Vivid
2 months ago

A chance encounter...

I seem to have stumbled into a community that shares my current obsession!

Skincare is relatively new to me but has become a BIG focus.

It diverts my mind from my terminal cancer and heart failure diagnoses and allows me to assert a modicum of control in an otherwise disempowering set of circumstances. Chemo and prescription medication have been unkind but necessary: I'm constantly striving to erase the damage they have done.

Modest skincare goals - evening skin tone and texture - are challenging but doable, and I look forward to my self-care routines, giving myself ample time to truly engage with each step and each product.

I look forward to reading the community's tips and recommendations.

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So sorry to hear of your situation, that is sad to hear. Daily self care is a good routine, and as long as we get the right products for our skin I think it can bring a little bit of joy. I'm no expert, and like yourself stumbled upon this community today. Keeping it simple, targeting only a few things at a time is what I'd say. Your skin is likely to be sensitive, needing tlc and an SPF for day time that sits right with your skin needs. Sending love 💓

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Hello, @L1ttleB1rdy! Thanks so much for your response... and your compassion.
I'm so sorry my reply is delayed: I lost my indescribably sweet, selfless, beyond loving mother a month ago and am finding it extremely hard to pick myself up and plough through each day.
Oddly (or perhaps not so oddly), skincare is giving me the excuse I need to shut myself away from the world and focus inwards.
Your counsel is wise: simplicity is everything. It's astonishing how satisfied we can feel when little (but meaningful) skincare/wellness goals are achieved. I do my best to steer clear of harsh ingredients and über-vigorous exfoliation (been there, done that - never again!) Sunscreen is a must!
I hope your foray into this skincare community proves rewarding 💓

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Vivid, the warmest welcome to the community! Thank you for joining and sharing your story. You are an inspiration for strength and self-care. And also, of a very wise skincare approach: modest but firm goals and enjoying the process, too.

Lots of love,

Maria

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Thank you for the hearty welcome, Maria - and for your mega-generous words. I look forward to exploring the community in due course.
I have learnt the hard way not to go overboard with my skincare: damaging the skin's barrier is never a good look! It's a particular risk when the skin is rendered sensitive by chemo and immunotherapy.
Every day is a school day!

Sending love back 💓

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@Vivid Would you like to fill in your current routine for us to review? You can do it here: https://whatsinmyjar.com/user/skincare-routines/create

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@Maria from WIMJ I am having to pace myself just now: I've recently lost my beloved Mama and I'm feeling my way through each day. Grief is both a whirlwind and a deep, dark, inky well. My focus on skincare is proving to be part of the healing process. I shut the world out and lose myself in contemplation.

Thank you for pointing me in the right direction, though. Just as soon as I feel able to do more than the basics, I will detail my a.m. and p.m. routines.

xo

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May her memory be a blessing ❤️. Sending you a big hug. We are here for you!

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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
She is with me always
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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