My Simple Daily Skincare

Back in the New Years Resolution post, I briefly noted wanting to establish a skincare regimen for my finicky, prone-to-stress-breakouts skin, never really thinking that I’d stick to it. Well, it’s been almost a month now and I think I’ve found an easy enough routine. This works for me because I have oily skin, a short attention span, and my medication makes me so scatterbrained.

My mantra is Astringent, Tone, Moisturize. Ideally it’s done once a day, but stress and sweat from daily life often finds me repeating it as needed. The OCD helps with that, haha. It’s not a full blown compulsion but as I imagine most people with OCD will tell you, anxious people need rituals. Repeating this regimen enough has turned it into something familiar that I can draw comfort from, and I’m hoping that will keep me on the ball.

The links here are to the Walgreen’s site for convenience sake, and because I have an easier time buying from there than I do Wal-Mart. I tried to find non-store brands when I could, so you can find these products just about anywhere.

Astringent: Sea Breeze Fresh-Clean Astringent Sensitive Skin. I use the Dollar General brand, which is like a generic of a generic, and cost me about a dollar. Honestly, when I was a teen and in my early twenties and had a real problem with acne, I went with Biore because Neutrogena and the like was so strong that it would make me break out horribly. That means it’s working of course, because it’s meant to bring all the crap in your pores up to the surface, but it still looked horrible for about a week or two. Now that my hormones have finally balanced out, I only really have issues during my period or when I’m super stressed, which means I can use a gentler formula.

I still love the Biore brand because the products have been kind to me, but now that I’m super strapped for cash, I have to opt for the cheap stuff. Now, this Sea Breeze and DG stuff does work for a woman my age who is interested in keeping her skin clear. It smells just as strongly of camphor as the name brands, it doesn’t at all sting, and I experience no redness after applying. I feel confident about recommending this generic, and I can’t often say that.

Tone: Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Toner. I use witch hazel for everything from hemorrhoids to mosquito bites to toning my crater pores, which is why I bought such a big bottle. Dickinson’s is another brand that I trust, and usually you can find very generous coupons in-store for their products.

Another alternative is tea tree oil. It’s definitely less stinky than witch hazel and there’s less of a sting, I’ve noticed. If you go this route though, do be sure to read the label carefully, as tea tree oil has many uses; what you get from Bath & Body for your face won’t be the same as buying a bottle of essential oil.

Moisturize: St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer. Once more, a little expensive for us Poors, but just like with the toner you get a lot of bang for your buck; in this case, a whole 10 oz. for five dollars. Considering that with moisturizer a little goes a really long way, this is a good investment.

I apply after washing my face at all, either with the astringent and toner or after bathing, before applying makeup, and before bed. It’s one of those things that makes me feel good because as a little girl, I remember my grandmother daintily applying Ponds cold cream to her face at night (along with curlers and a scarf!). It’s ingrained in my mind as a ladylike thing to do, and even though I’m not exactly dainty or ladylike, carrying on this ritual makes me feel very womanly and pretty.

It’s hard to describe, just nod your head and smile.



That’s right, I’m reading Ulysses, as per New Year’s Resolution #13.

I don’t really care for James Joyce, especially after reading those crazy love letters he wrote his wife, and rereading Ulysses isn’t doing much to remedy that.

It’s like those grueling middle school English Lit classes, reading abridged Shakespeare (always Romeo and Juliet, and without a smidgen of irony!) and knowing that this is probably necessary and despite feeling vaguely embarrassed for the stupid decisions of unlikable characters, you have to do it.

So it is out of obligation rather than pleasure that I’m taking on Ulysses, which I’m torn about because frankly I’m not sure I’ll get it this time around either.

Save me, Frank Delaney!

2013 Resolutions

This is my first time doing the whole New Years Resolution thing. I’m 25 now, will be 26 next month (notreadynotreadynotready), so perhaps now is as good a time as any to start focusing on good habits; one for each year of life.

  1. Stop being a lazy asshole.
  2. De-clutter.
  4. Become more active in the treatment of depression, etc.
  5. Be tidier or at least less disgusting.
  6. Become a CASA advocate.
  7. Learn to knit.
  8. Start a daily skincare regimen.
  9. Become more technologically inclined.
  10. Go on a long nature hike with the dog at least once a month.
  11. Publish a coloring book.
  12. Stop being a wuss and get a mammogram and pap smear. More on that later.
  13. Reread at least five books that went over my head as a child, no matter how droll and terrible.
  14. Visit heterosexual lifemate in Milwaukee, and in a resolution twofer, get over airplane phobia.
  15. Get more seriously into crafting with resin.
  16. Go to speech therapy for embarrasching Murderfasche-eschque lischp.
  17. Get rid of stupid flab on arms. I AM NOT A FLYING SQUIRREL. THERE IS NO REASON FOR THAT.
  18. Become fluent in French. (Or at least tourist fluent.)
  19. Make and sell a custom aquarium.
  20. Brew some homemade booze, because my brother is great at this and anything he can do I can do better.
  21. Go on a father-daughter trip. Rafting? Trail ride?
  22. Become a diligent blogger, and on that vein,
  23. Finish what I start. Stop abandoning projects like a big fat project abandoner.
  24. Go to an amusement park.
  25. MOVE.

Happy New Year, muffins.