The Skinny on Skin

Hey young ladies, from the vantage point of an older mom, I have a few personal words of wisdom to share with you. Here they are: STAY OUT OF THE SUN and MOISTURIZE!

Mother T

She should have moisturized!

When I was a teen, it was considered cool to lie in the sun for hours and bake on a tan. For some reason, it didn’t work for me. I got freckles, but I never got tan. One summer I fell asleep in the sun on the beach and had giant blisters all over my body. That was really gross. I still didn’t get tan.

Eventually I gave up trying. Since I don’t really like being out of doors that much (bugs, heat), I did not spend a lot of time in the sun in my younger years. Now I see what it does to people, and it isn’t good. Aside from the dangers of skin cancer, I have a number of friends who show a lot of sun damage on their faces and necks and hands. Nothing to be done about it now except belatedly cover up. SO my advice is to put on lots of sunscreen, every day, even cloudy days. Don’t forget arms and hands. Also, this is a great excuse to buy HATS! I love hats.

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2 Louise Green Hats, Helen Kaminski hat

As for moisturizing, I came to that too late. I spent most of my life trying not to have zits, so I would scrub my face with Beauty Washing Grains, which was like washing one’s face with cement. I couldn’t stand the feeling of anything oily on my skin, so I washed a lot and eventually fell in love with toner, which I still love. I like to make my face SQUEAKY CLEAN!

I have a friend who used alcohol on her face all the time to remove the oil and shine. Unfortunately, now she looks like a turtle.


But all this cleaning is not good for the skin. As I got older, my face would get flaky and scabby in the winter, and it actually hurt. I started buying multiple very expensive replenishing and moisturizing items (Dr. Perricone, are you kidding me?). I hated how they smelled or felt. Some of them brought the dormant zit volcanoes to life. All of them were overpriced.

I don’t remember what made me start to use Olay – probably a sample in the mail – but that is currently what works best for me, even though it’s not cool and can be found in the drugstore. I used Olay Complete for Sensitive Skin with SPF 15. It’s not too greasy and has no smell. [No endorsement intended, just info-sharing). I can’t speak for other flavors of Olay but this works for me.


I use Lansinoh Diaper Rash cream on my lips in the winter – for real! No comments about its intended purpose, please. I have terribly dry lips and nothing worked until I read about Lansinoh. Turns out I bought the wrong thing – I was supposed to get the lanolin but got the diaper rash stuff instead. When I bought the lanolin, it was pretty disgusting, so stuck with the diaper rash cream, which has lanolin in it but has a better consistency.

I wash my face with Noxzema, which makes it clean but not stripped. I love the smell but not everyone does. By the way, Noxzema Shaving Cream makes a great sunburn soother. It’s so foamy and light that you barely need to touch the skin to apply it. I found this out when I got sunburned in a country that sells no sunburn soothing items! Had to improvise with what I had, and it turned out to be better than any other product designed for that purpose.

It’s also good to drink lots of water – good for EVERY part of your body, in fact. As a result, I have to locate every bathroom immediately, wherever I go, because I drink so much water. I do it because I really love it, and one of my indulgences is having spring water delivered to the house. Once I gave up buying some of those $100 moisturizers, the bottled water was easy to afford.

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Even though I am not happy about getting old and looking old or already being old, the quest for eternal youth is not my point here. My point is that we take all these trusty body parts for granted until they start to get messed up. Preserve your parts!

People do make assumptions based on appearances. What was the magic day I went from “Miss” to “Ma’am”?? I hate the word “Ma’am”! It’s something out of a John Wayne western. Yet I hear it everywhere I go now, because people are judging my age by my skin! I still feel 29 inside – can’t they see that?

So please don’t risk your health or your beautiful skin at this lovely age when you can still do something about it. I love seeing all of your beautiful glowing faces in the CTWMs photos and I want them to stay that way!

Note: this is NOT a veiled plea for compliments. My mom was the Compliment Fisher Queen and it made me nuts. I simply want to provide helpful advice. So PLEASE NO COMMENTS on how young you think I look. I am what I am, a happy 61-year-old grandmother – how nice of my grandson to come along to distract me!

9 thoughts on “The Skinny on Skin

  1. Great important topic Randi! I am always searching for the miracle cure to help repair all the damage I did as a young kid. I lived at the beach. You don’t realize how much you’ve put your skin through until you look at your little one’s pure, clear skin. It’s so beautiful. Why did we ever try to change our skin by sunning ourselves? Right now I’m in love with my current “regime”-and regime it is! But it’s worth it and I see a difference. Now, I have to resist the temptation to stick my face in the sun after this dreary winter. I also have to get my butt to a dermatologist to look over my spots! I would hate to neglect something that needs attention! Thanks for motivating me to make the call!


    1. Well, I still wish I had tanned legs in the summer. They just look better!

      The dermie spot-check is a real peace-of-mind gift. I love when I go in all worried and the magic dermie just LOOKS at the scary spot and says, “That’s nothing.” It’s like magic.


  2. Great tips Randi! I need a better moisturizer actually. I have dry skin and my skin tends to break out. I remember when I was a teen and thought when I became an “adult” I wouldn’t get zits anymore, boy was I wrong. I’m STILL struggling with that!


  3. This is an interesting post because it’s something that I think about a lot. I never really cared about my skin – I HATE the way creams and moisturizers feel and never liked to have things that got in my way (slippery fingers or rubber gloves, for example), so I regularly would dunk my bare hands into scalding hot, bleach filled water to: clean the dishes, wash the floors, etc, never thinking twice about it. I never used to put on face moisturizer because it feels sticky (still don’t put on day cream), and I HATE the way sunscreens feel. Just recently, I am noticing that my hands look worn – not quite old yet, but not like it once used to. I am noticing the same with my face too. Part of it is due to natural age but the other part of it is due to the fact that I just didn’t take care of my skin like I should have. Nothing I do can bring my once beautiful skin back to its old glory.

    I need to listen to your advice about preserving your parts in other ways, too. As you know, I am a runner – I don’t run as much as I like to, but I do enjoy it. As a result, I will ALWAYS RUN THROUGH PAIN…which is the worst thing that you can do. I take the fact that my relative youth allows my joints, bones and muscles to bounce back relatively quickly, but it’s possible that I will end up regretting this in the future.

    Thank you for a good perspective on this. My mom gives me this same advice all the time, but I always just pawn it off as mom being mom and wanting to criticize everything I do. I guess her advice is spot on in this instance.


    1. Hah — “spot on”! Some skin humor! Yeah, sorry about echoing your mom. Some things become MUCH clearer with age.

      If you look, you will find a good moisturizer/sunscreen that doesn’t make you feel yucky. Some of them just disappear into your skin. The SPF is more important than the moist part, in my opinion.

      I don’t understand about running through pain being bad — doesn’t EVERYONE hurt when they run?


  4. Hahahahhahahaha! Oh I will probably pay dearly for my years in the sun. I used to bake with coconut oil on. Yup. And, pre-kids, I used to tan at the gym! Fortunately, becoming pregnant scared me out of indoor tanning because it is SO dangerous. I have never once gone since 2007. I am 31 though, and I am already developing crow’s feet, probably from 15ish years of sun abuse. I am now moisturizing 2x per day though!


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