wrinkles and natural beauty
We’re not getting any younger, but we can still look pretty darn good at any age. Wrinkles are a natural occurrence as you age. Whether it’s from sun exposure or lack of moisture (how many times do I have to tell you to drink more water????), smiling and frowning, smoking, or gravity – eventually we all get some wrinkles. As we get older, the skin also loses its elasticity, is less able to retain moisture,the glands excrete oil less efficiently and the skin starts to droop and create depressions. It’s very depressing, isn’t it?
There are a lot of cosmetic procedures that can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. See Previous posts on Facelift Alternatives – Fraxel Laser Treatments, Microdermabrasion, Thermage, and Fillers like Botox and Restylane and Juvaderm. There’s a whole gazillion dollar industry out there ready to burn and fill and scrape and resurface you into looking younger. And if you like that kind of thing and it will make you feel better about yourself, then I say go ahead and do it.
After all, natural beauty comes from within and the first step to feeling beautiful on the outside is to feel beautiful on the inside. Nothing makes a person more beautiful than a radiant smile that comes from loving one’s self.
However, if you’re as interested in your natural health as your natural beauty, the see one of the next posts for how to reduce wrinkles naturally!
Fraxel instead of Facelift
Okay, I have to admit it – I’ve had this procedure. It was gifted to me a few years ago and I thought I’d give it a try. If you look at my pictures, you’ll see that I look very young for my age (I’m 62!). And so 5 years ago, I was over 55, but looking young. I stress the young-looking part because Fraxel is touted to give you young-looking skin. It did – but I also already had it to begin with!
The process utilizes a laser to minimize the appearance of scars, lines and wrinkles, as well as improve the overall texture and surface of the skin. My experience was very typical – The procedure uses 5 different lasers and takes 3 treatments – so 15 laser treatments all together. The first treatment was okay – 5 different tingly sensations, hot and cold, relaxing – no problem. My recovery was instantaneous – no big difference. Then, two weeks later, I had the second series — I remember the first 3 lasers as being rather soothing and nice. Then came number 4 – boy, oh boy – did that hurt! I won’t kid you – it wasn’t a tingly prickly feeling – it really hurt. Laser number 5 cooled off the sensation a little. The recovery was not as nice, but I didn’t peel — I just got red in the face – all over the face — for a few days. A few weeks later, I was kind of scared to go back, cause it really was painful – but Treatment #3 was a piece of cake. None of the 5 laser applications hurt, I didn’t get red, it was all good. And not much down time either – I was up and about by the end of the day.
Did I notice results? As I said, I already had young-looking skin. So my skin looked young! Not much more than it had before – maybe a little shinier, a little brighter.
Would I recommend Fraxel Laser Treatments? The gift that I was given was valued at $2,700. The results were probably worth $270. Not a great return on your investment I would say.
However, I do believe that had I had skin issues like acne or dry, dull skin – the results might have been dramatic, the price might have been worth it, and I might have recommended it over other treatments. Naturally beautiful healthy senior women – do your research, make your own decisions!