In all my years of gardening I've never encountered poison ivy...
until this year. It was a fairly mild case, but since it continued to spread I paid a visit to my dermatologist.
She sent me home with a cream to take care of the poison ivy and also a "patient education" list on caring for dry skin.
I thought it was rather interesting and thought I'd share some highlights in case you, too, might find it interesting:
Dry skin lacks WATER, not lotion or oil.
The MOST DRYING thing you can do to your skin is to apply water to the skin and then to let it evaporate.
Treatment requires keeping water in the skin, so drinking water doesn't help.
I never really thought of myself as having dry skin, although at this stage of life I am noticing a lot of damage from my long ago habit of sun worshiping. Oh how I wish I could turn back the hands of time :). But since that is not possible, I was encouraged by some of the tips for caring for my skin now.
Those tips follow:
- Quick showers using cooler water.
- Mild soaps like Dove for Sensitive Skin
- Pat dry after showering. Rubbing can cause itchy skin
- Apply lotion right after drying to help keep moisture in. My dermatologist has been highly recommending the CeraVe products (pictured above). They can be found in drugstores.
- Avoid scents and dyes. I have now switched to unscented detergents and have quit using dryer sheets altogether.
In other random news, I recently saw this product on another blog and thought I'd give it a try. These BB creams are something I didn't know anything about. I had been using a mineral powder with a sunscreen underneath. It was working okay, but I was ready for a change. This one has sunscreen in it and it seems to do a good job of evening out those middle age flaws (another result of too much sun in my younger days).
Just so you know, I'm not being compensated to talk about these products. Just sharing a few things that I've found helpful.
If you have any input on skin care or beauty products that you're loving right now, please feel free to share.
Moving right along from beauty products to puppies...
I told you it was random here today.
This little puppy seems to have been left on a neighbor's porch in the middle of the night. She had a collar and leash on. The neighbor has tried everything to find it's owner to no avail.
She's only a couple months old and cute as can be.
Brett & I felt so bad for her, we even tried to let her stay here.
Peanut would have no part of that. She is too old and set in her ways.
The general consensus around the neighborhood is that somebody bought her and realized they couldn't take care of her so they left her for someone else to figure out. Luckily this neighbor is determined to find her a home and has found a rescue group that has been able to place her. According to the rescue worker, this is happening all the time. It seems so unfair to the poor little puppy.
This whole experience has made me have a new appreciation for the necessity of spaying and neutering our pets.
On that note, I'm wrapping up the randomness for today.
Any random thoughts you'd care to share?