Don’t let people tell you your 30s will be the best time of your life in a tone that suggests your looks will fade so you better find inner peace. Vicki’s Pick is a weekly beauty column that features Vicki’s all-time favourite beauty products and latest discoveries for women in their 30s who plan on staying pretty on the outside for a long, long time. Inner peace is optional.
Maybe you can’t relate because pimples peaced out from your T-zone like Twisted Sister at the final school bell, but at age 35 my pores can still crop up a bountiful harvest of adult acne like an early spring cherry blossom season. I know I don’t always eat well, tend to fuel myself almost exclusively on caffeine, and have the kind of sleep hygiene that’s convinced me to list “sleep deprivation” as both a hobby and skill on my resume – but I thought there’d be at least a few perks to my mid-30s. (Besides, you know, just having a shameless cry by the avocados in Loblaws when Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” gets to its most anticlimactic of anticlimactic moments and it just hits home.) Your 30s are mostly great. Sure, we’re expecting things like our eggs to be getting closer to the end of their lifetime performance, but they’re still givin’ ‘er. That’s why it’s a serious drag when acne makes like the opening act that refuses to go back to the greenroom.
Enter my latest adult acne fixer upper: LUSH Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub. Imagine my excitement when I was asked to be in an exciting new reality show set in Toronto about three women in their 30s living modern lives. The night before my first day on set last week, my forehead erupted into a mess of bumps and rough patches instantly – like how the 401 dramatically changes when you pass the Quebec border. Knowing acne creams would only make my skin more clumpy and dry under makeup, I rushed to LUSH to get this scrub. The coarse sea salt pieces remove dead skin; the lemon, grapefruit and lime juices cleanse; fresh avocado moisturizes and softens; and violet leaf absolutely calms irritated skin. The best part? You can use it on oily-prone skin every day… even if you’re, you know, 35.
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