I had so many conversations about discoloration and skin yesterday I could sign up for an aesthetician course and be a start student on day one. ONLY on day one mind you.
One conversation centered around how over 40 skin can look and feel dryer than we're used to and it was determined that the only thing that helps with that is regular exercise for increased circulation and moisturizing with a GOOD moisturizer daily before your skin is completely dry out of the shower. Never scrub your skin dry with the towel. Pat it dry and when you're putting on your lotion...kinda massage it in with circular motions like they do when you're getting a massage.
If you're noticing serious dryness, get you some Eucerin. You can try a free sample if you fill out the form over here: Eucerin
One thing you shouldn't ever skip is moisturizing your skin. When your skin is extra dry it itches. When it itches you scratch and scratching can leave marks. Keeping it moisturized also helps scars fade quicker and well...your skin looks healthier.
Also...a little dab of vitamin E mixed in with your normal lotion will help if you have dark spots. It's thick as all get out so a little dab will do ya just fine.
We have to take care of ourselves because we all know that when we look good we feel good and vice versa. We have to FOCUS on keeping our stride STANK!
I was having a conversation with a friend who was complaining about the discoloration spots on the backs of her thighs. She hates them. Like...it's the bane of her existence. She is constantly looking up ways to get them gone and has tried pretty much everything available.
She asked if I had any and I said...YUP. I also have them on my lower back and my underarms. She then asked what do I do about them.
When air drying, I've incorporated an apple cider vinegar rinse into my hair routine. I find it gives my hair a smoothness and a shine that I used to have before these damn after 40 wiry grey hairs started doing whatever the heck they want to do in my hair.
I mix 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar to a quart or so of water (Honestly...I put it in a dollar store pitcher and just add water to the vinegar so I don't know how much water I use. I just fill it up.) and pour it over my hair and then run a bit of plain water on it.
I'm sure most of you already do this and just keep it to yourself like yall did with the t-shirt drying method cuz you want your hair to look way better than ours cuz you're all selfish and whatnot. LOL! If you do this...how much ACV do YOU use? How often do you do it? What does it do to YOUR hair? Shelly did it last night and is all happy this merntink with her soft, shiny curls. LOL!
I was people watching having lunch outside with a friend last week in a pretty popular area.
Young people were in and out walking and enjoying the sunshine wearing the shortest shorts fashion has deemed presentable to date in my lifetime.
They'd walk a bit and unconsciously tug the shorts at the crotch area to pull them down a bit because, I can only imagine, that thick, folded crease at the crotch could probably get uncomfy ya know?
The most interesting thing, however, was that many of these young ladies had cellulite. And I'm talking YOUNG. Like...late teens and early 20s. And most of them had back thigh cellulite.
They weren't overweight. They appeared to be fit. But yeah...cellulite.
That was interesting to me because I'm of the thought that cellulite either appeared if you were overweight or older. I guess that's not the case?
Did you think the same? Have YOU noticed these young ladies with cellulite already? Is it odd? OR...is it simply a case of not seeing so many people in super short shorts so we never noticed it before?
Last weekend I was showing a couple of girlfriends how to do a proper plank. One of them scrunched her face up and was like..."That looks like it's hard to do. What else ya got?"
And I told her that this is why she is not allowed to workout with me because I'd spend too much time side eyeing her instead of my hit it quick strength training.
Yall know I'm 43 years old and I'm vain as hell. I go out of my way to try and keep my stride as STANK as possible, MY WAY.
I LURVE planks. I love how hard it makes my abs feel. Like...I can seriously feel my personal strength in the direct center of me. SO HOT! Working out for me is my mediation. You know...my quiet time. I like to do it alone and get it out of the way quickly.
I have a friend that I made at the gym who has been trying to get me to "train" her for a minute now. I constantly tell her that I don't have any initials behind my name so I can't train nobody for nothing and I'm not trying to get sued. LOL! She says she'd never sue me and I stick with it cuz the only body I'm confident I know well enough to keep in shape is MINE. Oh...and once you leave the gym...you're on your own. I can't control what you're eating so there is no telling how you're stacking up the odds AGAINST keeping your stride STANK with your diet.
Too many factors. TOO.MANY.FACTORS. I can't train nobody nuttin. Hell...I can't even train Jaru and Lucy to sit.
SIP: Unruly azz dogs.
Do you do planks? Do you understand that strength feeling I'm talking about? Those of you who workout regularly...do you prefer working out with friends or solo? Would you be comfortable training someone?
I pride myself on doing a lot of things the way my mother used to do them. She knew how to run a household right and did more with much less than I've ever had to. SHE WAS AWESOME.SAUCE!
Whenever we were sick, she'd make us a hot bubble bath all fragrant and whatnot. Bathe us up good, powder us up, put us in some fresh pajamas and tuck us into bed. PERFECTION. The bubble bath she always used came from this bottle:
The bottle lasted so long, the cap was PERPETUALLY dusty and needed wiping good before she opened it up. (How does stuff get dusty inside a cabinet? Hmmmmm...)
On Sunday's, when The Robinator isn't golfing, we watch CBS Sunday Morning and then take a bubble bath. My bubble bath game is strong. I buy them from all over and try all different kinds.
Well...I was at Trader Joe's and got nostalgic when I saw this and decided to buy it:
They only had this kind but heck...peppermint is good right?
The following Sunday morning I made our bubble bath and was grinned-t up at how good it made our room and bathroom smell. I added a bit more because it didn't make bubbles but then I read on the label, amid all the other writing, that there is no foaming agent so...um...okay.
The Robinator commented on it. "Wow...that smells so good! New bubble bath?"
And I was grinning and told him about how my mommy used to bathe us in it when we were sick.
We were in the hot bubble bath talking when suddenly The Robinator got this weird look on his face.
The Robinator: Um...Monnie...is this stuff supposed to...
And then I felt it too.
SIP: AW HELL NO! HELL NO! I DON'T LIKE THIS ISH AT ALL!
Chile...there is no weirder feeling than being cold in a hot bubble bath and having all your um...erra...normally hidden bits and pieces tingling weirdly.
We got up outta that tub so quick and then...we were FREEZING! I'm taking teeth chattering cold. MAD.ABOUT.IT we were I tell you!
Our day was all messed up after that cuz we didn't have our normal relaxing start and whew...we still mad.
This bottle has made it's way out of our bathroom and now I don't know what to do about it. I'm reading up on all the different uses of it and try that. http://www.drbronner.com/faqs_main.php
Someone I know had a patch of super thinning hair on top of her head. It was a source of angst for her and she hit it with comb overs (SIP: Yes...she said comb overs.), weaves and wigs.
Honestly though...it really messed her up big time in the confidence department.
I saw her a while back and she was sporting a super fresh natural head of hair that was thick and AWESOME! Think G-Baby's hair now (Who should have gone back natural FOREVER ago cuz BAAAAAAAAAAAAABY! SHE IS ROCKING THE HELL OUTTA NATURAL HAIR! LOVE IT SOOOOOOOO MUCH ON HER!).
N E WAY...
I was like...girl! You look like MONEY!
And we laughed our butts off. She told me that she started oiling and massaging her entire scalp three times a week with Castor Oil
. Says it took about 3 months before she saw some hair filling in her thinning spot but that yeah...you can't even tell anymore. Says the Castor Oil
made her hair grow back thicker and stronger.
I thought about this and remembered that an Elder babysat a little cousin once for the summer. The baby's mama used to put them old jacked up too tight plaits or braids all over that lil girl's head (WHY WOULD YOU PUT BRAIDS ON A TODDLER KNOWING THAT BEATS THE HELL UP OUTTA A HAIRLINE ON A GROWN WOMAN?????????) and the child's edges were straight JACKED. The Elder put Castor Oil
on the baby's edges all summer telling the mama to stop doing the child's hair in the morning and she'd do it when she got there and yup...at summer's end...the baby's edges had started coming back in nicely.
SIP: Elders can solve anything with berries and juices or some old school something we ain't heard of for a minute. (Zinc/ZANK Soap Update)
Okay...so someone else was having some hair thinning issues and I shared this with her. She said she's heard that if you go natural your hair would look thicker and you couldn't really tell. I asked her if she thought about going natural and she said her hair is too nappy to go natural and she ain't walking around looking like that.
I kept it moving cuz really...it's her head and her perception of her head and I ain't gonna change that at all.
But...it made me wonder...are there many people who think their hair is too nappy to go natural that they wouldn't even if they were having hair issues? Is there really such a thing as TOO NAPPY? I know there are people whose hair has major shrinkage but too nappy? I mean...even the thickest is able to be loosened up with twists and length right?
School me if I'm wrong.
If you were having hair loss issues and had a relaxer...would you have to do too much thinking to go natural?
Also...have YOU ever heard of or used Castor Oil
on your hair?
I asked Mr. Google about it...here's what he had to say in pictures: Castor Oil Hair
She said that her skin has never been as clear as it is now. She then asked me when she should stop using it. I told her that I hadn't stopped using it yet and, as long as I didn't have any additional issues...I wasn't changing up.
But then I thunk on it and I called my Elder and asked her.
"The hair-braiding face-lifthas been done on aging drag queens and rock stars alike. A number of local African-American braiding salons perform it. Four tightly braided cornrows from the temple and brow temporarily lift the eye area, cheeks and forehead. Cinema Secrets in Burbank has the tools for this, and some claim Madonna has been doing it for years. Someone on the web posted, "It hurts like bejesus and makes your hair look like Coolio in Dangerous Minds." But hey -- he looks really young."
I was talking to an elder and sharing that I'm having some issues with my skin due to allergic reactions to something the doctors can't really figure out. The elder asked what kinda issues and I shared that I was getting tiny bumps all over my face which were red and on fire. I told her I was using three different medications from my dermatologist and that two of them were really expensive and I was frustrated as hell.
Elder: Get you some zank soap and some apple cider vinegar. Wash your face with the zank soap twice a day and mix 1 part of the vinegar and 1 part of the water and wipe your face down good with the vinegar mix after. Then put your face cream on and nothing else for a few weeks. You'll be aiight.
Me: Zank soap?
Elder: Yes. Zank soap.
Me: I'm writing it down so I don't forget. How do you spell it?
Elder: *DEEP.SIGH* (Like she's speaking to a plum fool.) Z-I-N-C.
Me: Okay! Zinc soap!
Me: Love you!
Elder: Mmmmmhmmmm...don't use no stuff to wash anything that's going to be next to your face with color in it either. None of that Downey or nothing. Specially on your sheets and pillowcases. They put all kindsa stuff in there that can mess you up. Love you too. Bye. *CLICK*
So...I went to Amazon and bought some ZANK soap: Zinc Soap
Then I went to my basement storage and got a fresh bottle of apple cider vinegar and did me up a mix as I was instructed. I've been using it for two weeks now and yup...it's working. I had to reduce the amount of apple cider vinegar because it was way too strong and dried me out too much.
I pretty much do my nails on the deck and my stuff is in two thingys that aren't nail thingys and it's kind of a pain to carry back and forth.
I'd been looking for a solution and had yet to find something. There were some nice acrylic holders but they wouldn't be easy to carry.
I bought this case today from Target and my stuff fits in there pretty well but there isn't much room to grow so I'm wondering if I need to go ahead and get something bigger. Canal Street Beauty Case
They didn't have bigger ones like this at Target but they had bigger Caboodle ones. Only thing is...the Caboodle ones weren't as well made as this one is. So yeah...now I'm back at square one and wondering if I'll ever get it right.
I know a 12 year old little girl who isn't allowed to wear nail polish because her father told her she can't until she turns 15. she begs and pleads with her mother but her mommy is like...nope...buffing only.
I remember a Facebook conversation recently initiated by a friend about her toddler daughter's nails. She was asking how young was too young to get polish on her nails. The responses ran the spectrum.
This morning I watched GMA and saw a woman do a full face of makeup on her 4 year old little girl.
A couple of weeks ago I was talking to a friend about makeup and shared with her that I never used concealer. She was shocked and said that all women over 40 should always wear a concealer under their eyes for dark circles.
I explained to her that I don't have dark circles and my under eye bags aren't going anywhere cuz they are hereditary and are ALWAYS there. In fact...I think concealer makes my bags look like serious LUGGAGE! LOL! But I did walk away wondering what if...hmmmmm...
Then...the other day, Meagan Good's makeup in "Think Like A Man" made me feel good about my decision. GO.ME!
The concealer under her eyes just didn't seem right to me and she's seriously stunning to me.
What did YOU think? Why did her concealer look like that? Is that how it's SUPPOSED to look?
I thought about just getting these, Anastasia Classic Stencils, but the shape of my brows are pretty good cuz Shaista over at Salon Diva works it out big time for me and I guess I just want to learn how to accentuate them and still keep them looking natural. I couldn't imagine my brows looking drawn on so I want to learn how to do it right.
Do YOU use a brow kit? How long did it take you to learn to do brows properly? Do you even worry about your brows other than getting them threaded or waxed regularly? What's YOUR brow regimen?