When I say I’m not getting any younger, I’m not just stating a fact… I’ve drawn up the conclusion based on the factors presented before me. I don’t just think I’m getting older, I’m actually seeing it happen. Now, I know I’ve been talking about how wonderful it is to get older–and that I celebrate the wisdom and the knowledge that comes with aging; I still stand by basking in the now and tackling the irreversible cards being dealt by fate, but for now, allow me to just spend a few moments longing for my youth. I’m only human, after all. Yes, to an extent, age is what you make it up to be because “age is just a number”–as some people put–but I can very much assure you that it feels staggeringly different. I am not the same person that I was 10 years ago–and not just in an emotional or mental sense.
Here are 5 Tell-Tale overt signs that I am NOT getting younger (and maybe, you’ll see some similarities):
- Decreased metabolism – I don’t mean to sound like a scientific know-it-all but I swear, this is 100% true. Ever since I became too invested with work, my gym patterns have been irregular (try: close to zero)… and with no activity comes weight gain. Granted, I haven’t really tried out hardcore dieting yet because I don’t think I’ve gained weight drastically but I’ve come to realize that though I may have lived off my teen years eating fast food on a frequent basis while still maintaining my somewhat svelte form, nowadays, it’s quite a different story. I’ve been noticing this change for quite sometime already and I don’t know if it’s a psychological thing but I feel like it’s much harder to shed weight at 26 than it was at 16 (where I’ve managed to lose 10 lbs in 2 weeks’ time).
- Low alcohol tolerance (or LowTol as my hip 21-year-old officemate calls it) – I’ve never been much of a drinker, honestly but if someone challenged me into a drinking game 5 years ago, I would have won hands down (after 12 rounds of Absolut Vodka) and come home fine with maybe a minor hangover the day after. Nowadays, I can only withstand a bottle of champagne whilst feeling slightly typsy but not more than 2 shots of liquid courage or 3 bottles of beer. Thankfully, with age comes wisdom and I’ve learned to drink hydrite with cranberry juice (trade-secrets) after a minor drinking session with friends.
- Constantly exhausted – Perhaps it’s the function of the industry culture I’m in where the workload is quite heavy, but let’s just say that if I were working overtime for 5 days straight back when I was 20, I’d still manage to wake up at 8 am chipper and ready to take on the world and its challenges. In fact, I’ve pulled all-nighters back in college and have managed to stay upright and sharp the next day. Nowadays, it’s a different story–I can’t really spend several consecutive nights exhausting my brain cells without waking up the next day cranky and in need of caffeine. In fact, I was never much of a coffee drinker as well, but I need my cup of coffee every morning to get my eyelids to function.
- Muscle Soreness: doubletime – I used to run track–I could run 5 kilometers, drop dead from exhaustion for 2 hours, and then get back to my usual everyday errands and activities. Today, if you’ll ask me for a 3-hour shopping trip, chances are, after an hour in, wearing flats, I’d be begging you to take a breather and sit down on some bench (thirty minutes if I were in heels). That was not always the case, mind you. I’m just getting really old.
- Sunspots, wrinkles, freckles, dry skin – I know it seems physically impossible to obtain wrinkles and other skin discolorations overnight but I swear, a couple of months ago, I woke up and saw a glaring freckle on my upper lip. Out of nowhere, seriously! It’s not at all noticeable in my photos but it is, in person. I’ve learned to embrace this beauty mark of mine but I honestly wouldn’t know how to deal if the rest of my face would start growing random freckles and sunspots left and right. I’m blaming my Caucasian genes for this.
Thankfully though, there is a quick and very effective solution for my aging skin and I came across it during my visit at the Aesthetic Institute of the Philippines (AIP). Unlike most beauty centers, AIP doesn’t really make that much of an effort to commercialize itself–it’s a beautiful modern Zen structure located a stone’s throw away from Greenhills Promenade (by Casino Filipino) and it boasts of top-notch services and treatments (with a list of confidential, high profile clients that trust their brand). I guess you can say AIP prides in having their masterpieces speak for themselves–myself included. Quite frankly, I’m very picky with aesthetic centers I visit because I feel like, you can’t just experiment randomly with cheap and affordable services when it’s your face or your body part that you have to subject to the vanity torture–it’s not a product you can just wipe off or throw, a treatment involves machineries and if there’s a glitch or a misgiving then you can count on things getting awry and I can’t have that ever. Thankfully, AIP has registered nurses and licensed doctors administering every service down to facials and that in itself, assures me that the brand invests on not just their patients’ comfort but also their security.
The first thing they introduced me to, was their Revlite Laser treatment at 5,000 per session (with discount if you get a package) and I was immediately sold. It’s basically a “Laser Skin Rejuvenation” treatment helmed as the “ultimate anti-aging tool.” It’s a new-age and innovative laser therapy that targets collagen fibers, hair, and/or (most importantly) pigment. It removes sunspots, wrinkles. any form of discoloration from any body part; it can also be used as a hair removal tool, and can take care of tattoo removal. Of course, it takes multiple sessions to remove stubborn discoloration and maintenance sessions to ensure that sunspots/freckles don’t come back.
For my first visit, they made me fill out an extensive form that tackled my allergies and possible sensitivities. I opted to try it out for my underarms first–with the promise of removing razor burns and chicken skin. I figured, as much as I wanted to have my facial sunspots removed, I wanted to try it out in an area where I can minimize possible damage. I was then led to a clean and spacious room by one of their accommodating resident nurses; they took time to clean the area, and informed me that they wouldn’t use gloves as I had a latex allergy.
When the Doctor arrived, she took a look at my armpit and laughed. She said, “I don’t see anything wrong with your armpits.” Well, it was really just for testing but she did tell me that the fine hairs I had from my years-ago IPL sessions would become virtually invisible. I was honestly very excited. They made me put on goggles (similar to the ones in tanning salons) and with very minimal pain (like rubber bands flicking on my skin), I was able to go through the procedure in each underarm for 5 minutes each. With no downtime, the Doctor’s only advice was for me not to use deodorant for 3 straight days with no excessive sweating for 24 hours… and then I was good to go!
Of course, I don’t really have much before and after photos because the changes weren’t drastic but 3 days after, I checked the fine hair on my underarms and I swear, it is snow white and very brittle. I’m definitely excited to try it out on my face to minimize the miniature sunspots and continue my underarms session to make sure that the color is even and it’s as smooth as a baby’s bottom. For those of you asking me constantly what my tips are for keeping my armpits the way it is–apart from my constant cleanse and moisturize regimen, I am adding Revlite to my list. It works wonders! In fact, head over to youtube and google Revlite–it will show you just how effective it is at removing pigments, in fact, check out their tattoo removals and be amazed yourself.
Anyhow, here’s a photo set of myself celebrating the onslaught of age. Yes, it can be cumbersome, dealing with physical changes on top of the emotional and mental ones but in the end, there are ways and small sacrifices to take to address them. It’s just finding the right solution.