I’m going to keep this post short and sweet because what I know about skin care could easily fit on the back of a postage stamp.
What I do know about, however, is marketing.
Throughout my teens and twenties I tried to understand skin care and skin care products… 3-step this, exfoliate that, fine lines, anti-aging, anti-oxidants, retinol…and the list goes on.
Let me be completely frank – I don’t buy any of it. Not just the products but the science (aka marketing) behind it.
This may well come back to bite me on the bum (or face and neck in the case of aging and skin elasticity) but I do not follow a prescribed skin care routine. I don’t use products now, although I’ve dabbled and got disillusioned in the past, having no confidence in what was being ‘sold’ to me.
What I do use is;
I once read that there were 2 things Marilyn Monroe always wore to bed. Vaseline and a bra. Well, if it’s good enough for the face of the fifties?
The odds are stacked against me, my facial destiny is probably that of a shriveled prune – genetics once more. Genetics is something no amount of clever skin care marketing can guard against.
Or maybe I could stick to what I think may be my best defense
- Getting plenty of sleep
- Not smoking
- Staying hydrated
- Plenty of exercise
- Eating healthily
- Remaining stress free
- Staying out of the sun (and wearing sunglasses on bright days)
As I said at the start, I know very little about skincare. I’m here to learn as well as share information on what I do and how I do it. Please if you know something I don’t about why we should be buying expensive skin care then put me on the right track…
On similar note – I watched the fantastic SuperScrimpers on Monday evening. There was a feature on home-made bath bombs. I’m desperately trying to track down Jazz who featured on the show as I’d love to check out more of her creations. The recipe is on the Channel 4 SuperScrimper site. I will, without a doubt, be making these as gifts for family and friends and packaging them up in recycled giftware. Loving the DIY vibe that this show is giving out. Long live fun frugality!
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It’s great conversation over there, so if Facebook’s your thing why not head on over?