So here I am with no make-up on in a photo taken early in the morning. There’s good news and bad news about my aging issues. The good news is that I don’t have all 12 of the dirty dozen. The bad news? I’v got seven of them.
1. Pallor— that greenish skin tone is not the fault of my camera or your computer screen. My skin is sallow and pale. I’m one of those people that actually use up cakes of bronzer and blush, scraping my brush down to get out every last bit of color.
Solution: My skin is pale because my circulation has slowed. One of the great benefits of Retin A is that it stimulates blood flow. I’ve been told that I should see a pinker tone in a week to ten days. We’ll see.
2. Age Spots — I’ve got seven noticable brown spots, some of them raised and bumpy.
Solution: I can try to lighten them with bleaching creams, but this can take 4-6 months and may not work. I’m impatient for results, so I am going to zap them with a laser.
3. Facial Hair– There is nothing sexy about facial hair. Its just another gift of age.
Solution: I’m going to treat it with another type of laser. There is a cream called Vaniqua that is said to reduce facial hair growth, but at my age I want results like yesterday.
4. Smile Lines — I like to think that these lines showed I laughed alot over the years. Everyone has them when they smile. Its just as we get older that they remain even when we are very, very somber.
Solution: While Retin A may build up a bit of collagen to make laugh lines somewhat softer, to make a major difference, I’m going to need fillers like Juvaderm or Restylene. These will be injected directly into the lines to compensate for the loss of fat pads which are driving these deep lines.
5. Under Eye Shadows– These sooty shadows make me look sad and tired even when I’m happy and relaxed.
Solution: I’m going to try Tri-luma which is a combination of Retin A, hydroquinone ( which is a skin bleaching agent) and a steroid to calm things down. There are other tools such as lasers and fillers, but I’m scared of doing stuff around my eyes.
6. Discolored Teeth– You can’t see my teeth in this picture, but take my word for it, they are definately yellow. I don’t smoke and red wine gives a headache. However I love strong tea and coffe which certainly can darken a smile.
Solution: I had Zoom lightening about 10 years ago, but didn’t keep up with the weekly touch-ups. I’m going back to my dentist for a custom tray to lighten up the tooth surfaces.
7. Sagging Jaw Line— The softening of the jaw line is due to equal parts of fat pad loss and weakened collagen. Its typical of the aging process especially in people who don’t have too much sun damage.
Solution: Until recently, the only real solution for this type of sagging was a true face lift. That not on the table, so I’m really happy that a softened jaw line can be treated with fillers and Botox. Its going to be one of the last things I am going to do.
Next: The longest journey starts with the first step. In my case, its a date with a laser.