Exfoliation is to a skin regimen, what flossing is to tooth care. Essential, and increasingly important as one ages, but also easy to skip. I've been more theory than practice, but now as I'm in my thirties I find myself missing that youthful glow. In my twenties, a quick rub with a face cloth was usually all I needed, but now it's time for a slightly stronger remedy.
For my face, I'm using Clinique's 7 Day scrub. I have light Irish skin, the kind that wrinkles like a sheet of paper, so it's plenty strong enough for now. I had a good old scrub this morning, as part of my new (hopefully) weekly routine. It left my skin soft and glowing. Although new skin cells continue to form, the sloughing off of old cells starts to slow down as we age. In this heat, I've noticed that my skin's been looking less than stellar. The exfoliation seems to have brought a little bit of my glow back and left my skin feeling smooth.
For my body, I am going hard core. I dug my bath gloves out of my sock drawer, where they've been living for the past few years. I bought them at the Body Shop. They're quite small but stretchy and made of some rough material. I put them on in the shower; and, after getting them wet, I put a dollop of body wash on the palm of one. After rubbing my hands together to get a bit of a lather going, I start to scrub from my neck all the way down to my toes. It's amazingly effective. I don't do it every day, just 2-3 times a week. I used to use Body Shop's Peppermint Cooling Pumice Foot Scrub all over. It left my skin lovely, soft and sweet smelling, but the tubs were small and rather expensive. I think the bath gloves are a better way to go, although I am still searching for my ideal body wash. All of the creamy stuff isn't really my thing. I was hoping to find something with grapefruit. Aveeno has one with rosemary and lemongrass, but it doesn't pack quite the punch I was hoping for. Looks like I will have to go back to the Body Shop. The grapefruit shower gel has a great snappy scent.
All in all, my skin's in pretty good shape, and I know I'm lucky that only a few tweaks are needed now and then.
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June 13. Can't wait!
A few months ago, I introduced my book club to the joys of the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries. They were a tad too racy for some of the 'ladies', but most people got into the spirit. When my friend went to buy the book, another customer started talking about the HBO series. Apparently this woman got very excited and started rambling on about vampire porn. I would venture a guess that she's a fan!