Love Lip Balm

I love putting on lip balm. There is something luxurious about moving a pretty, juicy-smelling moisturizing balm across my lips. Yeah, I probably overdue it, but so what? They aren’t very expensive, They are so healing and fun.

Most importantly, lip balms keep lips soft, moist and protects them from the insult of cold dry weather. Dry, chapped lips are awful. They are uncomfortable, painful and don’t look good with or without lipstick.

Every night I apply lip balm before bed. During the day, whenever I have the opportunity, I apply a juicy moisture balm. During moderate weather, I will use a soft, moisture balm with glycerim to add moisture and oils to lock it in. I harsh winter weahter, I use thicker, balms, with beeswax and oils to apply a thicker barrier between the elements and my lips.

My lips stay comfortable throughout the winter and always look plump and healthy.

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Prolong Your BB Cream or Tinted Sunscreen

It’s no secret that I love Beautycounter Dew Skin tinted sunscreen (I sware, I am not affiliated with Beautycounter at all). But it is pricey.

To extend its life, I use a silicone beauty blender (or sponge – whatever you want to call it) to spread and dab the cream on my face and neck. It takes a little longer to do this way, because the absorption is only on one side (my face). The silicone does not absorb any product at all, so all of it ends up on/in my skin.

I spread it gently at first, then dab dab dab it onto and into my skin. Dabbing is key, as it creates a much more natural look than the streaky lines when I smear it.

It looks great, and I use about half the amount of product as I would if I were using my fingers. Saves money, and looks great. That’s a win.

 

Retin – A on My Hands

My hands are aging a little more aggressively than my face. It doesn’t really bother me though. It is much more important that my face look fresher and young than my hands. Besides, I beat the heck out of my hands with gardening, washing, carrying heavy objects and banging my knuckles so they bleed – attractive things like that.

On the other hand, as you know, I take very good care of my facial skin.  Always have. Ever since I was a teenager.

So, I use my most powerful facial-skin weapon on my hands too. Retin-A. I put it on every night. Pretty thickly too. My hands don’t dry out from it like my face does if I apply too much. When it has soaked in, I rub on some nice-smelling hand cream. Always with a combination of a humectant (like glycerin) and an occlusor (like dimethicone, cocoa butter, lanolin, mineral oil, petrolatum) which creates a thin film over skin and locks the moisture in.

I started applying Retin-A to my hands about a year ago. They look significantly younger than they did. I will never be a manicure model, but they look better.

Beauty Comes in All Sizes

I love plus these sized models. These two were the first to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated’s famous swimsuit issue. I was proud of SI for having the courage to go against the skinny bosomy stereotypes.

I truly find these woman-sized models inspiring, dazzling. Of course they are insanely gorgeous. And brave considering the fat-shaming that goes on in this mad world of ours.

I look back at when I was a teenager and younger, I always thought I was fat. Such a distorted perception of my body. I had a beautiful figure – as do a great many young women who shame themselves for being too fat in their own minds.

These models unabashedly sport their curvy figures letting us know it is ok not to fit the artificial standard of skinny – but gorgeous to have some weight and curves. I love it!

These two models are Robin Lawley and Ashley Graham.PlusSize

Fewer Ingredients, Better Results

I have often wondered why hair care products, like shampoos, conditioners and skin moisturiizers, are formulated with so many ingredients. Most bottles have enormous lists of ingredients, usually that I can hardly read without a magnifying glass. Why so many? Do more ingredients help my hair get healthier? Make my skin better? No.

There is no scientific reason for so many ingredients. Excessive ingredients diminish the therapeutic benefits of the few very effective ones. Also, there is a greater incidence of alergic reactions and potential toxicity with lots of different ingredients.

What I want are products that have few, but powerful, ingredients to make my hair and skin as healthy as possible. I have been formulating some one-of-a-kind hair conditioning cleansers for myself and family. These have less than ten ingredients, and have given me, my husband and kids better looking hair and a healthier scalp. Family and friends are always trying to hit me up for some too. I don’t mind. I am happy to share the science of beauty.

Yeah, I Use Botox

I confess, I use botox and dysport. And I love them. They help me look younger and, I think, prettier.

My frown lines have not been around for years thanks to botox. I love that they are gone because I usually feel happy and relaxed, so I want to look happy and relaxed. Frown lines look strained, angry and unhappy. That just isn’t me. I am not even saying I think they are unattractive. They just make me look stressed and angry even though I am usually happy and calm.

I also use dysport around at the outer corners of my eyes, and a little below to keep my eyes looking more open, and crow’s feet minimized. This looks terrific, but does not last as long as the botoxed areas.

I use botox above my outer eyebrows to lift the eyelid – diminishing the hooded look of them. And I loooove using  botox just below my bottom outer lip corners to keep them from turning down (think of Sam-I-am from Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham.”) It is not a pretty picture. I find these down-turns at the end of my lips make me look unhappy, hard – old, like my Italian Grandmother used to look. I don’t like it! But I love the effect of botox injections there.

Botox and dysport are amazingly effective in helping me look happier, more relaxed, and younger. If you can afford it, go for it. You probably won’t be disappointed – but will rather be delighted and psyched.

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