Wednesday, April 1, 2009: WOOT!
So how was your hump day? Earlier today I turned in that paper I’d been working on, so I’m happy that’s off my plate.
I ended up writing about a recent episode of Terry Gross’s Fresh Air on National Public Radio.
In the episode, Terry interviews Nancy Kay, a veterinarian and the author of Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Longer Life, a book about making sound health care decisions for your pet (cats and dogs).
Here’s a download of the show if you’re interested: Speaking for Spot. Now I’m convinced I should get pet medical insurance for Tabs.
Neglecting my skin
Because I’ve been busier than usual this week, I haven’t taken great care of my skin (shame on me). Tonight that has to change, so I plan to indulge in a good exfoliating, mask and moisture sesh before bed to make up for lost time.
One of the products I’m going to use is by Dermalogica, called Active Moist.
Have you tried their stuff before? I’ve used some of their moisturizers, cleansers and treatments, and they cost bucko bucks. But girrrrrl … they work well.
I’ve used Active Moist ($50) on and off for years. It’s a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer designed for oily, acne-prone skin.
When I got a bad case of adult acne a few years ago, I bought a tube of Active Moist on a whim (I splurged out of desperation) and was blown away by how well it worked. To this day, it’s one of my favorite products (except for the price).
I have combination oily/acne-prone/dry skin (lucky me!), and when it rebels I need a hydrating moisturizer that won’t bring on more pimples. That describes Active Moist to a T.
What I do is pat it onto my face and neck after cleansing them with something gentle like Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple. Within seconds I can feel my skin breathe a big sigh of hydrated relief. And because it doesn’t leave a thick film, I can also use it to moisturize my neck. I have a pet peeve about products that make my neck feel sticky.
But even Active Moist isn’t unflappable. It can handle my skin in spring and summer, but in the dead of winter, when my skin’s at its driest, it’s not enough, particularly for the extra-dry spots around my mouth and nose.
I love this moisturizer to pieces because it plays so well with pimples, but that $50 price tag (for a 3.4oz tube) … hurts. That, and it doesn’t contain SPF (double boo).
Two other oil-free lotions that work pretty well for me when my skin’s uncooperative are the Clean & Clear SOFT Oil-Free Moisturizers ($8 each; one for day, another for night).
Like Active Moist, they hydrate without breaking me out (or without making existing breakouts worse).
Workin’ it out
I’m running late (as usual!), but I’m going to try to hit the gym for a quick workout. I’ll be wearing some Cargo Classic Lipgloss in Venice on my date with the stair stepper… in case we share a precious moment, LOL!
Hope you had a great day so far.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. I just got wind of a free online radio program tomorrow that might be helpful for teenagers struggling with acne (and the parents of teenagers with acne).
In the show, dermatologist Hilary Baldwin and Seventeen magazine Beauty Director Yesenia Almont are going to talk about teen acne — the myths, solutions and emotional and social trauma.
To register to hear the show, head over to iRadio MD before it starts at 3 p.m. EST on April 2.