Recently, I asked Kris a very
tricky random question. Do I look like a 25 year old? His answer was, "I don't know what a 25 year old woman looks like". Pft. Maybe le boyfriend was just trying to play safe. HAHA!
It's not that I suddenly panicked because I saw signs of aging on mah face. It was just out of curiosity. Really. Now, let me ask you. Do you go in a state of hysteria whenever you see a new wrinkle? I hope not. But in case you do, I know something that could help.
There's an anti-aging superstar you need to meet.
Say hello to Retinol!
Maybe you're wondering how retinol works. Uhm, well, it does a LOT of things, but the only thing you need to know is that, it has a power to talk to our skin cells and tell them to behave nicely and work properly. It goes deep into the dermis (2nd layer) and affect collagen production and breakdown which in turn helps to re-texturize the skin surface. It also speeds up cell turnover which results to clearer and brighter skin. So I guess we don't need the fountain of youth after all.
During the first week, I encounter a big-time pump malfunction. HAHA! I thought it's not working because there's no tube connecting to the pump and the product would not come out. I was pushing it down real hard many many times but still, no success. I figured it's because of the cream's consistency. It's freaking thick! So I turned the bottle upside down and tap it against my palm to help bring the product at the upper part. And then, I tried again and it worked.
Before, I was using this day (because it claims to de-puff the eyes) and night (because that's when our skin's regeneration process becomes very active). However, I noticed that my skin was reacting weirdly (I started spotting some bumps around my cheekbone area near my eyes) so I lessened the frequency to once a day. Maybe the formula is too strong to be used twice daily? Well, at least for me.
It doesn't have any odd fragrance as well. It's almost scentless.
If you take a closer look at the photo above, you might notice bead-like gel stuff in there. Uhm, I don't know what those are. They don't bother me so I guess they're harmless. :)
The work begins...
- it really hydrates and retextures the skin - I used to have dry areas around my mouth
- before, whenever I go back to my bitchy resting face after smiling, my laugh line used to imprint but Retinol-C has helped to diminish those pesky creases
- I haven't noticed any drastic changes around my eyes, but it moisturizes that area as well
- my pores have been behaving very well - Thanks retinol for micro-managing them!! HAHA! I think my current toner is also a good sidekick!
- no peeling
- no itchiness and other irritations except for the bumps I got whenever I use it twice a day (the trick is to just apply it only on my smile lines if I want to use it at day time)
- never-a-dull-moment because it also contains Vitamin C which brightens up the skin
- it's hard to tell if the "instant effect" is really happening, though I do love how it keeps fine lines almost invisible all day
Prevention is better than cure!
Over-the-counter or drugstore retinol creams are usually pricey but they're worth it. I really suggest you try incorporating it in your skincare routine especially if you really really need something to slow down your skin's aging process. If you ask me, I'd like to make it a permanent part of my nighttime beauty regimen.