cetaphil, “if it ain’t broke”

A good lesson for all ages, but especially for those getting along in years, like me. I’m sure we all have our beauty secrets, ones that are tried and true and work for us. Why then do we stray, dabbling in the newly touted, the “latest” and “greatest?”

For a few years now I’ve used Cetaphil, purchased at any number of drugstores and large, budget-conscious retail chains, like Costco. I think what steered me towards the product was that it’s “fragrance free.” For some reason I developed a sensitivity to additives. Cetaphil boasts that it’s “non-comedogenic/fragrance free/dermatologist recommended.” It’s not without other “stuff,” but evidently they’re non-detrimental to my skin type. So I cleanse my face with Cetaphil, using a pump dispenser or a soap bar (best for travel),  as well as moisturize with Cetaphil products like 

  • Moisturizing Lotion for All Skin Types – lightweight hydration for everyday use 
  • Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 for All Skin Types – lightweight, non-greasy formula – UVA/UVB protection
  • UVA/UVB Defense SPF 50 Facial Moisturizer for All Skin Types
  • Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion for Dry, Sensitive Skin – clinically proven to hydrate and protect dry skin for 24 hours

Which moisturizer I use depends upon the level of dryness I’m experiencing, which may be affected by the season, or by the weather in a locale I might be visiting, like Hawaii where it’s humid. Regardless of conditions, whether environmental or health related, Cetaphil has remained constant in keeping my skin soft and appearing youthful. Why then did I decide to try a new product? 

Perhaps the praises rendered by a drugstore clerk, or the desire to “change it up,” or knowing that grapeseed supplements and red wine were healthy, or that the product was developed by a dermatologist, led me to believe that “Merlot” might be even better than Cetaphil. I mean doesn’t it even sound better? “Merlot” conjuring up the image of sultry, smooth, velvety skin; where Cetaphil envisions a scrubbed face, devoid of color and character. Plunking down my money, I took my package of jars home, feeling like a kid at Christmas.

Months later, and skin looking somewhat “leathery” and splotchy, with dry spots on my eyelid, neck and chin, I slowly became disenchanted with “Merlot.” I say slowly, because initially I attributed my problems to eczema from which I’ve suffered most of my life. So I kept piling on the new moisturizer, morning and night. But I couldn’t seem to return to the smooth, even facial appearance of my Cetaphil days. I’d view myself in the mirror, trying to imagine what my skin once looked like. Finally coming out of the “fog,” I turned to Cetaphil for resolution.

Between “cortisone one” to correct the patches of dryness, and a daily Cetaphil regimen, I’m looking like my old, young self again. Hurrah! Lesson learned. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Now perhaps I can return the partially (more like minuscule-y) used jars of “Merlot,” for a refund, or if Walgreen’s resists, I may just give the items to the salesclerk who so loved it, that I believed her.

hugs for Cetaphil…hugmamma.

journal tidbits

Two items in the Wall Street Journal caught my eye this morning,  “Gene Shows Promise for Alzheimer’s”  and  “Family Blames AIG In Bet on Mom’s Life.”  The first article provides a speck of hope; the second sets off a red flag,  “buyer beware.”

“Scientists have found a way to dramatically reduce the erosion of memory and learning ability in mice with a version of Alzheimer’s disease, potentially offering a new approach for tackling the illness in humans.”  MIT researchers discovered that a genetically engineered gene, SIRT1,  “regulates the production of a class of proteins known as sirtuin one.”  More sirtuin in tested mice allowed them to retain both memory and learning ability as they aged. GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s consultant Dr. Leonard Guarente,  “a biologist at MIT and the lead author of the study,”  suggests this may be a drug-based approach to treat Alzheimer’s. However  “Much more research is now needed …” according to The Alzheimer’s Society in the U.K.

The article further indicates that resveratrol, an ingredient in red wine, has been found to slow aging in mice. This seemed to affirm the intake of grape seed supplements recommended by Dr. Vincent Fortanasce, a practicing neurologist, in his  “The ANTI-Alzheimer’s Prescription.”

whatever works!…hugmamma

“A dispute over a huge life-insurance policy on an Indianapolis woman who drowned, fully clothed, in her bathtub took a new twist this week when her family alleged American International Group, Inc. ran a  ‘scheme’  to let investors buy big policies on older people as speculative bets.”  Reading this I was reminded of a TV documentary exposing just such a scam. How does it work?

An insurance entrepeneur encourages an elderly person to purchase a huge life-insurance policy, often paying for it with a loan. The policy is then sold to an investor who pays the premiums and collects, when the insured dies.

In the reported case the entrepeneur expects to be paid the $15 million involved, while AIG wants the policy declared null and void. A spokesman claimed AIG  “stands by its allegations that the policy was procured under a  ‘fraudulent scheme.’  ”   The victim’s estate is seeking control of the $15 million, and filed suit for $45 million in damages against AIG claiming they ” ‘engaged in minimal underwriting efforts’  and issued the $15 million policy, ostensibly for estate planning,  ‘without verifying key information,’  including whether Ms. Tomlinson could afford such costly insurance.’  ”  The article continues  ”  ‘Even a cursory review’  of various application materials would have raised red flags about…annual income, but AIG…turned a blind eye…to warning signs in eagerness…reap enormous benefits,…’  ”

“buyer beware!” …hugmamma.