Waging A Holy War Against Aging

What? Our lips age too?

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It may be my upcoming 50th birthday, but it seems that everywhere I go, everything I read, all the events I've been invited to recently have been about fighting aging.  I've ended up with several "firsts" this week, most likely jumping into the anti-aging game with a little more bounce and enthusiasm to squeeze all I can out of my waning 40's.

I had my first microdermabrasion treatment on Saturday.  A friend is running a new salon, Ko'an in Beverly Hills. They make all natural compounds onsite. This treatment was less intense than most apparently because it used Vitamin C to gently "peel" the skin.  It felt amazing and I must say my skin looked fabulous, and my face looked more rested than it actually is. I am a new fan.

powder.jpgBefore this week I had never heard of Bentonite clay before, but on Monday my accupuncturist prescribed taking some in pill form for a virus I'm trying to get out of my system. I found it in powder form and started reading about it.

Turns out, you can ingest it, bathe in it, pack it on your skin -- heck you can probably clean your oven with it!  I did it all, except the oven. And, I must say my skin does look better.  (I also had a massive poison oak rash on my neck, and it instantly relieved it.) I have now done so much in one week, my face looks like I'm 7 years old.  Too bad the rest of me is so old.

As I soaked in the hot Bentonite clay bath, with a Bentonite clay mask on my time-traveling face, I read the magazine I picked up at the health food store where I got the clay. I never give much thought to my lips, other than throwing Origins Lip Gloss on them or Jo Malone Vitamin E Lip Conditioner (that I happened to buy on the fly one cold dry day in London when buying perfume). Well, to my dismay our lips age. I don't remember looking at either of my grandmas -- or anyone else's grandma for that matter -- and thinking "Holy Hell I hope my lips don't look like THAT when I'm her age!"    

I am so NOT a 'girly' girl.

toothbrush2-254x300.jpgIt turns out we should be exfoliating them too. I am certain I am the last person on Planet Earth to hear this, but the recommendation was to brush your lips with your toothbrush and then put Aloe Vera on them.  We I put Aloe and Vitamin E on my face every day so I am usually smearing it on my lips accidentally, because, again, I'm so not girly.

I use a Sonicare toothbrush, so last night I tried brushing the old lips. I have to say it felt really good.  And, wouldn't ya know it: my lips are like a nine month old baby's!  Not quite, but they are definitely soft after two brushings. Mostly, I like the feeling, but we'll see how long it lasts. 

In one week my face has been abrated, mud-packed and Sonicared in ways it has never before experienced.  I think my face is saying "Really?  Is this what we're going to be doing from here on out?  Waging a Holy War against aging?"

I think I'll probably ease into it once the 50 hits, but for the last 2 weeks of 40-something I may very well be manifesting invitations like the one I got an hour ago -- a new anti-aging spa is opening up down the street from my house. The open house will be two days into my 50th year: martinis and age-reversing mini-treatments will be served. We'll see.  By then my lips may look so damn young I won't be able to leave the house because I'll look like such a baby-lipped freak.

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Bridget Fonger is the co-author of “The Lazy Woman’s Guide to Just About Everything,” a book that helps women become happier, more passionate and fulfilled by living the “Lazy Way,” aka with less stress and more joy! Ms. Fonger has been featured on HGTV several times with her home décor and…

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