Winter is lasting a little longer than us Canucks would like, and with a snowfall alert set for southwestern Ontario, myself, as well as my skin, is kinda annoyed.
Call it my dry apartment, the dry winter weather,… maybe even aging (*gasp*), but starting a couple winters ago my skin became less cooperative: I was experiencing random dry patches on my face and no amount of water consumption and face creams would abate the issue. More annoying, for as long as I can recall, I would get very chapped lips, to the point where they would sometimes split. Ouch.
But no more!
Leaving work one afternoon I decided to stop by a Kiehl’s stand in The Bay. They were advertising a variety of moisturizers, one of which showed pictures of climbers on snow capped mountains (I have since learned that in the 1980’s Kiehl’s sponsored Everest expeditions; climbers relying on their products during their trek). I was sold. An urban dweller like me should have perfectly moisturized skin after using this (Ultra Facial Deep Moisture) balm. An attendant came over and talked it up, further affirming my belief in it.
She did add my skin looked severely dehydrated (duh, it’s why I needed the cream), and that I should also direct my focus internally (I retracted the duh).
She showed me another product, Fountain, and said that ingesting two teaspoons a day would help with the dryness. Its main ingredient, Hyaluronic Acid (HA), is the miracle component that aids in giving the skin that youthful look. Not only does it improve skin hydration, it stimulates collagen production, and maintains skin elasticity among a plethora of other great benefits (seriously. It’s a wonder molecule, read more about it here).
We already have heaps of HA throughout our bodies, however, thanks to Father Time, our natural internal ability to synthesize the molecule decreases significantly (half of what we require by the time we are in our forties, according to VictoriaHealth.com).
I bought the Kiehl’s balm and Fountain’s The Hyaluronic Molecule and I am most pleased with the results. Skin is no longer dry, lips are no longer chapped. My skin has been commented on in the positive, where most recently an old family friend guessed I was about ten years younger than my present 32. I’ll take it.
Here’s to Benjamin Buttoning with two teaspoons a day.