plus, two simple truths about skincare
Yes, I definitely get tempted to buy those more expensive products but my bank account tells me, "Uh, NO" and the truth is, I have found that Trader Joe's skincare products really work quite well - - at least for me.
Hello, Ms. Valerie.
First time here and what an interesting insight.
When it comes to "treating" the theme of skincare as a magic potion, there are really more to dig into the matter. It's a guilty pleasure, a resultant of many social factors capable of creating a poetical peace and yet at the same time, a hardly fun tale of unbearableness.
As far as the fallacy of a cream cancelling a wrinkle: imagine the idea of a cream erasing a large scar. Many ppl think it’s possible.
Thanks Valerie. I have always thought that genes, age and environment are the main drivers of skin condition and all that the products do is clean and moisturise… and make you feel good. You are so right about sun damage (I live in Oz) but sadly by the time you realise that lying in the sun isn’t such a good move it’s too late! Having a sun savvy mother helps and I have a friend with lovely skin who has never ever basted herself and given herself up to the sun god! However she still has wrinkles and sags just like me it’s just that her wrinkles and sags are more up market than mine!!
Your mention of the brand Caudalie means I have stopped searching for the holy grail. It makes my skin feel nice and I like the smell!
Lastly I really believe that the best … the very best product for your face is a smile, a big wide happy one. It makes you feel better and touches anyone you share it with. 💐
Val, thank you for your generosity. I don't think we met but I remember Alicia introduced me to a man whose name escapes me. I was very interested in your conversation about older models on EIF. I love what you said about fake and a fantasy. I champion real and that is why I revamped my casting company https://www.modernagercasting.com to represent real women 40+. I don't know if I am banging my head against the wall. Will the needle move? I love how real and natural the women on my site look. I've been in this game a long time and working on both sides of the camera since the 70's in Manhattan, I have to try to make a difference.
Such a great post, thank you!
Fantastic post. Wondering if you’d be willing to take up the tricky question of how to find a great hair stylist. Like sunscreen - a good cut is something done we can do well and make our faces light up w joy.
Your "Two Truths," Val could not be truer!
STAY OUT OF THE SUN....or be like me....
.....scheduled for Mohs cancer surgery ON MY FACE next month.
Hi Val, I'm a new paid subscriber, although you'd never know it since it isn't reflected here, which is annoying. I discovered you through listening to your excellent interview on Everything is Fine. I have a lot of catching up to do and look forward to devouring your past posts. It's amazing to see how many are continuing to launch skincare lines. If women stopped buying into the lies the skincare companies wouldn't have anything to sell. My beauty regimen is Cerave and sunscreen. I'm glad I found you and just wanted you to know I PAID!
My favorite online derm just launched a skincare line and because of you and Jessica DeFino I was able to see it for what it is. Thank you.
Val, you're a woman after my own heart. You have noticed how strident all the sales pitches are, how everyone seems to be driving with their brights on. Being 85, I don't use any product to screen my age from the world, nothing to hid the ancient facial scars, the many keratoses, I am just old, and leave it at that. Age has a certain distinction, one has been through a lot in life, let it be. I detect some of the same attitude in you. There's an old Chinese saying in taoism: When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.
I listened the Everything is Fine podcast interview with you yesterday. Thank you for validating my thoughts on skincare. Sunscreen, retinol, and Cerave moisturizers. I save my money for dermatologists treatments that make a true difference like laser resurfacing and Botox. I particularly liked your comment about Botox for crows feet. I immediately went to the mirror to see I could smile with my eyes. Not so much. I think next time I get Botox, I'll save some money and tell them to stay away from that area. Thanks Val
Yes! We have drawers full of crap that we bought for all of the reasons you listed. Thanks for the gentle shake!