Here it is: aging skin. I am 60 years old and this is my forehead. See wrinkles, “sun spots,” and a scar cutting through my eyebrow.

This is my “before” picture, because I received today a box full of anti-aging products from Cosmedica.

I am a three-step gal — cleanser, toner, and moisturizer — and if I’m honest I am not sure how often I actually do that. Definitely not every day. Maybe not three times a week.

I am turning over a new leaf. I did some research to find out how to use these fancy things correctly. This is the correct order I discovered:

  1. cleanser
  2. toner
  3. serum
  4. eye cream
  5. spot treatment
  6. moisturizer
  7. sunscreen

I will use them in this order, at the recommended frequency, plus the weekly mask. Then I’ll report here on my results and take a picture one month from now to compare.

I actually took a couple more pictures, showing my dark undereye circles and wrinkles by my mouth. If there is any improvement, I’ll show you those.  If not, I don’t want to scare you.

Usually before and after pictures are all about smiles and lighting. I will not do that. Really, I’d like to use laboratory measurements. It has always seemed to me that cosmetics’ effects could be accurately measured, but their data tends to be more like “48% of women said their skin was more radiant after three weeks’ use.” I don’t know what kind of measurements I could take and I don’t have tools to measure the hydration of my skin or the thickness of it or its ability to reflect light or whatever.

Here are things I’m wondering about:

  • How much time will this take? If I need to use six or seven products twice a day, I am surely looking at an extra hour out of my day. Maybe that can replace cookie eating time… but I don’t spend an hour eating cookies, so I’ll have to find the rest of that time somewhere.
  • These things are very economically priced. That’s a positive if they work well. But why are they so inexpensive? Does that mean they have less of the special ingredients, or just that they spend less on marketing?
  • Should I use them with my current cleanser and toner, since those steps are not included in their generous gift?

Cosmedica has a nice mission statement, they have a good website, and they claim that their products are made and sourced in the U.S. They have an FDA approved lab and a team of chemists.

I’ll keep you posted.