Vintage Skin Care- Noxzema

I wasn’t always a Noxema girl, but as a pre-teen, I really wanted to be.  I did not grow up in a household that purchased specialized products, so to actually be a Noxema girl was  an unachievable dream for me.

Fast forward to a few years later and it is my must have for treating sunburn, razorburn, and super important following a cold which always leaves me with a raw nose.  I slather it everywhere and experience relief within 24 hours.

Noxema was created in 1914 by Dr. J. Frances Townsend.  It was originally called Townsend R22 and was created to treat sunburn.  Go figure.  I thought I had figured that one out before anyone.  When the invention was passed on to Dr. George Bunting, he had bigger ideas and sold it for a wider commercial target.

Farrah Fawcett was a Noxema girl in the 70s, which is probably what made me want to be a Noxema girl, as even my skateboarding was modeled after her portrayal of the same.

I still use Noxema for sunburn, but I find that most often I use it as thick slather here and there for many different reasons.

A few years ago, I recommended Noxema to a friend who complained of dry, tight skin on her face.  In her accolades of triumph, she told me the tales of her experience.  As with everything she did, her husband tried it too.  I laughed at the picture conjured up when she told me of the two of them, walking their dog through the community, their faces fully covered in thick layers of Noxema.

I went off my own homemade skin care for a while and tried a high end product, even became a sales partner in that group.  What I found after 90 days was that my skin was at first glance no better or no worse for the large expense of those products.  There was an immediate effect (dropping off of a milia), but after the 90 days, I was happy to go back to making my own.  One thing I did notice without my daily glycolic ritual; EEK – lines were forming around my lips.  So I did what any logical person would do and what you will be tempted to do too, I OD’d on glycolic acid.  I didn’t ease back in but went full throttle, wanting immediate results.  I overdried my skin.  My lips looked worse, as I took them to pre-peeling stage and I mildly burned some areas of my face, where I targeted some brown spots that seemed to be arising.  Ta, da da!  Noxema to the rescue! I slathered it on, and when that soaked in, I slathered it again;  and even a third time.  I slept in that and followed today with only hyaluronic acid, pampering my skin for a day.  I’ll re-start my regimen tomorrow with 5% glycolic.  And patience.

When your skin feels over-dry, or when you; like me, are impatient with your acids, slather this vintage  formula on.

Contents: camphor, menthol and eucalyptus.

Note:  Noxema contains camphor, and must never be applied to open wounds.

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I wasn’t always a Noxzema girl, but as a pre-teen, I really wanted to be.  I did not grow up in a household that purchased specialized products, so to actually be a Noxzema girl was  an    unachievable dream for me.

Fast forward to a few years later and it is my must have for treating sunburn, razorburn, and super important following a cold which always leaves me with a raw nose.  I slather it everywhere and experience relief within 24 hours.

Noxzema was created in 1914 by Dr. J. Frances Townsend.  It was originally called Townsend R22 and was created to treat sunburn.  Go figure.  I thought I had figured that one out before anyone.  When the invention was passed on to Dr. George Bunting, he had bigger ideas and sold it for a wider commercial target.  

Farrah Fawcett was a Noxzema girl in the 70s, which is probably what made me want to be a Noxzema girl, as even my skateboarding was modeled after her portrayal of the same.

I still use Noxzema for sunburn, but I find that most often I use it as thick slather here and there for many different reasons.  

A few years ago, I recommended Noxzema to a friend who complained of dry, tight skin on her face.  In her accolades of triumph, she told me the tales of her experience.  As with everything she did, her husband tried it too.  I laughed at the picture conjured up when she told me of the two of them, walking their dog through the community, their faces fully covered in thick layers of Noxzema.  

I went off my own homemade skin care for a while and tried a high end product, even became a sales partner in that group.  What I found after 90 days was that my skin was at first glance no better or no worse for the large expense of those products.  There was an immediate effect (dropping off of a milia), but after the 90 days, I was happy to go back to making my own.  One thing I did notice without my daily glycolic ritual; EEK – lines were forming around my lips.  So I did what any logical person would do and what you will be tempted to do too, I OD’d on glycolic acid.  I didn’t ease back in but went full throttle, wanting immediate results.  I over-dried my skin.  My lips looked worse, as I took them to pre-peeling stage and I mildly burned some areas of my face, where I targeted some brown spots that seemed to be arising.  Ta, da da!  Noxzema to the rescue! I slathered it on, and when that soaked in, I slathered it again;  and even a third time.  I slept in that and followed today with only hyaluronic acid, pampering my skin for a day.  I’ll re-start my regimen tomorrow with 5% glycolic acid.  And patience.  

When your skin feels over-dry, or when you; like me, are impatient with your acids, slather this vintage  formula on.  

Contents: camphor, menthol and eucalyptus.

Note:  Noxzema contains camphor, and must never be applied to open wounds.

 

WE WANT IT AND WE WANT IT NOW!

We are a fast-paced, “want it now” generation of people. We don’t go to stores when Amazon often delivers the very next day. This “want it now” attitude makes no exception for many of our desires; losing weight, getting a tan, banishing acne or removing wrinkles.

We see the young celebrities who get plastic surgery far too early, and the older beauties who have procedures that take away their unique look; a look that would have persevered and remained unique, even with age.  As I was growing up, this wasn’t the way it was.  The big thing that happened in my early adulthood was that the actress from “Beaches” had her lips done.  This was a first.  Hers was becoming.  This is now the norm, and the proportions are far different.

Witnessing this throughout my lifetime after that point, I knew with certainty that I would never endure an augmentation procedure, unless it was restorative. I’ve valued the authenticity of my appearance, and while yes; aging is shocking, I did happen upon an excellent skin care program quite by accident.

Because I’m a daughter, a niece, a sister, an aunt; I shared with those I love. I’m not a Name Brand, so it was easy for many to dismiss, except that ten years went by and then fifteen. And my skin maintained. They are all faithful now. And there are many clocks turning back and slowing in these faces.

I bought a purchase in the last few weeks; one that the retailer had to inquire about my age. It turns out that I was a few months older than he was. He complimented me again and again and my response was more than the usual “thank you,” as this time I added, “I just wrote a book on it.” He was incredulous at the difference in appearance in this person who was a few months older than he was. I was pleased that I would have guessed him at 10 or more years older than I was. He should totally buy my book.

I am convinced that the “accidental” skin care regimen that I began in response to facial injuries of 15 years ago has drastically slowed the hands of time. And it was not immediate, but ongoing. Sustained.

To have your best skin, it takes commitment. I feel that the best results come from committing to a morning and evening regimen, seven days a week; but even I don’t do that. Something always comes up. It does take a commitment to see results. I can state with firm certainty that if you follow a regimen more times a week than you do not, you will see results. I would shoot for 70% participation as the lowest, meaning morning and evening; about five days a week.

Last July, I went to a Happy Hour with a friend I had not seen in a few years. I did not know I was walking into a skincare presentation. And there I was; thrilled by a scientific background, and I became a part of that skincare group. I was very enthusiastic, because it came from science where my own regimen did not. I followed their guidance; try this one day for every year of your life. I tried it for my 53 years (my age) and up to about 120 days. I had given up my tried and true regimen. There were some good results and I discovered an excellent ingredient that I’ve added to my daytime routine through that trial. There were also some deficits; some age spots on my face increased in color and size, a wrinkle between my brow grew deeper and lines around my lips began to form. Being 53, I really didn’t notice this until I put glasses on. I was shocked.

As I began writing my book, I had just begun my own regimen again, and it is my commitment to apply 53 days of patience and see the results, as I haven’t regained all the lost ground just yet. The reality is that I likely have to give it the 120 days I gave the other products.  So far, I have seen improvement in reduction of the age spots as well as some of the lines that had become more prominent around my lips, that emerged slowly as I discontinued my own well-working regimen.

I did do what many of you will do (but please don’t) and I went nuts with the acid and burned a couple of areas on my face. I encourage patience and commitment so that no injuries or scars come from your treatments.

We all want what we want, and we want it now….. Life has never worked that way, not with good outcome. I know that I have tried so many things, usually miracle diets, miracle patches, etc. and never have the results equaled the advertisement. I’d look back at six weeks and ask myself “why didn’t I just commit to the hard way? I’d be halfway where I want to be now.”

Everything worth achieving takes time, patience and commitment. Not a single regimen will work without these three traits and I encourage you to focus on them on this journey with your skin.

Acid Freak

ACID FREAK

I’m all about the ACID, manLet’s pull off that mask of old skin you are wearing and show what you have underneath it all!

I’ve revived this post following my Amazon Kindle book release (SEE AD).

Glycolic Acid– This is one of the most important products you can use in your beauty arsenal, and you should eventually use it daily.  A word of CAUTION – start slowly.  Most of us work with the public in some capacity, and it is unseemly to conduct business with our faces flaking off.  If you will start slowly, the effects will be gradual but they will be ongoing.  I noticed a difference in the first month and I feel you will too.  I also saw my pores tighten, my skin exfoliate the oxidation and an overall look of brightness and youth.

Glycolic acid is an acid found in fruits and is the smallest molecule acid. This allows it to work really effectively with fine lines and wrinkles, milia, acne, and a host of other concerns.  When used in a peel, it is giving great injury to the skin, causing the skin to react in a positive way, AFTER the angry redness and the peeling skin.  When used daily, and graduating the strengths, small injuries to the skin are sustained, but they are usually not noticeable, and what about those injuries to the skin?  The great outcome of injury to the skin caused by glycolic acid is that it kick starts collagen production as a healing process. Collagen is not easily absorbed into the skin, and it is almost a waste of money to purchase it, but glycolic acid, your new friend, is encouraging your skin to produce it’s own, and may allow for greater penetration of collagen products.

What does that mean for you?  This one is a “no brainer.”  The sagging skin that happens with age, that skin that people term as jowls; if you are using glycolic acid on your face, jaw line, neck and décolletage, you are combatting that skin sag.  You may go through life “jowl-less” with a daily regimen of glycolic acid.

If you’ve never used glycolic acid, start with 5% for a month.  Then increase to 10%.  Or, go more slowly and increase to 7% for a month and graduate to 10% the month following.  At any time experiencing abnormal sensitivity, decrease the percentage, or skip a day.  Eventually, it will be an easy part of your daily ritual.  As I mention in my book, I’m comfortable remaining at a 10% glycolic acid treatment, but give myself a GLYCOLIC POP periodically. Read about the GLYCOLIC POP in my book!  And Glycolic Acid works best with some companion treatments.

Recommended Glycolic Acid Products

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A unique benefit of glycolic acid is that it opens your skin to allow for greater penetration of good products. This is where I bring in the equally important Hyaluronic Acid.  This special acid is naturally in our bodies and we produce less of it as we age.  It is found in many high-end creams and lotions and is the buzziest cosmetic buzz word of the day.  It is also used in many fillers.  It will absolutely, positively bring hydration and youthful plumping to your skin.  It works by allowing you to retain your skin’s moisture.  I would not go one day without this.

Recommended Hyaluronic Acid Products

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When incorporating Glycolic Acid products or any Alpha Hydroxy Acid products into your daily regimen, the use of sun protectant is recommended.  As Glycolic Acid is an exfoliator, do not use scrubs or scrub devices when cleansing skin, as this could cause injury.

 

I’M SOON TRYING ANOTHER ACID!  Groovy, baby!  I’ll update.

 

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The Diggy Diggy Guide Book Links

As promised in my book published on Kindle, The DiggyDiggy Guide To “D-I-Y” Anti-Aging and Clear Skin, CLICK HERE > The Diggy Diggy Guide; this post is provided for supplemental information.

I use a supplier that I consider the best; www.ingredientstodiefor.com.  I have found lately, however; that Amazon often provides the ingredients that I use at prices at the same price range as this supplier and since I don’t pay for shipping with Amazon, I am now, in many instances, getting great deals on many of my ingredients through Amazon.

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Skin Care Ingredients and Where to Buy Them

Base Cream/Body:

I love the Extremely Moisturizing Cream available online through Ingredients to Die For.  It is thick, making it ideal for mixing and boasts excellent moisturizing with no greasy feel.  $22.68 (Jan 18) for 32 ounces,  For a SUPER BARGAIN, either purchase Dermasil from the Dollar Tree online (minimum 12 quantity plus shipping cost)  or if you have one in your neighborhood, go to the store and pick up as many as you want.  One dollar per 10 ounce tube at the Dollar Tree.  While the typical price on Amazon is upwards of $5-$8 per container, it is always in stock at The Dollar Tree.   Dermasil is worth the price that Amazon charges, but don’t pay that price, when it is available for one dollar per tube in  Dry Skin TreatmentAloe Fresh and Cocoa Butter.  These are truly excellent lotions, with Cocoa Butter being my favorite.  Alone, these lotions keep your skin hydrated and non-greasy; and they are ideal for your skin care formulations.

Base Cream/Face:

While I feel that the above base creams for the body are suitable for facial formulations, due to Ingredients to Die For‘s commitment to purity and Dermasil’s  high quality grade, specific lotions for facial use are as summarized below, however; use any lotion you currently use as long as it is not a Alpha Hydroxy or other vitamin-based lotion.  You simply want a base for a customized glycolic acid  formula and only if you are not already buying Glycolic Acid  in a cream formula.

Everyone Face Moisturizer 8 ounce; .  For Sensitive Skin: Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin 4 ounce;  , or select a double pack     or triple pack    for additional savings.

Glycolic Acid:

Through Amazon: 5% Glycolic Acid Cream  1.5 ounce 10% Glycolic Acid Cream 2 ounce  10% Glycolic Acid Cream 16 ounce (best price)

The very best prices for glycolic acid 10% are found at one of my favorite suppliers, www.essentialwholesale.com.  This is for pure glycolic acid; no creams or mixtures, but a significant savings for glycolic acid. In comparison to the best price that I found on Amazon, above, purchasing 16 ounces from Essential Wholesale is $17.60.  If I factor in MY shipping cost, however; I’m just about $5 from Amazon’s price.  As a Prime Member, I rarely pay shipping.  I continue to buy from Essential Wholesale for their prices, but I tend to order larger quantities that can’t be matched for pricing, even when including shipping.

Glycolic Acid for mixing into reduced % Lotions –  It is my understanding that  Glycolic Acid formulations at 10% and greater can no longer be shipped except as a hazardous material due to it’s classification as a “Strong Oxidizer”.  For that reason, a product through my first choice supplier, Ingredients to Die For, called DermaNew … a natural alternative to synthetic Glycolic Acid, is my recommendation.   I have been using this for several years.  It is 70% of their version of Glycolic Acid, so a little goes a long way.  Calculations for appropriate reductions to safe ranges are included in the context of my book and can additionally be found on on this page.

Hyaluronic Acid:

As always, Ingredients to Die For is my “go to place” for this wonderful ingredient.  With pricing such as these, I generally make my selection for Hyaluronic Acid with my selection for Glycolic Acid as well as the Niacinamide and save on any shipping costs; 1 ounce, 10.28; 4 ounces $15.43, 8 ounces 22.88 and 32 ounces $59.82.  Still, Amazon offers some competitive pricing:  Hyaluronic Acid 1 ounce ; Hyaluronic Acid 4 ouncesHyaluronic Acid 8 ounces.  The larger bulk volumes are not readily available through Amazon.

Squalane Oil:

This one has been hard for me to find in the past, but it appears to be readily available on Amazon; Squalene Oil, 2 ounces

Niacinamide:

Ingredients to Die For is my favorite site for ordering this.  A very small amount goes a long, long, way and the price is fantastic.  It is going to make you shake your head to realize that make up companies charge so much when their products contain this ingredient. 1 ounce $2.61; 4 ounces $7.02; 8 ounces $10.73 and 16 ounces; $17.69 at January 2018.  Amazon pricing cannot compare, however; with shipping additions and preference, Amazon sources are Niacinamide 1 ounce; Niacinamide 60g (2.1 ounces), Niacinimide  8 ounces

Sunscreen:

Sunscreen with zinc oxide is recommended, but ANY sunscreen will work..

 

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Helpful Skin Care Ingredient Mixing Supplies:

Measured droppers 01/18 pricing $3.85 Measured filling syringe 01/18 pricing $1.65; both from www.lotioncrafters.com.  This site is an excellent site for raw ingredients, for those who are making home made lotions and soaps.  There are also a lot of specialty ingredients.  Be careful though, less is more.  Any medicine dropper that has measurements that you have at home will work fine in your measurements.

US Plastic has unbeatable prices on measured droppers and measurers, but the shipping is high for such small scale items.

Recommended for ease in daily mixing:Small mixing bowl set:

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