They say that when you hit 30 and your body starts going downhill. Your health will start showing subtle signs of ageing and taking care of yourself will mean finding a balance between stress and healthy living habits. I’ve never quite thought about that when I was in my 20’s and used to probably scoff at that, thinking that my body will probably have some super powers to maintain and keep my youth forever. Now that I’m in my 30’s, I take those thoughts and words all back. I’m sad to say that my memory is not as good as before – I’ve never used to need to make lists or write down scheduled appointments. On occasions that I don’t enter appointments into my calendar, I receive texts that read, ‘I’m here. Where are you?’ and completely panic simply because, I forgot. That of course will set me off like a crazy lunatic rushing to get ready in all of 5 minutes. I usually take at least 30 minutes and I’ll be out of the house looking like a crazed wreck, waving my hands crazily in my desperation to try and hail a cab to rush to my appointment. Trust me, it’s not a pretty sight.
I’ve read that as we get older, the number of nerve cells in the brain decreases. We start with around 100 billion, but in our 20s this number starts to decline. By 40, we could be losing up to 10,000 per day, affecting memory, co-ordination and brain function. Right. I’m not looking forward to that at all!
So, besides the age taking a toll on my brain and memory retention abilities, the next most obvious change that I’ve noticed on myself is my skin. Having suffered from sensitive and blemish prone skin for most of my life, I’ve always been religious with skincare and taking care of my skin. Complicated skincare routines and slapping on masks a few times a week on my face are routines etched into my daily life. Despite my being so disciplined, I’ve noticed that my skin, especially those around my eyes have become less taut. A deep line has formed above my eye socket making it look like I’ve got deep-set eyes – pretty on some days, but I think I just look older on most days. My cheeks are not set as high as they used to be – I used to get compliments on how pretty and high my cheekbones were. Yep, as you’d expect, those compliments are now a distant memory and I don’t hear them anymore. The most worrying of all besides the cheeks not sitting as high, is my skin being less taut and giving way to gravity. I try and fight it as hard as I can, but I see a hint of double-chin (gasp!!) and saggy cheeks that hang off my face and goes beyond my face bone structure (god forbid!!). Wrinkles of course, are having a heyday on my face. The most obvious merry makers are the wrinkles and crow’s feet around my eyes and boy, do they show up when I laugh or smile. The crows feet at the end of the eyes used to be called cute smile/laugh lines. Now, they’re just called crow’s feet.
Research shows that your skin starts to age naturally in your mid-20’s. As get get older, production of collagen – the protein that acts as scaffolding to the skin – slows, and elastin, the substance that enables skin to snap back into place, has less spring and can even break. Dead skin cells don’t shed as quickly and turnover of new skin cells may decrease slightly. This causes fine wrinkles and thin, transparent skin.
Hooray! Cheers to being 3-0! Haha. Alright, don’t get me wrong. I am enjoying my time being 30-something (figured I’d better have the time of my life before I hit 4-0 and more goes downhill). Being a petite Asian, I’m also lucky to possibly have the signs of ageing show up less. People still tell me that I don’t look my age – thank you!!. But you know that we are always our worst and harshest critics. We prod and examine ourselves under the microscope and set alarm bells ringing at every small change. I sink into a mild depression every time I spot a new wrinkle. Okay, kidding.
The good thing is that there is so much help available in the market now for you to preserve your youth and defy the ageing process. I was recently introduced to GNC’s LAC Taut® 16-day Transformation Kit (Retail price: $188 / total worth $249.40). The kit contains:
– 16 x 50ml of LAC Taut® Collagen Drink plus Placenta
– 5 x LAC Taut® Collagen Infusion Mask
About LAC Taut® Collagen Drink plus Placenta
Each bottle of this collagen drink contains 13,000mg of premium collagen from red snapper and other age-defying nutrients. The collagen strengthens your skin and improves skin’s elasticity for youthful, clear skin. It visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and sagging skin is lifted and tightened. The placenta helps rejuvenate ageing tissues and enhances the skin renewal process. The drink also contains DNA, Hyaluronic Acid, CoQ10, Ceramide and Vitamin C and E for enhanced skin hydration, elasticity and luminosity.
About LAC Taut® Collagen Infusion Mask
This facial mask is infused with concentrated premium collagen-enriched essence to firm hydrate and brighten your complexion in 7-10 minutes. This intensive mask smoothens deep and fine lines, infuses skin with moisture and lightens stubborn skin discolouration and dull skin. It also contains antioxidant ingredients to target dark spots and wrinkles caused by ageing and environmental pollution.
Direction for the transformation kit:
Drink a bottle of LAC Taut® Collagen Drink daily, preferably before bedtime for 16 days. Use at least five pieces of LAC Taut® mask during these 16 days for a powerful synergistic effect.
After 16 days, take 1 bottle of LAC Taut® Collagen Drink, preferably before bedtime, at least 3-4 times a week as a health supplement and for maintenance. Use the LAC Taut® Collagen Mask at least 2-3 times a week for best results.
Strengthen skin, improve skin’s elasticity, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, tighten and lift sagging skin, rejuvenate ageing tissues and enhance skin renewal process?! Imagine my glee when I read up and found out more about the kit.
I couldn’t wait to start. I religiously followed the instructions and drank the collagen drink for 16 days in a row and used the facial mask for about 15minutes each time every 2-3 days.
This is my before/after documentation.
I tried to keep lighting conditions and angles as close as possible for the before and after shots with no makeup and filtering of course. The most drastic difference that surprised me after 16 days of the LAC Taut® 16-day Transformation Kit was that my face looked sharper and it was more V-shaped. Notice in the before picture that there is some flesh hanging off my cheeks (especially on the right side of my face / left side of the image)? It’s gone in the after picture! Even my friends around me commented that my face looked sharper and asked if I’ve lost weight. Trust me, I haven’t lost any weight.
Other differences I noticed were my face looking generally brighter, the darkness below my eyes lightened some and my skin generally looked more even-toned overall. I’ve also got combination skin where the skin on my cheeks tend to get dryer than the rest of my face. Guess what? I’ve had less of this dry skin issue now that I’ve completed the 16 day transformation. My eyes may be playing tricks on me, but doesn’t my skin look ‘tighter’ in the after picture too? I’ve definitely noticed that I look less tired and my skin less dull without makeup. I’ve even felt confident enough to step out of the house without makeup on a few occasions. Haha. Check out the close-ups on my eye area below. I’ve been most worried about the fine lines below and around my eyes.
Close-up of my eye Before picture:
Close-up of my eye After picture:
The most obvious difference I noticed as you can see from the both pictures is that the fine lines below my eyes were lesser and less obvious than before I started the 16-day transformation with LAC Taut® 16-day Transformation Kit! I’ve also always had this strange streak of dark patch below my eyes (as seen in the before picture) that I’ve always had to conceal and the dark patch lightened significantly after 16 days.
Wow. I was definitely amazed by the results after just 16 days. I’m so excited to continue with the drinks and masks. I’m cutting the regularity to 3-4 times a week for the drink now for maintenance and fingers crossed, even more results. If you are looking to achieve brighter, more hydrated skin and to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation, I’d definitely recommend this LAC Taut® 16-day Transformation Kit. Start today and you’ll still be in time for Christmas! 🙂
Even more exciting news for my readers:
Share your experience from the LAC Taut® 16-day Transformation Kit in a video with LAC Taut® on their Facebook (www.facebook.com/LACTaut) and you may stand a chance to win a year’s supply! Go to LAC.com.sg/TryTaut for more details of this contest and watch videos of real Taut users. Terms and conditions apply! Good luck! I am sooooo tempted to join the giveaway too.