Category Archives: Generation X

Peeling Back the Layers of Time – Light Chemical Peels Why We Need Them and Which One to Choose

chemical-peel-picThis is first installment of my new “Gen Xers Who Hate the Effects of Aging Series” AKA “Like totally, WTF is happening to us?”

Lately, I’ve been fascinated by what we Gen Xers are doing to look and feel the way we did when we tied our first flannel button down around our shredded hole ridden Levis. I’ve compiled lists of the most popular procedures both surgical and non-surgical and now I’m on a peel kick. Yes, like most Gen Xers I spent the 80s peeling layers of sun-burnt skin from my nose, shoulders and chest and here I am again looking to peel off the dead skin — minus the need for Solarcaine.

Here’s why I’m kinda obsessed with chemical peels: they’re an alternative to lasers, offer a range of potency and effects and they’re a great place to start. I’m focusing on light peels because they’re quick (can get some otc, at a spa or doctors office) easy on the skin, have some nice effects and leave your skin looking tighter, brighter and refreshed. Ohhhh and they’re in my budget.

What chemical peels do: Slough off dead skin cells, diminish fine lines, freckles and sun spots, smooth skin texture and help correct skin damage caused by aging, hormones and sun exposure.

Options:

Enzyme Peels – These are non-acid peels usually derived from fruits. These are perfect for people with sensitive skin or with specific sensitivity to acids. They mainly exfoliate skin and refine pores.

Mandelic Acid Peels – These are the least irritating of the AHA peels. They’re good for people who are acne prone. A good choice if your main concern is treating rosacea and uneven skin tone.

Lactic Acid Peels- These are pretty basic and a good peel for first timers. They are less drying than glycolic peels and work well on fading age spots.

Glycolic Acid Peels – These are the most common peels. They come in multiple grades and will give you more noticeable results than the other light peels. They are also the harshest of the light peels.

Salicylic Acid Peels – These are BHA peels. They can get a bit deeper than AHA peels and are often used on oily skin to help with breakouts.

Jessner’s Peels: These are alcohol based peels that often combine multiple acids. The strongest of the light peels, they can be extremely drying and not good for those with sensitive skin. These are usually used for those with oily skin and work well on cystic acne. (The downtime is a bit longer than other light peels.)

Downtime: These peels are often called a lunchtime peels for a reason. They’re quick (they take about 10 minutes) and there is little down time. You may have some redness (like a sunburn) and scaling/peeling which could last up to a week.

You should know: You may need a series of multiple peels to get you desired results. You can repeat the peels about every 2-5 weeks depending on how your skin reacts.

Tips: Use a daily moisturizer and sunscreen to keep skin moist, help it heal faster and avoid sun damage to the fresh layer of skin, which will be exposed.

Note: This will probably be subtle, but you may not look your hottest. Come up with a great excuse as to why you’re so “sun burned,” preferably one that makes co-workers and friends jealous. Then when any redness is tamed and the results are completely apparent those same people will notice how amazing you look and resent you even more.

Also, I don’t mean to pry, but why are your friends and co-workers so petty? (just sayin)

If you know anyone who looks old or is like me and obsessed with not looking that way please feel free to share this with them. If you have any technical or medical questions feel free to post in comments. I will try to get you answers from professionals (or I’ll make something up).

Find my other pieces on aging and procedures at SmartBeautyGuide.com

XOXO

JENNY FROM THE BLOG

Dermaplaning — Why Women Could Use a Shave

DermaplaningAs part of my new “Is This Really a Thing and if So Should We All Go Out and Try It?” series I’m talking about dermaplaning. So, in case you don’t know what dermaplaning is, I’ll tell you: It’s a medical exfoliation process where the outermost layers and dead skin cells are (shaved) removed from your face — which includes the peach fuzz hairs we all have. You know the ones that every once in a while catch the light the right way in a mirror and make you feel like some weird albino sasquatch?

Yeah, those.

I’m pretty sure they’re on your face for a reason. Like to catch deadly skin eating bacteria before they reach your skin or to make fun of the small hairs on your upper-lip that are never as light.

Whatever the purpose, the consensus seems to be that your face will be way awesomer when without them. I hate technical terms.

Here are the claims:

  • Your skin will look more refined, brighter, and less flawed.
  • Foundation goes on smoother making the face look more even.
  • It allows other products to penetrate the skin more easily to ensure they go deeper and may be good to do before a chemical peel or laser treatment.
  • It diminishes superficial dryness, fine lines, hyper-pigmentation, and mild acne scarring.
  • It’s great for people who are sensitive to the chemicals in peels or get broken capillaries from exfoliants (or if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding).
  • Dermaplaning is similar to, but usually more effective than dermabrasion, with the added bonus of removing facial fuzz and no need for abrasives.
  • It can stop breakouts caused by build up of oil and dirt in the follicles.

I know, I’m making my appointment too.

Be aware, this process involves someone taking a scalpel to your skin directly. You should make sure that someone is highly trained and doesn’t have any grudges against you (that’s a tip).

Thoughts? Should we try it? Are you ready to shave your face ladies? Have you? Should I? (Frankly, I really sold myself on this process, in writing this piece and I think it would make a great video.)

I have a column on anti-aging (the only thing I’m anti) at Smart Beauty Guide if you want to hear about stuff I’ve tried, want, obsess over or learned about from people who are way smarter than myself:

XO

JENNY FROM THE BLOG

 

I Miss the Smell of Snow – A Floridian Gets a Bit Nostalgic – Wanna Trade?

I miss the smell of snow... I’m aware that living in South Florida, has its perks. Our kids can play outdoors all year round. Our spring/summer wardrobe can be extensive and therefore chicer than most people’s spring/summer wardrobes, and one could do an outdoor hot yoga class 2/3rds of the year ….

Plus, I love being able to mention the weather to my Northern friends for the sole purpose of making them jealous. However, there’s one time of year when I’m truly bitter that I live in a season-less paradise of outdoor fun, and that’s wintertime. I haven’t seen snow on Christmas for well, about a decade. 

Growing up in the North, there was nothing like the joy of waking up to a layer of snow. I recall Continue reading

5 Things Gen X-ers Did Growing Up That Our Children Just Wouldn’t Understand

5 things 80s kids did growing upI recently made a list of crazy things Gen X-ers used growing up that are completely antiquated now.

It reminded me of the conversations I would have with my older relatives when I was growing up. The ones where they would tell these fantastical tales about things my generation would never experience or understand. Like, walking 20 miles to school … in the snow … uphill … shoeless. Or running into gypsy bandits that lived in the woods near their house or even sitting around the radio to listen to their stories.

Those sagas seemed so ridiculous to me (exaggeration aside), and yet, I’m pretty confident that my tales of growing up as a Gen X-er would sound equally ridiculous to my own offspring. Yes, I imagine these are the yarns I will spin as my kids grow up and they have kids of their own.

“Well, youngin’s, you think you’ve got it tough with your Facebook and your Google and your iParaphernalia? Why, in my day, we had to …” Continue reading

Because Chachi Loved Joanie, Not Me and Other Reasons I Made Out With Posters in the 80s

Why Does Chachi Love Joanie and Not Me? Reasons We Loved 80s Hearthrobs

Stop leering at me like that … I was 10

Why Does Chachi Love Joanie and Not Me? Reasons We Loved 80s Hearthrobs

If only this was a
pillowcase!

Why Does Chachi Love Joanie and Not Me? Reasons We Loved 80s Hearthrobs

Yes, 1000
times yes!

Look I got why Joanie loved Chachi, didn’t we all? The better question is, why did Chachi Love Joanie … and not me, not us? I went through much of the early 80s asking myself this very question. Why didn’t the 80s heartthrobs I so desperately wanted, not love me back? Because we never met? Maybe. What did Joanie have that I didn’t have? A frizzy boy-cut? A square but endearing older brother?Boobs?

For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why that muscle shirt wearing bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks with the “cool” genes of the Fonze and looks of perfection, wasn’t dating me.

I was sure Scott Baio was just as awesome as Chachi in real life and may have been even better looking, since he seemed to dress more on trend in his 2 page spreads in Tiger Beat. Every one of those posters made it to my wall, where he winked or glared at me in a way that I was pretty certain he wouldn’t do for any other 9 year old girl. (Little did I know, those leering looks he gave me from my walls could have gotten him arrested. Not to mention the kissing we did. I don’t want to brag but Continue reading