Aging gracefully is never easy. Aging gracefully in the public eye, in HD, can be harrowing. Like most women of my tribe, Diane Keaton will always be the Annie Hall style icon. Her big shirt, topped with a man’s vest , over a full skirt and boots is a look that still works today. Seeing her wrinkled, grey and sporting dark framed glasses was disconcerting– but then that commercial came on. Most of the buzz has been paid to the difference in the appearance in the commercial and and Keaton IRL.
Yes, the blurry, rosy image in the commercial showed a Diane Keaton that was smoother and decades younger than the live, on-stage woman. Its not as if this is the first time we heard of Photoshop. But what bothered me was not an image of a sixty something Annie Hall, but the sense of misleading advertising. Photoshoped images of celebrities are an everyday occurance. But in this case, the L’Oreal commercial implied that Diane Keaton stayed young and beautiful at least in part by the skin care product in the ad. The awkward placement of the ad and her live appearance showed that the product was not really effective as promised.
The Real Cost of Product Failure
Buying and using skin care products that do not deliver on their claims do more than waste money. They take advantage of the very human, very normal desire to be attractive. That’s the bad news. The good news? There are safe and affordable tools and techniques that are both easy and effective. Retinoids like Retin A is FDA approved to lessen wrinkles by stimulating the growth of healthy strong collagen. Broad band sunscreens protect the skin from aging UV rays. ( Just remember, up to age 60, up to 90% of what we see as skin aging is actually sun damage). Low level lasers ( aka photo facials) instantly remove red lines and areas of dark hyperpigmentation to even out skin color.
Aging Gracefully the Smart Way
I’m about the same age as Diane Keaton and just had a series of two low level laser treatments called Forever Beautiful. In the blog I’ve been doing a series of before and after posts to show the changes both on the surface and on the sun damage below. When I saw the lined and wrinkled “Annie Hall” I wanted to upload another option ASAP. ( The rest of the before and after pix will appear in early February).
Combining Lasers and Daily Treatment
When it comes to skin care there seems to and either/or debate. Do we rely on commercial products or do we become frequent fliers at a dermatologist? The truth is somewhere in between. In addition to a yearly laser type treatment I wash my skin with oil and fragrance free cleansers, and top my Retin A treated skin with ceramide rich moisturizers. During the day, I never leave the house without a strong sunscreen. Sound, daily care combined with an annual date with a broad band laser yields easy , affordable benefits. As Annie Hall would say ”La de da,la de da.”