It all began when I placed an order online at an upscale skincare site (askderm.com.) I ordered my usual products-a face wash that I simply adore (the IS clinical facial cleanser) and the glycolic acid pads that my dermatologist sells at a 100% markup. Unfortunately for me this company chose to ship these articles with a free sample of a 'new product for sensitive skin-' a soothing crème. Well, let me tell you, I usually am unable to try free samples as they are not marketed to sensitive skin like mine. I was thrilled at the opportunity! I tried this cream for 2 days in the evening) a rather light application, and ended up with HIVES all over my face and chest for a week. No, this is not a joke. 2 weeks before my wedding and HIVES. eeeeewww. Since that episode I have been a bit weary of most of my skincare products. With that in mind I have been using a lighter-than-usual application of my beloved La Roche Posay anthélios fluide extrème SPF 90. Bad move on my part. Really, really bad. Because after our trip to the hip doctor on Monday I woke up on Tuesday as read as a sugar beet. I had been in the car all day, mind you, which is why my right arm is also beet red and my left its usual 'cream with peaches' tone. So, I am now, 4 days away from the big day, more of a 'lobster and cream' than 'peaches' on my face, chest and RIGHT UPPER ARM. Sexy, eh?
As my ancestors would say, "Oy Veh!"
I'm hoping that copious amounts of water, aleve, and Aveeno's calming cream will bring me closer to my natural hue. Professor Hubs is a big fan of my new rosiness, and he's the one I'm marrying, so I am certainly in luck there...
In honor of cooling the heat within (and potentially on your face) I give you a refreshing combination of the delicious Israeli and Balkan Salad recipes
3 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, diced
2 tomatoes, seeded, diced
2 Tbsp finely chopped red onion
1 Tbsp chopped dill
1 Tbsp chopped mint
1/2 cup (or more) feta cheese cut into small cubes
3 Tbsp lemon juice
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and pepper
Enjoy! And wear sunscreen next time!