What is it about the mirrors in hairdressing salons? They used to make me look good; however, lately, they have been making me look old and tired. Or maybe it is the special lighting in the salon. Whatever it is, I went to the hairdresser yesterday to get my twice a year hair colouring done to remove the gray bits and give the illusion that I am a few years younger than my age. While I was sitting there waiting for the freshly applied hair colouring to be absorbed into my hair, I looked in the mirror and saw my mother looking back at me. What a rude awakening it was for me. When did I grow old? How can I have all these blotches on my face when I still feel like I felt in my 20’s when people used to compliment me for my smooth and unblemished complexion? I had to swivel my chair to face the side, as I couldn’t bear to look at my face in the mirror. These blotches on my face are a combination of age spots and redness caused by ageing, and sun spots and freckles caused by years of sun exposure. Thankfully, my hair looked like it did in my 20’s by the time I left the hairdresser, but I was still stuck with the blemished face. 

In my younger days, I used to think that people who had cosmetic surgery to look younger were vain. Now that I am older with young children, my view of cosmetic surgery has changed somewhat. Maybe it’s okay if it is not too intrusive and if it makes me look more like the child’s mother rather than grandmother. Thankfully, there is no need to go under the knife to look younger these days. There is a non-intrusive treatment called IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) or photofacial that uses a precision light generator instead of laser to clear these redness and brown spots on my face. IPL in Gold Coast can also be used to treat rosacea (red pustular lesions on the nose, cheeks and forehead caused by acne) and skin discolourations in the other parts of my body. This skin care procedure can be done with minimal discomfort and downtime. My skin tone will start to look even and radiant after three to six treatments of IPL. Because it is non-intrusive, the surface of my skin will be left unharmed by this IPL treatment.

I may not be able to buy back the years already spent, but I can at least minimize the skin discolourations on my face to make me look younger than my actual age. After that, all I have to do is to work on my muffin tops and I will be back to my spring chicken 20-something-year-old body again; but that is a story for another time.

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When You See Your Mother In The Mirror