So, virtually overnight, my face has gotten all flaky and angry. Well, angry may be an overstatement – I developed one blemish, but everything else looks…on the verge of anger. The flakiness is super-annoying, though – my awesome new stick foundation doesn’t play well with flaky skin.
Bummer. I’m pretty sure the culprit is the cleansing bar – I’ve never had much luck with bar cleansers as they seem to be too drying for my skin.
Soooooo…I’m going to try something else. I’ve placed an order for a new set of products (please know that I’m almost exclusively purchasing samples of things when available – I am not getting all crazy-spendy in this endeavor!) and when they arrive, I’ll start Skin Care: Round Two.
I’m tempted to experiment with the oil-cleansing method in the meantime. I tried it very briefly last winter with a 50/50 mix of castor oil and olive oil, but it didn’t really work for me. I’m thinking of tweaking the ratios and also maybe trying with grapeseed oil per the various tips I’ve seen around the internets. I just can’t handle this flakiness – it forces me to over-moisturize, and then I feel all greasy and am still flaky. Yeah, it’s as pretty as it sounds.
Oh, and I’m pleased to say, I tried to make better food choices yesterday (more veg/fruits, more balance, more real food v. speedy food) and I felt much better all day. When evening rolled around, I didn’t feel the need to go face-first into a bowl of cookies. Today has been going well, too; I think the key is having good leftovers. Today I had sausage-lentil stew from last night with whole-wheat beer bread and some pineapple. Super satisfying, both physically and emotionally – there’s something about sitting down with a full, warm meal that nourishes you on lots of levels. Gotta remember that.
One last thing: the best thing about getting back to blogging is the way it draws my attention to the here-and-now of my life, both the small and the big of it. It’s easy to forget how lucky I am, how satisfying much of my life is, how fortunate it is to have choices and time to examine them. But I’m reminded of all that this week and…well…I’m just really grateful. That’s all.