Skin Deep

“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin.

That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.”

~Gwyneth Paltrow

For the first time in as long as I can remember, at the age of 49, I am feeling comfortable in my own skin. And I’m not talking about the way I look. I am talking about how my skin FEELS, all over my body.

I did not even know how UNcomfortable I had been until I had the opportunity to try Nerium-AD Night Cream. After three days of applying it to my damp clean face prior to bedtime, I woke one morning to incredibly soft, smooth skin. As I washed my face, I was somewhat shocked to realize that my skin didn’t HURT. I didn’t even know that I had been tolerating dry, tight, taut, perpetually uncomfortable skin until that feeling was gone!

Who knew skin could even feel like this? Not I, said the Robin.

Frankly, I stumbled upon this product completely by accident. I was at an event celebrating International Day of Happiness! I’d been invited to lead Laughter Yoga. I was thinking about connecting with people, giving them permission to laugh and tap into gratitude and joy.

My skin was the furthest thing from my mind. I met a woman there and asked her where she had gotten her fun purple t-shirt that said “Live HAPPY” in bright orange letters. She told me she had gotten it through her company, whose founder had initiated the concept of the “International Day of Happiness” and also had a magazine called “Live Happy.” We talked quite awhile about our families and work while blowing bubbles, playing with sidewalk chalk and joining forces to share smiles with people as they passed by. Later, she contacted me and we met for tea.

When we met, we chatted like old friends, even though we were just getting to know one another. I was inspired by how much good, positive energy she had about her work and her company. So many people suffer, struggle and talk negatively about their work, it was refreshing to feel her genuine excitement, even though I admit I was confused as far as knowing what she actually DID. It turns out the company she works for is the fastest-growing direct marketing company in history and their flagship product is Nerium-AD Night Cream.

This took me by surprise – what the heck? What is the connection between Happiness and a beauty product? It didn’t seem to fit. She explained to me the scientific evolution of the product and how the researchers and companies who developed it were very deliberate in determining how to market it.  They wanted their marketing strategy to be unique and authentic – more about furthering the overall mission to “improve the quality of life for people” than to simply sell skin-care.

Ok. That’s nice. (Whatever).

And then she offered to let me take the bottle home for 5 nights and try it out.

Sure, why not?

She took super-close-up photos of my face (not my favorite part, for sure) and gave me instructions for how to use it.

Now – back to my sad skin saga. I doubt anyone other than me would think that my skin was a source of angst for me, but it honestly has been. As a girl, I had horrid patches of eczema. My mother would duct tape tube socks to my hands and arms at night so that I wouldn’t scratch until I bled. I remember hiding my hands in pockets or extra long sleeves because I was so ashamed of my crackly, dry, patchy, rough, ancient looking skin. I would bathe and shower the least possible because dermatologists told me – and I felt –  when I got out, my skin felt achey, raw and no amount of thick, creamy moisturizer ever seemed to sink in beneath the surface.

I  gave up on medical dermatological treatments long ago, and, while I have tried all-natural home-remedies + high-end, so-called miracle cleansers and creams, nothing ever worked any better than simple fare  easily found at any Walgreens. I had definitely learned to cover up, surface-treat and tolerate my scaly, spotty, often alligator-esque skin.

I didn’t talk about it. I didn’t really think about it. It was what it was – and I have Laughing, Dreaming, Writing, Creating, Coaching, Collaborating to do, right?

But then I tried Nerium! Three days in, I FELT the difference physically – Whoa. When something that has always been hurting no longer hurts, there is a mega-wondrous, completely unexpected sense of relief. Now, when I touch the skin on my cheek, it is soft, supple — as I say now, “it feels like ‘butt-ah,” referring to both “butter” and a soft baby butt). Quite the radical transformation when you’re accustomed to something closer to sandpaper.

And it just keeps improving. My skin feels soft and supple. People remark that I have a “glow.” I have noticed definite improvement in blemishes, pore size, and signs of aging. And, yes, there is something quite satisfying and confidence-boosting about looking in the mirror with what I perceive to be “better” skin reflected back at me. Again, I didn’t really realize that I was feeling some anxiety about how my skin was going to age – would I be an alligator-y old hag?

I like to think of myself as “deep” – someone with substance; introspective, insightful and focused on what is real and true, beneath the surface of things – so, I must admit, the depth to which the shift in my surface derma has effected me takes me a bit off-guard. “Beauty is skin deep,” and all that.

What I do know is that when you feel better, you feel better.

And better is…. better.

And it all started with a quest to increase “HAPPY”! :-)

Nerium-AD is incredibly simple and straightforward to use, it smells nice, feels good and has provided amazing unexpected positive results for me and millions of others. I have to let people know! If you want to know more, be in touch with me. I can gush and set you up, easy, breezy — beautiful! 😉

http://robinok.nerium.com

My profile Before and After – 2 weeks.

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