Changing my Spots

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I never quite understood why they call older women that chase younger men cougars. Looking in the mirror at my 40 year old face I have on occasion thought that leopard might be a more appropriate term for a woman of a certain age.

I came of age in the time of Baywatch. I grew up watching Heather Locklear and always wanted that California-girl look. However, being of Celtic and Scandinavian origins I have always had a complexion the shade of a vampire.  So in a time before women like Dita Von Teese, Christina Hendricks, or Emma Stone my teenage self grabbed the baby oil and would spend hours baking myself in the sun.

As I moved through my 20s I smartened up. I started using sunscreen and treating my skin with care. As I reached my 30s and still got asked for ID I thought that I had escaped my teenage skin sins. And then……I did the stupidest thing possible-I started frequenting tanning beds because no matter how hard we work at the gym, a tan always makes you look a little sleeker and a little more defined.

Three years. Three years! That’s all it took to ruin my skin. I went from getting asked for ID to people guessing I was  years older than my actual age.

Ladies whatever you do-STAY OUT OF TANNING BEDS.

So, the past several years I have been trying to undo all that damage that I did. And I can honestly say I think things are going well. In fact, just last week my husband’s friend asked if the girl with him at the gym was his daughter-No it was me 🙂

However, one thing that no amount of healthy eating or working out, no creams or potions (and I have tried them all) could help was a few age spots that I had on my face. To be honest they were fairly faint and no one seemed to notice until I pointed them out, but I noticed and they drove me crazy-especially the one right under my eye.

Finally, I decided I might look into alternatives and learned about IPL Photorejuvenation. This is a skin treatment that uses intense pulsed light to remove wrinkles and sun damage.  IPL Photorejuvenation stimulates the production of collagen. As the new collagen forms, fine lines and wrinkles are decreased. After treatments, you can see a significant reduction of unwanted pigmentation and the appearance of smoother, revitalized skin.

As I was researching IPL, I found a clinic in my area was offering a deal on Groupon. Regularly priced at $450 I was able to get a Groupon deal 0f $119. I have spent that amount on a single cream claiming to get rid of brown spots (which it didn’t) so I figured what did I have to lose and made an appointment.

The clinic advised that I go to the pharmacy to pick up some numbing cream and apply it before my appointment (that was another $45 but I used only a small amount). At my appointment the doctor explained it would probably take 3-4 treatments to get the results I wanted. I laid back in the chair and the painless procedure took approximately 20 minutes.

When you are finished your skin is red and feels similar to a sunburn. The procedure makes your existing spots darken and brings out more that were beneath the surface but not visible. You can apply make-up right away to camouflage these. Within a week all the spots just slough away and you are left with smoother, healthier looking skin.

After the first treatment the annoying spot beneath my eye was completely gone. I couldn’t believe it. Since the results were so dramatic I did decide to go back for 2 more treatments (only because I could still get them at the Groupon price) and found with each treatment my skin seemed a little fresher and younger. Some days I even go out with absolutely no make-up now. However, I feel that if price had been an issue I would have been completely pleased with the results of only one treatment.

IPL Photorejuvenation was exactly what I needed. I suffered no side effects. It was quick and easy. It was also much cheaper than all the creams I have invested in over the years. And most important-it actually worked-I have changed my spots.

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One thought on “Changing my Spots

  1. Gotta admit I deliberately don’t look closely at my skin as I can’t be bothered to do something beyond my regular routine of wash and moisturize. The sun and pollution in India is just nasty on any skin type but especially more sensitive celtic skin that either freckles or burns but never tans!

    That being said, I was still vain enough to appreciate an odd compliment I received the other day… Normally when people find out I’ve lived in India for more than a decade they ask about all sorts of things but not “How have you managed to avoid that leathery lived here too long look that most foreigners get? Your skin is in fabulous shape!” Huh??

    I guess having long ago learned to accept that I will never tan and a habit of wearing a hat or sun screen if out in the sun for long as I KNOW with absolute certainty that I’ll burn if I don’t – has helped in some small way. 🙂

    Glad you found a solution that works for you!

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