As a diabetic, I live according to a routine: finger sticks, medication, meals at specific times, exercise… I’m doing better on my housekeeping schedule, too. But my grooming efforts fell by the wayside.

So, first, it does make a difference. Between my illness, adjusting to the diabetes, my daughter’s visit, our road trip, doctor appointments, and catching up at work, I didn’t look after my skin. I noticed the difference.

Second, I was back in church in person and noticed that the other ladies my age all were well groomed. They wore bright dresses, jewelry, makeup…I was turned out reasonably well, though I haven’t gotten my hair cut yet, but I felt like a schlub. I need to keep a tidy garden like the other respectable ladies my age.

Proven proved to irritate my skin badly.

So the picture at the top of this post is my recent package from Clinique. I decided to settle down with Clinique for my skincare. I ended up with a bunch of free products and must now figure out what to do with them.

I went ahead and used the basic three-step regimen and have been managing it at least once a day most days. Now I’ll add serum back in.

  • All About Clean cleanser
  • Clarifying Lotion exfoliator
  • Even Better Clinical
    • Use twice a day, morning and night.
    • Dispense 1 to 2 pumps onto fingertips.
    • Spread serum all over your face, avoiding eye area.
    • Follow with moisturizer.
    • Daily sunscreen is imperative. Apply in the AM after your moisturizer.
  • Moisture Surge or Dramatically Different Moisturizer for day; Smart Night Cream for night
  • All About Eyes

Shampooing and leg shaving every other day.

I’m doing well on the dressing like a grownup part, though it doesn’t extend to jewelry and makeup every day. I’m working on that.

I’ve had this goal for a while, actually. Maybe this time I’ll be consistent.