"Your time is limited so don't waste it living someone else's life.
Don't be trapped by Dogma which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become."
- Steve Jobs

Wednesday, January 12, 2005


Moisturisers - you'd think it would be simple enough to walk into Boots and buy a moisturiser for your face. But no! We are being bombarded with science now to such an extent that I can spend most of my lunch hour staring at various pots and bottles of cream and trying to figure out which one is the best.

It's no longer just "face cream" or plain old moisturiser. Now we have herbal, aromatherapy, vitamin, natural, fruit, organic, or active moisturisers that promise to "hydrate" or "refine pores" or "smooth away fine lines" and other such hollow promises. Don't be fooled!!!!

The worst offender is the current TV advert for a certain Nameless Moisturiser which features ex-Neighbours turned pop star Natalie Imbruglia - she who has such perfect skin it will never NEED mosturising! You want to slap her the minute she appears on screen, or make her eat lots of Pot Noodles so she will get a nice juicy zit on her chin. "I'm 27, I want young-looking skin" she says as the advert begins - WHAT! Give me a break! You're only 27!

The advert continues with such awe-inspiring statements as "Day 1 - my skin feels smoother and softer" "Day 5 - My pores are refined" (someone explain to me exactly what this means??) "Day 8 - fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed away".

How can they get away with making these claims? Surely if a moisturiser was that good at smoothing skin and seemingly regenerating it so well that fine lines and wrinkles simply disappear, why aren't hospitals and surgeons using it to help heal wounds? There is no way that putting a cream on your face can make is softer and smoother in a day - exfoilation maybe, but NOT a blinking moisturiser! As for refined pores, well - err - a skin pore is a skin pore, surely nothing you put on it can make it change structure?

Also, what's with the "De-crinkling" lark...

Some face creams now cost more per ounce than GOLD. We need to get a grip back on reality!!! It all just boils down to a fancy mix of oil and water after all. It's inevitable - you can't stop Mother Nature and when she wants you to have a wrinkle - no force in Boots can stop her! But despite my skepticism, I STILL spend 40 minutes staring at those endless shelves of plastic tubs, a small part of me hoping that one of them will give me peach-perfect skin like Natalie Imbruglia's. *sob*

If you want good skin then start early - don't smoke, don't fry yourself in the sun, and eat GOOD FOOD - that's all you need!

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