Age with Grace

The other day I saw a woman whom I haven’t seen in at least 13 years. We worked together when I was in my early 20’s. She said to me, “You’ve matured!”

Ummm, thank you?

I’m not sure if that was intended as a compliment or she was being a “mean girl” at age 60 with her Juvederm smooth face. Don’t get me wrong, I’d totally invest in Juvederm and frequent Botox treatments if I didn’t have to pay for, you know, life but the comment didn’t sit well with me. It made me start to really think about how people saw me. I don’t feel 43 but do I look it?

I will admit right now that I am having a hard time with the physical signs of aging. I don’t mind the wisdom age brings but the wrinkles and hyperpigmentation are not my favorite age related changes. Sharing the photos for this post was h.a.r.d. I wish I had avoided the sun in my 20’s instead of laying out every chance I got. I wish I had worn SPF daily, like I do now. I wish I had known then what I know now but I didn’t (or maybe I chose to ignore it, stubbornly thinking that I would never get old).

To all you young adults under the age of 30, let this be a lesson to you.

Know that all the sun you are enjoying now WILL catch up to you when you are 40+.

While I can not go back and relive those years, I am doing my very best to prevent further damage by wearing SPF daily and limiting my time in the sun. I am even working on reversing some of the damage with Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair products. The (not so) secret ingredient is retinol. Retinol, an effective anti-aging ingredient, is a pure form of Vitamin A that is naturally found in your skin. As we age, our skin renews itself less frequently so retinol products, like Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair products, step in to give our skin the boost it needs. (read more about retinol on


Neutrogena sent me the full set of products and challenged me to the 7-Day Retinol Road Test. The challenge is to use the products for 7 days and photograph my face each night after washing and applying the products. I thought, “Sure I am up for the challenge” but as I said on Facebook recently, I wondered after the first round of pictures why I had agreed.

My self-esteem took a hit.

I see you fine lines and sun spots! I prefer at least the coverage of a tinted moisturizer when having my picture taken and displayed to the world. I know I am my own worst critic but exposing a makeup-free face is out of my comfort zone!

I didn’t know how much change to expect but I can definitely see a difference between day one and seven and THAT is reason enough to share with you.

Progress is good. Progress in as little as 7 days is great!

Day 1 Neutrogena Rapid Repair

Day 1: skin looks dull, tired and weathered.

Day 2 Neutrogena Rapid Repair

Day 2: Redness from the product but the skin already looks more alive!

Day 3 Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair

Day 3: Less redness and texture feels smoother

Day 4 Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair

Day 4: some light peeling in a few spots

Day 5 Neutrogena Rapid Repair

Day 5: Skin looks calm and fresh. It feels soft and smooth.

Day 6 Neutrogena Rapid Repair

Day 6: More light peeling in different areas than Day 4

Day 7 Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair

Day 7: Skin glows and looks fresh. No peeling

Before and After Neutrogena Rapid Repair

The change is most noticeable when you compare Day 1 and Day 7 side-by-side.

I love that an affordable skin care system can achieve improved results daily. My biggest fault is lack of consistency in anything from blogging to exercise to beauty regimes but doing this challenge with Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair products proved to me that consistency does make a difference!

I may be maturing but with maturity comes wisdom. My wisdom tells me retinol is an excellent way to fight aging! According to the Neutrogena website, dermatologists usually recommend starting your anti-aging regimen in your early 30s or at the first signs of aging. Early use of Retinol products can help combat the look of fine lines. Even if you are not as “mature” as I am, do consider good skin care products to combat those unwanted lines! Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair system is an excellent place to start!

Who is up for the 7-Day Retinol Road Test?

Take pictures, like I did*, because you won’t think there are any changes until you compare the pictures. Share them with me on Facebook if you want but at the very least, do it for yourself! Use hashtag #RapidResults

These are the products you need:
Rapid Wrinkle Repair® Eye Cream (use twice daily)
Rapid Wrinkle Repair® Serum (use twice daily)
Rapid Wrinkle Repair® Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (use in morning- the SPF is very important!)
Rapid Wrinkle Repair® Night Moisturizer (use at night)

All products are available at mass retailers or on For a limited time, you can buy 1 and get one 50% on orders over $25 on Use promo code BOGO50. Valid through 12/31/14.

Learn more about the products and how they give noticeable results in 1 week on

The system also makes a GREAT Christmas gift! Help her start 2015 with brighter skin tone and reduced appearance of wrinkles!

Get Connected:, hashtag #RapidResults

*Note: I took all the pictures with one studio light and my smart phone with flash.  When you take your pictures, be consistent with your lighting.

Enter to Win on A Mom in Red High Heels

Neutrogena wants to give away a year supply* of Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream to one lucky winner! Yay!

Entering is easy:

Share why you want to see #RapidResults in the comments below!

Winner will be notified via email and has 48 hours to respond with U.S. shipping address or another winner will be selected.

U.S. residents only, please

Deadline to enter:

December 30, 2014

Good luck!
*Prize consists of 6 Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream provided in one shipment.

Love, Tammy


Tammy Gibson, A Mom in Red High Heels

TAMMY GIBSON, founder of A Mom in Red High Heels, is a Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger | Red Heel Lover | Personal Development Enthusiast. Her personal motto is to live life with style and confidenceBecome a VIP to stay in touch with Tammy and stay up-to-date on the latest beauty and style advice on A Mom in Red High Heels!


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  1. Andrea Darst

    I want to see #RapidResults because I just turned 33 and I’m starting to notice small lines…I need to take better care of my skin!

  2. I want to see #RapidResults because now that I’m over 30 the fine lines around my eyes are getting more and more obvious.

  3. Sharon Cullen

    I’m always interested in new eye creams. The area around my eyes are my most troublesome. I’d love to see #RapidResults

  4. Artemis Deravanesian

    Winter really takes a toll on my skin and since I’m so busy with the holidays/shopping and thinking about others, I forget to think about myself and take care of it, especially since I feel like I’ve been getting cold after cold, and when you’re sick you don’t feel like taking care of your face. I need to see #RapidResults now!

  5. Christine

    I’d love to win the Neutrogena,#RapidResults giveaway because at age 45 I’m getting a little worried when people think my MUCH older sisters are only a few years older then I am and not the 13 & 15 year age differences. Don’t know if they are being “nice” to my sisters or “mean” to me…but we really need to set the record straight.

  6. christine j

    I would love #RapidResults with Neutrogena. In the last few years I have noticed my age catching up with me. With 4 kids it would be nice to refresh myself for the upcoming year. This would be an amazing gift for myself.

  7. Great review! You can clearly see the difference in the before and after pictures. Aging is a tough thing to face, but what matters most is that you have confidence and feel good about yourself. Wishing you the best as you continue with these products!

  8. Congrats Sharon Cullen! You are the winner! Please watch your inbox for an email and respond within 48 hours to claim your prize. 🙂

    Thank you to all of you who participated! Sign-up for the VIP newsletter as I am doing an exclusive giveaway event for VIP next week!