Anti-Aging Products and Jason Masks

Anti-Aging Products for Women Over Sixty

...or, we should say, Anti-Aging Gimmicks...

Barb Here:

My Friend for Life, Cathy, and I were walking down the street, chatting mostly, but looking into the shops, too. The men were wandering ahead of us, intent on finding FOOD (that is best uttered fiercely while smashing one’s fist into one’s chest. They were hungry.) Cathy was distracted by (it must be said) an attractive younger man offering free soap. After an encounter in Key West, I have learned to avoid these offers (there are two such stores on St. George Street in St. Augustine). Cathy was lured into the shop to “check out the soap” while I whispered, “This stuff is really expensive.”

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We Get Our 60-year-old Faces Gooped Up with Anti-Aging Products

Innocently, she smiled her mischievous smile and agreed to sit on the offered stool, so I shrugged my shoulders and joined her. We were privileged to have the right side of our faces treated with a dizzying array of products while our ears were treated to an equally dizzying sales pitch. From “ecologically friendly” to “I don’t make any money doing this; I’m just helping my friend,” we smiled, rolled our eyes, and gave an apologetic glance to our respective starving spouses when they found us. 

Having been the encourager in Key West, EW thought he knew what to expect, but he did not figure in the commitment of our non-salesperson. In Key West I received two treatments around my right eye taking just 15 minutes from start to finish. Here, thinking he had the perfect anti-aging products for women over 60 and two such ladies who wanted to look younger, had high incomes, and no self-control, we got the whole pitch. The whole if-we-wanted-to-achieve-these-results-at-home-$5000.00-sales-pitch. I laughed afterwards when Cathy’s husband said he was getting ticked off thinking she was going to buy $50.00 worth of junk. Talk about worrying about the little things!

Neither Cathy nor I succumbed, though she admitted after that she might have gone for a $50.00 item if it had been pitched. The “not a salesperson” refused to give us a card as this “deal” was only good right there in the store. (Sign number 636 that this business is not on the up-and-up as we define that phrase.) I'm pretty sure the photo of the two of us was right after he blithely mentioned the  $5000.00 cost. (Those eyes were not amused.)

Hmmm Anti-Aging Products Work? Who Knew?

But here’s the thing: The difference was noticeable; moreover EW noticed, as in, “Wow. The difference is unbelievable!” And later, “I cannot believe the difference!” This went on for a few days. I was not amused. He tried to back down a bit by telling me that he was really complimenting me. He wasn’t. The real me was the left half of my face. He was complimenting a $5000.00 (and limited edition) figment of his imagination.

Of course, EW’s effusive praise for the right side of my face made me feel a bit self-conscious. After all, this 60-year-old woman hasn’t done a lot for her skin other than SPF 30 and 50 sunscreen, and a bit of cleansing and moisturizing. No Botox, lift, special eye creams, masks—nada. No wonder I look (ahem) 49 on a bad day. Perhaps I should look into other options. Plus EW. I was definitely motivated by his “compliments”—but not the way he intended, perhaps. .

NOTE: Lest I pick on EW unjustly, do please note that once the hubs found us, he immediately took my phone and started taking photos for the blog. I love that man. 


Lynnelle here:

Who knew that expensive facial creams were being hawked like carnival ride? I had a similar pitch from a non-sales person in Las Vegas. We were walking through the shopping area of when the gentleman standing outside the boutique started talking to us - asking us about our skin, how we'd like a free facial, had we seen this new, miracle cream, they guaranteed they could take 10 years off your face, on-and-on-and-on, all for FREE; reaching out and almost physically pulling us in the store. Who ARE these people? Their previous employer was a touring carnival, I'm sure. 

I didn’t see a $5,000 package, but what was pitched to me was over $500 (which was 50% off) for 3 items. Geez.  Not sure the brand Barb was ‘introduced’ to, but my hawker worked for OroGold. You can check it out on your own. I’m so disturbed by the pushy sales tactics and over-the-top pricing I’m opting to NOT put a link here.  

Most ridiculous beauty treatment - EVER.

The award for the most rediculous beauty treatment?  Yes, I am embarrassed to admit that I am making this judgmental statement based on personal experience and am even posting physical proof.

My sister, Karen, was raving about this mask that you slept in.  Ok. Ok. I'll bite. It MAY do something positive and I'm up for anything that will take a a year or two off this 60 year-old face . Unfortunately (or, was it?) the mask  was so uncomfortable (and embarrassing) I didn't wear these things  more than a few times. But - try them I did. Yes. Barb calls it my "Jason Mask". At least she did picked herself up off the floor and caught her breath from laughing so hard.

If truth be told, I have more than a few episodes of ridiculousness to share; the Chinese herb mixture you combine with an egg white and wear overnight, the ancient Ayurvedic Kansa facial wand massage... you get the idea. 

I can't be alone in this. Tell me I'm not the only one experimenting different ways to keep my girlish glow.  What is your most ridiculous beauty 'secret'? 

Lynnelle here:

I can’t add much to this post, except the fact that I had a similar non-sales pitch from a non-sales person at a cosmetic shop in Las Vegas. Who ARE these people? I didn’t see a $5,000 package, but what was pitched to me was over $500 (which was 50% off) for 3 items. Geez.  Not sure the brand Barb was ‘introduced’ to, but my non-pitch was for OroGold. You can check it out on your own. I’m so disturbed by the pushy sales tactics and over-the-top pricing I’m opting to NOT put a link here.  

Other than my eyebrow tattoos from 2008, I haven’t undergone any facial procedures either. No botox, fillers, lifts or otherwise. My go-to regime is Cetophil for the cleanser and a combination of moisturizers and creams so I can rotate them. I find (whether real or placibo) rotating facial creams (and shampoos) is good. For exfoliation I’ve used Oil of Olay Reginerist Thermal Mini-Peel but I just found out they’ve discontinued that. (Oh, no!) What they recommend as a replacement is the Reginerist Detoxifying Pore Scrub - but I’m not happy about that. What I liked about the former is that it wasn’t a “scrub”, per se. I’m on the hunt for something else. Stay tuned.

What are your favs?

Anti-Aging Products for Women Over Sixty

Face it, that horse has left the barn.

My Friend for Life, Cathy, and I were walking down the street, chatting mostly, but looking into the shops, too. The men were wandering ahead of us, intent on finding FOOD (that is best uttered fiercely while smashing one’s fist into one’s chest. They were hungry.) Cathy was distracted by (it must be said) an attractive younger man offering free soap. After an encounter in Key West, I have learned to avoid these offers (there are two such stores on St. George Street in St. Augustine). Cathy was lured into the shop to “check out the soap” while I whispered, “This stuff is really expensive.”

We Get Our 60-year-old Faces Gooped Up with Anti-Aging Products

Innocently, she smiled her mischievous smile and agreed to sit on the offered stool, so I shrugged my shoulders and joined her. We were privileged to have the right side of our faces treated with a dizzying array of products while our ears were treated to an equally dizzying sales pitch. From “ecologically friendly” to “I don’t make any money doing this; I’m just helping my friend,” we smiled, rolled our eyes, and gave an apologetic glance to our respective starving spouses when they found us. 

Having been the encourager in Key West, EW thought he knew what to expect, but he did not figure in the commitment of our non-salesperson. In Key West I received two treatments around my right eye taking just 15 minutes from start to finish. Here, thinking he had the perfect anti-aging products for women over 60 and two such ladies who wanted to look younger, had high incomes, and no self-control, we got the whole pitch. The whole if-we-wanted-to-achieve-these-results-at-home-$5000.00-sales-pitch. I laughed afterwards when Cathy’s husband said he was getting ticked off thinking she was going to buy $50.00 worth of junk. Talk about worrying about the little things!

Neither Cathy nor I succumbed, though she admitted after that she might have gone for a $50.00 item if it had been pitched. The “not a salesperson” refused to give us a card as this “deal” was only good right there in the store. (Sign number 636 that this business is not on the up-and-up as we define that phrase.)

Hmmm Anti-Aging Products Work? Who Knew?

But here’s the thing: The difference was noticeable; moreover EW noticed, as in, “Wow. The difference is unbelievable!” And later, “I cannot believe the difference!” This went on for a few days. I was not amused. He tried to back down a bit by telling me that he was really complimenting me. He wasn’t. The real me was the left half of my face. He was complimenting a $5000.00 (and limited edition) figment of his imagination.

Of course, EW’s effusive praise for the right side of my face made me feel a bit self-conscious. After all, this 60-year-old woman hasn’t done a lot for her skin other than SPF 30 and 50 sunscreen, and a bit of cleansing and moisturizing. No Botox, lift, special eye creams, masks—nada. No wonder I look (ahem) 49 on a bad day. Perhaps I should look into other options. Plus EW. I was definitely motivate by his “compliments”.

In addition to the research I’m doing regarding the bra situation, I started looking around for highly rated, fairly benign, easy to find, and reasonably priced skin care products. Fortunately, Good Housekeeping just happened to pop up in my FaceBook feed. Surprise! Also fortunately, the attached article was just what I had been looking for. And double surprise, the whole list of 49 products didn’t add up to $5000.00—and no one would purchase all 49, anyway. Many were competing products.

So, I made sure the link to the article was on my phone when I meandered into our local pharmacy and a nice clerk helped me find my two choices: ROC 5 in 1 Eye Cream and L’OREAL Revitalift Bright Reveal. Despite the name which seems to promise to reveal all wrinkles and brown spots, the latter is a day moisturizer with SPF30. Both companies need better writers for their packaging. ROC promises that their 5 in 1 Cream “Improves the look of dark circles, puffiness, dryness, dull tone, and wrinkles.” Seriously, improving the dark circles and puffiness isn’t the look I’m going for. 

Still, I purchased them, brought them home and dutifully took before photos. Because one can’t expect miracles for $50.00. EW will just have to wait a few weeks to get a younger looking wife. Hope he likes the improved dark circles and puffiness. Bless his heart.

NOTE: Lest I pick on EW unjustly, do please note that once the hubs found us, he immediately took my phone and started taking photos for the blog. I love that man. 


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