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Petroleum Jelly… On My Face?

Petroleum Jelly… On My Face?

I am an extremely fair skinned person. It could even be argued that somewhere buried deeply in my DNA is the genetic code for albinism. I am so fair skinned that to get my face as red as a strawberry, I simply have to lean over to tie my shoes.

When I was a little girl I had an incident with a flaming marshmallow on a camping trip with my grandparents. I caught my face on fire. I remember as an adult once again meeting a man who had been dating my oldest sister that summer. He hadn’t seen me since I was a little girl. He laughed and told me his strongest memory of me was seeing me running around town on my bicycle with Vaseline and zinc oxide slathered all over my face.

As an adult I am now not only dealing with skin issues because I am fair and left with sensitive skin after being burned. I am also entering menopause and having all sorts of dry skin unhappiness.

I have tried cheap creams and expensive creams. I have tried organic remedies and homemade ones. I could usually get plenty of moisturizing out of everything I tried. My real problem was that everything left my T-Zone burn aftermath red as a tomato. Also, my eyelids were always scaly no matter how faithful I was to moisturize.

What to do? Talk to a dermatologist. And what did the doctor advice? Did I walk away with half a dozen expensive prescriptions? Did I have a list a mile long detailing my new skin care regimen? No. I walked out with two words of advice. Petroleum jelly. Me mum was right all those years ago!

The Geometry Of The Woman’s Body

The Geometry Of The Woman’s Body

Very soon it will be that time of year that this stay-at-home mom goes forth into the workplace for a temporary infusion of income that pays for our family’s holiday expenses and, any extra left over goes toward the vacation fund. The season of Prom is where this mom makes the bank. This will be the eighth year I will show up at a certain boutique within walking distance of my front door and get hired on the spot by a lovely couple who need extra help about three months every year.

I love this job. I especially love the gorgeous dresses and getting to play dress up with the lovely teenage girls that come in to shop. Being a mother of only boys I suppose it fills a void in my life in addition to filling my holiday cash stash. Over the years this stay-at-home mom who dresses for comfort has learned to be an expert at dressing each body shape beautifully.

One of my most beautiful memories was of a mother and her two adult daughters who were shopping for ball gowns. They were all extremely short and the only significant thing about their body shape is that they were all round. They entered the store uninterested and unexcited. They did not believe they would be able to find any dresses that would make them feel beautiful. I soon had them tightly cinched into corset style gowns that created the perfect hourglass for any figure. By the time they left they were all smiles and laughter. That’s why I love this job.

So, for all you ladies out there of all the various shapes and sizes, this information is all about you. Stand in front of a mirror and appraise your general shape. Think geometry. Perhaps you are a triangle (or pear), larger at the bottom. You may be a wedge, or apple, if you are broad shouldered and narrow hipped. If you are curvy and proportioned evenly, you are an hourglass. If you are like me, straight up and down, you would be a rectangle. After you determine your body classification you can then find the “silhouette” that you should shop for when buying a new dress:

My Happy Organic Hair

My Happy Organic Hair

Recently I had a mishap with my hair color. I had been sick for some time with an upper respiratory infection and was on aggressive antibiotic treatment. My scalp paid dearly for this. My immune system had suffered so badly, I never even considered my skin’s reaction when I went for my next round at being a redhead. My scalp felt as if it were on fire. By the time I realized just how badly my body was reacting, much damage had already been done. When I exited the shower after a thorough rinse, my scalp was still searing and painful. The next day it was covered in scabby sores. My scalp was in crisis. I was going to have to explore new hair care products.

As I began to research the chemicals and ingredients in my shampoo, conditioner, and hairspray, I became very ashamed as to how unkind I was being to my body and the environment. I resolved to not only go organic, but to go so far as to even make some recipes from scratch. Most of the ingredients I either already had in my kitchen or could easily pick up at the store.

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