New Year Resolutions: Taking Better Care of Your Skin

January 19, 2008 at 9:19 am 8 comments

While ticking through my 30’s, much too rapidly may I add, I noticed big changes in my skin. The biggest changes have been pigmentation and resiliency issues. In younger years, if I tanned, I might have gotten a few freckles. How I used to love that gorgeous glow from a suntan. In the summer, my golden face went so well with some Sparkly Blue Eye Liner and a little Opalescent Pink Lip Stick! (I used to religiously use L’Oreal’s shade called Pale)

Now, I still have those freckles and other additional brownish blotches, some strange raised pores, fine lines, some loss of pigmentation, and mild scarring to boot!  My body has been through a lot


getting to adulthood. Having five children, several moves, and a husband that is a ball of fire has contributed to aging. (Evan is a very sweet husband and devoted Father to the girls. I love him to pieces!)

These changes really started bothering me. I guess those “brownish blotches” are what Skincare marketer’s cleverly label, “Age Spots.” What a horrible term, age spots! To further investigate, I went to look this up on Wikipedia, my favorite source for up to date information on everything imaginable:

Liver spots are blemishes on the skin associated with ageing and exposure to ultra-violet radiation from the sun. They are also known as age spots, sun spots, lentigos, or senile/solar lentigines. They range in color from light brown to black and are located in areas most often exposed to the sun, particularly the hands, face, shoulders, arms and forehead. In spite of their name, liver spots are not related to the liver.

From the age of 40 onwards, the skin is less able to regenerate from sun exposure and liver spots are very common in this older age group, particularly in those who enjoy being out in the sunshine. They have been known to proliferate in some individuals under emotional distress. In the vast majority of cases, liver spots pose no threat and no treatment is necessary. In a very small number of cases, they have been known to obscure the detection of skin cancer. Some people consider these spots unsightly and wish to have them removed for cosmetic reasons.

Liver Spots! What the heck is going on here?! Yes, I abused the sun, and yes, I have a stressful life. But hold on here, I am only 38!

I had no alternative but to fight back. There had to be something I could do. I simply could not accept that I was powerless over the premature aging of my skin!
There are several directions I can go with this topic, and you and I don’t have enough time to address them all in one post. So I thought I would start off with the subject of prevention. You’ve probably heard this quote a zillion times, but as Ben Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
It is never too early nor too late to benefit from using sunscreen. I am always alarmed when I see people tanning at the pool or going to the sun bed salons. Aren’t they freaking out about their skin as well? Aren’t they a little paranoid about skin cancer? Well, in my humble opinion, they really should be.

Here is my take on sunscreens. There are a lot of choices out there; and here are a few to consider:

  • My mom swears by Lubriderm’s Lotion with SPF 15, very moisturizing all over sunscreen, but might be too heavy for some, esp. on your face if you worry about breakouts.
  • Joesoef’s Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30:  This light moisturizer softens and smooths with SPF 30.  Developed by renowned Indonesian dermatologist Dr. Joesoef.  Dr. Joesoef’s line aims to deliver skin care remedies that are uniquely designed to provide a professional grade, affordable, non-prescription skincare product.
  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX, an oil-free moisturizer with the newly FDA approved UVA/UVB protection, avobenzone and their trademark Mezoryl SX. This product is ideal for oily and otherwise blemish prone skin.
  • Juice Beauty, Green Apple Moisturizer SPF 15, an oil-free organic moisturizer that smells fresh and feels wonderful.
  • Many foundation primers now include SPF, such as Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Spa 15 With Dermaxyl™ Complex. Kind of nice to get your primer and sunscreen in one step. I have tried their regular primer and it really makes your skin feel silky and helps your foundation glide on effortlessly.*
  • Many foundations have SPF. Most mineral makeup, like Bare Escentuals have SPF 15 or greater. My favorite 2 foundations, Tarte’s Smooth Operator and Model Co 3 in 1 both have SPF 20.*
  • Sunless Tanning Products. There are 100’s of them, I like Jergen’s Natural Glow Moisturizer, esp. for my dry, pale legs.

On sunny days or days where you plan to be outside for a while : 

Wear a hat, take cover at the swimming pool, and wear sunscreen on at least your face, neck, and back of your hands! Remember girls, LIVER SPOTS!* There is some controversy with including SPF with foundations. The reason being, we don’t always apply foundations evenly on our face and neck areas. They can also tend to wear off quickly. Maybe the best bet is to apply a sunscreen and allow drying before applying your regular makeup.

In the meantime, surely we can think of a better alternative word to describe our skin spots, how about “Wisdom Marks,” or something sexy like, “Face Kisses?”

And most importantly, if you are ever concerned about some spot or rash that has appeared on your skin anywhere, please schedule an appointment with your Dermatologist. Better safe than sorry. A great reference website for good skin smarts is:, that’s where I got my picture from!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone,  🙂 TGIF!

Being a small town girl from Bloomington, Indiana; there is nothing like listening to this John Mellencamp/Me’Shell Ndegeocello music video of “Wild Night” to warm my spirits and get me ready for the weekend!

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mo mommy  |  January 19, 2008 at 10:33 am

    If you really want to see what kind of damage is there that you can’t see you, take a good close picture of your face, pull it up in your photo editing software, and crank the contrast WAY up. It shows a lot of the sun spots that aren’t yet visible to you. And it will scare you into sunscreen use for sure!!!

  • 2. Melissa  |  January 20, 2008 at 9:16 am

    I am not good about wearing sunscreen. I got two really bad burns this last summer… you’d think that I’d learn my lesson! I think I finally have… hopefully this summer will go burn free.
    As for wearing a foundation with sunscreen… I can’t wear foundation. I have tried MANY different ones, and I break out each and every time. I’m not talking about a stray pimple… I’m talking about a massive invasion on my face!! SOOOOO not worth it to me. I use a little cover up, and that doesn’t seem to bother my face, but when I put it everywhere… ACK!!

  • 3. Nenette  |  January 20, 2008 at 9:23 am

    Hi Jen,
    I’m 38 also, and like you, I’m stunned at how fast the 30s have gone by… and how my skin looks… older… like *Boom!* a switch was flipped!
    I used to hate using moisturizer with SPF because I found them to be heavier and greasier than the non-SPF versions. Fortunately, I’ve found and have enjoyed using Avon’s Hydra-Radiance Moisturizing Day Lotion SPF 15. It’s nice and light with a fresh scent. And at $15.00 for a 118ml (4 fl.oz.) pump bottle. Cheers!

    ps – thanks for coming to visit my site and leaving a comment… that was really cool!

  • 4. Jen Hill  |  January 20, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Great to hear from you Melissa and Nenette.

    I have a similar reaction to foundations, even ones that claim to be ” noncomedogenic.” I have better results with the tinted moisturizers, and understand the greasy feeling that comes with some sunscreens.

    SkinCeuticals has a serum called “C E Ferulic.” It is expensive ($120) but extremely effective in protecting and preventing sun damage. I used it all summer on my face and did not burn once, and also did not aggravate my skin.

    I also just read a neat article at this web site:

    Foundation does not have to be a necessity, and if your concealer method works, stick with it! What is your favorite concealer? I love Alison Raffael’s, Model Co’s and The Balms.

    Do I have a beauty addiction issue? Moi? 😉

  • 5. Sue  |  January 20, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Jen, Mellisa & Nanette – have you heard about the new skin care products that Rodan + Fields (the makers of Proactiv) have developed? You can find their products at http://www.rodanand The regimens are wonderful and really address the many issues – liver spots, collegen loss, wrinkles, etc. – all of us face with the never ending aging process. I have personally been using the Reverse and Anti-Age regimens for several months now and truly love the products so much that I have become a consultant. The results are amazing and the company offers a 60 day money back guarantee! If you are interested in saving 10% off your order and free shipping please use my insider code at checkout: reprf11296. Good luck to all of us to keep the never ending aging process under our own control. 🙂

  • 6. Jen  |  January 21, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    You go girl! And… you look fab, for 38 or any age!

  • 7. Bionic beauty  |  January 22, 2008 at 7:29 am

    Glad you addressed this. I don’t have age spots, but thanks to a wonderful bout with crazy hormones last year, i have a lovely patch of melasma. Ugh. Ick. It’s awful… It’s certainly better in the winter when my skin pales, but even with religious sunscreen in the summer it darkens up and makes me really self-conscious. And it just laughs at concealers!! “no! I will *not* be covered!”


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