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.
Without even looking at me she posed the following question: “How often are you using your Retin-A, you 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. My day cream always has hyaluronic acid in it. Both my day and night creams have minimal percentages of hyaluronic acid.
So far, so good.
Ed. Note: It’s not for lack of trying that I haven’t written a post before today. As I’ve mentioned in the past, we live in the country and that means that Internet connection can be spotty. For several days it was not only hit-or-miss, but was nonexistent. In fact, I had to rewrite this post three times because I lost it when everything shut down. We’re told there is very little we can do, which is extremely frustrating.