My 25th birthday is a month away, and it’s kind of bittersweet. Of course, the concept of physically aging is rather daunting, but also the idea of not attaining certain goals that I should have by the age of 25. I think very little is spoken for the 20 somethings to 30 somethings. It’s kind of the point in our life where we sort of should have it all together, but I think it could be a time where most of us can have moments where we feel confused, underachieved, and that little wrinkle that suddenly appeared doesn’t make it any easier.
I think there is a lot of pressure to have met certain standards and goals at a certain age, most of which aren’t even our own. For instance, the pressure of having children, a high-powered position at a reputable company, a certain income, probably the perfect body, and that’s just naming a few of the hundreds of added unnecessary stresses that we put on ourselves or allow other’s to.
Our coping mechanisms are limited because we’re meant to be at our toughest, even though I personally feel that I am more vulnerable than I have ever been. Social Media doesn’t help either, where it’s easy to compare your life to someone of a similar age or (gasp) younger that seems to have it more together than you do.
I’m not here to tell you that it’s going to be okay, but I am going to tell you that we’re in it together.
One of my best ways to remember to shut out any negative thoughts on aging and how much I’ve achieved is to focus on and celebrate what I’ve achieved, whether it’s a little thing like being able to cook a meal or something bigger like an amazing brand opportunity.
If you’re wondering why I’m babbling on about being 25 rather than giving a review on the La Prairie Line Inception Power Duo, it’s because, for me, it represents the concept of aging so much more than just as an anti-aging cream.
La Prairie is the creme de la creme of beauty products, and for me to have one of these sitting atop my beauty counter is probably one of my biggest achievements. My first encounter with La Prairie was back when I was around 16, and I remember distinctly telling myself that when I am older, I want to be successful enough to be able to use the best of the best on my skin. It probably sounds so superficial, to have a goal that is, quite literally, skin deep. But it was more than that; the idea of putting your mind to something and having it manifest 9 years later is kind of a big deal for me. The fact that I get to work with the brand and not just buy it is an even bigger deal.
I understand that La Prairie is not for everyone. It’s an ultimate luxury brand, and I’ll only be posting luxury brands sporadically instead of converting my entire blog to high-end. It will kind of reflect who I am now as a person; I’m at a point in my life where I c
an invest in high-end every now and then, whilst my everyday style or products remain more high street/drug store.
The latest product in the La Prairie brand is the Line Inception Power Duo. It’s a bottle with both a night and day cream that targets and prevents wrinkles in 14 days and 14 nights. You can physically feel the difference between the two moisturizers, where the evening cream is a lot denser. An added benefit is that the day cream contains SPF30, which means one less product to use during your beauty routine (although I would recommend at least SPF50 if you’re going to be outdoors).
I was diligent enough to use the product for 14 days and 14 nights. I can’t say I can see a noticeable difference in terms of wrinkles because at my age it’s more about prevention rather than cure. I can say, however, that it made my skin feel very hydrated without feeling overly rich. I often find anti-aging products in general very heavy on my skin, especially the evening products which stops me from using them as I don’t want my skin to break out. This was a dense cream, but not heavy. It didn’t sit on top of my skin but rather absorbed almost instantaneously.
After I did the full 14-day 14-night process, I decided to cut it down to just once a week. I still want the benefits of the age prevention, but I don’t think I need to use it as diligently as I would if I was older. It’s also an expensive product that is meant to last around 3 months, however, I received it in November and I still have at least half the bottle left.
It’s definitely a product worth investing in if you’re keen on reducing lines or preventing them from happening in the first place. It is available at selected Edgars stores and retails at around R5999. At a recent skincare conference I attended, one of the dermatologists said that if you have to invest in only one product out of the classic cleanser-toner-moisturizer combo, the one that will make the biggest difference to your skin is the moisturizer.