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 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.


Virenda said...

I have that same thought go through my head. "Why am I pointing out all my flaws to my husband?!" So I try to keep it inside but it's hard. I want to look good for me, not for him. Although it's a nice side effect.

Let us know how it goes, I'm getting worried about my skin already and I'm willing to try anything.

Unknown said...

You're totally right about the skin care thing. Good skin is the perfect foundation. I wish I could discipline myself to be more thorough about it.

I'm of the thought that if spending a little money on a beauty product makes you feel better, just go for it. That sounds like a good deal on Amazon, I may have to try it myself.

West Coast Mommy said...

You may want to try retin a because that's supposed to also remove the top layer of skin but you can get it through your derm for just a small cost. I'm gonna get some after I have this baby and stop nursing. In the meantime, I've started using vitamin c serum once a day on my face and that's supposed to be pretty good...I'll let you know.

Chic Mommy said...

Hey ladies! My dermatologist appointment is this Friday, I'll let ya'll know how it goes. I want to get some Retin-A or Differin from him, but the problem with that alone is that you are left with all that flaky skin and you need to exfoliate to get rid of it. That's why this Olay kit is so appealing, it's got everything you need to peel and exfoliate. But I'll wait and see what the dermatologist says.

FBT said...

oh my god it's only USD27 - go out and buy it this instant. You deserve it.

Unknown said...

Well, I can tell you from using Differin on Jordan that it works wonders for blemishes, as well as deep acne cysts. He had some major skin problems from his meds and this thing cleared up his skin like nothing else.

Kelly said...

I've totally been eyeing the microdermabrasion. I may just have to get it now.

Su said...

Your blog is excellent . I can literally imagine you running around the house with the kids :) Very nice writing style with a nice dosage of humor ( I like women who can laugh at themselves)

ChrisinMB said...

Tell you husband he's a lucky guy.

My woman just spent $85 on something called Clinique?

I was not impressed when she danced into the house shouting "look! look!, this is for bla bla bla & this for XXXXX....."

Leilouta said...

Thank you Chic Mommy so much and thank God for blogging.
I've been wondering lately about how to take care of my skin.
There are too many products out there and I don't know what to use.
I think that a cream for the morning, a cream for the afternoon, a cream before bed, a cream during sleeping blahblahblah is a scam. I know though that there must be something I can do with one cream. PLZ ask the doctor when you go. I'll pay for your visit

Leilouta said...

I forgot the smily face :)

Lisa said...

I'm anxious to hear how your appt goes. I have been eyeing that kit too, and have had friends recommend it. I can totally see my husband put the kibosh on me buying it too because I "look fine". :)

Leilouta said...

I can't believe you remember the brand "Clinique" hehehehe...
My husband doesn't even know the difference between mascara and lipstick :)

Aisha said...

lol that is sooooo sweet how your husband doesnt get why you'd any of that stuff b/c he loves you as you are. i find it hilarious that for a brief moment you attempted to convince him you truly were flawed and in need of beauty products despite his protest to the contrary.

Su said...

Oil of Olay is good stuff :) I like the way that you're hip even after three kids ! I saw that you listen to Black Eyed Peas and I was resassured that you can me a mom and still be chic !

Think about it .....the kids cant blame you for any of their faults ( like they love to do in this country ...I shot my friend cos my mommy did not tuck me to bed at night) cos you were around for them when they were growing up.

Why don't you feature write for an online portal ? :)

opinionatedinjerzee said...

just buy it!! i actually am using the olay skincare is a scrub and then i use a moisturizer which has some kind of thing in it for zits.. i get one or two here and there all the time.. i'm hitting puberty again!!! i guess!!!