Today, I turn 36-years-old. I started this blog when I was 26. Boy, has a lot changed since then. Leisurely masks that took 20-minutes to work, have given way to 1-minute flash facials. Here are some beauty habits that I plan to get back to or start this year.
Taking Care of The Rest of My Skin. For years, I was religious about moisturizing every day. Recently, skipping my body lotion has become an every day thing. And the slightly crepey skin on my calves is showing it. So I’m digging out my industrial sized bottle of Kiehl’s Creme de Corps (purchased during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale) and putting next to my shower so I don’t miss a day.
My heels will also be getting a regular coat of O’Keefe’s to correct the dry callouses on my heels. This electric nail file removes the worst areas to allow the lotion to penetrate deeply.
Adding to Collagen My Diet. As you age, your body produces less collagen. There is some scholarship to suggest that consuming more collagen could help replace some of the losses. I purchased some of Vital Proteins marine collagen to add to my daily smoothies. Will it help? Perhaps, perhaps not. But this falls into the harmless and worth a shot category of the beauty world.
Need a cheaper option? Try Zint’s hydrolyzed collagen powder.
Tackling my Acne Scarring Head On. It is the bane of my existence. Twenty-years worth of acne has left behind a field of pitted and scarred skin. And the older I get, the more easily it scars and the more noticeable it becomes.
It really shouldn’t be possible to have acne and grey hair at the same time. So I’ve decided to give my new at home regimen six months to produce some results. If it doesn’t, I’m saving up for a pricey laser treatment that I consider the nuclear option.
First, use my GloPro micro-roller as much as possible to stimulate my skin’s natural healing. Second, apply Nurse Jaime’s serum and silicone face mask. Third, use my new PMD Clean to massage my face and stimulate circulation.
Why the silicone face mask? Silicone scar healing is one of the new revolutions in the beauty world. The idea is that a piece of silicone sheeting can speed healing by keeping the skin moisturized and promoting collagen production. In addition to the face mask, you can also find silicone sheets to minimize wrinkles on your décolletage and stretch marks from growth or pregnancy.
Caring for My Hands. It was 1:00AM. I was up, writing a blog post, when I saw them: wrinkles forming at the base of my hands, near my wrists. Sadly, our hands show our age even when our faces don’t. So what do you do?
For starters, I’m using serums and creams on my hands. It’s simple, just rub any excess from your face into the skin on your hands. Then, I’m applying SPF to my hands daily, just like I apply it to my face. I keep the Supergoop travel size in my purse, and apply their makeup setting mist to my face.
Whitening My Teeth. If there is one part of my beauty regimen that I have completely let go, it is my teeth. White? Not so much. Luckily, there are about one-zillion products out there to help me get that megawatt smile.
I already use a whitening tooth paste from Sensodyne Pronamel. It works well, but, in my view, your toothpaste is just there to prevent the problem from getting worse. I also have the Phillips Sonicare toothbrush, which has really improved my gum health. To this routine, I’m adding good old, reliable Crest Whitestrips.