Too much of a good thing. Really?
Maybe that’s the price one pays for being an “excessive” as My-Reason-For-Living-In-France likes to point out at least a couple of times per week. He then adds, “which, of course, adds to your immense charm.” (He probably doesn’t see the point — or the wisdom — in putting me in a position where I would be obliged to vigorously defend myself.)
Unfortunately, or fortunately, it depends I imagine, pretty much everyone who knows me well would probably agree with him. When I like something or someone I really like someone or something. It’s just the way I am and it takes more proof than a normal person would require to disabuse me of my sentiments even when presented with irrefutable proof. I am loyal to a fault, until it’s over. Then it’s over, if you know what I mean.
So, unbeknownst to me and my good judgement, it seems that I have gone overboard on my skincare regime. How do I know this (beyond the irrefutable proof on my face)? My great pal and pharmacist, Christine Salort, told me.
I interviewed her for the beauty chapter in my book, concentrating on her essential oil expertise and during the interview I asked her if she had any recommendations for the redness on my cheeks and the redness and bumps on my forehead.
After a nano second glance at me she posed the following question: “How often are you using your Retin-A, your glycolic acid exfoliant, your Nuxe gommage, your vitamin C serum, your hyaluronic acid whatevers?”
“Well, there you go then,” she said. “You’re abusing a good thing. Stop using everything for a week and I’ll make a little essential oil treatment for you that you use every-other-night and you’ll see that everything will clear-up. On the three nights you don’t use the oil, just clean your face and let it breathe.”
I did exactly as I was told and I’m back on a new and improved skincare regime. It goes like this: Retin-A, three times per week; Foamer 15, once per week; Nuxe gommage, once per week or every 10 days, depending; Christine’s essential oil treatment two nights per week; my vitamin C serum, three or four times per week in the morning; and my Filorga or Eucerin night creams with hyaluronic acid on the other nights. Squeezed into the regime is a sleep-in night with my Avene moisturizing mask. My day cream always has hyaluronic acid in it.
So far, so good.