Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Serves Me Right
I did a dumb-ass thing the other day. I succumbed to the pressure of advertising and decided to partake of the fountain of youth. Well, not actually drink from it - more like smear goop all over my face in order to attain (or fake) a “dewy” “shimmery” look.
What a doofus.
It was a particularly stupid thing to do because I have extremely sensitive skin and have avoided make-up for years (i.e. most of my life) for that very reason. I thought a) the quality of products might have evolved over time and b) if the “goop” stated “hypoallergenic/for sensitive skin” I was covered.
Well, I was covered, all right – in stuff that nearly burned my skin off.
I put it on, smiled at myself in the mirror (because that’s what you do when you add “touches” – give yourself a preview of that devastating smile and look you’ll be presenting to the world), noted no change at all but figured the stuff must take awhile to work. (Gotta simmer to shimmer...)
I then watched TV with one of my kids and felt my skin getting somewhat tingly. The shimmer thing was happening! Tingly morphed into irritation and then into downright pain. Without admitting to a damn thing, I excused myself. Walked from the room and RAN upstairs to the bathroom.
Arghh! Burning! Red face visible through the goop! And because I don’t wear make-up, there was no stash of glop (a.k.a. make-up remover) to get the bloody stuff off. Panic. Soap and water. Scrub. More soap and water. Scrub. Splashes of cold water to ease the burning. Pat gently dry because at this point I was really hurting.
No smiling at the mirror this time. I was looking at red blotches from forehead to neck.
In truth (and, okay, with a touch of vanity) I think my skin is in pretty darn good condition. And I credit years of NO make-up for this. Sure I have laugh lines at the eyes and mouth – I wouldn’t look human without them.
As for that dewy and shimmery look? Dew belongs on the grass and whose face actually shimmers anyway?
It’s back to the basics – Pears soap and a gentle moisturizer.
Not only am I comfortable in my skin, I prefer to remain comfortable with my skin.