In case there is anyone out there not taking skin care seriously, this is to encourage you, especially for the winter, to practice self care through the use of lotions for the face and body. I am often amazed at how many people do not use any face or body lotion, there seems to be a horror of feeling “oily”. In my experience, if you don’t use lotions, it makes the face skin much more prone to skin problems. There are many different creams, lotions and emollients marketed for all the different parts of body, and parts of the face, in all different price ranges. Hand, foot, bust, neck, eye are the first that come to mind. I personally find that there is a significant difference in areas of body and what they require. I think for the legs and feet, a lot of exfoliation with brush, rough cloth or loofa, and an oil such as grapeseed or jojoba infused with certain essences such as geranium, clary sage, lavender or sandalwood works well to impart a velvety texture over time and also for healing and cooling the skin. The hands are another place that requires much heavier emollients than the rest, with frequent reapplication. An occasional night time application of almond or jojoba oil on the hands, especially rubbed into the nails, and mixed with a few drops of high potency vitamin E oil will cure winter dry skin spells. The skin around the eye area is another special one because its sensitivity. The eye area products, are, I find, divided into two types; those that are serum or gel-like and those that are creamy or an oil. The serums often deliver vitamins to the area but I find that the best for me include an element of cucumber. There are many on the market in a great range of expense but I personally have not found anything, regardless of how much money you are willing to spend, that works for dark circles caused by lack of sleep. Sleep is the only cure. Many people have naturally darker skin under the eyes, because the skin is thinner and often more translucent there, and nothing but a concealer can change that. I was impressed with recently an extensive article in the New York Times which said that the only product that really did anything concrete to boost moisture and improve aged skin was retin-a or retinol, which is the weaker, over the counter version. It works by increasing the production of collagen, and had the additional positive effect of neutralizing pre-cancerous areas after two weeks of use. For that alone, it would well be worth trying it. However, it does sensitize the skin to the sun, so you really have to be careful, forever after, to really protect your face from sun exposure.
Above, Actaea by Lord Leighton, looks to be someone who has been taking care of her skin (tho we know that lying around in the sun malarky will be doing her no good in the future...)
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