Let’s Chat About Exfoliating

Let’s Chat About Exfoliating

Exfoliating…

It seems that January has turned into a theme of learning about makeup, even when you are of a certain age.  This is a great theme in my opinion and I have my Facebook makeup junkie groups (of which I belong to many) for putting this idea into my head. So, thanks all of you in FB land.

What we makeup junkies have learned, through trial and error and reading blogs, talking to experts etc., is that there is one vital step to learning about makeup; skin care.

You must take care of your skin. If you were an artist you wouldn’t paint on an old ripped, dirty canvas would you? Well maybe you would if that’s your style but that won’t work for skin.

My skin is very dry. Like Sahara dry. Which means, as I’ve noted before, moisturizer is my best friend. However, there is one other step which I take BEFORE the moisturizer. That step is exfoliating.

If you’re saying that you’ve never done this before and the thought makes you anxious it’s ok, because you likely have exfoliated your face and just didn’t call it that. have  you ever scrubbed your face with a wash cloth? Yes? There, you exfoliated.  It’s that simple. You sloughed off dead skin cells. That’s all it is.  Now, let’s complicate things…

You don’t want to scrub too hard or scrub like that every day. Ok? Not bad.  You can also but products (there’s always products on products) to use that match your skin type and may possibly improve your skin.  Here is where we go complicated and offer some important advice.

A dermatologist is an educated skin expert. A visit to the dermatologist is worth the time and money to get a baseline look at your skin. If you are from the 1970’s like me, in all likelihood you sat in the sun with baby oil on your skin and an double record album covered with tin foil. Right? So do yourself a favor and see the skin Dr.  Ok, check that box.

As for products, as I’ve said there’s a plethora. (what a word but it’s accurate) All you can do is try some. Your Dermatologist may recommend some too. Or the folks at Ulta, Sephora etc. may offer some. So, here’s my list and feel free to try them or ignore them.

Cetaphil face wash. This is inexpensive, gentle and can be used with a wash cloth whenever you like.

Neutrgena makeup removal wipes. These I love but they’re a bit pricey.  I’ve read some girls use baby wipes but I have not personally tried these.

Exfolikate by Kate Somerville is my all time favorite and I only use it once a week or less.  Also, it’s VERY expensive. It’s green and scrubby (is that a word really) and it makes my skin feel like satin. 

Finally, Angels on Bare Skin from Lush. This product I’ve used for years. Even one of my sons, who is high school was acne prone, uses this product. It does have some sort of “twigs” in it and it has a clay-like texture (oh and it’s expensive too) but it also gently exfoliates and makes my skin feel satiny.  Why, you ask don’t I just use that everyday.  Well, because with my very dry skin I occasionally (read weekly) need extreme exfoliation and through trial and error I discovered that the Kate Somerville gives me the result I desire when I’m feeling like my skin is “dull”.  Does that make sense. 

Of course since you may be new to this beauty stuff you’re shaking your head and saying this is all too much. But, I’ve been at this FOREVER and it took me a long time to firm up what products or cleansing routines worked for me. I’ve been to all of those home parties where they try to sell you the 20 step method. This is simply what works for me and it’s not everyday. Cetaphil cleanser, yes maybe everyday. At least at night to clean off the makeup.  The above list is what I do. You can work out your own system, and I hope you will.

Please, leave a comment below and tell us what you’re trying, what you’ve tried and how it’s going. We love to really chat in the comments.

Talk soon

Ge-Ge

 

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Let’s Chat About Melting Makeup

Let’s Chat About Melting Makeup

Readers, readers readers, my dear friends!  

How have you all been these last few weeks? I have missed you BUT I have been extraordinarily busy. Not exaggerating at all, busy.

Flew to Dallas to look for a new home. Flew to South Carolina to help care for my little hearts, I mean grand babies. Came back home, sold the house we live in and then…got married. Whew. That’s a darn busy few weeks right?

But I never forget about aging beautifully with all of you.  

One new item that I have added to my makeup bag is makeup setting spray.  Do any of you use that? Living in New England all of my life it was really never a problem having my makeup melt off of my face. We have about three weeks of hot weather here if we are lucky so I can go makeup-free on those days. I’m probably pool or beachside on those days so makeup-free, that is me.

One summer, it was 1988 I recall, it was SO SO hot. I however was SO SO pregnant that I pretty much felt like a furnace running in February.  Back then the house where I lived had no air conditioning so I spent almost everyday at the movie theatre. Die Hard came out that year as well as Dirty Dancing it was a fabulous way to cool off.

So, that summer prepared me a bit for the new climate I ma about to enjoy in Texas. Since almost everyday is going to be makeup melting hot I have discovered the enormous value in makeup setting spray.  

The brand that I luckily had with me (it was from a Sephora Play box ) was Urban Decay.  I’m already a happy customer of that brand so I trusted that it would come through like all their other products.  Which it did, perfectly. 

One thing I wished I had done was suck in my lips because the spray is not tasty.  

Do any of you use setting spray?  Is there one out there that’s tasty? Tasty but actually works?  Any DFW readers here? I’d love some more tips for the area.

Talk soon,

Ge-Ge


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Let’s Chat About Moisturizers

Let’s Chat About Moisturizers

As I was about to write this, and it was planned a week ago, I noticed that our last chat was about the Hannacure mask. It would seem that Ge-Ge is skin obsessed. But why? After contemplating this (and petting little Ollie at the same time) I realized that our skin is the largest organ of our body. Think about that for a second; skin is an organ.  So, yes, beauty products are geared toward our looks but this skin of ours, this organ needs extra care.

Personally, I am a dry skin woman and I hate it. When I take off a pair of black leggings (you know the Mom uniform) there are so many dead skin cells I feel a bit nauseated.

When I was a teenager I was lucky and didn’t know it. My skin then was classic combination and had few break outs. Of course I abused that skin which is why I’m a fervent moisturizer fan now.

My routine with moisturizers varies but the one thing I have learned is to moisturize the neck!  Even if you are eighty years old and reading this, moisturize your neck and décolletage. (The décolletage, in case you didn’t know, is the flat expanse of chest skin below your neck and above the boobs. Mine is so sun damaged from sitting out on the lawn slathered in baby and tin foil covering the album “KISS Alive” to reflect more ultraviolet onto me. You know you did it too, don’t pretend.  Oh sometimes I used the Beach Boys “Endless Summer” album instead of KISS.

Today, having learned some lessons I keep a jar of store brand coconut oil IN THE SHOWER. Yep, that’s right. I slather it on like lard from the jar, right before I’m ready to step out. Now, if I was faithful in doing this I could probably prevent myself from puking every time I take off my leggings but who is perfect right? Not me for sure. Oh and the coconut oil, also took away the PK bumps on my upper arms. So, for a five dollar jar of coconut oil you can solve a couple issues. (It’s good for hair too but let’s explore that further another day.

After the shower and it’s time to get makeup of the first, absolute first layer is moisturizer. My two favorites are Neutrogena and Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion for daily use and I have a Kiehl’s  overnight masque that I love for bedtime.  My kids bought me that one year for a birthday gift so I’ve used that sparingly and it’s lasted all this time. Don’t look too closely at the photo ‘cuz you can see it’s a tad cruddy from love.

There is one other product in that photo that I bet you’ve not heard of before. It’s the  EGG MELLOW CREAM . I’m kid of a cheapskate so this is one I use very sparingly. It’s no joke. This cream REALLY firms your skin. So this one I use either at night or sometimes during the day if I’m doing a full makeup face and want/need some firming up. This Egg Mellow Cream I discovered in a Sephora Play box and immediately bought the full size, keeping the sample for travel. 

There you have it. A variety of moisturizers in  a variety of consistencies and price points. Neutrogena you can get at the drug store and it works wonderfully. It really does.

What’s your moisturizer routine? Let’s chat about it in the comments. I’d love to hear some new ideas.

Talk soon,

Ge-Ge

Oh and don’t forget, we’ve got another Terrible Video coming out on Friday.

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