Last month I celebrated my 31st birthday. I had a terrific week of celebration and not a little indulgence, my favourite birthday pastime. However, the week before my birthday, classic freak-out time, I started to get the feeling that time and aging were creeping up on me. Clicking over the decade into my 30s-proper got me wondering and worried.
I have no desire to look young forever. I have no problem admitting my age. I have no intention of pounding pavements and drinking endless green smoothies to fight back the years and preserve my body at some yet-to-be-determined premium age of youthful yet mature perfection.
What I want to do is take care of myself so that while I may look my age, my wrinkles are from smiling, not skin damage. Though looking on average 5 years younger wouldn’t be a bad thing either.
For some reason, my sudden concern for aging has manifested itself in the feeling that I should be using some sort of anti-wrinkle cream. I have vivid memories of when I was 18 and my older cousin taking me aside and telling me to start using moisturiser NOW because 30 is Too Late To Start. So perhaps 30 is the time to start using anti-wrinkle cream because 50 will be Too Late.
But which one? There are so many creams, serums and treatments lining the shelves of every Priceline and Myer across the country so as to bewilder a beauty-product novice such as myself. How to choose one? Because I feel that choosing an anti-wrinkle cream is a little like choosing a frequent flyer program. You have to pick one and stick to it for years to see any results.
Do you need vitamins or minerals? Mysterious oils? Extreme moisturiser? Do I really want to start rubbing Neurotoxins into my skin every day?
Frankly I find lists like Marie Claire’s best anti-aging creams of 2014 depressing and off-putting. How can I pick which celebrity endorsement will be best? It’s Cate Blanchett for SKII obviously, but I can’t afford that, even if it will magically impose Cate’s luminous skin over my own frustrating red pigments.
So a week before my birthday I took the advice of Brisbane’s local real-beauty guru, Nikki at Styling You and bought my first ever anti-wrinkle cream.
I bought Nivea Q10+ anti-wrinkle day cream. It’s affordable, from a brand I use everyday, easy to use and contains SPF30+ so I don’t need to add sunscreen in the morning. I’ve been using it almost every morning as part of the now four layers I add to my skin before facing the world (moisturiser, anti-wrinkle, simple primer (thanks for that one too Nikki!) and foundation).
Does it help my wrinkles? I’ll tell you all next year.
To be honest, I doubt most if any anti-wrinkle or worse, anti-aging creams perform the miracles they promise. We are being sold the dream of youthful spotless skin and now I am buying into it.
Do you use any special creams or serums on your skin? Is moisturising every day enough for you? Or do you not even do that?