The ravages of a well spent youth are reflected in many ways as we leave one era of our lives and begin the next. Lines, wrinkles, blemishes and lack of elasticity appear to a greater or lesser degree depending on the level of "well spent" we're dealing with! It's a natural progression but can still be hard to accept, especially when the vision reflected back at us in the mirror is not representative of how we feel inside - wrinkle free and much the same as we've always felt!
As I've mentioned before when I've talked about beauty, I'm no archangel when it comes to taking care of my skin. I never seem to have time for facials or beauty treatments and I can always find a pair of shoes that I need more than a spa day! That being said, I've become much more aware of the need to nurture my midlife skin, and if I can do so conveniently in my own home, without it taking up a boat load of time and money, then I'm all over it like a new pair of shoes.
And, with Mother's Day just around the corner, a beauty treatment is always a welcome gift. Especially a treatment you can perform at home as often as you want and fits in with your own schedule. Trophy Skin beauty systems are just that, easy-to-use beauty machines that you can use in the privacy of your own home and on your own schedule.
TheTrophy Skin MicrodermMD was the recommended product for me based upon my skin type and problem areas. Specifically I want to address wrinkles, skin discoloration and hopefully reveal a more youthful glow. The machine comes in a neat and compact hard case in white and rose gold which looks attractive enough to keep out in full view when not in use. This makes it easier to remember to use it regularly to achieve the best results.
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive treatment that gently sloughs off dead skin cells. The Trophy Skin MicrodermMD uses a diamond tip wand over the surface of the skin combined with suction from the machine that stimulates an increase in collagen production and rejuvenation by way of cell turnover.
The convenience of being able to give yourself a microdermabrasion treatment at any time that suits you rivals the prospect of going to the salon and paying a costly bill each time. Plus, one session alone will have little impact. As with most beauty treatments, there needs to be consistency over a period of time for the benefits to show, which ultimately can be costly when going to the salon, on average anywhere between $75 to $150 per visit for microdermabrasion.
I'd never had a microdermabrasion in my life before so I had no idea what to expect, but was excited to try the Trophy Skin product. I have deep lines around my mouth which according to my husband is due to all the talking I've done over the years ha ha! So this is the main area I'm looking forward to seeing some improvement in... the talking not so much!
For those like me, there's an idiots guide to using the machine - Auto Mode is programmed for each area of the face, neck and chest. The machine directs you to which part to work on, how long to spend there and shows you which way to sweep the wand. It automatically adjusts the power level to an appropriate intensity for each part of the skin's surface. Unfortunately I didn't quite have that figured out on my first go, so I did the whole process at level 1 which obviously had little to no impact. Ha ha!
A couple of days later I tried it again, and this time I figured out the auto mode, it's plainly obvious unless you're me! This made it so much easier. I could feel the pressure levels adjusting as it directed me to the next phase and which way to sweep the wand. It was all over in 5 minutes. I changed the filter and low and behold there were skin particles trapped, so it had done it's job. My face felt slightly tingly and a little red but only for a few minutes. I applied lashings of moisturizer and went about my day.
I've been using the machine two to three times a week for two weeks now. The best part is it's so quick and convenient. Five minutes is all it takes, and I can do it anywhere there is a power socket as the machine conveniently has everything I need in the box including a 5 x magnifying mirror that shows way more than I would rather see!
Now that I've got the hang of this, I will continue to use it for a few more weeks and report back on my progress. I'm excited for my new skin to reveal itself.
Oh, and if you want to get a unique Mother's Day gift for someone or yourself, a gift that keeps on giving... beautiful skin, don't forget to use this exclusive promo code BEBLONDE and receive 15% discount on anyTrophy Skin product as well as free shipping within the US now through June 30th 2018. There is also a 60 day guarantee on all items purchased, click here to visit TrophySkin.com.
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Using tennis as an excuse for a girl's trip to Las Vegas is a sobering thought. What could possibly go wrong? But it's as good an excuse as any given that these six ladies in their midlife have friendship in common because of tennis.
The trip had been in the pipeline for months until one evening at the bar during a happy hour gathering, and far from sober, dates were secured, and flights were booked right there on cell phones. A mere $45 each way from Phoenix to Las Vegas... cheers to Southwest Airlines!
Spirits are lifted as spring emerges from hibernation and shows signs of sticking around. Even in Arizona, despite our mild winters and seemingly endless days of sunshine, there is a different feel about the season as warm tendrils of air waft around us and bees are sent into a frenzy over the blooming wild flowers.
What better time of year than spring to bust out some silk in bright vivid colors, especially colors that can be seen from outer space! A silk buttondown shirt is a classic that stands the test of time, you can be sure it will re-appear merged with different outfits year after year which also makes it a good investment!
Midlife pulls many tricks on us - hair growth where we least expect it, and hair loss where we need it most - from our head. Sadly, it effects women as well as men.
Hair, like everything else goes through changes over the course of a lifetime. Shine and volume synonymous with youth gives way to dull, weak and thinner strands. There are however several things we can do to maintain our luscious locks for as long as possible without going the chemical route.
The shirtdress is a timeless classic that can be worn by young and mature women with the same level of effortless chic. It basically takes the form of a long button down shirt, comes in a myriad of fabrics ranging from denim (mostly in the form of chambray) to silk. Like a good shirt, the shirtdress can be utilized for smart and casual occasions but with the added advantage of not having to wear pants! It's a wardrobe staple and the versatility it offers makes styling it fun.
Korean skin care products are fast becoming the most sought after and esteemed beauty treatments in Europe and North America. Saranghae is a 5-step skin care routine that has been developed over 600 years in South Korea using locally derived natural botanical extracts. The name "Saranghae" is Korean for "I love you".
Being British means I take my dogs and horses very seriously! The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is for anyone who takes their horses seriously and that of course includes dogs! Every year it takes place at WestWorld in north Scottsdale and this, the 63rd annual event is running through to Sunday February 25th.
Crane birds are the latest graphic to turn iconic, rather like pineapples and pelicans in seasons past. My crush began last year with a pair of crane bird palazzo pants, and now continues with two recent finds that are so inexpensive they're bound to fly off the racks before you can say "Get the flock out of here!"
As Valentine's Day approaches romance is in the air and spring tickles our senses with the melting of snow, peep shows of sunlight and flowering buds
Only recently did bike-sharing make its debut in Scottsdale AZ, although the program has been active in Phoenix (on a much smaller scale) and elsewhere within the US for several years.
They appeared like magic out of nowhere. Abracadabra... suddenly there were lime green and bright yellow bicycles left randomly on street corners, at bus stops or lined up in neat rows like soldiers.
Bicycles were multiplying across the city faster than you could say "on your bike mate"! We are being invaded by aliens disguised as neon colored bicycles!
We have Balenciaga to thank for the return and subsequent sock booties crush that has emerged this past fall and winter season. That's alright, I for one enjoy crushing on high-end designer styles, especially when they're rapidly made available at a not so high-end designer price!
In case you're unfamiliar with the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions, they are the car lover's dream and for those who can afford to bid, and win - perhaps a dream come true!
Shopping for jeans is perhaps one of the most difficult endeavors we women have to deal with from a clothing stand point. Finding the perfect pair has been my life's work!
With high street shops and mall store favorites closing down on a weekly basis, we better get our heads around this online shopping malarkey. It's here to stay and millions of online vendors selling everything from cat litter to cat walk designer clothes are magically opening their virtual doors for business out there in the ether of internet land. So too are the plethora of "influencers" jumping on the band wagon from here to Timbuktu persuading their followers that this, that or the other product is the best. But it's not all bad... let me explain!
Karen Serino is a life and style blogger, sharing fashion, fitness and fun for youthful women in their forties, fifties and beyond.
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