Growing Older. Can I Do This Gracefully?

Hi friends! I hope you’re enjoying the guest posts! We’re having a Canadian good time, but I’m popping in today to talk about every girl’s least favorite subject… aging.

Last month I sent my friend Chassity an email wishing her a happy 30th birthday. Not knowing if she was struggling with the milestone or not, I added an encouraging, “30 to 35 are great years!” Her response totally cracked me up. “Why?! What happens at 36?!”
I’m not saying life goes downhill and we lose our beauty after those years, but they were really good years for me. I finally felt comfortable in my body, had gained confidence in myself as a woman, and wasn’t showing any signs of aging.
Don’t misunderstand, I’m not saying my life went to pot the day I turned 36. Life keeps getting better, but that doesn’t mean I want to watch it march across my face!
It starts with “laugh lines” around the eyes and mouth. Who’s laughing at those?! Not me! I’m crossing my fingers I get my mom’s beautiful genes.
Then it’s the frown lines between your brows, even when you aren’t frowning.
You really notice the difference when your face is plastered against the flawless skin of your kids!
I’m sure you think I’m shallow and vain. And maybe I am, but I’m staring at a big birthday this year. One that I’ll admit I’m struggling with a bit. The woman looking back at me in the mirror is not the girl I remember being. I’m trying to remind myself that the lines on my face are proof of a life spent laughing and smiling.
I think women of all ages are beautiful, and I hope I’m able to live a long, full life, with all its joys and sorrows reflected on my face. But that doesn’t mean I won’t take care of myself and my skin and try to look the best I can! So when the people at Darphin offered to let me try their anti-aging products, I jumped at the chance! You know we do things budget-style around here, so I’m usually a drugstore girl when it comes to beauty products. But after my first use, I realized there is a difference in “the good stuff.”
The Aromatic Cleansing Balm smells amazing and, according to my son, looks like caramel. It turns into a milky emulsion when mixed with water, and leaves my skin feeling completely clean without any tightness.
Living in the South, and spending a lot of time outdoors, I have pretty dry skin. Which only magnifies the lines and creases, so I’m learning the importance of a good moisturizer. The Predermine Densifying Anti-Wrinkle Cream seems to plump out my skin instantly, without leaving a greasy feel. The smell is a little granny ‘mature’ for my taste, but only the tiniest bit is required and it glides like silk across your face.
Of the three, the one I’m most impressed with is the Stimulskin Plus Eye Contour Cream. After just two weeks of using it (like the Predermine cream, only the tiniest bit is needed and it goes on super smooth), the crinkles on the edges of my eyes are softer and the bags underneath are less pronounced.
My Darphin products have already taken up permanent residence by my sink, and I look forward to the nightly routine with them. I’ll still hit up the drugstore for many of my beauty products, but Darphin will be part of my collection now, too.
I know I can’t turn back the clock or stop time, but if products are available that help slow it down, I’m game! How are you dealing with the changing face in the mirror? What does “aging gracefully” mean to you? Let me know in the comments and you could win a Darphin Gift Basket (valued at a minimum of $100!)
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