I need your input, ladies! Let's talk about skin care.
I made an appointment with a dermatologist recently. I haven't been to one since I was a blemished sophomore in high school. Now I have wrinkles and spots to add to the list. I went hoping to get some ugly dark spots on my face removed (the arrived after I had sun poisoning in college). And to ask about skin care and what I should be doing.
My mom and I went to the Lancome counter to ask about moisturizers, etc. And we left more confused than ever. Serums, lotions, creams, brighteners, lighteners, wrinkle-reducers, hydration products, eye creams. WHAT THE HELL? I just want a simple, inexpensive skin care regimen. Not some 200 dollar creams that may or may not work.
My current regimen is a mild Dove scrub followed by Cetaphil lotion. When I remember I get some Kiehl's sunscreen on in the day time under the lotion. And when I remember I have a Loreal eye cream. That's it. Cheap. Low maintenance. Sometimes I use an apricot kernel oil at night--from the Natural Market. Basically an oil. I think it works better than any lotion/cream I've tried.
So, the dermatologist said "I cannot recommend anything over the counter." WHATEVER. Whatever, whatever, whatever, WHATEVER! I do not believe that for a minute. The only thing she COULD recommend was a skin care line that costs 1200 dollars a year. $418 every four months. And, what do you know!? They sell it there at the office.
I said I needed something cheaper. She suggested lasering for my spots and then a mild Retin-A prescription. She could not recommend a SINGLE lotion for me to use. That pisses me off so much. Like there is NOTHING in all the millions of creams out there that would work for me. When I kept pressing her about spf in lotions, the only word that I recognized from her mouth was Neutrogena. So, now I've added the Retin-A thing (Atralin, it is called) to my usual regimen. When I run out of what I have, I will buy a Neutrogena lotion. But really, I think the apricot kernel oil is the best.
I got tasered yesterday. At least that is what it felt like. She told me to put on some protective eye wear and she was going to laser my spots. She said it might feel "warm." THAT BITCH HURT. It felt like a terrible shock you get in the winter after scuffing your feet on carpet. But worse and intense and on my cheek in various places. It turns everything darker at first and then it should lighten.
So, now I'm wrinkled, even darker spotted and broken out from something. My face is turning red and starting to peel from the Atralin. I feel like an ancient high school sophomore. Wrinkled, dried out and haggard. What can I do that doesn't cost as much as a private school? What do you do?