I’ve reached that age. You know, that age that comes with maturity, menopause, and AARP membership. And with that age comes changes to my skin. This face which was once tight and smooth and an example of youth, has become dryer, droopier, and an example of mid-life in wrinkles.
My quest to find the perfect facial moisturizer/miracle cream began in my mid-forties. Having had very oily skin most of my life, I was totally unprepared for the changes menopause brought with it. That feeling of tight, dry skin across my cheeks took me totally by surprise. I remember complaining once when I was a teenager to my grandmother about how oily my face was and I found it embarrassing. She told me one day I would be glad I had oily skin, it would make getting older a little easier. She was right, though it wasn’t until many years later I knew what she meant. It’s not always easy to replace the moisture in my skin that once was there.
I’ve analyzed ads in magazines, seen dozens of before and afters, devoured TV commercials, searched the Internet, and read hundreds of product reviews on what women thought of specific moisturizers. I’ve gone to makeup counters and requested samples and received some by mail order. It became pretty clear that what works for one woman might not work for another. No moisturizer is perfect. Some will make skin burn and/or break out in blemishes, some will feel tacky on the skin, and some will feel like they do nothing. All will claim they are exactly what you need, will give dramatic results, make your skin look younger and smoother, or will firm and lift. Seriously, it’s going to take a lot of firming and lifting to make me look ten years younger.
And then there’s the dilemma of whether to use an anti-wrinkle cream, a brightening cream, with fragrance or without, one with SPF or without, for sensitive or regular skin. There are so many choices with peptides, anti-oxidants, micro sculpting, luminous, regenerating, transforming, night time, day time, cream, lotion, or serum. These don’t even begin to describe the seemingly never ending list of names and descriptions of products.
Even if I did know exactly what I needed, there’s the devastating decision of whether to buy products from a company that does animal testing or not. I’ve tried burying my head in the sand over that one. I thought if I didn’t know, it wouldn’t matter. But it does matter and ultimately I have to make a decision as to whether the product is worth fighting my own moral battle while using it.
I had to make a list of what my deciding factors would be, and those include:
- How the cream or lotion makes my skin feel.
- How it smells.
In addition to those, I would like to see a miracle. I want a cream that I spend no more than $5 on, makes my skin look ten years younger overnight, and will make me look like Sophia Loren when she was 30. I don’t think I will find any of these results, but I can dream.
I do keep coming back to my old faithful Olay products and am currently using them now. But the quest continues. The miracle may happen. Or not.