So dramatic with the exclamation point, I know. 😀 But the drama is real, my friends. Super, super real. I am at the age where you really shouldn’t look too closely at your skin in a magnifying mirror because OH MY GOD! The Crypt Keeper would be all, “Damn, girl.” It was so bad that I needed to lay down afterwards. #TrueStory
I’m cruising to 44, as in it’s happening in a couple of months. This confuses me because I swore I was 42 this time last year, which – you know – I was. And now I’m almost 44. See? Mind blown.
I Was a Bad, Bad Girl
I didn’t take care of skin super well when I was in my 20s. Sunscreen. Pish Posh. That’s for old folks. Also, I’m a child of the 80s where we tanned ourselves to the darkest brown possible ON PURPOSE. Tanned skin = healthy. Oh you 80s. You messed up a lot of people. I also didn’t always take off my make-up before I went to bed. Oops. In my defense, I was a teen.
In my late 20s/early 30s, I was better. I mean I didn’t still wear sunscreen (let’s not get crazy) but took better care of my skin and bought good quality products. But then, I get depressed. Where I didn’t always remember to get out of my pjs. Bathe. Brush my teeth. That kind of depressed. It took a toll but I didn’t care because you know … depressed.
Now I’m better (most days) and scrambling to undo damage. I will tell you unequivocally that the best thing you can do is take care of your skin from the get-go (and also don’t get depressed, not that it’s up to you but if you can avoid it – yay you!) because it does make a huge difference. Start taking care of your skin now, no matter what your age or your past skin transgressions.
And yes. I am aware that aging is a part of life. It doesn’t mean that I have to welcome wrinkles, fine lines and age spots with glad tidings.
I Need Your Sunscreen Recommendations
Confession time: Only this past year I have become completely religious about wearing sunscreen when I go outside. Before I was hit and miss. I regret this deeply but I don’t have a Delorean to take me back in time to undo this boo-boo, also known as age spots. Yup. I got some. I hate them almost as much as I hate Emperor Baby Fists.
What I Want: Face sunscreen. My preference is a stand-alone sunscreen because I’m not overly fond of the ones in moisturizers or don’t like to depend on them solely for sunscreen protection. I like to put on fresh sunscreen right before running errands or going for a walk or venturing outside (remember I work from home so I actually don’t always get out into the sun every day). But I am open to hearing all recommendations!
Got a Body Lotion that You Love? Please Share!
I mentioned this in a previous post but my skin is so dry lately. It’s painful! And driving me nuts. Plus, I’ve been having some issues with body lotions because my skin has weirdly become super sensitive. I’m still trying to pinpoint what is exactly the issue but certain perfumes seem to bother my skin. Is there a particular body lotion that you love? Mention whatever you use and love, even if you don’t think it’s right for me. It might not be but it might be perfect for another reader. We are a community, right?
Happy Memorial Day
Just a quick programming note: I will be taking a blogging break during Memorial Week. I’ll still popping in and commenting on your blogs but no new posts here until June 3.
Please share any recommendations you have for sunscreens and body lotions. Don’t worry about whether they might be right for me because they will likely be right for another reader! Thank you in advance!Tanya
Stuff that works for me and my skin: OY-L face care (very natural and gentle but takes everything off and cleans well), Sun Bum skin care (doesn’t irritate my super sensitive skin and really helps me keep my vintage pale complexion), and I don’t have a good lotion. Let me know when you find one 😉
Happy Memorial Day!! See you in June!
My skin has become so sensitive lately so I’m definitely going to take a look at Sun Bum. Plus I see at all the stores, so I like stuff that is also readily available too. And you do have beautiful skin too, so another solid plus in it’s corner! Thanks for your recommendations – much appreciated.
Coola sun silk face drops – expensive but worth it.
Body lotion: Whish lavender
Coola gets a lot of rave reviews. It’s a little outside my budget right now but I’m going to keep it in mind for when I can flex a bit more. I’m going to take a look at Whish. Lavender is my favorite scent so I’m definitely intrigued! Appreciate the recommendations!
kathy @ more coffee, less talky says
face: i’m loving the coola mineral primer….it’s $$$ but worth it.
body: i’ve been trying to find a cheaper alternative to my eminance tropical vanilla bc aint nobody got time for pay $52 for a bottle…and I have found it – green beaver spf 40. they finally changed the formulation so that it doesn’t feel like you’re spreading dough onto your skin lol.
I’m definitely interested in Coola. I don’t really wear much make-up these days so I’m not sure about primer, but would definitely consider it if I go back to wearing more make-up again. Also going to check out Green Beaver too. I’ve never heard of it but I know how picky you are about your products, so I know it’s good! Thanks for all your tips!
Rebecca Jo says
I so need to get on this band wagon. At 47 years old, I’ve NEVER been proactive on doing sun screen or taking care of my skin… which is why I cringe when I see the wrinkles & spots on my hands/arms/face… its BAD. Man, I wish I started younger.
Girl, I so understand. For a long time, I got by with being lazy without a ton of obvious negative effects but now … I definitely see it. It’s definitely something I regret not doing earlier too. But better late than never, right?? 😀