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NEW On The Run Blog: Anti-aging

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NogaBlog-1Recently I turned 35, I cannot believe it. I feel as if I am standing still and the time just flies by. In the past, people used to discount around 5-10 years of my age (it used sometimes to upset my husband who is a few years older than I am, complaining that he was getting nasty looks). However, it’s been a while now since I received such a remark and I also guess that having my first child recently did not help my looks…

Personally I do not like spending a fortune on creams, as from experience they mostly do not keep up to their promises (unless may be the really extremely celebrity expensive ones that cost the earth and that I am not yet comfortable to buy without feeling guilty).

When I celebrated 30, I was in a state of a shock and quite sad about it, now I understand how foolish I was, we should celebrate every year we are alive and well! Nonetheless, the truth is that we all suffer from the same paradox, we want to live long but we also want to stay young… Well, with age comes wisdom and I finally came to terms with the fact that I will no longer be 20 again, and it’s fine, but who says that I must come to terms with looking saggy before my time? In our society we tend to be so stressed and live with incredible pollution, unbalanced diet and not having enough time to just take it easy and enjoy life. Not to mention the lack of sunny days (preferably on the beach…) to uplift our spirits (which I miss the most being away from home).

So, I have decided that I should do something. Time to combat wrinkles and especially before they get too visible. Prevention is the key, as we have all heard time and again, when wrinkles appear they go nowhere. So I searched for something which is not time consuming and easy to maintain and it seems that anti-aging serums are a good start.

When I am abroad, I really enjoy exploring local products. I am quite tired of the very well-known all around brands.

Personally I do not like spending a fortune on creams, as from experience they mostly do not keep up to their promises (unless may be the really extremely celebrity expensive ones that cost the earth and that I am not yet comfortable to buy without feeling guilty). And yes I know that I could be creative and have some homemade treatments, it would probably be healthier and environmentally friendly, but truth is that I can barely force myself to be in the kitchen to make something to eat, let alone concocting my own masks. Saying that, I once put some slices of cucumber on my eyes if that counts. It did not make me feel at all relaxed though (I felt weird and twice they fell on my nice sofa, in the end I just ate them…). I am also up to squeezing a lemon and applying its juice on the face, this is easy enough and healthy for the skin (its stings though). However, generally speaking, I am not the kitchen type. But if you are lucky enough to love being in the kitchen (I wish I was, seeing how my husband enjoys it even after 12 hours at work), it is worth trying.

When I am abroad, I really enjoy exploring local products. I am quite tired of the very well-known all around brands. Spending sometime in Brussels recently (I try helplessly to speak French!), I came across a French brand – “Les Cosmetiques”, which looked quite popular and was reasonably priced, and I decided to give it a chance, after all if it is good for the French …

I bought their “Intensive Restore” serum and “Gold Regeneration” (with 24 carat gold – at least that’s what they claim) night cream (my skin is prone to acne so I am very careful with my products, however, at night I allow myself to use a rich cream to nourish the skin), each around the 15 Euros mark. Both products have a lovely texture and smell, which leave you with a nice pleasant feeling (in contradiction, I tried a while ago, Estie Lauder’s famous serum and felt as if someone had glowed up my face. As much as I would like to look good, I want primarily to feel good and actually be able to smile for once in a while, otherwise why bother??). Whilst it has not made me 10 years younger (I did not really expect it would, especially not for its modest price, though I have also tried the much more expensive, Lancome’s “Genifique” and was utterly disappointed), it has indeed helped me look more radiant and with slightly firmer skin, I actually noticed it after a few days and also received comments that I looked good.

So although I am still in the search for the one (I am a dreamer and still believe in small miracles), I am quite happy with the results and believe that any reasonable serum (collagen booster) will do.

So Go Serum!

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