Skin Care Update

Well first off in case you were wondering, I am (so far) only minorly affected by the recent fires in the area. Bel-Air was closest, but even that is miles away. Did any of you see the footage of people driving on the 405 during the fire? I honestly thought it was fake until it showed up on the news; it was so surreally like special effects. I feel terrible for the people who are actually impacted and hope they will be made whole soon.

But back to my vanity..

I posted a while ago that I was seriously trying to take care of my skin, using over the counter (or over the internet) creams and serums that have vitamin c, retinol, etc. Well a few weeks ago I decided to step up my game and went into peels. Glycolic acid at 30%. I got the peel, neutralizer and a peptide serum for about $35 (I think?) on Amazon. I started out small, leaving it on only 2 minutes before neutralizing it. I’m up to the full four minutes now. I also make sure to slather on the moisture balm an hour after the peel, and making sure that the first thing I do after washing my face in the morning is to apply my broad-spectrum SPF 10000. I had previously been hit and miss about doing that and my skin was paying for ut. No more. I even keep a tube of Anthelios in the door pocket in my car and am in the market for a big floppy hat for top-down driving. I don’t care if I look like Quentin Crisp in a Klown Kar, I am not going to burn.

Because I am sure that burn I will. For those of you who have met me, what you have seen is me, tanned. My natural skin color is skim-milk white. Granted, Nothing I can do except perhaps moving into a cave for the next decade will bring that deathly pallor back, even if I wanted it. But what I do like is that the bark was peeled off and I really think I look about 10 years younger. I’ve gotten compliments from my across the hall neighbor’s husband (who isn’t even gay, is about 28 and asked what I am doing because my skin is “glowing,) the plumber and a painter. Not that I was quasimodo before, but some dark spots have markedly faded, fine lines have smoothed out and my skin seems a little plumper. Hey, if a plumber wants tips, it must be working.

What’s really nice is that all these results are achieved for far less that my cell-phone bill and the supplies last a lot longer. I’ve been using products from Tree of Life and QRxLabs, but I’m sure that you can find comparable ones.

If you want to share your skin care secrets, please del free to comment.

My products were purchased by me at Amazon. I was not rewarded or compensated in any way by the manufacturer or distributer. Image: silk, stolen from the internets.

  • Tara C says:

    EVEry time I try these things to improve my skin (retinol, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, you name it) I just get red burning itching skin. So I just stick with shea butter and jojoba oil. I do wear the transparent zinc oxide sunscreen from Vivier that I can fortunately tolerate.

  • Tom says:

    Luckily it’s just a case of “try not to breathe” in my part of town.

  • Musette says:

    First off, glad you’re safe – I’m off Fbook so haven’t kept up with the 411s, though I do know where you (and all my other friends) live so I can track what’s going on. I have so wanted to come back ‘home’ to CA but the state seems bound and determined to burn itself down!

    My skincare regimen comes and goes – and I really should pay better attention to it. I just wrote a post about cold cream and the use of jojoba oil. Of course my weather is decidedly different than yours, especially right now (already 17F!) but anytime is Peel Time.

    Glad you’re taking care of your skin. Make sure you keep yourself safe while you’re at it!


  • Kathleen Smith says:

    Tom I love that you’re getting positive results from your products and are protecting your skin from the sun. That has been my mission as well and it pays off long-term. In my younger years, it was still considered “healthy” to have a tan and I’m doing everything possible to take care of my skin now and undo the damage. Darn melasma though, I have dark patches on my neck that are Stubborn!!! I have recently discovered Jan Marini skin care line and have been trying them per my dermatologist’s recommendations.

  • Jennifer S. says:

    I’ve read good things about that company’s products and am debating whether or not to order. My skin could really use some brightening up but due to rosacea, I’m somewhat leery of upsetting the balance of things.

  • LaDona says:

    I’ve been using products by, The Ordinary. Serums for 5 bucks or so..,and high quality!