Monday, November 21, 2011
The Eternal Search
I am forever looking for that miracle cure, a youth elixir, that magical product that will salvage the remnants of a face long past.
Why did I put baby oil on my face then cast my face towards the gods ? In my youth sunblock was actually called suntan lotion, Coppertone 3, I can still smell it. It smelt like summer. I would pride myself on my tan, "Lisa's skin goes black in summer", my Mum would proudly gloat. If only we knew then what we know now, and I'm not just talking about leathery skin, but I'm touching every bit of wood with my fingers and toes crossed that I continue to dodge the melanoma bullet. Others haven't been so lucky.
I run, and when I run, my face is all screwed up, even though it's covered in Invisible Zinc, a hat and glasses, I'm in all kinds of pain which means my face gets all screwy, which when you're doing that for a couple of hours in the sun, a couple of times a week, it's not helping any hope of clawing back time. Nope.
Reality is I'm ageing. My face is ageing. I will the magazines and the skew of products available on the market to be finally "the one that works".
I kidded myself when I spent time and money on 3 tubs of fricking expensive La Mer , that this would be The One. An astronaut with burns(?) (gawd I don't read the marketing bumpf that closely) invented it. A bloke. Not a zillion dollar company. I told myself that even though it smells JUST THE SAME as a pot of $3 Ponds, it must be worth the hundreds it cost.
Maybe I didn't apply it properly - you had to heat it first which required me climbing onto the toilet then holding my plastic applicator of it up to the heat lights (all while The Husband waited impatiently in bed - not great for a spontaneous sex life).
I gave up. And moved onto whatever was on special on Strawberrynet.com that also promised wrinkle free, youthful radiance. And then to whatever looked promising at the duty-free counter. There is always a general theme with names like "skin renewal", "damage corrector" with words that pop like "miracle" or "dramatic" or "urgent". I'm every cosmetic marketers dream. They say it, I buy it.
I have a small collection. I also have a growing collection of "age lines". I'm waiting patiently for the next round of miracle cures. Maybe the reality is they don't come in bottles but in syringes. Or maybe it's just a case of looking in the mirror and starting to love what I see.
What have you used? What works for you? - ok, big hat, shade, I'm hearing you.