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Category Archives: anti-aging
Folks, the 3rd Annual Wrinkle Ranking by RoC® Skincare and Sperling’s Best Places has predicted New York City will be the 8th most wrinkle-prone American city in 2040 (we were #1 last year). I’ll be 59 by the time 2040 hits and while the stresses of living in the city that never sleeps may alter my youthful appearance, hopefully I’ll still be looking snatched. Yes, Black may not crack and whatever the saying is for brown, that, too. But there are some changes in our skin that we women of color experience as we age even though we may not tend to wrinkle as fast. There are also certain behaviors we should avoid (smoking, tanning, and yes, too much drinking) that can make us crack—as fast as a Fabergé egg would in a football game. And this is all regardless of your current zip code.
I talk about sunscreen a ton here and how important it is to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, prevent premature aging, AND while you need to wear it everyday no matter if it’s raining or cloudy or if it’s winter, you especially need it when you’re working through skincare issues like dark spots and acne.
I am a recovering overpacker. Years of traveling have helped me to learn from my superfluous ways—when I was 12 I went on a 15-day school trip to Australia and New Zealand and brought two HUGE suitcases filled with clothes that I had to lug around as we went from city to city. I didn’t even wear half of the stuff I packed. It still took until I was in my 30s to somewhat learn my lesson. Even then I went from doing well with packing clothes to taking WAY too many beauty items with me—you can see that in my past What’s Going in My Beauty Bag posts.
I partly blame my Caribbean upbringing for my overpacking ways—there wasn’t a single time in my entire life that I saw any of my family going to and from Trinidad with less than like three suitcases (or grips as they call them)…lol.
Any time friends plan to visit from out of town and ask what sort of clothing to pack, I always advise them to check the daily weather forecast. Because anything can happen in a span of just a few days in NYC when it comes to the weather. It can seriously be close to 70s, a high of 50 (which can mean lows in the 30s) for a few days, and then it’ll get to 60 for a quick second only for it to feel cold again and maybe even snow—ALL IN THE SAME WEEK. Not only is this confusing for your outfit planning, it can also be confusing for your skin care routine.