And with this trip, I have the usual worries with an added factor, which is, actually, NOT so minor: it's the first time I'll be flying alone in at least 15 years and I'll have to be wheel chaired from one airline to another - twice! - going there as well as coming back - and in huge airports. To make things a bit more disconcerting, I feel that I'm at a huge disadvantage not knowing the languages involved. No, I don't speak Italian, Spanish, German, nor even Greek for that matter, but Asian languages are a whole different ball game for me. I know that English is spoken "everywhere" there are tourists, but it's still an unsettling feeling - though I'm certainly trying to turn it into an adventure.
At any rate, I thought I'd pass on a few of the tidbits I've run into that I have found interesting, for one reason or another:
- Dry skin vs. Dehydrated skin:
This wasn't flabby skin (though heaven knows I have more than I'd like of that) but skin that wasn't young and plump any longer. To complicate matters, I happen to be one of those people who really, really does not like cream on my skin, other than on my face. I've tried just about everything out there (or so it often seems to me) and have pretty much hated everything I've tried, save my Dove soap (OK! OK! "beauty bar"! Sheesh!) and the LaMer Hand Treatment, which I use on any dry parts. However, in the last few years, even my Dove and LaMer have not been of much help. Out of desperation I've turned to other products, enduring them in hopes of their helping turn things around a bit, with not much luck.
- Hyaluronic acid:
I've been hearing about hyaluronic acid for a while now but somehow it never really clicked that I should give it a try, especially since it is great for dehydrated skin. (I suppose because of my ongoing war with my pores! How many battles can be fought at one time?)
But evidently hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in our body fluids, found in joints, for example - could be the answer, or a step in the right direction. As we age we a) produce less and less of it and b) it gets broken down faster. I've learned a ton of facts about it in the last few days, but the key factor here is that it locks in moisture. If I go into the science of it all, we'll be here all night, so at this point I'll just say that I'm thrilled that I have made this discovery, especially since cabin air is so horribly drying. I'd like to NOT look like I could easily pass for King Tutankhamen's only slightly younger sister when I get off the plane in KL.
- Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-phase:
Heavy on hyaluronic acid, I'm going to give this HydraQench serum a try, as well as the cream mask.
- Spritzing my face:
In my fight to stay as hydrated as possible, I'll hopefully be able to spritz my face with my Avene "water in a can" and/or my Omorovicza facial mist.
The strange thing about this whole water problem is that in order to keep my blood pressure high enough, I need to eat a lot of salt. Given how thirsty we who have CFIDS/ME/fibro are to begin with, the salt further complicates the whole dehydration issue. Agh!!!!
At any rate, these are the newest weapons in the arsenal to fight against my crepe-y skin and thirsty skin issues. Hopefully, they'll work out nicely and not prove hubby right when he said, "shouldn't you have tested those things out before-hand?" followed by "what if you have an allergy to them?"
Oh how I hate logic at times! I'm trying to ignore him, though I'm giving them a try-out even as he goes off to bed, the smug little...killjoy. ;)