Monday, April 03, 2006
I went to Costco this weekend with the husband and the kids to buy a vat of laundry detergent and liquid hand soap. We go through these two items like water. While we were loading up on these things plus other hard to store junk, I spotted the Olay Regenerist Microdermabrasion and Peel System for $38. I really wanted to get this because I had heard so much about it in Allure magazine. I've been lucky to have nice skin most of my life, and all this time I've been getting by with simply washing my face with Purpose soap and moisturizing with Cetaphil. Occasionally I use Borghese's Fango mask or Neutrogena Clear Pore for occasional breakouts, but my skincare regimen is usually just soap and water.
However, I've noticed that after I hit 30 and had three kids, my face is starting to lose it's suppleness and shine. It's become dull and uneven in tone too. Olay's Microdermabrasion and Peel system is supposed to fix all that and I told my husband I have to buy this, I need it.
Husband: "This cream costs almost $40, what does it do?"
Me: "It's a microdermabrasion system and it will help exfoliate and renew my face."
Husband: "Microderma..what? I can't even pronounce this. You're face looks fine, you don't need this."
Me: "Yes I do. Look, look at my blemish here, and this zit here."
Husband: "I don't see anything, you look fine, you don't need a face lift. If you looked like you needed a face lift I would buy it for you, but you don't and this is a waste of money."
Me: "This is not a face lift! This is Microdermabrasion. Don't you see my zit here, and this rough patch over here....?."
And then I stopped myself. Why am I pointing out all my flaws if he can't see them? Do I really want him to start noticing every blemish on my face like I do in my 3X magnification mirror in my bathroom?
Husband: "I don't see anything wrong with your face. Let's go now, we have to get paper towels."
Me: "Okay." I put the kit back and looked at it longfully as I left.
When I got home, I looked up reviews on the internet about Olay Regenerist. Not one bad review so far. Everyone seems amazed with the results. Plus, I found out that they are selling the kit for only $26.95 at Amazon.com. My husband thinks I'm crazy and is convinced I have some form of body dysmorphia, but I disagree. Every other woman in her thirties is trying this kit so why not me? The husband has no idea how hard women need to work to look fabulous, especially after thirty when the hormones start going crazy and metabolism slows down and kids start sucking the energy out of you. I know for me personally, I don't spend time waxing, plucking, and exfoliating for him, it's for me, so I feel good about myself. I don't like to have to rely on makeup to cover flaws, I prefer to focus on skincare so there is less to cover and conceal. I'm still eyeing this kit, but I decided to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist first just to see if there isn't another solution to my lackluster skin.