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Ageing Gracefully

At the minute I’m literally at war with myself over ageing gracefully. This wasn’t really something that has bothered me properly until the last 6-12m. It seems I hit 36 and wham every photo I took close up I just didn’t like. I’ve always had compliments on my smile but now it would seem my smile is producing a look I don’t like around my eyes… crows feet. Sometimes I also notice the slight onset of what I now know are called the 11 lines between my eyebrows. Ageing is inevitable but how well we will deal with it is up to us.

Ageing gracefully so far

Skincare…

I have always been fairly good with skincare but admittedly not so great with sunscreen… favouring a tan for vanity reasons (come on everyone looks better with a tan!) which I now am wondering if I had been more vigilant applying protection would some of my lines have been less, Who knows? But what I do know is I’m now faced with a choice moving forward and a tough one it is.

To Age Gracefully or Succumb to Aesthetically Changing my Face?

I am a fan of trying to look my best. I have an active job, I go to the gym, yoga and in the warmer months I love bike riding. I want to be physically be fit and healthy for the rest of my life. My face is no different, I want to feel confident and look good. But like a lot of people as I’m getting older I’m starting to feel more conscious about myself.

It’s no secret stars like Kyle Minogue, Lindsay Lohan and Cameron Diaz have dabbled down the botox and fillers route but have seemingly switched back to a more natural approach and quite rightly so… they just looked kinda weird! It would seem botox and fillers are falling out of fashion in the celeb world and ageing more gracefully is in or have they just found better aesthetic physicians helping them to maintain a more natural look? Hmmm. Back to real life though and I know many people who have turned to these to turn back the clock. How do I know? because it’s obvious… shiny foreheads, eyes that hardly move at the edges when they smile and in some cases their faces look… well, just different.

Cameron Diaz before and after filler

Confession…

I’m to am no stranger…. I’ve had lip fillers, in fact I’ve been having them for about 5 years. Just 1ml once a year and do you know what… I love them! They have given me a top lip that I basically didn’t have. I’m told you can’t tell by most people which is how I think it should be. A little enhancement is not necessarily always a bad thing in my opinion. Sometimes I think would a little botox too really be such a bad thing?

Alternative Ageing Solutions I’m Trying…

Okay so this is where I’m at… I’ve tried PRP, aka the vampire facial, which I loved. I have regular Caci hydrotone facials which uses micro current rollers and a collagen infused mask. Finally the latest one I’ve indulged in is a Comit facial, which uses microdermabrasion, oxygen and a microchannelling (needle) roller. Right now I’ve decided to alternate between the Caci and the Comcit every 3 weeks. Let me tell you this looking good malarkey is all adding up.

At Home…

After reading rave reviews about drops of youth from the Body Shop and a few personal recommendations I’ve recently added them and the sleep mask to my routine (I will report back.) You will also be glad to know I’ve purchased some sunscreen to use every single day. Yep! I can’t moan about ageing if I’m not doing one of the most fundamental things in preventing it. I drink plenty water most days and my diet is good 80% of the time.

Natural products to age gracefully

Conclusion…

I might have some wrinkles round my eyes when I smile but is it really the end of the world? hey, at least I’m always smiling! I’m healthy, I have a roof over my head, food in my tummy and a loving family and friends. We all have days when we don’t feel we look our best. Maybe when you snapped that selfie the lighting was bad, maybe your skin didn’t look plump because you were a bit dehydrated. So what? You never ultimately look as bad as you imagine you do. Be such a good soul that people crave your vibe and don’t even notice the imperfections you see on your face!

Ageing is a Journey

Everyone’s on their own ageing journey and some deal with it better than others. It’s hardly surprising when we live in this seemingly insta perfect, red carpet, filtered world that’s giving us unattainable ideas of beauty. Am I going to wake up tomorrow completely not worried about ageing? No… but I will keep working on that. I will inevitably remain curious and open minded to the latest treatments in my quest to age gracefully. But do I want to look completely ageless? Absolutely not. For me it’s about finding that fine line of looking good for your age and not crossing it.

I once saw the following quote…

True quote It’s a great one to remember…

How are you feeling about ageing? Will you do so gracefully or are you open minded to what’s out there? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Rachael 🙂 x

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Vampire Facial… Is it Worth it?

We live in a very vanity conscious world these days, everyone is trying to look there best. Be it Botox, lip filler or fancy facials most people are after starving off time. We even filter our photos to perfect our look.

At 35 years old I am very conscious of ageing. You see I can see changes in my face and it hard to accept them. It’s easy to see why people feel the need to get some help. Whilst I am yet to go down down the Botox route I have had a slight lip enhancement which I have to admit has given me more confidence. Sometimes people tell me ‘oh I didn’t know you had lip fillers’ and that is exactly the look I’m after.

I’m a girl who has regular facials, massages, wax’s and is not a stranger to the spa. I love to be pampered. So when I came across PRP a few years ago I was intrigued but not enough to look into it properly. PRP was made famous by Kim K… yep the vampire facial. What the hell is this you say?

A vampire facial, also known as a PRP facial, involves extracting 11mls of blood from a patient’s arm before placing it in a centrifuge to separate the platelet rich plasma from the blood cells. The 6mls of extracted PRP is then administered into the numb face via 120 individual injections. This treatment regenerates your skin cells by producing more collagen in turn reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It can get rid of acne scarring, dark circles and enhances your overall complexion.

After following my practitioners page for some time and being so intrigued by the results I decided to book in. I don’t really like needles… I mean who does? Yikes! 120 injections in my face?! I could cry when I get my brows microbladed so is this really for me? The things we do in the name of beauty.

So the procedure started with me filling out the all important client information form whilst my practitioner Scarlett explained all about it. I would like to say I was at ease but I wasn’t! Whilst excited to look 18 again (I wish!) I was crapping myself. My nerves were slightly eased by Scarlett’s professional manor and confidence in the results. She’s a PRP addict herself and her skin looked fabulous to me!

I lay down and she took the blood from my arm. Thanks to the emla (numbing) cream I purchased from the chemist I felt nothing – result! She whisked off my precious blood to put in the centrifuge and voila it came back like this…

Oh yeah and that’s numbing cream all over my face now! You can see the yellow (platelets) and the blood below.

Next she drew the platelets out into several needles ready to administer. I lay down and closed my eyes and she got to work. At first I thought oh my god this is a breeze! But she had warned me it would be at first and then I might start to feel it as my pain receptors kicked in. She was right as I felt it quite a bit around the inside area of my cheeks which she did last. Was it bearable? Totally in the name of beauty ha ha!

Here I am once the injections were all done. She massaged my face a bit too which is why the blood is smeared everywhere.

When she sat me up and I first saw my face I was slightly horrified… more so that I had work in three days (with kids – kids are so unforgiving at pointing things out) but Scarlett assured me I would look fine by then but also you can put make up on the next day so any bruising or needle marks can be hidden. After care you just go about your normal beauty regime however no retinol. For that day she recommended leaving my face alone and not touching it.

This was like an hour later… not too bad at all! I look knackered through not sleeping worrying about it the night before ha ha!

I could immediately see a difference in the volume of my skin but I guess that’s it surprising given it had been traumatised!

Come 3 days later when I went to work I was confident that nobody could even tell I had anything done – to be honest I was confident the next day. Wow! A treatment with minimal down time – result. I was going to work dressed as a witch for Halloween and honestly I can say my skin was positively glowing…

Now to see the real results of PRP they say 4 – 8 weeks. I have specifically waited until the 4 week mark to give my verdict. Honestly my skin has been amazing… plumper and more glowing but also the pores on my cheeks are much more refined. I am very happy… I feel PRP just might keep starving off that Botox, we will see.

Final photo… this is one Scarlett took pre treatment (excuse the hair I had been wearing a hat!) vs one I have taken this morning. In both photos I have no make up and no filters are used. I see the biggest improvements under my eyes and the overall texture of my skin, I am really pleased.

So some more facts…

How long does it last? Up to a year

How many treatments do you need? Some clients may only need 1 treatment whilst others may be recommended 3 within the first year to give skin that extra boost.

How much? £225… but this is fairly cheap. Scarlett did say the reason she does it cheaper is she wants it to be available to everyone not just the elite. Therefore she charges for her time not the results like many clinics do.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely and I totally skeptical but I’m sold! I will be having the 3 treatments within the year and will continue to in the future… if your on the fence about Botox go try this first!

Rachael 🙂 x

For those in the Cheshire area or further if you don’t mind the travel. I can 100% recommend Scarlett for this treatment. Take a look at her work here https://www.facebook.com/lettiejam/ and https://instagram.com/enhancebeautyaestheics?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=17ppvoyvfi6n5