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Another charm added to the charm bracelet of loss--finally!

Monday, October 25, 2010



Last year's pumpkin, this year I'm not carving, just using gourds and soup pumpkins.

SO, finally! another charm added to the bracelet of loss today. That's another kilo gone, a really hard won kilo, although I'm certain I have added muscle weight as well as lost fat since becoming a gym rat.

Today's charm, a solid silver cat, an expensive one, the next one or two will need to be more modest.

The near constant reminder of wearing the charm bracelet of loss and seeing the progress in silver charms remains a good idea for me. I'm not quite half way around the bracelet yet. When I get there, I think I will have the right to a really special charm. The total of links on the bracelet represent the big goal, anything more is just icing on the cake.

I'm finally back to the point where I was before the year of injury. Not easy to come back from that, but now it is mostly in the past and it's time to move forward, slowly, as that seems to be how it is working out. No quick, giant losses for me. I think I'm doing everything right and I'm just plodding along.

I can't wait to report this one on Friday in the challenge I'm in, finally a bit of forward progress!

And now I get to dream about the next charm for the next kilo--- I saw a tiny barbell, might be a contender!

  
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CASSIOEPIA 11/1/2010 9:00AM

    A barbell charm! If you can't find one, ask your jewellery store to see if there is one they can bring in. That would be so cool to have hanging on your bracelet.

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KELPIE57 10/26/2010 12:02PM

    Go you!

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TURTLE_MOM 10/25/2010 10:10PM

    Good job! So happy for you! I love your charm bracelet idea. Congrats!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/25/2010 4:54PM

    Love the pumpkin!!

Congrats on the new charm and weight loss. I bet that bracelet is really great!!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 10/25/2010 2:32PM

    What a great idea - a barbell!! I'll keep my eyes open!! I used to be a member of TOPS and they issued charms and pins etc, some of which I still have. But many of their charms were just cloisonne enameled pictures of some random graphic and didn't mean anything to me. Plus...I don't look good in silver (have yellow skin tones) so I never could decide when to buy another charm? like every 5 pounds? 10 pounds (sorry, not sure how those are in kilos... I would make a terrible French woman, in terms of the metric system. The wine, cheese & chocolate I can handle just fine, thank you. hah.). I've seen charms like with sneakers or with high heels.

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.... here's a little pink barbell for ya!!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 10/25/2010 2:32PM

    What a great idea - a barbell!! I'll keep my eyes open!! I used to be a member of TOPS and they issued charms and pins etc, some of which I still have. But many of their charms were just cloisonne enameled pictures of some random graphic and didn't mean anything to me. Plus...I don't look good in silver (have yellow skin tones) so I never could decide when to buy another charm? like every 5 pounds? 10 pounds (sorry, not sure how those are in kilos... I would make a terrible French woman, in terms of the metric system. The wine, cheese & chocolate I can handle just fine, thank you. hah.). I've seen charms like with sneakers or with high heels.

emoticon .... here's a little pink barbell for ya!!

Cheers!

Julia

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PROVERBS31JULIA 10/25/2010 2:30PM

    What a great idea - a barbell!! I'll keep my eyes open!! I used to be a member of TOPS and they issued charms and pins etc, some of which I still have. But many of their charms were just cloissine enameled pictures of some random graphic and didn't mean anything to me. Plus...I don't look good in silver (have yellow skin tones) so I never could decide when to buy another charm? like every 5 pounds? 10 pounds (sorry, not sure how those are in kilos... I would make a terrible French woman, in terms of the metric system. The wine, cheese & chocolate I can handle just fine, thank you. heh.). I've seen charms like with sneakers or with high heels.

emoticon .... here's a little pink barbell for ya!!

Cheers!

Julia

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PROVERBS31JULIA 10/25/2010 2:29PM

    What a great idea - a barbell!! I'll keep my eyes open!! I used to be a member of TOPS and they issued charms and pins etc, some of which I still have. But many of their charms were just cloissine enameled pictures of some random graphic and didn't mean anything to me. Plus...I don't look good in silver (have yellow skin tones) so I never could decide when to buy another charm? like every 5 pounds? 10 pounds (sorry, not sure how those are in kilos... I would make a terrible French woman, in terms of the metric system. The wine, cheese & chocolate I can handle just fine, thank you. heh.). I've seen charms like with sneakers or with high heels.

emoticon { here's a little pink barbell for ya!!

Cheers!

Julia

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My wedding rings are spinning!

Thursday, October 21, 2010



I've had to switch my wedding rings from my left hand to my right hand because they were spinning so much I was afraid they would fall off. Who figures we have fat in our fingers? I guess we do!

I think I'll just switch them from finger to finger on either hand until I get to a point when I'm satisfied that my fingers aren't going to get any smaller then I'll resize them.

So far, this is my favorite non-scale victory. Visible, tangible proof that something is smaller.

It's the little things that count.



  
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WENDYSPARKS 10/24/2010 1:36PM

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SKINNYROBIN100 10/24/2010 1:30PM

    This is such a great blog...Just don't loose them!!! Congrats my friend!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AKASHA66 10/22/2010 3:19AM

    Hmmmm....I wonder if it is worth trying to convince our husbands that NEW rings are in order???

NA--I like the ones I have.

So happy that I'm not alone in the loose ring thing.

Goodbye finger fat!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/21/2010 6:48PM

    My ring is getting pretty loose too.

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MOLKATSMOM 10/21/2010 12:36PM

    I feel ya!!!! I was wearing mine yesterday while shredding papers. After I was finished, I walked away and realized one had fallen off. I knew it was in one of the 6 garbage bags full of shreds, but I obviously wasn't sure where. After a few hours of searching, I found it! They're now on my middle finger :-) WHAT A GREAT SIGN!!!!!

Keep up the great work :-)

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AMBER325 10/21/2010 10:39AM

    yay! I love that mine fit again! :) SO does hubby

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LINDYPAINTS 10/21/2010 8:21AM

    I have had this experience too, not this time yet, but am looking forward to it- I have a couple of rings I don't wear because they are too tight.

Yes, it's surprising but a great feeling! emoticon

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RUFFIT 10/21/2010 8:18AM

    emoticon emoticon They sell and put on, at the jewellery store, temporary sizers. It is better than the possibility of losing your rings. Moni emoticon emoticon

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FROMBABY2BRIDE 10/21/2010 8:02AM

    YEAH!!!!!!!!!

Keep up the great work!

(((( Sending SKINNY Vibes! ))))

Mel



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NINJA-NED 10/21/2010 7:20AM

    mine too!! i had to add an old, smaller ring on top of my wedding and engagement rings, so they wouldn't fall off. isn't it great!

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THENEWCINDY 10/21/2010 7:14AM

    That is awesome!!! my rings now fit and I am sooo happy

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THEADMIRAL 10/21/2010 6:58AM

    emoticon It's just going to get better and better as you get closer to your goal! Enjoy discovering the New You! Vikki

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DECKEREC 10/21/2010 6:38AM

    Love those NSV!

Keep up the awesome work!

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DBAILEY0438 10/21/2010 5:23AM

    yea i have experienced the unwear getting to big my only problem is some of my favorite jeans are getting to small

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NURSECLARA 10/21/2010 5:18AM

    My shoes got too big! Go figure ;-)

My rings were sized from a tight 8 to a 6.5!!

Wonderful NSV... good for you!! emoticon

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ROX525 10/21/2010 5:05AM

    It's funny, how even the underwear get big! Great for you! Keep up the great work also!!

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Went over my Fitness Minutes objective for the Year today!

Monday, October 04, 2010




Closeup of "Cambouis" who likes to sleep in the middle of my mat when I want to do crunches.

I had set a 15 000 fitness minutes for the year objective back in January, thinking that would be more than reasonable. I'm happy to report I went over it today and now the race is on to see how many Fitness Minutes I can rack up before the end of the year.

I do a lot of walking for cardio, so that helps, but now, the gym is helping even more.

This is one of those non- weight loss related objectives that makes me feel good about the whole process. I do wish the weight loss objectives came easier though.

  
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TEJAS1291 10/9/2010 7:47PM

  Congratulations on meeting your fitness minutes goal so much earlier than you planned.The rest of the year you'll be able to exercise knowing you have met your goal for the year.I hope that it works in a positive mindset for you and you will rechallenge with a smaller goal for the rest of the year.Don't let success go to your head LOL!!!! I also have passed my total fitness minutes.But,I did'nt start at SP until the end of August,so for this year I wont count it as a goal met.But for sure when the new year comes I know what I can do much better now that I have the habit formed and those 360 minutes a week will do me great. emoticon

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SKINNYROBIN100 10/6/2010 1:39PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Your amazing!!! What a wonderful accomplishment and you get to do the rest of the year knowing that you are a success!!! I'll bet you walk alittle farther and alittle faster! Keep up the great work! You inspire me for sure and that's what friends are for. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KELPIE57 10/5/2010 2:18AM

    Great news! you can do it! emoticon

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SUNFLOWERGAL40 10/4/2010 9:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon That's fabulous!

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MOLKATSMOM 10/4/2010 3:23PM

    "non- weight loss related objectives"
ARE YOU KIDDING ME??????

Fitness minutes are the CORE of your weight loss objectives!!!
This is an AMAZING thing you've done!
So proud of you :-)
Keep movin' and groovin'!!!!!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/4/2010 12:47PM

    Congratulations!!! emoticon

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BECKA525 10/4/2010 12:09PM

    Good for you! I didn't set a goal for fitness minutes in January when I started but I think I will this time. Great job, even if the weight isn't coming off as you wish I will bet you feel better then you did so it is still a great accomplishment. emoticon emoticon

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Most Expensive Challenge Ever--Fall 5%-Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010



Happy Thanksgiving is what I hope I'll be thinking...

The Fall 5% Challenge pushed me into joining a gym after a disappointing Summer Challenge that involved a long plateau.

I spent 429 euros, that's 577$ at today's rate, gulp, the Monday after the challenge started on a year's gym membership. And that's the local low cost gym too, nothing fancy, basic machines, a 30 minute circuit and weight machines.

I met my gym goals for last week which broke down to this:

Monday gym: half bike machine, half treadmill
Tuesday home: elliptical and arms, core and abs exercises
Wednesday: nothing
Thursday: gym, bike and some of the circuit machines
Friday : gym, treadmill and some machines
Saturday: light walking
Sunday: big walk

Felt great, a bit sore in the beginning, not too bad though. I've been stretching really well after the gym. So this is the plan for the next bit of time, let's say the time of the challenge.

Only real goals, try to break the plateau, sleep better, destress. Any weight loss would be great but I have to stop worrying about it.

I'm trying to create new habits that will keep me going to the gym long term. I refuse to do anything I don't like to do that makes me not want to go to the gym. So far so good, I like the treadmill a lot more than I thought I would and the bike is fine, I think I can even think about bringing a book next time and trying it out.

One week and two days of the new exercise program down.

One good thing, if I look at it this way, going to the gym will cost me 2.75 euros each time if I go three times a week for the year. Less if I go more. And even less if I keep it up for the year after, as it will be a bit less expensive the second year. I have to look at it as an investment and it gets me out meeting some new people too.

Hoping for a Happy Thanksgiving and a stronger me.

  
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AMBER325 10/21/2010 10:41AM

    I love the gym....I used to be a member then got pregnant 2x...an now a sitter plus gym = way to $$ so I do treadmill at home and dvd's. I do miss the me time the gym allowed.

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AKASHA66 10/1/2010 4:38AM

    So far, end of week two at the gym, this was a good decision. I have stuck with the program I set out, maybe even done a bit more than I expected. I'm using a heart rate monitor for the cardio so it helps me to know whats going on.

I'm really happy I did it.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/30/2010 3:32PM

    Great goals. You should reap a lot of benefit from this investment.

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RANDOM00B 9/29/2010 1:49PM

    First off, ouch on the cost of the gym. Secondly, though: great investment, especially if you go 3-4x/week. Looking at your schedule, I say, great work on hitting the circuit machines and keep it up! Strength training is essential for changing one's body and keeping the weight off. emoticon

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TURTLE_MOM 9/28/2010 6:16PM

    I think that's great! I used to go to the gym and enjoyed it. I was considering it again as well, just for something new to do and mix up the exercise.

Good luck with the challenge, and thanks for joining it - that's what pointed me in the direction of the team! I'm really enjoying it :)

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SCARLETMOONOWL 9/28/2010 4:00PM

    I am very proud of you for your positive attitude! Try some cinnamon tea, burning a white candle(vanilla scented if possible) for peace and a long soothing bath in lavendar oil or bubble bath for your stress. When you are at work, take a moment and just close your eyes, take a deep breath and remind yourself that you are so much more than just your work, you are a beautiful soul with a lot of love to give and you have places in your life to express that. It will put work in perspective and be just enough to separate you from the moment of stress. Hope all this helps!!!

blessings and joy,
Ciara emoticon

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AKASHA66 9/28/2010 3:01PM

    Thanks so much for the support you guys, it really helps.

I'm proud of myself, today, even though I really didn't get any sleep and work has been a pain, I still did my elliptical and arms and abs at home. I think the at home day is a good idea and lends to the variety. It would have been so easy to blow it off today and I did't!

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SKINNYROBIN100 9/28/2010 2:42PM

    How awesome!!! I think that it is just a routine like this that can inspire all of us to do better and it is this kind of dedication that puts you in a class of your own! Great!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JHOPPER 9/28/2010 1:01PM

    What better "investment" can there be than investing in YOURSELF and a better, healthier future?? Good luck with your goals, you're certainly on the right track!

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RYANDEJONGHE 9/28/2010 12:03PM

    That is great. Yeah, it is expensive, but being healthy evens out in the long run. Plus, think how good it is going to make you feel!!! Oh, not to mention the guilt of having spent that money if you don't go...great motivation to go!!!

Keep it up!!! And..good luck on the challenge!

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KARENE10 9/28/2010 9:42AM

    I think that you have the right attitude for the gym. Do what you enjoy doing. I like how you broke it down per day. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THENEWCINDY 9/28/2010 8:52AM

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/28/2010 8:48AM

    Great decision! You will do great on this challenge!

Go Care Bears!

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ABRANDNEWME09 9/28/2010 8:06AM

    Great investment! Your gym goals looks great! keep up the awesome job!

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Go Care Bears!

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DECKEREC 9/28/2010 6:39AM

    Happy Thanksgiving and good luck with the 5% Fall Challenge!

Go Care Bears Go!

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JBASKETT 9/28/2010 5:55AM

    Good goals there, just remember to take it one day at a time and we are all here for you. Have a fantastic day.

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Skin Care--FINALLY have a good system!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

I'm 44. I've been pretty good about skin care since I was 30 and always use sunscreen and eat lots of fruit and veggies and drink water, which I still think are the most important things.

I finally found a way to do a little more without upsetting my sensitive skin and causing red bumps and without costing a fortune. In France, it is common to go to the beauty shop to have special treatments every month but that is way out of my price range. Last week I read one of the skin care experts talking about what you could do at home and I got up and tried it immediately and loved the results. And it is simple. Use what you already have at home. I dug out magazine samples, hotel samples and what I regularly use and had everything I needed.

This is for your face and neck, never neglect your neck, it can really show the stress and age.

Method for clean, very moistuized skin that didn't make me break out becuase it was too aggressive:

1. put hair back with a band. Wash face and neck well, not aggressively. I used one wipe, then washed with Cetaphil, THE BEST PRODUCT EVER, and wiped off with a wet washcloth.

2. Use a serum, let soak in for 2 minutes. This stuff can be more expensive but you don't at all need the fancy brands, and you use a tiny amount so it goes a long way. Great stuff though, super concentrated and makes a difference.

3. Use a moisturizing mask, let sit 15 minutes or so, mine wiped off with a damp washcloth. I had an inexpensive one and it worked just fine.

4. Rinse face with water and pat dry.

5. Apply moisturizer lightly. I avoided my chin, a trouble spot that has plenty of oil already but did the rest of my face and neck.

Total, about 20 minutes that I ran around cleaning btween steps.

Fantatstic results. Much softer, smoother skin, no breakouts, no blotches. People at work have been commenting. I can see the difference in two weeks.

I have done this twice a week for two weeks. I don't think more would be helpful for me. Remember to be gentle with all of the steps.



  
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PROVERBS31JULIA 10/8/2010 12:10PM

    Thanks for your routine. I've been using DHC for awhile and it works well for me as I also have sensitive skin...but...it's kind of pricey. I've found just using plain Extra Virgin Olive Oil {EVOO) works well too... Sometimes for a toner I'll just use plain non-alcohol based Witch Hazel (they come in various scents - Rose, Cucumber, etc, and I like using it as a deodorant too - fairly inexpensive and lasts a long time.). While hand is wet from water and face still damp from the Witch Hazel, I put just a tiny dot or two of olive oil on my hands and spread it around on the palms of my hand to help apply it more evenly to my face. Don't want to rub or tug it on your skin too much - like you mentioned, being gentile!

For an inexpensive scrub on my face 1 or 2 times a week, I use plain aspirin (lots of videos on YouTube describing this) - 4 - 6 tablets soaked in some water - doesn't take long. I just apply it on dry but some mentioned mixing it in with some honey or other stuff to help it stay stuck onto the face while you rub it in to gently scrub your face. I've also just worked it on with the EVOO since I have a bottle of it in my bath area, and that works well. Then just rinse it off. This is something I do more in the summer and less in the winter, since I have more oil in my "t-zones" in summer.

But I am going to go get me another moisturizing mask - think I'm out. Good idea!!

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MARINEMAMA 10/3/2010 7:53AM

    I am definitely trying this...lately I seem to have more dryness around the lmouth and eyes....which shows age...UHG! I too think I do a great job with taking care of my skin....but I think hormonal changes make us have to rethink skin care. Hey as for all over body skin care I slather baby oil on right out of my shower....allowing it 5-10 min to sink in. It is great...and I get compliments on how soft my skin is. I love hearing that from hubby. Even when my sons hug me...sometimes they even mention it! Good luck all....and thx for this suggestion.

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NOVELAFAN 9/26/2010 11:52AM

    C'est tres bien. Merci beaucoup for the skin care suggesions. emoticon


Merci,
Susan

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/19/2010 9:17PM

    I do this about once a week and it works for me as well.

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RENA1965 9/19/2010 2:59AM

    Thanks for the info emoticon

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AKASHA66 9/19/2010 2:39AM

    Kelpie57 hit one of my weak points, why do I usually forget the body lotion? I could be so much better than I am. Probably laziness. I'm going to make a serious effort. I certainly have some to use right here right now.

Dry skin-- I get dry skin in certain places, but never my face. Oily face is my problem.

Does anyone have any good ideas for dry skin for PLAYBLUE22? When it is dry body skin for me I often use oils-- argan oil, almond oil, even peanut oil for cooking. And I really cut back on the baths I love to take. What about dry skin on faces though?

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CERIUSLY 9/18/2010 12:34PM

    Thanks for posting. I have sensitive skin too. What works today probably won't work tomorrow. Glad your routine is successful for you.

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KELPIE57 9/18/2010 12:24PM

    Yes, we can do a lot at home! I'm trying to remember to put body lotion on too....we put sunscreen and after sun on in the summer, but what about the rest of the year!

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PLAYBLUES22 9/18/2010 11:13AM

    Sweetie great info, got anything for dry skin?

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YESIWILLDOIT 9/18/2010 6:35AM

    emoticonLooken Good!

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