I’m back to work. My staycation is over. Glad that stressful week is behind me.

I’m sleeping better. My shoulder muscles are less tense. (Of course, it could be due to my weekly massages, they are likely helping. Thank you to my massage therapist D. You are so helpful.) Will have to see what my chiropractor says about the muscles in the lower half of my body when I visit Dr. A tomorrow. The muscles in my backside (which I didn’t even know existed) were very tense during last week’s office visit while I was on my staycation.

Now that I’m back to my normal high powered work routine, I seem to be much better.

I’m rising early when the alarm goes off at 6:00 am. Showering and putting on all my face creams. While I was on my staycation I went to see my esthetician D to get my eyebrows waxed. While I was there, I talked to D about all the dark brown spots that seem to be cropping up on my face lately.

“Soon I will have 50+ spots on my face to match my age,” I told D. “And I’ll look like a brown and beige dalmatian.”

“It’s your beach house that’s causing those extra spots,” said D. “Too much fun and sun. You need to use more sunscreen when you are out in the sun.” (My condo on the corner at the shore is a major contributor to brown spots on my 50+ year old face. How can this be? I love my condo on the corner.)

I always thought that a good moisturizer with SPF 30 was enough sunscreen. All summer long, I never put extra sunscreen on my face. Uh oh! And I didn’t use a hat either because I don’t like flat hair. And my super duper beach chair with the awning didn’t work too well, so my face did get a lot of exposure to the sun. Uh oh, uh oh!

“Not to worry,” said D. “I have a new all natural skincare treatment from Osmosis called Enlighten that can help fade those spots. You just use a little bit each morning and again at night before you go to bed.”

I was on my staycation, so $50 for a 1 ounce bottle didn’t seem too steep a price to pay to help my brown spots fade away. Plus, D gave me a free sample of Osmosis’ sunscreen. (What a bargain this turned out to be, free sunscreen included.) However, I didn’t think about what this extra step would do to my morning and evening skincare regimen.

Then an email arrived from the public relations woman from Avon. “Avon is introducing a landmark discovery to reactivate the skin’s repair process to help women reverse the look of wrinkles,” said the press release.

Reverse wrinkles. Are you talking to me? Are YOU talking to ME? ARE YOU…ARE YOU…ARE YOU…TALKING TO ME?

We’ll send you a sample said the nice PR woman.

“Sure I’ll try your new ANEW Reversalist Serum and Night Cream,” I wrote back. I am always on the lookout for new anti-wrinkle creams. I wasn’t thinking about what these extra two steps would do to my morning and evening skincare regimen – I was on my staycation.

I have such a busy morning and evening skincare regimen that I almost didn’t have time for breakfast this morning. I had to dot my spots so my brown spots would fade and then follow up with the new serum (over time, it says that 88% of women agreed that their skin looked dramatically younger after using this serum…hmm, hmm, I guess it is worth the time…I hope my skin will look younger). Then I had to put on my regular moisturizer on top of the other creams and then brush on my foundation and apply my under-eye concealer (which is especially needed due to the lack of sleep since my evening skincare regimen now takes quite a bit longer before bedtime too), and powder my face.

“Your skin looks good,” said a colleague at work today. And well it should, I thought to myself, and well it should.

Ooh, ooh, it’s 11:20 pm and I have much to do before I hit my pillow. Speaking of my pillow, I think all this skin cream and serum is ending up on my pillow as I toss and turn each night. My pillow definitely may end up being more wrinkle and brown spot free than I am. If my face doesn’t look better after the next several weeks, at least my bed linens will be nice and smooth.


P.S. – Coming soon is my new review site titled: A Baby Boomer Girl’s Raves, Rants, and Reviews. I’ll let you know as soon as it’s ready.