Tuesday, October 16, 2012
You’re Never Too Old to Baby Your Face
So, mothers chose skin care products specifically created to gently cleanse and protect our delicate skin.
Yikes! Where’s my zit zapper (i.e., Clearasil)?
But then, in our forties, those morning examinations in the bathroom mirror took on a new and terrifying dimension.
Yikes! What’s that? Is that a line? Oh, no….Doubles Yikes!!…….. Is that a wrinkle?
Well, heck, if this was what kept those perfect, peaches-and-cream complexions in the pink, surely it would do the same for us, n’est-ce pas?
Did we bring in the “Big Guns” (Botox, fillers, plumpers, smoothers, nips and tucks) or just let nature take its course?
I made the decision not to bring in the “Big Guns,” but I still wanted to take the best care of my skin that I could, in a natural, non-invasive way.
In my forties, I had my first and last facial done by an esthetician who came highly recommended. It took weeks for my skin to recover.
By my fifties, I decided it was time to go back to basics – baby basics.
If it worked for me then, why wouldn’t it work for me now?
I had already been using Aveeno’s daily moisture lotion, also containing colloidal oatmeal, and I continue to do so.
Then, I remembered my mother’s favorite remedy for winter rashes – zinc oxide cream – which was the main ingredient in the Desitin Ointment she used for diaper rash.
Zinc oxide is also a broad spectrum sunscreen. Remember those summer lifeguards with the white gunk on their noses?
Aveeno Baby makes a diaper rash cream whose main ingredient is zinc. Like Desitin Ointment, it looks white in the tube but is lighter and leaves no white residue. It has now become my go-to sunscreen. After smoothing on a thin layer, I add my Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (SPF20) on top, powder to set, and I’m good to go.
Two months ago, however, my girlfriends finally succeeded in dragging me out to celebrate over High Tea and champagne at the Four Seasons. With a glass of champagne in one hand and the other hand free to take on the world, I think I’m now ready to face my sixties.
I have no idea what this new decade has in store for me, but I do know one thing for sure -- this senior citizen will be buying her beauty products in the Baby aisle.