I never thought the day would come where I’d make a mad scramble for all the anti-aging products I could find in the house. But here I am in a bit of a panic after discovering that I might be well on my way to becoming a withered hag. While looking through some recent photos, I noticed something a little…off about my face. I couldn’t put my finger on what it was, but a closer look revealed the horrifying truth:
I have visible laugh lines. And I’m only 26.
How the fuck did that happen? How long have these lines been forming, and how the hell did they get so deep? Is it because I have a nasty habit of rubbing my nose violently during my nightly allergy attacks, drying the skin around the area in the process? Could it be the sun damage from years of never wearing sunscreen except while at the beach? Why has beauty/fashion blogging failed to turn me into a proper girl who knows how to take care of her skin and prevent the inevitable signs of aging?
A quick Google search revealed that laugh lines, or nasolabial folds, is caused by genetics, weight loss, or just plain ageing. Nobody in my family has laugh lines at this age, so I’m guessing my face is getting thinner or my skin is getting old. Or maybe I smile too much? Whatever it is, I’m a little freaked out that that these diagonal lines are marring my face, a face that has never been conventionally pretty to begin with but will only get even more un-pretty as time goes by.
Finding my visible laugh lines seems to be another nail in the proverbial coffin. I was blow-drying my hair at the gym the other day when I spotted not one, not two, but five gray hairs growing from the crown of my head. They looked really awkward against the black-purple that was the rest of my hair and they needed to go, now. I leaned closer to the mirror to try and pull them out one at a time; grasping the two-inch hairs is more difficult than it looks. A middle-aged woman sitting next to me noticed what I was doing and said kindly, “Dear, don’t bother. You’re going to get more of those with time.”
Hair graying is something I can deal with calmly; the Dados are known to get gray hair in their mid to late 20s, and it’s nothing a little dye can’t fix. But correcting laugh lines (and maybe my undereye area) is not as simple as slapping on a new layer of skin onto my face. The Internet recommends facial exercises, botox injections, and powerful moisturizers/anti-wrinkle creams to get rid of laugh lines. Of all those options, I think the third one seems like the best one for now.
Currently I’m using Celeteque’s Restorative Ultra-Lifting Concentrated Serum twice a day – after I wake up, and before going to bed. It’s too soon to tell if it’s working or not, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I also have an unused bottle of Neutrogena Hydroboost Essence, which looks like a good alternative for when I’m running late in the morning (though reviews say it’s not as moisturizing as other serums). Internet research shows me that hyaluronic acid is a great moisturizer for oily yet dehydrated skin, so I’m considering the 20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum if I’m not happy with Celeteque.
Worst case scenario, I’ll look into botox. Or maybe stop smiling altogether.
Have you tried any of the products I’m using? Can you recommend any great serums or anti-aging moisturizers?Google+