Stella's Obsessions: Embracing My Skin’s Mortality at 30-Something

Stella's Obsessions: Embracing My Skin’s Mortality at 30-Something

Give me what works. I want the best research, science and ingredients.

Give me what works. I want the best research, science and ingredients.

Text: Stella Pak

Where did the time go? It felt like yesterday, living in the Lower East Side in my 20’s throwing back cheap tequila chased down with a can of Tecate and a bitter wedge of lime. Somehow in an instant, I moved to the Upper East Side, running marathons, drinking wines, and have become selective with my “tequila nights”. My mortality didn’t hit me until a 22 year old asked me how old I am and I replied, “33. 34 in January.” Asking me how old I am wasn’t offensive. I’m proud of my age and the wisdom I’ve earned. It was offensive to stare at the look of horror and embarrassment on her face as she quickly tried to undo the damage with the standard, “If you told me 26, I would believe you.” All I could do at the moment was smile and think, “I hope this girl doesn’t wear SPF so she feels the looming anxiety of aging reflecting in the mirror every morning and night.” A floodgate of insecurities washed over me when I realized I used to throw around gratuitous compliments similar to that to older men and women in passing conversations. Take their age and subtract 5-7 years, depending on how much I like them.

Time and age is inevitable. I’m at the age where I need to consider Anti-Aging products and investigate how to prevent and maintain the current state of my skin while nudging the clock a few years back. I understand the phrase “Anti-Aging” is out of style and “…as a generation, we need to embrace…” blah, blah, blah. Forget the modern skincare rhetoric. Give me what works. Infuse my skin with the fountain of youth. I want the best science. I want the best ingredients. Just take my money.

La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Luxe Cream is an update to La Prairie Caviar, a skincare staple for the past 30 years on the market. La Prairie debuted the Caviar Extract back in 1987 infusing properties that nourish lift and firm and have since made iterations over the decades and have arrived with the latest, La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Premier formula. In its former version, the formula came in small caviar beads you’d have to squeeze through cheesecloth placed directly on your face. With Skin Caviar Luxe Cream, La Prairie cut out the ritual for a direct application. You have to consider why and how La Prairie’s Caviar formula has become a skincare icon over the decades. When choosing a brand for skincare, it’s best to consider the brands that can afford the resources to hire a team of research and developers along with a science lab that will deliver results.

I’ve been diligent with my skincare routine and use the Skin Caviar Luxe Cream after cleansing, toning, serum and apply in an upward motion. “Against gravity” – in case that phrase helps you remember. Begin with your face to your neck and don’t forget your décolletage – the entire frame of your headshot. The jar comes with a silver spoon, because that’s exactly how our skin deserves to be fed. I can’t help but wonder if I was offended by the comment of looking 26 because of my own insecurities on aging. Maybe my face does look 26. I have been using La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream for over a month now…

Credits: COVER IMAGE: JONI MITCHELL BY HEDI SLIMANE FOR V93

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