How are you? Your place has been listed for two months now. No traction yet? Expecting any soon? 😁
Work wasn’t too bad today. One report didn’t get out in time so I heard about it but again, we were facing random technical issues that came from no where. But from 11am onwards it’s been pretty quiet.
No side effects from the covid booster aside from a sore shoulder. I’m surprised. Did I get a placebo? 🤣 Not complaining. Although I ran some errands this morning and, by the time I hit 5,000 steps my hips were like, slow down, we don’t have the energy for your normal pace today. Not sure why. So I’ve been resting.
I realize I spent so much time talking about work and I’ve said I was going to talk about some of my hobbies but never got around to those. So I wanted to mention my obsession with SPF.
Where did this come from? The years I’ve spent staring at your ex-wife’s face on social media. The question I asked myself every time was why does her face show such premature signs of aging? And I started to get anxious that this might happen to me.
A lot of people would be quick to say, “Oh, but you don’t have her genes.” But I soon found this popular dermatologist on YouTube, Dr. Dray. and she makes it clear that genes only account for 10% of the skin-aging that we will experience. 90% comes from the sun. But excessive drinking also contributes to it which is my bet as to why your ex-wife’s skin is the way that it is (also, her mom’s face screams alcoholic). And there’s nothing at Sephora that’s going to be able to reverse the signs of aging. Our best bet is prevention and that comes from sunscreen.
Legit obsessed with SPF last year. Still am. But last year I was religiously applying sunscreen three times a day. It was easy to do working from home. Harder to do back at the office but I still apply two layers every morning. I prefer tinted sunscreen but soon learned that if I apply that to my neck, it rubs off on my clothing and it’s a bitch to get the stains out. So now I use chemical or untinted sunscreens for my neck and ears and a tinted one for my face. In fact, I’ve completely stopped wearing foundation. Instead, I wear a CC cream from IT Cosmetics with SPF 50. LOVE.
I can’t buy you sunscreen now (or force you to wear it…yet) but if I could, here would be my recommendations for you:
COTZ Prime & Protect. It says tinted but it’s light. It can suit a wide range of skin tones, including lighter ones. Please don’t be turned off by that. I’d encourage you to try it. It’s one of my favorites and I’m bummed that I don’t currently have it. I’ve already got a bunch of sunscreen that I need to finish before I can buy anymore…
DRMTLGY Anti-Aging Tinted Moisturizer. Again, don’t be afraid of the tint. It’s “universal” which means it’s super light. They’ve changed the packaging since I last used it so I don’t know if they changed the formula, too. But I really enjoyed it.
EltaMD. If you’re really averse to anything with a tint, then here’s a great option. It’s on the pricier side but I love how it applies, especially as a mineral sunscreen. Most mineral sunscreens end up having a white cast to them because of the zinc oxide but EltaMD managed to master making it invisible. The tint in the previous moisturizers is probably there to offset that cast.
All of these options are mineral. I prefer them because they are natural and highly unlikely to cause any stinging. There’s nothing wrong with chemical sunscreens but I’m trying not to bore you with the details here. I’m currently using a Eucerin body lotion with SPF 30 for my neck and face as the first layer because it’s cheap and applies well. But it will irritate my eyes so I have to avoid that area and have my second sunscreen layer be mineral.
Also, as part of my anti-aging regimen, I’ve been using retin-A for over two years. Retin-A and sunscreen are the only treatments that have been scientifically proven to prevent or reverse the signs of aging. I mean, yeah, there’s skin cancer, too. But I’m being honest: my concern is aging and I don’t want to become one of those people addicted to botox.
And if you can get your girls to start wearing sunscreen now, every day, they will thank you a thousand times over when they get to your age and beyond.
Before I go, more memories to share:
I remember walking back to my desk one day and had just entered the floor from the hallway. You were over by that Aussie’s desk, I can’t remember his name. You turned and were looking at me, but your eyes started down at my legs. I remember as I was making that long walk, watching you checking me out as your eyes ever so slowly made their way up my body. By the time you finally got to my face – and it took you a while to get there – you realized that you had been caught because I was staring right back at you.
Your immediate response was to turn away. But a second after that, you started walking toward me, back to your office. I remember you passing within inches of me. We never touched but all the girly parts of my body felt you, B. It was electric and it wasn’t the first time I’ve felt that with you. It probably won’t be the last, either.
Love you! My Wuthering Heights DVDs arrived so I’ll start them tonight.