Here is what I’ve done consistently since my last post in my quest to make over my decollete:
- I have started applying Bio-Oil, twice daily
- I have started using Peter Thomas Roth’s Glycolic Acid Hydrating Gel (following the instructions on the bottle)
- I have started taking Alpha Lipoic Acid supplements
I first learned of the healing properties of Alpha Lipoic Acid craze during the Perricone frenzy that started several years ago. Nicholas Perricone is hottie dermie who came up with a phenomenal skin care line and published a whole series of books on improving your skin through diet and supplements. I have to say, when I followed it, my skin did improve quite a bit (although it did not cure my severe acne for which I decided to forego the natural crap and, instead, totally shoot down my liver by going on Accutane. If you have severe acne that nothing else will cure – do it. Just do it. Yes, it has a shitload of side effects, but if you’re acne is bad enough, you just dont freaking care).
Anyhoo, Mr. Hottie McHotterson Perricone sold me on Alpha Lipoic, and here is quick breakdown of what it does from the Cleveland Clinic website:
“You may have heard of alpha lipoic acid as “the miracle in a jar” for its anti-aging effects. It’s a newer, ultra-potent antioxidant that helps fight future skin damage and helps repair past damage. Alpha acid has been referred to as a “universal antioxidant” because it’s soluble in both water and oil, which permits its entrance to all parts of the cell. Due to this quality, it is believed that alpha-lipoic acid can provide the greatest protection against damaging free radicals when compared with other antioxidants. Alpha lipoic acid diminishes fine lines, gives skin a healthy glow, and boosts levels of other antioxidants, such as vitamin C.”
So I went to my favorite place for vitamins – Trader Joes. I didn’t ever pay much attention to their vitamins, until I read a tip from funny girl Mindy Kahling (Kelly Kapoor from the Office) that she takes their prenatal vitamins to help her hair grow. She got that tip from her makeup artist. By the way, if you have not read her book, “Is everyone hanging out without me? And other concerns“, it is a must! Hilarious!
Anyways, so I picked up the Alpha Lipoic Acid from Trader Joe’s for under $8 and am now taking it twice a day. Here is a shot below, along with my Peter Thomas Roth glycolic, and a cameo appearance of my Body Shop Eye Makeup Remover – with which I am obsessed. Both with the remover and the Body Shop. I’m a fangirl.