Friday, November 7, 2014

Skin Care Past & Present

As you know, I've started this blog to discover beauty products, tips, and tricks for those of us that aren't considered young'ens any longer. Before we delve into the good stuff, I wanted to go back again. About 3 years ago is when I noticed the dreaded "signs of aging". But at the time, I didn't realize it. You don't realize it. It just sneaks up on you. I remember getting ready for work one morning and looking in the mirror. I just didn't look right. Did I not sleep well? I couldn't put my finger on it, but I knew something was different. All of the sudden, foundation that I had been wearing for years looked off. Powder that I had at one time LOVED was cakey and gross. What was wrong? Then I made the mistake of looking in the mirror in the car in direct sunlight. OMGOSH WHAT ARE THOSE LITTLE LINES AND CREASES AND WHERE DID THOSE PORES COME FROM? Is my skin dry? Up until this point, I thought dry skin was a mythical creature that was the opposite of the oily skin I was cursed with thus far in life. I was pretty sure I would never need moisturizer EVER!

Prior to this, I washed my face in the morning in the shower and at night to remove the make up and occasionally dotted on some zit cream - that was my skin care routine. Sure I tried all kinds of cleansers, but didn't put much thought into it. If I got a sample of some other skin care potion in a bonus or with a Sephora or Ulta order, I'd try it once, think to myself, I don't need this, and let it dry up before throwing it away.

So after the realization that yes, your skin is going to age and you, my dear,  are in the beginning stages, I've been on the hunt for SOMETHING, ANYTHING to reverse and stop this process. Haha, I know that's crazy, but a girl has to try! Fast forward and my skin care routine is now 4 - 6 steps depending on the day and time. Moisturizer is now a MUST! Exfoliating is also a must that previously I thought was a waste of time. Microdermabrasion and facials, two things I thought were a giant waste of money are now standing appointments on my calendar. My how times (and my skin) have changed...

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