First off, thank you all for your kind words and encouragement regarding my new clean eating plan! I am extremely excited to make this life change, and it helps to have a lot of support and love from friends.

I wanted to write a quick post about my first true introduction to being 30.


That’s right, ladies, I’ve taken the plunge. I bought my very first anti-wrinkle product ever. Woohoo!

I take pretty good care of my skin these days, but lately I’ve felt like I need to do more. My mom mentioned that Lancome was doing a free gift with purchase right now, so I figured it was time. Five minutes of talking to the saleslady, and I was the proud new owner of this stuff.

Lancome’s High Resolution Refill 3X.

Find it here

The side of the box states, “With age, elastin fibers degrade, hyaluronic acid reserves become depleted and collagen coils loosen. Deep wrinkles set in.”

That’s reassuring. Can’t wait for my face to turn into a leather satchel.

Lancome claims it can counteract this aforementioned collagen coil loosening process and have my face preserved in time…within four weeks. I’m impressed.

I’m not vacant enough to believe there is any solid way to truly reverse the aging process, but as a 30 year old woman, I want to do my part to consciously keep myself looking and feeling good.

And so it begins…

Anyone else gone into anti-wrinkle territory? What products are you using?



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    August 24, 2011

    Oooh, let me know if you like the product – I'm interested to see if it works! πŸ™‚

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    August 24, 2011

    I just decided that some parts of aging are normal, and beautiful in their own way. The way I see it, my mom had wrinkles and I've always thought she was one of the most beautiful (physically and in other ways, of course) women that I've ever know. I see her wrinkles as results of a lifetime of laughter, worries, tears, anger, smiles, squinting into the sun on many a beautiful summer's day spent with family and friends, and everything else that is the human experience. So I think I've accepted the few wrinkles that I have at the ripe old age of nearly 32. I use cream when my face feels dry, pluck or wax those annoying hairs, and get the occasional facial, but I figure "it is what it is" and choose not to worry about my wrinkles. I have plenty of scars too, but somewhere along the line, I gave up really thinking about them. I mean, sure I take care of myself, but I know My Sailor doesn't see wrinkles and scars when he gazes at me, kisses me, or holds me intimately at night. I know my friends (old and new) aren't put off by the occasional dark circles that come with being up early as military wife, working full time, working out regularly, and doing theater shows on the side.

    I hope some day, my-future-daughter will see me the same way I see my mom (who, for the record, did spend several years using various creams and remedies).

    You might discover your skin is feeling better too as you continue to eat clean, work out, and become more content in it. πŸ™‚

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    August 24, 2011

    @J. Darling: Well, I guess, you have a far superior outlook on life than I do? Forgive me if I'm taking your comment wrong, but I don't think I should be called out for worrying about wrinkles!

    If I can prevent wrinkles, I will. If I can put cream on a scar to help it fade, I'll do it. I am quite content in my skin, but I think worrying about these little things is just a normal part of life.

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    Geek in Heels

    August 24, 2011

    I'm so bad with my skincare routine and reading this reminded me that I really need to start stepping up! I don't have fine lines or wrinkles yet (knock on wood), but I too, have been noticing that my skin isn't as nice as it used to be ever since I hit 30. My mom always told me that women should never skimp on two things: stuff that goes on your face and stuff that goes on your feet (ie, shoes)…and I'm starting to see a lot of wisdom in that statement!

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    August 24, 2011

    I didn't mean any offense at all. Sorry if it came off that way! We all have things that bug us about our appearance. Myself included – as my ever constant battle of the bulge proves. My mom (whom I think highly of) uses all sorts of skin products.

    Didn't mean to sound like a troll. I applaud you for your efforts and changes. Who knows? I'll probably regret not using skin products when I'm a wrinkly old hag. πŸ˜‰ And hopefully it doesn't all catch up with me when I'm 40. πŸ˜‰

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    August 24, 2011

    Eye cream and a daily SPF in my face cream- those are my over 30 must haves. I also gave up the idea of tanning when I turned 30.

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    August 24, 2011

    @J. Darling: You didn't come off as a troll. You are entitled to your opinion. I just felt like you were saying to care about your appearance is to be frivolous and silly. Maybe it is?

    But buying wrinkle cream is no different really than going on a diet for reasons other than health or dying your hair or wearing make-up. At some point, we are all susceptible to our own vanity, and I think that's okay. I think it's okay to want to look nice for yourself. Not your spouse. Not your friends. Not your family. For you, and to make YOU feel better. Do I have more important things to think about? Of course. It's not the first thing on my list of priorities, but it's on the list.

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    August 25, 2011

    I've been using Laura Mercier eye cream which I'm a big fan of — it glides on very easily and is very moisturizing. I also really like Oil of Olay Regenerist Serum– very wallet-friendly, good for sensitive skin, and makeup goes on very well over it.

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    August 26, 2011

    Hi Carly! Been reading your blog for a while! Loved your post about taking control of your health and eating green. We started doing that last year as well (mainly b/c it's scary whats in our food and also in most of our everyday products). I've read some stuff about unregulated/untested chemicals in cosmetics in North America that can build up in your body. I had never thought of it before I stumbled upon a documentary on TV last year. Maybe check into it to make sure all your products are "clean". A good resource is the Environmental Working Group.


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    August 26, 2011

    I use an eye cream for under eye circles and have been since my early 20's, I have natural horrible dark circles and with the creams I look like I have at least some sleep at night. My mom is a very dedicated lotioner and she is still getting carded at 45 so I see no harm in it!!

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    August 26, 2011

    @Christina: Thank you so much for reading and commenting! So glad to hear that you guys are eating well and taking care of your health. In the past year or so, I've tried to avoid any cosmetics and hair products with parabens. A friend sent me a link to the Environmental Working Group's website awhile back, and I always forget to check products before I buy them. Thank you for reminding me to do my research before purchasing!

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    August 30, 2011

    You said in another comment:

    "@J. Darling: You didn't come off as a troll. You are entitled to your opinion. I just felt like you were saying to care about your appearance is to be frivolous and silly. Maybe it is?"

    I think it depends on how you're caring about your appearance. What are the reasons you're doing this? Is it only you who notices these fine lines? And do you expect this to be only the beginning of processes/procedures you'll do to keep yourself looking youngish?

    I think I'm very similar to J.Darling. I just turned 40 this year, and I don't do a lot beauty-regiment wise. I wash my face with water and a face cloth, I use Neutrogena face cream, and only the bare minimum when it comes to make-up. I fuss a little bit, but not a whole ton. (So no, there's nothing wrong with wanting to primp and look nice.)

    For me, I also embrace the story that the lines around my eyes tell of all the smiling I do, and even the frown lines between my eyebrows. That's something in today's society we're losing, with the number of celebrities who are going around with Botox-frozen faces. Some of the most beautiful portraits I've seen are of elders in countries like Tibet or areas of Africa, where their faces are lined, and there's a spark in their eyes. πŸ™‚

    So that's why I question the purpose of anti-wrinkle and anti-aging creams. It has nothing to do with chastising anyone for focusing on their appearance, but more why this focus and why this 'treatment' when there may not be need for 'treatment' of the focus. πŸ™‚

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    August 31, 2011

    @GalFromAway: Thanks for visiting the blog and commenting! I love hearing from my readers.

    In response to your comment, I hope that one day I do "embrace the story that the lines around my eyes tell," as you put it. I think there is something to be said about a life well lived full of laughter, love, heartache, etc. My grandma is eighty and one of the most beautiful people I know, not because of her wrinkles, but because she just is. I agree with you that celebrities and the media are way too focused on youth and looking young. They've brainwashed us into believing we have to look a certain way. I actually wrote a post about it here.

    In terms of this discussion's relation to wrinkle cream, here are my thoughts. If anti-wrinkle creams actually provided a crease-free, fake looking face (like too much Botox and plastic surgery) I would definitely think twice about applying them. However, from what I gather, anti-wrinkle creams are not that advanced! Women and men still get wrinkles.

    At age 30, I don't know how I feel about plastic surgery, Botox, and the whole nine yards. I do know that a little cream around my eyes doesn't hurt anyone. I'm gonna age just like everyone else – wrinkles and all. I'm just hoping the process occurs at a slightly slower pace. That's all. πŸ™‚