Good morning and Happy New Year everyone!!!!
I hope this blog post finds you all happy, healthy and thriving on this gloomy Monday.
There is a notorious lack of involvement with readers around these parts- and although we just celebrated our one year anniversary of being live on the 1st of the year we did so without a single reader comment!
I do, on occasion, get messages on Facebook asking questions and the hubs suggested I answer the pertinent and pressing questions publicly- I like this idea so much that Mondays going forward will be devoted to doing just that.
So, without further adieu, welcome to Monday Morning Q&A with the Chick!
You mentioned in a post that you’re 39 years old. I am too! I’m looking for a good anti-aging cream and would love any suggestions you can offer me. My skin is on the dry side.
Jane, Crisfield, MD
I am 39! Skin is funny as it begins to age, am I right? Suddenly, what always worked no longer does and while it’s tempting to run out and invest a lot of cash in products that will slow or diminish the ravages of time on our skin, I take umbrage with the term “anti-aging”. Nothing, unfortunately, will stop skin from aging completely. The good news is that there are a few ways to keep skin looking great and, while I am certainly not a dermatologist, esthetician or expert by any means, here are my personal tips for slowing down the hands of time as they tick.
Right across our faces.
I have always slathered my face, neck and decolletage with sunscreen before leaving the house.
My current favorite is Coppertone Clearly Sheer Sunscreen which has a SPF 50- it is lightweight, doesn’t clog pores and doesn’t disrupt foundation and make it greasy if you’re rocking a full face of makeup.
It’s a bit of an underrated rock star, honestly.
It is perfect for manically combination skin like mine.
It’s economical too, retailing at $11.49 at Walmart.
I don’t know about anybody else but, for me, when I’m dehydrated my skin is the first place I really see it.
Water is not, perhaps, the most fun thing to be sipping on all day but when we’re hydrated from the inside out we give our skin what it needs to rejuvenate- this becomes even more important as we age because our skin has a hard time producing collagen and can look dull and gritty at the drop of a hat.
Make it easier.
Drink plenty of water.
Don’t Sleep in Your Makeup;
I know this is common sense but I still have to remind myself that, if I cave to my laziness and sleep in my makeup, in the morning my skin will be red and my eyes puffy.
It’s not worth it, guys.
Take off your makeup and if you’re in for the night and not going anywhere until tomorrow slather with a rich, long-lasting moisturizer or cream that will pamper your pretty face.
I really like Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer; it keeps me smooth and hydrated while I get my beauty zzzzz’s and is also economically priced at $9.99.
If You Live in a Really Cold Area;
I know sometimes we need a little something extra when it’s frigid and the combo of chilly winds and indoor heat wreak havoc on our skin.
In those moments I have always kept a bottle of L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil on hand; a few drops will absolutely smooth out dry scaly skin, flaky, peeling noses.
Pretty much anything you got.
Be forewarned that it can make foundation a bit of an issue; do some extra blending and use a light hand when applying and you should be good to go.
Just do it.
I know that in the vein of an anti-aging cream I have read a lot about amino-peptides and how effective they are in at least making skin look more youthful.
Olay has a whole fact page about their anti-aging line that you can check out here; if you try them please let me know what you think!
I do know a few folks who are skin care professionals- I could, potentially, have them do a short Q&A as well on skin care regimes and anti-aging products if anybody is interested in that going forward.
Thank you for reaching out, Jane!
It was awesome to hear from you and I hope you are having a prosperous and beautiful New Year!
Until next time!
The Chick and her Chickadee