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Adventures in Anti-Aging Beauty Products: Growing Old Disgracefully without Botox (so far…)” Part 2, the Once Dailies

 me, thinking about skin care.

me, thinking about skin care.

Welcome, Voyagers!

This stuff is in addition to the twice-dailies I told you about here. I’ll explain how to integrate them here. What to do? Wake up, roll out of bed, drag a comb across your head. And, then do this:

1 . Clean your face with an organic cotton ball & La Roche Posay micellar water.

2. Toner.

3. Pat on a bit of Aqutop essence. This is one of the products that makes everything that goes after it work even better. From a skin-care expert: take the 60 seconds to pat this in. It’s worth it.

4. Either Eminence Vitamin C+Kale serum or this (yay, Amazon!) Vitamin C serum. Using Vitamin C in the morning provides protection for your skin against the elements all day.

5. Then the usual white tea serum & daily moisturizer. Lubriderm is nice and light for daily use, too. And, yes, on your face. Gentle, doesn’t make your face break out, AND is good for helping heal the aftermath of those times when you over-dried blemishes.

6. If you’re not putting on your whole face, as we say in the south, then using this BB/sunscreen still wakes up your whole face & provides a bit of color coverage. But, if you are doing your whole face, give this Rose Gold stuff a try. I either use it just before my primer, or put a drop or 2 in my foundation. Glowy skin is yours.

Now, nighttime: Clean your face. Use toner, wait a minute for it to dry. Then:

1. Use this inappropriate-looking wand. Trust me on this one: you don't want this hanging around your bathroom. It looks, um, like, ah, something other than what it is. And the noise it makes? Well...use it when no one else is around, 'cause, y'know. Anyhoo...

2. Next is your nighttime moisturizer. Or, if you're feeling extravagant, get yourself this, and use one pump per night. It is FABULOUS, and will last you for months and months. Rub between your hands with some Lubriderm or Cerave, Worry about investing in high-end beauty products? Well...*

3. This oil, which must be applied after moisturizer because oil prevents other products from soaking in after.

4. An overnight moisturizing mask.

Other advice from dermatologists, facialists a gorgeous 70-something lady we met in North Carolina, & other experts: change your pillowcase every night, and in the morning, use an iced pack or ice cubes on your eyes, OR (true story) stick your head in the freezer for a minute or two. Magic.

Now. Go forth. Make Chic Happen.

*I am of the strong opinion that using nothing but cheap beauty products is not that much cheaper than investing in good ones. Why? Ask yourself how many lipsticks you have bought from CVS, add up the cost compared with how often you use them, and look at the dollar amount of two or three from "prestige" brands that you tried on and decided you loved before you bought them.

Dear Teenage Me, Part 4

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Dear Teenage Me,
1 Along the way there will be people who hurt or disappoint you. Don’t take their decisions personally. You, also, will hurt others (it’s not intentional; it just happens). Ask for forgiveness. And forgive yourself. 
2 The empathy that you have for others that sometimes feels crippling? Turns out, THAT is your superpower.
3 Don’t be a road rager. NOT doing this seemingly simple thing will make your daily life better. And might just save your life.
4 Two of the best gifts you can give your friends: An understanding ear, and the benefit of the doubt. Don’t be stingy with either. *
 an understanding ear.

an understanding ear.

5 Keep standing up for other people. It’s the trait you should be most proud of.
   New Orleans! The most fun ever! This is right before my friends &  I confronted this awful, gross, homophobic street “preacher” who was spewing hate about homosexuals ***at the gay pride parade!***  His people kept filming. I am probably on

New Orleans! The most fun ever! This is right before my friends &  I confronted this awful, gross, homophobic street “preacher” who was spewing hate about homosexuals ***at the gay pride parade!***  His people kept filming. I am probably on

6 You know those mornings after an argument when you think of the perfect insult you didn’t deliver the night before? Be thankful. It is always better to leave a conversation wishing you had said something you didn’t say than wishing you hadn’t said something you did

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can break my heart.” - Robert Fulghum

7 Learn to set a boundary without apology. If someone steps (or jumps) over it, then ask yourself this one simple question: Why are they trying to control me
8 This isn’t from older you, but, by God, it needs to be said to each and every teenager, so, Teenage Me, listen up: 
 watch "nanette" and do it. now.

watch "nanette" and do it. now.

And, while you're at it, watch Hannah Gadsby's show. Now.
Since we’re quoting other people, get to know Ron F***king Swanson earlier than later.
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*Stephen King: 

“The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them--words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were In your head to no more than living size when they're brought out. But it's more than that, isn't it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you've said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That's the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.”

More to come. Be sure to read the parts 1, 2, & 3 of Dear Teenage Me.
Until then, stay veracious, young me. Stay veracious.