I Hit Beauty Bottom

It’s a little strange for me to admit, but I recently hit beauty bottom. It sounds shallow, I know. But still, I’m not 20 anymore and I can’t treat my skin like it still is. I’ve been out of facial moisturizer for a while now and although I “knew” it, it didn’t exactly register. For some people, that might not be a big deal, but I have been graced with my mother’s very fair and very dry skin. So for me, it’s kind of a "thing" to be without an external form of face grease.

Usually I’m the sort that buys the next round before the first jar is empty, but for some reason this time it got away from me. And although it’s probably been a week or so now, I only realized it this morning as I was quickly spreading body lotion all over and then made a pass at my cheeks with the remnants that were left on my hands. Then it really hit me. The realization was so forceful that I said it out loud: “I hit bottom."

I’d always been so religious about keeping my face ointments, scrubs, salves, oils, gels, etc., separate from what I slathered on the rest of me. But I’ve been busy and my mind has been elsewhere—world issues, "The Hunger Games," my daughter, maybe my husband registers in there somewhere, too—I spiraled out of control. I needed a beauty fix. I’ve been less than satisfied with my current moisturizer for a while now. It hadn’t been living up to its promise so I decided to branch out and try a new product, "Anti-Aging Super Cream," from Nuance, the extensive cosmetics/skincare line by Salma Hayek. It hasn’t been long enough for me to give a full report on the results but so far it has quenched my dry, parched skin and is a much better solution than body lotion.

Find Nuance at CVS drugstores.