Thursday, April 03, 2008

Ask the WrinkleRexic





Ladies and metrosexuals it's ask the Wrinkle-Rexic day!

Please, please. I live for this. I know I just play a skincare expert on the internet, but this is my secret love. My true oeuvre.

Bring me your chapped heels, your crow's feet, your sad lips, your dull and pasty complexion. Hasten forth with your breakouts, your cellulite, your lackluster epidermals....just bring it.

Of course I will get the ball rolling with a few thoughts....

If you don't have Loreal's Colour Riche Soft Pink lipgloss, I urge you to go to your nearest Walgreens and snatch it up. Cheap, glossy yet not sticky, and doesn't make you look like an extra on Grease. It makes your lips look like they're rose petals. In a soft mist. In HEAVEN.

Botox - thoughts? I want to hear them.
Self-tanner woes? BRING IT ON.

Natural nails? Long or short? I'm a short and natural, but I've dabbled in acrylic in my day. Don't recommend it.

Do your hands look your age? Do you care? I didn't think I did, until I looked down the other day and saw this:

Dear Great Creator, why wasn't I told to rub face cream on my hands at an earlier age? Why?? Did I eat small children in a past life?

Do you drive? A lot? Do you know how much sun exposure your hands and face get? A buttload. And your left side of your face? Probably more crow's feet than the right side. Go look. I'll wait.

*La, la, lalalalala, the girl from Ipanema*

Now talk to me and I'll tell you what you can do about it.

Edited to add: I've been sk*rted! Chloe's post was skirted by Mamma Loves...explains the huge jump in site visits!!!

add to sk*rt

28 comments:

Sass E-mum said...

I've got a question. I'm out of face cream. I was using Kiehl's. Really nice but quite expensive. Also I have to wait till I'm in London and walk up the road to Selfridges. Far too much effort. So I'm using baby moisturiser. Or handcream if that's closer.

Should I shift my lazy butt up to my nearest cosmetics counter or should I regard sharing baby-moisturisers as good, money saving tactic?

Jen M. said...

Actually, depending on how sensitive your skin is Sass e-mum, the baby cream will work nicely in the interim. However, while it is great as a moisturizer, it will not work as an anti-aging cream.

Kiehl's is a wonderful product.

I am also thinking you should just mosey on over to the skin store and have a look at the basic face cream by Kinerase. It has the same effects as a retinoid, but with the plant product Kinetin.

Here's a link...
http://www.skinstore.com/store/category.asp?catID=7611

andi said...

Well, now you're just freaking me out. I've already lost my girlish figure and if my hands look like that soon, I just may cry. I'm off to buy some face cream...

Jen M. said...

Andi - if you're looking for a good over the counter face cream I am in LOVE with the Aveno Night Cream with Shitake Mushroom. In. Love.

Anonymous said...

We can skip the anti-aging because I am already there. The skin on my hands and arms has become quite thin and very dry. Cracking and chapping are part of my daily vocabulary. I am out of doors much of the week. Help.

Life As I Know It said...

At 36 I have a furrowed brow. You know, those pesky little lines between your nose and eyebrows?
I hate them. I slather on deep wrinkle cream at night, but really, nothing works...it's genetics.

Sophie's Mom said...

Dryest feet in the Northeast... what to do?

Nancy said...

I want to try some self tanner BEFORE I start baring my legs for the summer ...without streaking and looking orange.

I usually did the fake and bake ...every spring, but this year, I have the cancer scare.

What product seems to give a natural, even tan look?

(I need to try this before BlogHer or I will blind you with my fish belly white legs)

Carrie Sue said...

I never used to have dry heels, but now they are freakishly disgusting. Not only are they dry, but in a state of anger (w/husband) a week ago I directed said anger at my heels. I took one of those reazor things things and started scraping away. I scraped so long and feverishly I started to bleed. Anyways, now I am left with a scratchy, scaley, dry mess on my heels.

HELP!

Jen M. said...

Anonymous - if you do not have a sensitivity to shea butter that is by far the most wonderful product for outdoor skin. Or, you can get the Body Shop Olive Oil Body Butter...a nice alternative.

Life as I know it - But yes you can do something! Have you tried Roc? Over the counter retinoid. Or, get your doc to write you a scrip for retin A and put that on each night. It really does work - just remember to use sunscreen as it enhances photosensitivity. And you can always tape the furrow before you go to bed each night. Some people do that and SWEAR by it - why not? Lastly, there's Botox. Works, and the few hundred dollars you spend lasts up to six months.

Jen M. said...

Sophie's Mom: Bath and Body Works Heel of Approval, liberally slathered on your feet, covered in socks for a week.

Nancy - there are SOOOO many great self tanners out there. By far my favorite over the counter is the Jergins gradual glow product - although I get the one that promises to di it in three days. Target carries the line. On pale girls like you and me you and me, it shows up in a few hours. I love the Estee Lauder micro spray, too - just a little spendier. Lancome has a product that smells nicer than most - again, about double the Jergins. Even though all will smell a bit after your application, after the first shower it goes away. Jergins was my favorite for no streaks. If you get a streak? touch it up with nail polish remover.

CARRIE SUE - please get that Bath and Body Works Heel of approval - but wait until your cuts have healed. Until then, liberally smear neosporin on the cuts, cover, then for the rest of the feet use cocoa butter and wear socks.

Anonymous said...

I have been using Neutrogena Deep Wrinkle face cream on my hands for a couple of weeks. I feel like my hands have committed cosmetic sabotage! When did they decide to look like they work for a living!

imbeingheldhostage said...

I wish I weren't so danged perfect, because I really want to ask a question.

Now that you've spit out your morning coffee, truth is: holy cow, where do I start?! Can you direct me to a good acid dip that removes facial brown spots (situated right on the edges of my mouth so that I look like I am habitually frowning)? I can wear gloves for the ugly hands (now, that's fashionable), but people look at you weird if you wear a Richard Nixon Halloween mask in April. Thanks!

Jen M. said...

I'm being held hostage - read the comment above yours from anonymous - who knows...maybe that? Or there's laser removal - expensive. Have you tried Retin A? Your doc can prescribe it and it's verrry effective. If not, there's always Acca Kappa's whitening cream - supposedly the rage in Japan.

Jan said...

Way to go Jen. Lots of good advise, and you're humor is showing, too.

liv said...

Jen, I consider myself to be ridiculously savvy in the products area, but have to know what your thoughts are about tiny skin bumps that may or may not house ultra fine hairs that cause the bumps and the dry skin and what can be done to get rid of them with the knowledge that heavy duty exfoliation seems to do more harm than good.

Botox? yes, please.

Jen M. said...

Liv - I think the over-exfoliating may be a part of the problem? Do you have the bumps all the time or just in the winter? My husband has them all the time - I think his are just a part of who he is.

I would hold off on the exfoliation and try a calming, soothing cream with oatmeal...if that doesn't work I would run it by a dermatologist...who will also administer your Botox! ;)

Just Seeking said...

The hands? I just thought of this for the first time literally last week! I was driving in our overly sunny hometown and I glanced at my hands and noticed, gasp! sun spots! Since then (only about a week) I've been adding sunscreen to my hands every morning.
My stars! can't we ever catch a break?

Anonymous said...

Can you give us some choices in products including ones that don't test on animals? Loreal is quite well known for continuing to test when there isn't a need.

Jen M. said...

It is really hard to find goood products that you can be sure either A. Don't test on animals or B. Don't use ingredients that test on animals...

I have found places online that sell bulk free-trade unrefined Shea Butter from Africa - and this alone is probably the best product out there. If you're willing to have a huge amount of unrefined Shea butter lying around, that is.

I'll do some more research on that, anonymous....got a name? :)

katydidnot said...

crap, we have to worry about hand wrinkles too?? frick. it never ends.

liv said...

the MD answer I'm getting is all over salicylic acid based cream... joy!!

botox party in the works...

Katrina said...

I am getting botox on Wednesday...tired of the deep worry lines on my forehead and the creases between my eyebrows. I am only 36!

Now the questions...sensitive skin, PCOS cystic acne, and trouble spots are back and shoulders. Any pointers?

Finally my heels look like cracked concrete...help!

Swistle said...

I DEFINITELY have more sun damage on the left side of my face---and I wear spf 15 EVERY SINGLE DAY. Also, I read that married women tend to get more sun damage on the right side of the face, because they let their husbands drive. Um.

Jen M. said...

Katrina: I got really terrible postpartum acne with Jack. I mean TERRIBLE.

I got a series of four salycilic acid peels from my derm, followed by daily use of La Roche Posay's AntiBac lotion. GONE. Completely gone. Ask when you get your Botox - and GOOD LUCK!

Swistle said...

Oh! I forgot I could not just complain but also ASK!

1) Several pale brown spots (sun damage freckles?) on left side of face.

2) General rough appearance to skin, like I'm Suddenly Aging now that I'm in my mid-30s.

3) Husband saying, "You should spend more on face cream than that" after seeing I spend $6 on Oil of Olay Firming Night Creme.


FIX IT!

Jen M. said...

Swistle - I actually like the Olay line. BUT your husband is right. If you're new to the wrinkle management, I would get thee to the skinstore.com right now. Type in Kinerase and look for their "brightening anti-aging system" under kits.

Also, I would not recommend harsh exfoliation. I like the Estee Lauder Perfectionist home peel kit. Worth the price because it lasts forever.

Another great way to combat that dull look is the Muddy H2O Macha Tea mask. You can use this mask UNDER YOUR EYES it is so great!!! Chock full of antioxidants, it is great to use, followed by your Kinerase products.

I love anything by La Roche Posay, too (okay, I have about a dozen lines I like) but based on what you've said, this is my advice!

Amy said...

Wow, you DO know your stuff! Thanks for all the great info, off to search up some of that stuff now :)