I am a girl and therefore preoccupied with skincare. Maybe not all girls are the same, but I can say categorically most girls are preoccupied with skincare. Sadly, we live in a society that highly values youth and good looks and devalues aging, wrinkles, and any signs of impending death of any form. On top of everything, I am Asian, and we are perhaps the worst when it comes to our preoccupation. We (well, I will say they on this one because I do not do this) drive around in our cars wearing strange UV face masks that resemble welders helmets. We always always wear hats and believe the bigger the brim the better. We slather ourselves in sunblock and run like crazed vampires from the slightest hint of sun hitting our precious skin, lest it burns us alive.
That being said, I do tend to rebel against the more intrusive ways that people try to preserve their youth. I made a promise to myself to never get Botox, Restylane, or whatever people are injecting into their faces. Botox especially makes my skin crawl, pun intended, because who would knowingly inject Clostridium botulinum into her face? Seriously, that is one disgusting little critter who does massively bad things to your body. Will I ever get a face lift? NO WAY. My repulsion and fear of needles, doctors, scalpels, and being on a gurney makes any elective surgery out of the question, thanks very much. Sometimes the crusade to stay young makes me sad.
But I do believe in moisturizer, sunscreen, sleep, drinking water, getting an occasional photo facial or two (the pain is worth the results), and most important, I believe you can achieve great skin from the inside-out. How? With food of course! As I said before, my diet is super healthy, but it just got a whole lot healthier last week when, aided by my brother’s Target birthday gift card, I bought a Magic Bullet and began juicing. It’s been a week, and I must say, I notice a huge difference in my skin. I had pretty healthy, mostly wrinkle-free skin already thanks to Asian genes from mom, but I definitely suffer from uneven skin and a propensity toward sun spots, thanks to genes from my Caucasian dad. The photo facial helps with that part, but I am hoping the more I juice, the less I may need to get photo facials.
So we are going to conduct a totally non-scientific study, using very non-scientific measures. I am going to take a pic of my skin without makeup once a week and see how we do on the sun spot, freckle issue. So the first picture is of me from a really sweaty hike, totally makeup free, albeit a bit red from the exertion. And here is a pic from this morning. They don’t match up, and I am wearing sunglasses in the hiking one, but it’s the best I can do since I didn’t think of doing this last week.
In the first photo, my skin is noticeably more red (perhaps more due to the exertion), plus I have an unsightly blemish on my neck, and if you look very close, more freckles and sun spots. The second is under different light of course, but from what I can tell, less freckled and smoother looking. I do believe I had a photo facial in between these shots, so there is a reason for the smoother look to my skin. I do have a few pretty large spots around my chin and eye, so let’s see how my skin changes week to week. Until then, go drink some fresh juice, if only for cosmetic reasons alone!
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