Ok, maybe not extreme, but it seems like all makeovers these days must be extreme. I guess my bust makeover could technically be considered “extreme” since the bulk of my bust was lopped off a few years ago (a word to my fellow overly-busty ladies if you’re thinking of a breast reduction: DO IT. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made).
But here’s my problem: I’m a white whitey white girl. I don’t tan, never have. I got from white, to red, to white again (after much peeling). Like many women, I’m diligent about putting sunscreen on my face, but terrible about remembering to put it on my décolleté. So while my face will hopefully look 40 when I’m 50, my chest is headed to Magda-status. Many years and sunburns have taken its toll. I’ve got discoloration, lines, redness. General unprettiness. So I’m on a mission to make over my décolleté. And I’m on a mission to do it as naturally as possible, and as inexpensively as possible.
I did some research and found the skin boards raving about Bio-oil. I’ve heard a lot about Bio-oil but avoided it because it contains mineral oil. I’m not a fan of petroleum-derived products in general, but am willing to give this a temporary try for targeted use, rather than general use. Next, I’ve read enough to know that, when it comes to skin damage, anti-oxidants are your friend. So in addition to supplements (I will delve into these in another post), I’m also going to do natural masks and skin soaks with powerful ingredients that are naturally rich in antioxidants and other vitamins that help the body heal naturally.
I found this recipe here: http://www.topbeautycare.com/Homemade_vitamin_c_mask_t3023.html
(And since I have the amazing foresight that I do, I just happen to have a bag of frozen pumpkin from our Halloween pumpkins)
Main and most important ingredient is pureed pumpkin (cooked pumpkin or canned), which is rich in vitamin C, anti-oxidant. For that reason this homemade pumpkin mask is appropriate for all skin types, but especially for damaged skin.
You will need:
2 teaspoons of pumpkin
½ teaspoon honey (some people use honey alone)- but it wouldn’t be pumpkin mask anymore however, honey honey also works regenerative- very good for skin.
½ milk – if you have dry skin, use whipping cream instead milk, and if you have oily skin, use same amount of apple vinegar.
Ok so Bio-oil says to give it 3 months. I’m posting my “before” picture, which doesn’t show how bad the redness and lines are, but it’s the best I can do in my hotel room. I will post updates as I go. Hopefully I see a difference in 3 months: