BPGP: African Red Tea Kit, Part I
Jan 26, 2012
It started with three grey hairs. Then, there were six. All on the front of my head, in a strip, like the start of a widow’s peak. I’m informed that my Grandma went grey in her mid-30s. Information that would have been helpful to have sooner.
My skin is losing elasticity. Scratches seem to last forever. Everything scars. My slightly greying bangs can barely cover the three deepening wrinkles in my forehead. I really wasn’t expecting the “aging process” to be so visible, so soon. I’m not even 30, yet.
I hoped that I would be able to go a few more years before eye creams, serums, scrubs and tonics became the cornerstone of my beauty purchases. But alas, these are the breaks. When you’re 20, it’s easy to say that you want to grow old gracefully. When you spot your first wrinkle before your 30th birthday, it’s easier to understand how Madeleine Stowe ended up with a forehead pulled tighter than a drum.
Several years ago, my Mother bought the African Red Tea Kit from Ole Henriksen, and it had a noticeable impact on her skin. I had seen her when she bought it in April, and then again, in July, the improvement was unreal to me. So now that the aging battle has officially begun for this 29-year-old, I’ve decided to arm myself with something that I’ve seen work.
I have long used Ole Henriksen’s products, because they don’t irritate and are free of harsh chemicals. The Red Tea kit is packed full of antioxidants to fight free radicals. The moisturizer is light, non greasy and smells divine. The soap cleans without stripping, and the mask really helps with redness.
I’ve only been using the kit for a week, so expect another review 4-6 weeks from now, but I’ve already notices some minor improvements. Since it’s winter, I have been globbing on moisturizer like it’s my job. But after a few days of using the kit, I’m using much less. And while I haven’t seen any improvement in texture (yet), I have seen a boost in radiance. So I hope this is the start of a beautiful friendship.
Since this is a kit, I’ve abandoned many of my other products. Maybe temporarily, maybe permanently. But I am still using the iS Clinical Serum before bed.
I’ll keep you up to date on whether this set is a keeper. I’m just blown away by how much the aging process has accelerated in just the last six months. It’s been a real wake up call that if I’m going to make caring for my skin the pillar of my beauty routine, now is the time.
Clearly, I also need to be doing better on my nutrition, since good skin is as much about what you put in your body as what you put on it. So I’m going to buy a juicer on pay day. I already take a multivitamin, but I think that on this front, every little bit helps.
If any of my post-30 readers have skincare tips, I’d love to hear them. And if any of you own juicers that you like, I’d love to know the brands.