Thursday, December 1, 2016

Product Recommendations Q & As—#5

I’ve started noticing a couple of (gasp!) wrinkles around my mouth and eyes. Any suggestions? Yes, I am wearing sunscreen and a hat!

Yes, wrinkles will come, and there is only so much you can do. When you have the first inklings of lines appearing, it may be disconcerting. You’re going from nothing to something. Hopefully, you’ll get used to the lines because they will get deeper with time.

Sun plus time equals aging. This equation is age old and undeniable. Wear sunscreen and sunglasses to prevent excessive squinting; all those things you know to do—do! Eye cream is vital if you aren’t already wearing it daily, and hats are absolutely necessary. If you find a good one, let me know—I’m always on the lookout. And exfoliating is crucial to help keep the dead cell buildup off your face, making the lines look less severe.

I’m sorry I don’t have a miracle cure for you. But you can always go to the department store—they are full of miracles! It’ll cost you, and it’s doubtful you’ll see any big results, but they are selling miracles! Decide what is important: how you look or who you are.

I found a product from Neutrogena that is a spot treatment for blemishes. Do you know this product, and what are your views?

The product is Neutrogena’s On-the-Spot Acne Treatment. The package says “maximum strength,” and “less irritation, won’t dry out skin.” It contains 2.5% benzoyl peroxide. This is far from “maximum strength;” however, this lesser percentage of benzoyl peroxide, which is a drying ingredient, is actually preferable to the higher 5% and 10% versions. Looking at the inactive ingredients, bentonite clay is listed second after water. That means this product is primarily clay along with the benzoyl peroxide. I tried it on a few blemishes, and although I find geranium oil and/or clay mask dotted on my skin helps to diminish the spots more effectively, I did find this product to be OK. It was also without the usual drying effects of higher strength benzoyl peroxide spot treatments.

Note: This Neutrogena product will leave a whitish film wherever it is applied; dotting clay will leave a greenish color (or whatever the color of the mask is); and geranium will leave no visual sign you are wearing it, just a strong aromatic.

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