEP HER OUT OF THE SUN AND TANNING BEDS.

It was just her absolutely untrue believsof that killed her looks. Now for smokers, it is not a belief, but an addiction that continues the damaging behavior.

Don’t even start smoking. Ever. Drinking alcohol daily in large quantities dries skin because it dehydrates our entire bodies. Don’t allow yourself to justify increasing drinking to levels that you KNOW in your heart are unhealthy.

I am aware addictions are not so easy to stop. But by not starting, you have a huge advantage. There are also excellent programs /out there that help addicts recover. To boot, many programs have steps of recovery that help one be happier and a better person. That is always attractive!

Never step foot, (or butt) in a tanning bed. Ever. And, duh, wear sunscreen every day. Period.

 

 

 

 

Get the Red Out

I use visine, or a similar product every time I want to look extra good. You’re not supposed to use it too often, because we build a tolerance to it, so I am careful about how often I use it.

I use it when I want to look rested and vibrant, which comes to about once every other day. That seems to be adequate to keep my eyes from getting addicted to the stuff.

And it does make a difference in my appearance. My eyes “pop.” The whites of my eyes look whiter and my blue eyes stand out more. If I am having pictures taken, I always drop in come visene.

Just another trick of the beauty trade.

My Special Indulgence: Peppermint Foot Lotion

The soothing and energizing feeling of peppermint lotion on my tired feet after my evening shower of bath, is wonderful. A simple, but luxurious treat.

Besides the delicious aroma, peppermint essential oil is therapeutic. Calming and invigorating simultaneously. Peppermint on feet is especially helpful because it increases blood circulatiaon. It also helps alleviate foot fungus issues, like athlete’s foot that my feet have cronically. Peppermint also reduces pain, making my achy feet more comfortable.

A good hydrating lotion makes my feet feel fresh and dewy – not the hard and caloused things that they feel like by the end of a busy day.

The Body Shop makes a nice peppermint foot lotion. So does Burt’s Bees. I make my own and add lots of peppermint essential oil. Very refreshing.

 

 

Magic Gloves for Smooth Hands

I love sharing with my daughter my old tried and true beauty tips and secrets.

Her hands have been chapped since the cold weather began this year. So I whipped out the extra-moisturizing hand cream – not lotion – cream. It needs to have a buttery thicker texture to have the best effect. But, before I had her use it, I showed her how I wash my hands with a washcloth and firmly scrub the backs of my hands to exfoliate. When hands are still damp, the cream goes on. Thick.

Then, the magic. I gave her a pair of my cotton gloves to put her moisture-coated hands in just before bed. We both wore them all night. The next morning – our hands were smooth soft. I really think she was impressed – which in itself is a miracle. The gloves work every time.

For myself, I apply Retin-A every night on my hands – even in the winter. Once that has absorbed in – usually about ten minutes – I will apply a humectant-based cream. I prefer glycerin as a humectant for my hands. Once that has absorbed, I lightly spray my hands with rosewater (or just plain water) and apply the heavy-buttery cream. Gloves go on all night, and I wake up with much much smoother and softer hands.

But not as soft as my fifteen-year-old daughter. I wonder why?