These past days I’ve been feeling down everytime I check my image in the mirror in the middle of the day…my crow’s feet are getting worse! Grabe na talaga!
For months now, I’ve been religiously putting eye cream day and night. I had hoped that would solve my problem but noooooo. Worse, it seems to be getting worse. I have so far used two brands of eye creams: Shiseido Benefiance Nutriperfect Eye Serum and Burt’s Bees Radiance Eye Cream.
Unfortunately, I can’t say I’m satisfied with any of them. I had high expectations especially of the Shiseido Benefiance NutriPerfect Eye Serum because it’s expensive; I actually bought the whole line (including day cream and night cream) when we went to Hong Kong last year. Unfortunately, I can’t say any of them made a difference. The night cream and the day cream were very heavy on the face, and I’d have been willing to endure them if I saw any difference. I reverted to Burt’s Bees Eye Creams (Radiance and Naturally Ageless)—they’re a tad cheaper and I honestly the Burt’s Bees eye creams they do a better job if I diligently (and gently!) rub them to make my skin absorb them. I planned to stick to Burt’s Bees, but when I realized that my crow’s feet are getting worse, I decided to find a better alternative.
Yesterday, Randy, Raviv and I went to Alabang Town Center. Our first stop was Rustan’s. While Randy and Raviv were choosing toys, I proceeded to the cosmetics department. I remember reading sometime ago that when choosing an eye cream, the really effective ones are those with alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and Retinol (I actually went to drug stores and looked for Retin-A dati, remembering Margie Moran’s commercial when I was young. Unfortunately, wala na atang Retin-A). Sorry sa mga organic-organic, natural-natural cheper advocates, give up na ako! My first stop was Mario Badescu, but when I saw that its eye creams are organic-organic cheverlu again, exit agad ako. The sales assistant referred me to Dermalogica, as its eye creams contain Retinol. Whew! I got the Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex, and the SA threw in a free starter pack of its other Dermalogica products.
I tried it last night and so far, OK naman. It went smoothly. And what I liked about it is that you squeeze it from the tube—unlike other creams that you need to dutdot (unhygienic).
Earlier, I thought that if this still doesn’t solve my crow’s feet problems, I might go for Botox. I know I said I wasn’t ready for it, but I am so bothered by my crow’s feet this early in my life that I may just go for the extreme solution. However, when I Googled, “long term effects of Botox”, here’s what I read from this website:
But you can’t help wondering how safe Botox really is, when it’s made from a toxin that’s produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, a deadly neurotoxin that can cause botulism, a rare and life threatening paralytic illness.
When used cosmetically, it’s injected in tiny amounts. But in large doses it’s one of the most powerful poisons known to man.
The Consumer Medicine Information on the Ministry of Health website warns that it can spread from the site of the injection and cause difficulties in breathing and swallowing which, it notes, “can be life-threatening”.
Other side-effects listed on the website include: numbness, droopy eyelids; double or blurred vision, trouble speaking. If this is not off-putting enough, it mentions that Botox “contains albumin, an extract of human blood, and it carries an extremely remote risk for transmission of viral diseases.”
There are no findings yet on its long-term effect, and it might be very bad considering it’s a poison. Moreover, remember its effect on Renee Zellweger! So this time, final na, no Botox for me.
I tried looking for an alternative, and I saw something that looks really promising:
WrinkleMD is pricey at $199, but if it works, go ako dito! Better this than Botox, which is also expensive per injection, ‘di ba? But I still hope my Dermalogica eye cream will work as well.
Actually, I’ve only got myself to blame for my crow’s feet problem; for some reason, I’ve thought that my skin was invincible to the factors that cause crow’s feet. After all, my skin proved to be invincible to the puberty and adolescence hormones that cause acne and breakouts. But I guess I was expecting toomuch from my skin. I’ve read so many warnings, but I ignored them all. So for the nth time, I’m reminding you: your skin is not invincible. If I could only turn back time, I’ll do these things so that I won’t have crow’s feet problrms this early (I know we would all get there, but it’s too early for me):
- Put on sunblock. Since hindi talaga ako conscious sa pagpapaputi, I never cared about sunblock. Kahit nga payong at sunglasses dineadma ko, and “I’m walking on sunshine” lagi ang drama ko. The sun is a major skin aging culprit, so don’t ever skip this!
- Put on eye cream. My Mom, who’s one of the least vain people I know, actually told me to start slathering night creams and eye creams when I hit mid-twenties. I should have listened. I’m really too lazy when it comes to night time beauty regime.
- Never tug my eyes. Again, I’ve read it over and over again—the area around the eyes is very, very sensitive and must be handled with caution. Ano’ng ginawa ko? I used to line my lower eyelid with eyeliner. Everyday, my eyes endure the torture of being tugged down. And for a long time, I used cheap eyeliners that smudge. ‘Pag may smudge, I would carelessly and even roughly remove the smudge with my fingers. Deadma kahit namumula. Now it’s payback time. Huhuhu.
- Sleep on my back. You know when my crow’s feet began to be visible? It’s months after I gave birth to Raviv. I noticed that it began on my left eye—then I figured I slept on my left side so I could face Raviv (who sleeps to my left). When you sleep on a certain side, that side of your face gets tortured—nagugusot. And the eye area is the first to suffer.
Good thing I don’t smoke, because smoking will make me look even older.
Girls, do yourselves a favor and don’t commit the same mistakes I did. Unlike men, we don’t look more “regal” and “with character” with crow’s feet, ala-George Clooney.
For now, I’ll content myself with calling these crow’s feet my “laughlines”.
Tell me what you think!
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