Getting Old is Costing Me Money

My friend Christina has good skin.  It’s really pretty.  Then a little while ago she bought a Clarisonic Mia 2 and now her skin positively GLOWS.   Glows like it looks like she has on makeup when she doesn’t glows.  I need to get in on that action.  I’ve been blessed with a nice complexion but as I’ve, ahem, aged, I’ve noticed larger pores and rougher skin and other problems I won’t bore you with.  I’d been using a handheld face cleansing brush with super soft bristles but it just wasn’t enough.  So when we got our tax refund I took the plunge and made the purchase.  Clarisonic cleansing systems are pretty much price locked everywhere and you can’t use coupons for them so I had to get creative to save a little money on my purchase.  It pains me to buy anything at the full retail price!  I found the Mia 2 model color that I wanted at Ulta.  I normally shop at Sephora online but they didn’t have the Passion Fruit color. mia2_passionfruit_set_400x234_01142013 First I logged into Ebates. com then clicked on Ulta’s link from there.  Now I’ll get $11.92 back from Ebates!  Sweet!  Ulta sent my Mia 2 really quickly and I was so excited to unpack it.  I charged it up for the recommended 24 hours then I used it for the first time.  The cleanser that comes with it really wakes up your skin!  Since I’ve received the Mia 2 I’ve used it a few times and my skin is so smooth!  I expect it will take a little while before I notice marked improvement with my pores and breakouts but so far I’m loving this!  Fresh & dewy here I come!

The heat must bring out the rude in people

I may be the only person in the Carolinas who’s not looking forward to Summer.  I sometimes wish we lived in Canada or Alaska so it would stay cool all year.  Mainly because I don’t like wearing shorter sleeves.  Not because of the sleeves themselves, but the people.  Recently I was out and about and ran into a woman I’ve met maybe 3 times.  I was wearing a shirt with 3/4 length sleeves.  Actually it was the Penelope shirt!  The woman looked at me and instead of the normal Hello greeting she said “Girl, what the hell is going on with your arms???”  I was mortified.  I have severe eczema and it really affects my forearms.  I don’t know why I don’t have it on places no one can see.  I’m used to people looking at me funny, esp at drive thrus or other places where I’m exchanging money for goods.  People look at my arms like I’ve been a victim of an acid attack.  And frankly, that is what it looks like.  During the winter (when I get to wear long sleeves, natch) my eczema is better.  When it starts to get warm out the heat flares it up and the patches look really red and angry.  But that DOES NOT give anyone the right to embarrass me like that!  And in front of people!  I would never look back at her and say anything like “Girl, what is UP with your hair?”

If you are unfamiliar with eczema and what it looks like, my arms look very similar to this: It’s not fun.  Luckily I have pretty good self esteem and a husband who thinks I’m beautiful even with my spots. Now, before you start listing all the “cures” for eczema, please know that while I appreciate it, I’ve heard – and tried- them all before.  I’ve been dealing with this for 20 years.  I’ve tried every bath, cream, pill, spray, balm that you could think of.  Bottom line is that there is no cure, only temporary remedies.   Just do me this favor- please teach your children to not stare.  That eczema and psoriasis and the like are not contagious.  That unwanted comments are just that- unwanted.  That the only license you could have to make comments would be a medical license.  And if you weren’t aware of this, now you know.  I really don’t want to go through another summer having to educate the ignorant in how to be polite.