Today’s Featured Comment
What to do, what to do, what to do…
Just for a few moments, suspend your disbelief and STOP doing what you have been doing and switch things up.
- Rule #1 is to not add insult to injury. So if you are not wearing great UVA/UVB sunglasses EVERYTIME you go outdoors, start doing it today. The constant squinting is doing you NO favors, ladies!
- Rule #2 is to keep track of how muck snooze time you are getting in a sleep diary. Chances are it is a lot less than you think. A note pad next to the bed will do. Whatever is keeping you from getting quality sleep needs to be changed pronto. Are you not dealing with nagging allergies? Is the cat sleeping on the bed? Is your husband snoring? Is the room to warm? Be aggressive about fixing this problem before you start playing with make-up. It all starts here!!
- Rule #3 is to get yourself on an exercise schedule even if that schedule is 15 minutes for three times per week. If you never, ever go beyond that, you will have accomplished what most Americans cannot. But you need to commit to it, in writing, on schedule, and that’s that.
- Rule #4 is to load up on sugar-free juices. If you don’t have a juicer and don’t want a juicer, start buying Naked Juices in the store. I buy the small bottles. These babies are a great substitute for a sweet craving and provide the vitamins and minerals that your body wants and needs as well as begins to flush the bad stuff out. That’s a medical term: Flush the bad stuff out. Unless you are a diabetic, you could probably knock one or two back per day with no problem. And even if you wanted to, you could not go on a bender with them because they are so filling.
If you do 50% of the above four steps you should be looking better already!
So now let’s talk about the rest. While I was caring for my father who was in the late stages of Alzheimer’s and I would be up alone in the middle of the night thinking about goofy things, my eyes would often drift to the collection of jars and tubes sitting on my bureau. Why so many? After reading – and ultimately researching the ingredients – I realized that this tube was drying my skin out and that tube was putting the moisture back and this jar was ever so slightly irritating my skin so that that jar could soothe it. Get the picture?
The point is to start using more discretion about what goes on your face.
- Cleanse your face with the mildest gel cleanser you can find. If your cleanser is the right pH, you won’t have dryness around your eyes. It should be pH appropriate which means 5.5 to match your skin. These types of products are usually sold at Whole Foods – who has very stringent requirements for their products.
- Toners are made to put something on to your skin – not remove extra soap. So if you’re not adding something you need, skip it.
- And finally, moisturize ONLY where you need it and NEVER around the eye area if you want to wear make-up. You’ll have a mess on your hands.
- IF you eye lid has an “overhang” (mine does) you want to be super careful about eye makeup placement. Put a light shade that has the faintest bit of irridescence on the lid. Press a deep brown matte shadow into the lash line with a square flat eye liner brush. It will give you the thinest line that won’t budge. Add one coat of water-resistant (not proof) mascara that thickens (not lengethens) the lashes. And – if the area is large enough – add a medium neutral shadow to the outer third of the eye above the crease.
- Don’t put highlighter beneath the brow. Instead put it ABOVE the brow to draw the eye up.
- And it goes without saying that you need to shape and color your brows. If you have no brow hairs, use stencils. Yep, they look fake. Who cares? They also give a great shape to the eyes and shape is what you are after.
Hope this helps just a little. Or at least gives you hope!