Monday, March 30, 2009

Retinol is not for me!

Why is there always a price for beauty?!

I've never been one to follow a beauty regimen. My mom, to this day, always tells me I should take better care of my skin. Honestly, I thought that I wouldn't have to worry about it being half Asian. I was pretty proud of myself for using a night cream and a daily moisturizer with SPF. I did have a microdermabrasion once. Hated it and won't do it again!! I'm a beauty wimp.

I now see why my mom, aunts, and grandmother have harped on me all these years. My Vietnamese aunt, who is in her mid 60s, has perfect skin -truly perfect. Why? Because when she is went to the beach with us in Vietnam, she wore a hat, a long sleeve linen shirt and pants, zinc oxide, and gloves. I was frolicking in a tankini, obviously American.

Notice the gloves and white cream on her face.

It was humid and in the mid to upper 90s. See how everyone is dressed? I wore shorts and tank tops.

So, I'm in my early 40s (I have no problem announcing that, nor do my boys) and am beginning to see the signs of my age around my eyes. I've been wanting to try some new eye creams and broke down and bought some this weekend. Based on a review I saw in the recent Martha Stewart magazine, I bought ROC Deep Wrinkle Night Cream. It has retinol in it which is the most effective anti-wrinkle ingredient out there.

My husband warned me. The tube warned me. But, no. I had to try for myself. For 3 nights I applied this cream to my eyes. Now, they itch and sting like a mofo! I'm so bummed. Clearly, I'm going to have to age without the help of special creams. There is no way I can apply this stuff for 4 to 8 weeks to see results. Bummer! (NOTE: this won't happen to everyone. Just me.)

Anyone want a $20.00, hardly used tube of cream? I'll ship it to you for free!

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