Skin care. All of it.

Dear Reader,

Sex wasn’t the only thing my mother didn’t teach me about.  Oh, she taught me how to shoot a gun, ride a horse and encouraged me to fight a bull, but how to be a girl?  I learned that from gay men, and thank God for them!  If I’d had lesbian tendencies it would have been okay, but I’d floundered around in life being an ultimate tomboy because I didn’t know how to be anything else.

Despite knowing those lessons should go into practice I fail on some of them.  Skin care has always been one of those daily rituals I fudge around on.  I’m a huge fan of moisturizer, but not so much a regular exfoliation schedule and I’ve never applied anti-aging stuff to my face.  I’m 26, there’s not a big need for it now, I know but still!

Something got to me this last week and I charged off to Wal-Mart to remedy my skin care issues.  The thing that started this off was that I really needed a new loofah and to invest in one of those back scrubber things.  While wearing a nice dress this last week I was disgusted with how my pale legs showed off my pores no matter what I did!  So I did some research, some digging and decided that  nothing I was doing as far as skin care was satisfactory.

For my legs I wanted to do some self-tanning lotion so I turned to Cosmo Magazine.  I know, I know – hush!  I typically use Neutrogena products and they have a self-tanner but the bottles were all missing lids, thus breaking the safety seal.  So I went with a L’oreal bronze skin lotion.  I really wish I’d taken before/after shots.  I’ve only done two applications but already the color of my legs is closer to the skin tone of my arms.  Not that I’m ever going to be tan, but my arms are a warmer color than my legs.  This has done wonders for making my pores less obvious.

Some tips if you’re going to use the L’oreal lotion, scrub and wash your legs and hands before.  Even if you just want, say, your lower legs more tan, do further up the limb than you want to show off to blend the color.  Blend the color!  Rub it in and pay close attention to spots that appear lighter or darker in color than the rest of your leg.  Also, when you bathe next, take a loofah and scrub the area you applied the lotion to.  This will remove excess lotion and leave you with a better idea of what color your skin is now.

Since I was already on the isle with all of the skin care products I found a body bar by Neutrogena.  Despite not being a teenager any longer sometimes I have pimples on my shoulders.  I’ve always thought my skin was a bit more oily than it should be.  I’ve used this Neutrogena body bar twice, both times doing lots of scrubbing and my skin feels better.  I wouldn’t say it glows, but it’s on it’s way!

Lastly, I picked up an anti-aging pack of face care products, also from Neutrogena.  Heck, I’m like the Neutrogena product placement today!  Anyways, I can’t tell a huge difference, it’s only been a few days, but I’m liking my skin more.  This is one of those things I’m doing for me.  I like feeling good about myself and today when I go to the concert hall to see a musical all dolled up, I’m going to feel good.

Have a good weekend ladies and gents!

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