(Quick note to my mom, who sometimes reads this blog: I am not pregnant nor do I have a preexisting child who is. Just keep reading!)
My skin has been so ridiculously dry lately! At first, I thought it was just the winter (and my friend Liza confirmed that she’s had more trouble this year than in years past, too). But the combo of that, my weight being up a bit, and my tolerance for alcohol just not being what it used to be, makes me wonder… am I getting old? (Not with this babyish haircut, I’m not! Friends at dinner on Thursday told me it makes me look even younger than my old long hair did.)
But let’s go back to the dry skin issue. Last night, I washed my face, then pulled out my floss to work on New Year’s Resolution #6. Before I had even gotten set up to start flossing, I glanced in the mirror and saw that my skin was dry and flaking off! It seemed my skin needed to be moisturized within 10 seconds of being washed or it would go kamikaze-style on me and make for the floor in flakes. Yikes! As a stopgap, I splashed my face again, this time with cold water, and immediately grabbed my moisturizer out of the bathroom and slathered it on. Crisis averted… at least till I could find a more permanent solution.
My friend Liza (who is popping up so much because we had lunch today and discussed all sorts of quarterlife problems) recommended Aveeno’s moisturizers, made with oatmeal, but the Duane Reade on the way home was ridiculously overpriced and had a terrible selection, so I thought I’d hold off and see what other recommendations I could get. And as a second stopgap measure, I decided to whip up a DIY moisturizing oatmeal facial mask. The video is long, but I’ll save you the trouble: using a food processor/coffee grinder, grind up 2 tbsp of dry oats and mix with 2 tbsp baking soda. Add just enough water to make it into a paste, then apply to skin. Like so.
But in about 15 minutes when it was almost totally dry (and cracks were forming when I tried to open my mouth or move any facial muscles), I washed it off… and discovered that my skin was pretty smooth and supple underneath. Just like a 25 year old’s! (Wait, I am 25… not 90)
So while I revel in the newfound glory of my baby skin, can anyone provide a recommendation on a good moisturizer for normal skin? I’ve been using Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti Sun Damage Daily Moisture Lotion SPF 28, if that helps with a rec… I just think I need something stronger. (You know, to get into all my wrinkles.)
Finally, for those of you who normally view this through a reader, click through and let me know what you think of my spiffy little overhaul! A little more pink and a little more fun 🙂