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I'm 66. I have Nordic skin, sigh. I've had a thousand squamous cell skin cancers and almost a dozen basal cells -- 4 Mohs surgeries on my face. Hats off to reconstructive plastic surgery. I got a face lift in 1990, 1998, and 2007. I've experimented with lip fillers. I had lipo & a body lift because I've always been slim & bad knees kept me from getting enough exercise & I gained weight. Now I feel much better about myself.

Currently I'm searching for skin care products that will actually repair my skin (main probem is thinning). It looks like products with Matrixyl 3000 in them actually do that, but unfortunately the study was performed by the manufacturer.

Also as you get older (like over 60), your eyelashes thin out & get shorter. Whaaaaat?????
Another problem I have to fix? I bought one of the eyelash growers and it's actually working, although you have to be careful not to let it irritate your eyes.

I'd like to hear from women over 60 who don't want to go gently into that humiliating night. I'd like to hear about products you've tried & whether they worked or not. Please, if you can, add an URL for the product's site & be specific in how it did or didn't work.
 

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Hi, Ruby...sounds like you've had alot of challenges with your skin cancers, but you have a beautiful picture and come across as a lady with alot of determination!

I'm 60 with very dry skin due to diabetes type 2 and seems like my skin has changed alot just in the last year with the meds I take. So, I'm on a new quest to try to find products that are healing and feel good and bring back some of the moisture.

I've also read that Vit. C in its best form is great for building collagen and ceramides are good for the skin's integrity. So, I'm searching for both facial and body creams to help. I just received CeraVe and Shikai Borage Dry Skin therapy for body.

So, I am going to see how these do and they are not very expensive.

Good luck in your search and let us know if you find products that make a real difference.
 

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Ah, 60... So young, so far away. And wasn't it just last week? I've heard a lot of good things about vitamin C too. I don't know what ceramides are. Will look them up. I'm sorry you have diabetes. Thanks for the compliment on my picture. The most trouble I've been having is with the lip fillers. They don't stay very long for me, and at $500 a whack, I could've had a lip transplant by now. I'm looking into either autologous fat transplantation or they now have these little saline-filled tubes they can run through your lips. The operation is about $3000 and, because of the danger of poking a hole through the tubes, after you get them, you can't use filler anymore in case you need some fine tuning.
 

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Hi Ruby, I'm 65. Like you I have very fair skin and began the wrecking of it in childhood when I lived in the water (cancer birth sign) and soaked up the sun hoping my freckles would join together and form a tan ... well I was just a kid <g> Now about the only good thing about my skin is that it hasn't gone sallow, but it sure has a lot of wrinkles. Can't afford surgery and was wondering about thermage, although I hear that's pretty expensive too. Anyway, just wanted to say sorry about all your skin cancers, but you look great.

Kaye
 

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Welcome! You look very young. Much younger than your real age.

In fact, you look much better than a lot of the 50 year olds that I know!

Congrats.
 

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As a former smoker I have those horrid lip lines and I'm determined to get rid of them this year. I started using a product called Renova which targets that area. I see a slight improvement after 3 weeks. You do look full of vitality.
 

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Sorry, I gave the wrong product name -- the lip treatment for "Advanced upper lip repair" is called Dermaglow.
 

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Hi Ruby, I'm 65. Like you I have very fair skin and began the wrecking of it in childhood when I lived in the water (cancer birth sign) and soaked up the sun hoping my freckles would join together and form a tan ...

... was wondering about thermage, although I hear that's pretty expensive too. Anyway, just wanted to say sorry about all your skin cancers, but you look great.

Kaye
Hi, Kaye,

Funny -- when I was a kid I kept hoping the freckles would grow together too so I'd have a nice smooth tan.

I tried Thermage when I was around 60 and it didn't work. I think I didn't have enough collagen to stimulate. It was really funny (except for the lost $$, although I don't remember it being too expensive): When I had it done I weighed more than I did when I went for the After picture. I look a lot older in the After picture.

I look better now because of all the work I've had done. Thanks for your compliment about how I look.
 

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As a former smoker I have those horrid lip lines and I'm determined to get rid of them this year. I started using a product called Renova which targets that area. I see a slight improvement after 3 weeks. You do look full of vitality.
If you get your lips filled, not only will they look younger, but the extra volume may make those lines disappear. Works for me.
 

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Hi Ruby!
I'm an "over 55" who refuses to cave to the ravages of time too! I've had a few procedures and peels over the years myself. My experience with fillers and Botox is that it does not look natural and it's easy to go too far with it and end up looking like a parody of oneself. I had Resty in my lips and will not repeat it - it left a weird looking ridge above my top lip.

Thinks that work for me:
-Retin-A Micro 0.04% every nite (I get mine from a Canadian mail order pharmacy so it's cheaper than USA).
-Vitamin C serum every morning (easy to make at home at a fraction of the cost of ready-made and it's fresher so more potent than anything you can buy. Gardenofwisdom.com).
-BabyQ LED device for getting rid of wrinkles and beefing up collagen (QuasarPro.com) I use it once a week.
-Avene Emulsion SPF50+ Contains Tinosorb, which stabilizes the UVA/UVB blockers. Must be removed with cleansing oil.
-Hyaluronic acid serum every morning. Ditto, homemade is cheaper and fresher. (gardenofwisdom.com)
-squalane as moisturizer. Available anywhere. Derived from olives.
-Facial exercise and massage- every day. You will not believe how much good this does! Google "Ageless If You Dare" for links. There are lots of different programs out there but this one is the most efficient, IMO.

Hope this gives you some ideas! No need to spend a fortune to stay beautiful. Save the $$ for vacations!!!



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