I have a great dermatologist. I really like her. This month I saw her for my annual once over. There were three areas of concern that I pointed out to her. No surprise that biopsy revealed pre-cancerous cells without clear margins. No biggie really, just a bit of liquid Nitrogen and off I go.
But since I was in the company of a lovely young professional who’s specialty is skin, I though it would be a great opportunity to ask a few questions about aging skin: 1) What’s your best advice for overall basic face cream to even skin tone and possibly diminish the newly appearing fine lines?
Doc: Retinol cream, I can write you a ‘script, but it won’t be covered by insurance. OH, and don’t use it around the eye are!
anna: Hmmm, well that’s exactly the area of concern, what else do you think could work?
Doc: I have a special OTC eye cream that works fantastic! Kinerase, you can get it at Ulta.
Doc: Yes, they sell cosmetics and such…
anna: Oh, who knew?
Last night on a trip to the city that holds not only *gak* the mall, but Ulta, I ventured in for the first time. I pulled my little scrap of paper from my wallet with the rather legible writing of the doctor, and was whisked off to an aisle mid-store. “This is a fantastic product” gushed the heavily gussied up gal. My response was to receive the bottle from her hands then reach past her for the boxed version with the ingredients. There on the side of the box in plain English I read the first two ingredients. Water, ok…good old H2O. Next ingredient, Propylene glycol. Say what?? Isn’t that what I put in the car in the winter to keep it from freezing up? Yup. Isn’t that the toxic chemical those of us with livestock or pets are warned to not let our critters eat? Yup. Hmmm. I’ll admit, the price tag on this item was high. Even so, I was not deterred. But anti-freeze?! A woman needs to draw the line somewhere, and those on my face will have to remain if this be the “best” solution.
On my shelf at home I already possess a wonderfully natural rose scented eye cream from Weleda, a company whose products I feel good about using. Do any of you have a natural favorite/effective cream?
Just another quick point, I have also found propylene glycol in all commercially produced coconut flakes, shreds, etc. It is not found in organic coconut though.