Forget the Sugar or Salt Scrubs

I never liked using either of these scrub “exfoliators”.  Remember high school biology? It’s because I do remember that I don’t want to use these exfoliating scrubs.  Remember osmosis? Water in your skin cells moves from less concentration of salt or sugar through the porous membranes of skin cells, to the higher concentration outside – drawing available water from within the skin out and inserting salt or sugar molecules into your skin cells.

So, while they may exfoliate your top layer of dead skin cells, they dehydrate the healthy new skin cells through osmosis. The result is, a fresh layer of dehydrated skin cells. Not good.

These scrubs use oil – usually essential oils, which makes these scrubs feel moisturizing. But all they do is seal the dehydrated cells from further dehydration – or worse, they seal in the dehydrated cells and seal out any moisture from humidity in the air.

Also, beware of scrubs using plastic particles, they work ok on the skin, but are horrible for the environment. Think about those millions of dots of plastic getting into the gills of fish – sinking to the bottoms of the oceans and contaminating our drinking water.

If I am going to use a scrub, I use one with natural exfoliating material like ground apricot seeds, ground almonds, ground whole oats, or even ground coffee. The caffeine has the added benefit of de-puffing.

Truth-be-told, I use a washcloth and firm pressure to exfoliate my skin. It works for me and is less expensive.

Beautiful Gratitude

Friends and family say I am one of the happiest people they know. I have to agree. But it is not because of my life’s situation. I have moderate to severe challenges like everyone else. The difference, I believe, is that I live in a state of gratitude almost all the time.

Rather than ruminating on what is wrong or missing in my life, I think about what I have and what is good. I have a comfortable house. I appreciate and give thanks for that rather than lament that ours is one of the smallest houses in our neighborhood. We have clean, potable, running water. Most people in the world don’t. I have the use of both arms and legs – and they are very strong and coordinated (if I do say so myself). If I ever lost the use of them, I know all I would think about would be how much I wished I could have them back, and I would think that everything would be ok if I only had the use of them again. It is all perspective. I try to keep mine true.

I think being happy makes me more attractive to people. I know I feel attractive most of the time – because I am happy. I am very happy even when things go wrong, or when I am pressed for time, because no deadline, no missed event, no lost court case is all that important.

Beauty exudes more from one’s attitude than from any other cause, cosmetic or clothes.

I never lose sight of the joy, beauty, and love in my life. I think that makes me beautiful. I hope it helps make the world a little more beautiful as well.

 

As Below, So Above using “feminine” cream to treat wrinkles

I love secret beauty tricks that really work. Using estrogen on my face is one of them.  I use a cream called Estrace. It is only available by prescription. I have it because, as a post-menopausal woman, my private area is less “youthful”  (If this is TMI – skip ahead to the next paragraph) It is dryer, takes longer to become aroused, and the interior walls are thinning. So my Gynochologist prescribed Estrace to apply on and in, to help plump and moisten things up, down there.

Where else can I use plumping and moistening? Oh yeah, my face! I had already read about the potential cosmetic benefits of using an estrogen cream on my face. I had to do some research (using reputable sources, not just a “google” search source) and found that there is indeed evidence that applying an estrogen cream about three days a week does help diminish fine lines and thicken skin. It works – I use it.

I would be terribly remiss though, if I did not mention that there is evidence that estrogen can increase chances of some cancers. Further, I don’t truly know what detrimental effects using estrogen topically in such a way may have. So this is somewhat risky. If you have any questions, contact your doctor or dermatologist.

Thus far, I have been happy with the effects of using the cream above and below.

Beauty Takes Discipline

. . . especially as I get older. All beauty or fitness regimes take perseverance and discipline. I am unwaveringly faithful to my beauty and fitness routines.

A healthy body takes regular exercise. We all know that. But the most expensive beauty tools and cosmetics hardly make a change unless they are used regularly.

For instance, like I said in my previous post, I use Latisse every other night without fail. This way my lashes stay as full as they can. I also use 5% minoxidil every day, without fail. My hair is thicker now than before I started using the stuff daily. Admittedly, it is still not as thick as it was in my twenties, thirties, even forties. But using the minoxidil really helps. There would be little to no effect if I weren’t religious about its application.

I also apply body cream every single day to my entire body – arms, torso, butt, thighs, calves, hands, back, feet and neck. I have done this since I was in middle school. I am convinced that it has gone a long way in keeping my skin fresh, young, smooth and stretch mark free!

Of course, I have my regular exercise routine – which takes only twelve minutes when I am in a hurry. Longer when I have the time. Exercise is another wonderful thing we do for ourselves that takes persistence and discipline. But, everyone who works out knows, the results are so worth it.

Latisse and Extensions

I have made no bones about the fact that I wear eyelash extensions. It is one of my indulgences that have a great payoff as far as improving my look.

When I first started with regular extension applications, I stopped using Latisse, thinking it was no longer necessary.  Well, I was wrong. My natural lashes shrunk, and so, there were fewer lashes for extensions to be attached to. The result: sparser extensions and a much less dramatic look than I wanted.

So, I started with the Latisse again. For the first six weeks, I applied it every night. After that, I find all I need to maintain is every other night – so the stuff lasts twice as long. Which is good, Latisse is not cheap.

The results are definitely worth it. Also, I do not fear that if I ever decide to let my extensions fall out naturally, I will have some quality lashes left.

Get the Red Out

I use visine, or a similar product every time I want to look extra good. You’re not supposed to use it too often, because we build a tolerance to it, so I am careful about how often I use it.

I use it when I want to look rested and vibrant, which comes to about once every other day. That seems to be adequate to keep my eyes from getting addicted to the stuff.

And it does make a difference in my appearance. My eyes “pop.” The whites of my eyes look whiter and my blue eyes stand out more. If I am having pictures taken, I always drop in come visene.

Just another trick of the beauty trade.

Magic Gloves for Smooth Hands

I love sharing with my daughter my old tried and true beauty tips and secrets.

Her hands have been chapped since the cold weather began this year. So I whipped out the extra-moisturizing hand cream – not lotion – cream. It needs to have a buttery thicker texture to have the best effect. But, before I had her use it, I showed her how I wash my hands with a washcloth and firmly scrub the backs of my hands to exfoliate. When hands are still damp, the cream goes on. Thick.

Then, the magic. I gave her a pair of my cotton gloves to put her moisture-coated hands in just before bed. We both wore them all night. The next morning – our hands were smooth soft. I really think she was impressed – which in itself is a miracle. The gloves work every time.

For myself, I apply Retin-A every night on my hands – even in the winter. Once that has absorbed in – usually about ten minutes – I will apply a humectant-based cream. I prefer glycerin as a humectant for my hands. Once that has absorbed, I lightly spray my hands with rosewater (or just plain water) and apply the heavy-buttery cream. Gloves go on all night, and I wake up with much much smoother and softer hands.

But not as soft as my fifteen-year-old daughter. I wonder why?