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Perricone MD and Me

Hi friends!!

Let’s start this blog post by going back 7 months to September 2018.  My 62nd birthday.  Pictured here and shared on Instagram back then.  That post took on a life of its own and had more likes… many many more, than any other post I had ever posted.  Along with that came hundreds of comments, many asking what am I doing to look youthful and certainly not 62 years in age!  Also, I arrived on the radar of several companies offering for me to try their products.  And one such company is the Perricone MD company.

About Perricone MD

For over two decades, Perricone MD has been based around a holistic, three-tiered anti-inflammatory skincare and wellness system.  This consists of diet, essential dietary supplements and potent topical skincare solutions backed by some of the most powerful ingredients on the planet.  Perricone MD ws created by Dr. Nicholas Perricone,f whose New Your Times best-seller The Wrinkle Cure introduced the world to the benefits of an anti-inflammatory lifestyle.  Perricone MD is driven by the pursuit of fearless innovation and a stubbornly uncompormising spirit of excellence.f. “We continuously seek the truth unlocking the powerful science behind healthy-looking skin, from the inside out and outside in.”  They have a Three-Tier Philosophy which consists of a healthy diet, nutritional supplements and potent topical skincare.

Around 30 years ago I remember reading a book about Retin-A.  And since I have always been an avid reader and researcher for my own edification, I went to my dermatologist and got a prescription for Retin-A.  Because the book touted that if you use Retin-A, you must, absolutely positively stay out of the sun.  So to that end, I have not sunned my face in over 30 years.  I wear a really great sunscreen daily and wear hats.  And if I need a tan, it comes in the form of a good self tanner!

Then, about 20 years ago, I picked up Dr. Nicholas Perricone’s book ‘The Wrinkle Cure‘.  In reading this book, I found out about how powerful Vitamin C Ester is for the skin.  And anti-inflammatory lifestyle.  I took that to heart, and started using any over the counter Vitamin C products available.  Perricone MD was not available at that time.

Then I posted that 62nd birthday post and shortly thereafter I received a box of full-sized skin care products beautifully packaged in brown bottles and a very kind note asking me to try out their products and let them and you, my social media family, know what I think.  To be perfectly fair to the process, I finished up what I was using and switched entirely to the new products from Perricone MD, The High Potency Classics.  Mind you I am not sponsored here.  I could hate the products and report that to you and to them.  But my truth and reality with these products has been one of surprise and delight!  I’ll tell y’all why…

This is what their literature says about the High Potency Classics:  Formulated with high concentrations of some of Perricone MD’s most powerful signature sciences, the High Potency Classics collection is designed for skin that requires more targeted solutions.  Featuring alpha lipoid acid and DMAE, these formulas help visibly tighten pores and visibly minimize the length, width and depth of fine lines and wrinkles.

This is a make-up free Leslie in the morning.  I use the Nutritive Cleanser morning and night.  It is by far the BEST cleanser I have ever used.  I used to have a hard time getting makeup off in the evenings.  Mascara was under my eyes in a scary way in the mornings.  And forget makeup removers for me- the towelettes dried my face terribly, and the oily kind you use with a makeup puff gave me styes!  Not kidding!!  How unattractive to have a big red bump on your eyelid.  And worse, they lasted for a week or more.  Yikes!  Along came this cleanser and I would swear by it!  It  has a pleasant scent but not overpowering.  This one is staying in my arsenal for life unless they create a better one which I can’t imagine.  It doesn’t dry my skin at all, softening it for what lies ahead!

Next, they included the Face Firming Serum, Firming Eye Lift, Firming Evening Repair and Face Finishing & Firming Moisturizer.

I now use these products daily and nightly.  Oh how I love them!!  I started using them during the winter months when the heat is on and very drying- it is gas heat and I am looking forward to an electric heat pump in our new home, which puts moisture into the air.  Thank the Lord for this!  And even in the driest season for skin, I found my skin responding to this line of products.  Clearly better than the department store brands I was used to using.

This is me applying the moisturizer.  I use my middle finger.  I tap tap tap on all products.  I never pull or tug on my skin.  This is after using Perricone MD products for 4 months.  No filters, no makeup, just my bare clean moisturized skin.

I also use a Micro-roller.  Most days.  Unless I forget.  I soak it in alcohol after and let it dry.  You can see the redness in my face above.  It’s ok.  It is just preparing my face to receive the products more effectively!  I swear, the things we women do for the sake of beauty!

A few things I believe keep us de-stressed and living our BEST lives…

A great outlook on life, looking for the positive in people and experiences.  I sometimes like to think of the movie ‘Pollyanna’.  Not a bad way to live.

 My husband, who makes me feel like a rock star.  How could I not shine from his love!

A love for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He sustains me when I can’t in this world.  I sing hymns in my car and house.  And I feel joy…

 I eat healthy most of the time.  I drink a green smoothie daily.  I take supplements and check with my doctor (holistic) yearly.

I have a 1 1/2 year old puppy- he keeps me walking, laughing and we just adore each other!  Seen here in this post- Louie Armstrong!

I have 4 grown kids who I adore- and they keep me young when they are around and bring friends!  It is partially for this that we are building Palm House… if we build it they will come (visit ;p)


I have a tribe of women who love me and me them.  We celebrate life in every way together.  Oh, and we make time for trips every year!


I have a place that I go to reconnect with myself and God.  I don’t think it has to be far away or expensive.  It just needs to transport your soul.  Your own personal happy space.  How important as women to do this and take care of ourselves… replenish.  Change your neural pathways with positivity.  We can do this.  It takes time and a willingness to change.  Listen to Dr. Joe Dispenza on YouTube if you get the chance.  I promise you will not be sorry.

So… guess what  arrived in the mail a few weeks ago!?!  Yes yes yes!!  A new sampling of Perricone MD products to start trying.  I can hardly stand it!!

Is that not beautiful?!!  I will keep using the cleanser from before.  But watch out world!  I may end up being like Brad Pitt in ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ in which I start aging in reverse!!  Haha- you know what though?  I am happy where I am now- 62- I don’t want to be 40 again, or heaven forbid 20 something!!

Here I am at 16.  I don’t have a lot of photos.  We didn’t have cell phones.  And if I start to look like this, y’all can call me ‘Ben’!!  LOL!


Cheers to Perricone MD and their amazing products!



PS- Perricone MD products are available on PerriconeMD.com, as well as Sephora, ULTA Beauty, Nordstrom, Dillard’s and other leading specialty stores




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