The FaceBlaster is one of my favorite things in the world. This is in no small part due to the relief it’s brought me from the fibromyalgia pain that used to overwhelm me. Of course, I also have my vain side and couldn’t help but investigate its cosmetic potential, as well. My biggest nemesis in recent years has been the waddle I’ve developed under my chin. Yep, I looked like a big old turkey. Despite maintaining the mostly wrinkle free youthful appearance that is often a hallmark of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, my sagging neck didn’t just give away my age, I’m pretty sure it was trying to tell everyone I’m someone else, Kathy Bates maybe? No offense to Kathy Bates. I love that she wears the face and body nature gave her despite immense Hollywood pressure to conform. It’s just that she’s got 25 years on me and I’m in no rush to age.
So why did my waddle hang so low? A few things. Dysfunctional collagen from a genetic disorder for one. I’ve also spent a lifetime being overweight and have been losing slowly but steadily over the last four years. I have a feeling I also made a mistake trying to blast my face using a full-sized blaster and being too aggressive, before the faceblaster was even on the market. While it really helped to thin things out and relieve a lot of pain, it probably did its part to leave my chin hanging in a puddle on my neck.
Luckily the FaceBlaster, along with interventions I’ll be discussing in the post just after this one, had my chin back in shape in no time. No, it doesn’t look like it did when I was 21, but as you can see from my before and after shots, there are vast improvements.
Due to my illnesses, I haven’t even been that consistent with my use of the regimen, so my bet is that anyone more stalwart than I will get even better results, so long as you follow instructions carefully. The first step is to begin with the blasting routine I describe in this video:
Easy Does it!
On a final note, I want to stress how important it is to be GENTLE when blasting the face and neck. I don’t feel like I did a good enough job of explaining that in the video and got a big reminder making the video. In paying more attention to my instruction in this video than my actual technique, I blasted my neck too hard and reversed some of my hard work (it began sagging more). Did I freak out? A little. However, I knew it would only take doing a treatment or two with a lighter touch to correct things, and indeed it did. That’s how I got the great after picture above.
If this happens to you, don’t panic. Give the skin a couple of days to recuperate, follow the rest of your usual skincare regimen and face exercises (a bit of extra pampering doesn’t hurt), and then blast again, being sure to use light, fast strokes. If the first treatment doesn’t get you back to where you were, more than likely you’ll be there by the second or third.
For your convenience, I came up with a handy “cheatsheet” you can pin or save to your phone highlighting my dos and don’ts:
Discover the Full Regimen
The next step, of course, is to take good care of your skin and build up the supporting muscle for it utilizing a couple of very fast and simple exercises. I show you how in the next post, Say Bye-Bye Turkey Neck!