Last year I fell on uneven concrete floor and injured pretty bad my left knee. It was an ugly and an almost to the bone deep wound. I knew it will take a while to heal (it took about two months to completely close) and even more time for me to get rid of that nasty scar. And it is taking. But I am counting with some real good allies to heal it properly: a scar gel (Mederma Advanced Scar Gel) and a scar patch (ScarWay Silicone Scar Sheets).
First I started using the gel alone and as soon as I found out about the silicone patches I started using it. And they were great to make my high and thick scar fade and get lighter as well. In the past months the nasty purple scar turn into a pinkish scar that day by day gets lighter. Now I am back to the gel. I think the patch is great to make it gets flatter and the gel helps a lot to kind of erase it, if you know what I mean.
There are many other products, even serums to use in recent or old scars. They tend to do their jobs pretty well. I don’t know if my scar is gonna fade entirely. I will only know in a few months. My dermatologist told me that those deep kind of scars take about a year and a half to actually fade and only then I will know. But so far I am really happy the way it is compared to how it was. Plus, I have to confess that I am kind of attached to it now. It is part of who I am and it was part of my awakening year, so…
By the way, you can find them in any Drugstore or at the Amazon.
And I am talking about two different kind of masks. Although they are both to sleep with.
The first one is a moisturizer mask called Drink Up Intensive by Origins. You can put on your skin a generous amount (I am always very generous with my moisturizers and sunscreens) before going to bed and let it work its magic during the night. No need to rinse. Not even in the morning. At least I don’t (and the reason why is here). It doesn’t have a color and it feels like you put on moisturizer and nothing else. The skin absorbs it all straight up. Having said that, the result lasts way more than a simple moisturizer, even if it is my powerful and beloved Aqua Bomb from Belif.And it does not feel greasy at all. In any moment.
As you can see by the post above, I am an enthusiast of moisturizer. I do think our skin needs a great moisturizer more than any other product. Too bad I only realized that in my 40s… Anyways, since then my main goal is to keep my skin always hydrated, no matter what. I think that is the secret to keep it looking good. And that is why I really like this mask. My skin feels highly hydrated during the night and when I wake up. I even use this mask during the day when I feel my skin need extra dose of moisturizer, like after sun tanning or during the winter days.
What Origins says about it:
It is recommended for normal to dry skin types. (My skin is normal to oily and I think it works great for me.)
It hydrates thirsty skin (love that and I confess that this was its selling point that made me give it a try).
It is enriched with avocado and apricot kernel oils, which effectively prepare skin for next-day environmental aggressors.
Japanese seaweed repairs the skin’s barrier function to prevent future dehydration and signs of premature ageing.
The overnight mask soothes skin whilst you sleep for long-lasting comfort so you can wake up to a revitalized, silky smooth and refreshed complexion.
Free from parabens, sulphates and phthalates.
I think they now have a new improved formula to this mask that I haven’t tried yet, but I am looking forward to. Only hope it is as good as the previous one.
The other mask is an actually sleeping mask. It is called Iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask. It is silky and soft and it is for sure the most comfortable sleeping mask I have ever tried. Plus it does black out the light perfectly. Besides that this mask has a rejuvenating element since it is embedded with Copper Dioxide. The idea is to give you a good night of sleep AND minimize the appearance of the wrinkles during the night.
Let’s see what Iluminage says about it:
This rejuvenating sleep mask covers your delicate eyes with advanced care, to minimize the appearance of wrinkles while you sleep.
Beyond blocking all visual stimuli to quiet your mind and senses, this silky, soft, smart textile is carefully embedded with copper, a well-known essential mineral with skin-enhancing properties. This technology is clinically proven to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles for smoother, younger-looking skin in as little as four weeks. Copper is naturally found in your skin and is known to play an important role in skin’s renewal process. It has been used in makeup, face creams and other skincare products for years, and one of its properties is its ability to promote the natural growth of proteins in the skin.
How to use: Sleep with your eye mask nightly for younger-looking skin in as little as four weeks. One size fits all.
Adjustable hook-and-loop closure strap.
Color and anti-aging technology proven to last beyond100 washes.
100% Cupron® copper oxide polyester.
Hand wash, dry flat.
To be honest, I don’t know if this mask is helping me with my wrinkles and all, yet. I have been using it for almost 4 weeks. But it feels really good to sleep in. Because of the copper, it does get stained in the white part all around the mask but it doesn’t bother me at all.
An update on this mask report on April 21st: I still don’t know if this mask is helping with wrinkles but one thing I noticed is that it stains the pillow case I sleep in. So, this is a major no-no. Even so, I am still using to sleep because it is a very comfy mask to sleep in.
I loved a lot of this year’s Golden Globes looks. But one in particular after-party look called my attention: this laid-back, high low take on the jumpsuit worn by 47 years young Sandra Oh. So unpretentiously chic, comfortable and fun. And very much Sandra Oh’s vibe. So much that she is owning it. And by the way, owning a look is one of my top 11 mantraments to be a well-dressed woman. More on that later, in a post.
But going back to Sandra Oh’s look… this Goop’s G. Label Elgin Tuxedo Jumpsuit could have gone either the high fashion road being paired with diamond jewelry and a high heeled sandals or the low one with a sneaker or even a flat sandal and no jewelry at all (or a casual, simple necklace). But instead it mixed both sides with a diamond necklace nothing shy and a fabulous leather sneaker by Alexandre Birman. And yes, the sneaker could have been black but then again, the contrast that the white with a dash of black sneaker add would have been lost.
Lastly, her hair is absolutely great too. Wavy, sexy and nothing uptight and super done. Very much in sync with the whole high low vibe. So her fresh makeup.
Kudos to her stylist, Elizabeth Saltzman, who nailed it, head to toe.
And if you want to put together a look like Sandra’s keeping the high low vibe, you could add some costume jewelry, like a bold ring or a not so shy necklace, silver or golden, no diamonds required. A converse sneaker could dress down a high vibe jumpsuit. Or a ballerina flat or a simple flat, if sneaker is not for you. Or a espadrille. A clean ankle boot would dress up a little more this look.
I am talking about the Photoderm M 50+, a Tinted Protective Cream by Bioderma. I have been wearing this as my facial sunscreen and my daily foundation (since it is tinted) for over a year. And ladies, I love this product. And I do because, besides its protection against the sun, it makes my skin looks beautiful, rested, even and glowing. It looks like I am just wearing my natural healthy skin and nothing else. I feel that I don’t need anything extra applied. Not even a blush. Although I do apply a toner and a moisturizer underneath. And when I am in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I do apply another sunscreen, for extra protection. And a little makeup: like my go-to grey eyeliner from Sephora and a lip stain from Revlon. Cause you never know who you are going to come across…
What Bioderma says about Photoderm M 50+:
Indications: Skin subject to hyperpigmentation. Suitable for pregnant women.
Benefits: Minimizes the risk of pigmentation during sun exposure with an unique filter system that guarantees a very high UVA/UVB protection and reinforced protection against visible radiation. This action is complemented by a genuine internal biological protection: the exclusive Cellular Bioprotection™ patent which activates the skin’s natural defences, protects cells and combats premature skin ageing. Reduces the appearance of existent sun marks. Evens complexion and provides natural coverage.
Since I entered my 3.0s I noticed that loosing weight has become a difficult task. I mean, when I was in my teen years or 20s I could easily loose a few pounds/kilos over the weekend. As I grew older that became harder. It is true that because I am a vegetarian since I was 16 years old and eat mostly good, healthy food helped me through the years but still I do enjoy eating some not so healthy food very often now and then. But to be honest, I think my metabolism was and still is still pretty good, but as time went by, with all the hormonal changes (I am at menopause now) and a thyroid not on its optimal self loosing weight is not that easy at all. The good new is gaining weight is not that easy either. At least not for me.
Anyways, last April I was leaving the church holding a service for a dear friend of mine who had passed away and boom, I fell on the ground hurting badly my left knee. The service was very moving and I was crying and distracted and did the stupid thing of walking-messaging someone and missed a step. (Note to self: Don’t ever walking-messaging! Ever!) Because of that I fell on an uneven cement damaging badly my knee’s skin. It was pretty ugly. Plus the knee was all bruised and painful. And it remained like that for months. I lost almost every layer but the one before exposing the bone. The skin healed very slowly. It took about two months to completely close the wound. And it left me an awful scar that is still being treated. I could not walk properly, I could not bend my leg for a long time. Meditation only happened laying down. Crossing my legs was an impossible task. No yoga. No Pilates. No exercise for 4 months. Plus I was scared to not have my knee back to its usual self.
The funny thing is that some months prior to it I was way too lazy to actually work out. I had no motivation to go to my Pilates classes or do some aerobic exercise. But as soon as I got injured I start to want to exercise. I missed it as I have never missed it before. Just because I could not, that is why I wanted. The good thing about it is that as soon as I felt ready to exercise I did start exercising. And so far I can tell you that now I am active every day of the week and I am enjoying it. For the very first time in my life. Not kidding. Exercising was always a burden for me. Now, not really.
But going back a few months ago… My journey back to shapeland restarted in New York City on August. I went to the city to spend 3 months as I usually do every year and since New York is a very demanding city in terms of walking and climbing lots of stairs I felt that I needed a little extra help to be back in shape. So I enrolled in a Pilates class near my apartment and started doing Kundalini yoga. You might think that Kundalini yoga is not that hard but rethink that. Specially because I decided to practice it almost everyday. And the Kriyas (the posture routines) are hard. Some more than others but still, hard. And they can put you back in shape, indeed. Trust me.
Pilates, Kundalini, app dating and walking through New York City did the trick for me: I was back in shape, feeling more energetic, noticing that my body was again flexible and stronger. Wahe Guru! However since one of the things I most enjoy doing in New York when I am there is eating, I was not able to loose the extra pounds/kilos I had gained previously. So I thought. Just when I went back to Rio (de Janeiro) on October that I started to see the scale back to my normal.
But then again, it was not that easy. At all. I needed some extra help this time. I explain: back in Rio I was still doing Pilates, practicing Kundalini yoga, started to walk for at least 40 minutes every single morning and I watched my diet. And still I was not able to loose any weight. I was extremely disappointed and worried cause what the heck was happening here. But since for the past 3 or 4 years I have been doing once a year those aesthetic procedures to address localized fat (abs, hip sides and my back), I decided to get the extra help from those procedures and see if it worked. My favorite non invasive procedure is the iLipo laser. This laser works wonders for my localized fat. You use 4 patches that is placed in the exact area you want to loose fat for some minutes and that will help to melt the fat over a few sessions. This time it took a little longer for me to see the results. But thankfully I did. I combined that procedure with a reshaping massage that also helps to loose localized fat and radiofrequency skin tightening to make sure the weight loss would not compromise the skin appearance of the treated areas. Of course I feel bad for not being able to loose the weight on my own cause I did everything right. It is a bit frustrating. But at the other hand it was a good thing because to be honest I wanted to keep some gained fat in some areas in my body and when you do loose weight you cannot choose where you are gonna loose from. Getting a little help from iLipo I can have a bit of control on that by using the laser in the chosen areas, therefore I lost weight where I wanted to.
So far I have lost almost 3 kilos of localized fat and hope to loose another 2 so I go back to my regular weight. Let’s see how it goes.
And so far as well I am currently in one of my best shapes ever. I feel the energy is here, the enthusiasm to exercise that never had been present is here, I am feeling flexible and strong (there is room for improvement here and here)… My knee is functional, no pain, almost a 100% and I am so thankful for it. In resume, I feel that this part of my life is flowing and this is pretty good.
And how about you, ladies? What do you actually do to be back in shape or keep your shape? I am dying to know.