After one of my recent very cold weather workouts, I pulled the buff down under my chin to expose my face. I looked at myself, puzzled.
Wow. I looked... old!
Look at these lines under my eyes... and crow's feet?!?
|Yay wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and lots of little lines that have started to show up.|
I don't want to grow up.
I thought about the image I saw for a good week, then approached Nathan:
"I never EVER thought I'd say this, but I think I need to start investing in my skin a little more."
He responded with some sort of "old woman" wise crack. Awesome.
I wondered where to go. Should I ask for product advice via Facebook? Do some research online? I decided to head online first and became intrigued by reviews of Rodan + Fields. I reached out to Lauri (Huettl) Smith, a high school friend & XC running teammate who now sells Rodan + Fields products.
|Lauri. Pretty much gorgeous.|
AND - seriously, perfect skin?!?
-Developed in 2002 by Stanford-University trained dermatologists Katie Rodan, M.D. and Kathy Fields, M.D., the same doctors who created Proactiv.
-They are the #4 premium skin care line brand in the US behind Estee Lauder, Clinique, and Lancome. Rodan + Fields has been growing at 100% the last few years (fastest growing line the last 6 years), though, so is poised to overtake "The Big 3" soon.
-The company's marketing budget: $0. Because they don't have to. In 2014 alone they had 112 million unpaid media impressions. Not too shabby.
Lauri and I talked for over an hour one day. No joke. She took that much time for me! She is now determined to help others through R+F. She explained:
|Reverse Line - lots of bottles/steps!|
Part of the regime is a 50 SPF sunscreen that I'll apply before every run. I've only periodically used a sunscreen, and know I should use it all the time. I just find it thick and slimy, and having it run into my eyes isn't that much fun. Deena Kastor would be ashamed of me (article about her battle with skin cancer here). Do you wear sunscreen before your runs?
I digress. I'm really excited to give it a go! Is that odd? I'm giddy excited to test facial products? Where is the real Nichole & what have you done with her? For the next 60 days I'll take a picture every week, showing my progress every so often.
|This arrived yesterday. VERY excited to start!|
Have you used any skin products that have worked well? If so, what ones, how, why, etc?
Have you tried Rodan + Fields before? Did it work for you?
Do you wear sunscreen before your runs? Or have SPF in your daily moisturizer & that's enough?