Friday, October 10, 2014

Day 11: Skincare, A Simple Necessity

La Mer

It was a long hot summer.

It was all about acceptance and life on life’s terms and fun and loss, and temperatures of at least 105, and trips to the flea market in the morning sun, and watering my plants..

In fact, after a late August trip to see our youngest daughter and to do some grandkid watching,

I looked it.

I looked “ridden hard and put up wet”.

My Mother warned me all my life about my skin.

She even warned me to not crinkle my forehead because wrinkles would form.

Her skin care regimen was simple and effective.

She cleaned her face with Merle Norman cold cream and a damp washcloth.

She then used Ski Breeze as her astringent.

That was all followed by a cream called Formula 405, that she ordered at Fred’s Pharmacy in Falfurrias, Texas.

Formula 405 Enriched Facial Cream

She followed this daily routine with a periodic application of Merle Norman’s Miracol.

She had beautiful skin.

What did I do?

In high school at St. Mary’s Hall in San Antonio, my friends and I laid out by the pool using a concoction of baby oil and iodine.

Tanned skin was the rage.

I took my eye makeup off with Baby Oil and splashed water on my face afterwards- and followed that , maybe- with a scrub with Noxema or Dove soap.

I mainly pretended I was Scarlet O’Hara and I’d think about it tomorrow.

As an adult I periodically bought regimens that friends recommended, or I bought whatever someone was selling in the teacher’s lounge.

I even bought La Mer once and of course it worked.

I am a practical girl at heart though, and I just couldn’t do it.

So on that return trip home back in August after a long hot stressful summer, I panicked.


Mercy.  My face was moving and creating hills and valleys that no primer was going to fill.

Maybe sleeping on my side for a million years wasn’t such a good idea,

What did I do?

I started watching YouTube videos on aging skin and makeup.

I kid you not

We will talk about THAT tomorrow!


What skincare regimen do you use?


Jennifer said...

I have used Rodan+Fields Redefine skincare line and tools for 2 1/2 years. If I knew how to post a pic I'd show you what it's done for my skin. I was a baby oil/iodine gal,back when. I even have my manly husband on the Soothe line which is fabulous for his sensitive skin. And, our teenage football player uses the Unblemish because apparently, girls aren't so gross anymore... The little boys are so funny to come and ask for the magic silver beads which is a lip serum that will solve the worst case of chapped lips overnight. The family that GLOWS together GROWS together! ��

NanaDiana said...

Oh- Laura, I was a baby oil and iodine girl, too, and then lived in Florida for some of my young adult years.
I have been using the Boots 007 (sold at Target) after I saw Dr. Phil recommend it. It is the only recommendation he has ever given for skin care. I have been using it about 6 months and noticed an immediate improvement and my skin feels like a baby's butt when I use it faithfully. It is always SOLD out when I try to get more and a little bit goes a LONG way.

Before that- I think I tried every thing on the market except for the one that Jennifer (above) mentioned. lol xo Diana

Blondie's Journal said...

Funny...Rita from did a post on skin care may want a look see. I was so dumb in not using sun screen those early years at the lake. I now use good old Aveeno. Clinique eye cream and Dr. Lipp Nipple balm (for lips you silly girl!).

Keep up the moisturizers. Slather that crap on at night and change the pillow case in the morning! :)

Jane xx


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