How are you all doing? I’ve begun to do more things out in the community but being very, very cautious as the virus is still circulating here in the UK – see the latest figures which contain information about local areas. But last week, I went to a pharmacy, the Post Office (that blouse!) and a small local shop where I bought a lovely knitted hat for my expected new grandchild. In each I wore a medical mask, and amazingly I was the only customer present so I guess that this was OK.
So what with hairdressers and beauticians opening their doors, will I be returning to old habits? No, I probably won’t. Note I say probably, as never say never. I mean I would if numbers contracting the virus were reducing down to single figures but as they’re not, I’ll wait it out. So how will I be maintaining the body beautiful in these challenging times. Here are some of my thoughts.
Well, it has crossed my mind, how could I have this heart condition when I don’t fit what I thought was the criteria to have a problem with the heart, which was mainly, in my eyes, someone who never exercised and was rather overweight. But actually I don’t think I ever did enough aerobic exercise. Haven’t started the running – yet. One day! What I do instead is the ‘walk’, which has been in one place nearly every day, and I never get tired of it mainly because the sea is different every day – I love the sight and sound of the sea. Where’s your favourite walk these days?
This was taken in the week that was excessively windy even for our small island. And yes, this is July in England, and we’ve had many days when you need a jacket, scarf and hat – the latter two items being, ta-da, charity shop items! The pink jacket is from Mango.
Here’s another pic of me and Mr F, he doesn’t have such a huge chin btw, that’s a selfie angle for you!
The exercise, which for me has become a life-saver is Pilates. I don’t think it matters too much whether you do Pilates or Yoga or whatever, but it is important to do something. My Pilates teacher specialises in people with medical problems and I do a gentle Pilates, which caters for that category. It’s very safe, and then on another day I do a 1-2-1 with the teacher when we work on posture, balance and other areas that need stretching and loosening. I have started using weights again – love it.
The thing I would advise is find the teacher, and go from there. Only advice I’d give is shy away from those class teachers that just want you to copy them without looking at you or correcting your posture and form. They do exist! It took me a year to find my Pilates teacher but gosh am I glad I found her. Because always do exercises at home including weights under supervision, otherwise injury beckons. What is interesting is we all love our Zoom classes and don’t want to return to the gym, and thankfully our teacher is totally committed from a safety point of view to continue using Zoom until there is a vaccine, and that, people, will be this time next year if we are lucky. So..
The verdict on returning to a gym: Not until there is a vaccine, but walking and Zoom exercise classes at home are great and perfectly adequate in keeping us all fit.
Feet: I used to have regular pedicures, plus I always had a 3-monthly trip to the chiropodist. That appointment was due in January, and you know the score, I didn’t make it. So now I cut my own toenails and slather them in foot cream, but I do admit to feeling a little scared when I get to the big toes. Those nails are not the easiest to cut and I am hopeless when it comes to using a nail clipper. Really would like a chiropody appointment.
Hands: My nails have never looked so good, and that’s partly because I haven’t visited the beauticians for a manicure and gel paint, and partly, I think, because I am taking Zinc every day. The nails that used to crumble to the quick and needed nail varnish to hold them together have never been stronger. So I’m not bothered by my not having a professional manicure.
Verdict: I shall continue taking Zinc for the duration as it’s obviously helped to strengthen my nails, and I shall continue to not paint my nails! See the NHS link for more information on vitamins and minerals. As along with Zinc I am also taking Vitamin D, and magnesium.
However, I’d love to have a chiropody appointment as I have other problems with my feet and I’d really like some attention there, so it might be one of the first appointments I make. I shall let you know what I do and how chiropodists are coping with Covid.
Hair (on the head!)
My hair is getting really long and that’s because the last time I went to the hairdresser was, unbelievably (looked it up) in September of last year! I should have gone to the hairdresser in January, but as you know I became unwell. Yup, it can look good at a longer length because it’s thick, but it gets to the stage where it’s just a little bit too long and it’s straggly and limp, and I’ve reached that moment!
Also I feel as though it’s thinning. I don’t know how many times I’ve reassured women, who feel they’re losing their hair, that after an illness the hair shuts up shop when you’re ill, including the shedding of hair, and once you are better it goes back to hair production and hair shedding and you feel as though you are losing a lot of hair, but you’re not. I know all that, but gosh it’s not a good feeling when you see, not handfuls, but a lot of hair in your hairbrush and around your fingers after you wash your hair. That started a week or so ago, I know, it’s normal to do this but even so…
So will I go to the hairdresser? It needs to be shorter. I wear it mostly with a scrunchie, as I’m not all that good at putting it up in buns and what have you. It needs the straggly length cut, but…
The Verdict: I shall wait for the stats to drop before I go to the hairdressers again. Also I shall ask what precautions they are taking, I’d like to know that everyone is wearing a mask with the hairdresser also wearing a visor.
Oh my word, do I need to go to the dentist! I was just about to have a veneer put on my two front teeth and had in mind January….. I rang the dentist when they opened their doors, as forget the veneers, I need a hygiene appointment. Told him about my illness and the verdict from him – stay away!!!
Verdict: I’m cleaning my teeth as best I can!
Several things going on here. First is that I need new reading glasses. I have yet to make the appointment, but no need to go in as my eyes were tested in November (phew) and the decision then was that the slight change in prescription didn’t need acting on. But because I have been doing so much reading and working on the laptop, I rather feel my glasses should be improved, so I will get new glasses. And this can be done remotely via, I suppose Zoom, but will find out today.
Second is, I’m thankful for the current glasses which are hiding a multitude of sins, mainly some awful bags under the eyes. Because I’ve been bit poorly my blepharitis flared up twice, all OK now as I’m very au fait dealing with it, but gosh my eyes and eyelids have taken a pummelling. So I have ordered Look Fabulous Forever’s new eye cream. I shall report back on how it does and whether the additional lines under and around my eyes are improved.
Verdict: No need to go into the opticians and it’s self-care for the bags under the eyes!
Hair removal (face)
Oh. My Word. Talk about going backwards, which was a theme in my last post, but I started electrolysis for the hair on my face when I was 23 or so, that’s 50 years of treatment. You might say, well if it’s been 50 years it can’t have worked, but back then laser removal of hair was not even thought of, and anyway, laser hair removal doesn’t work on fair hair. I have downy hair on my face and there’s a lot of it, and some hairs grow just that little bit longer and stick out more. I used to have an appointment once a month. My last appointment was in March, and since then? The thing is never pluck the hair. I did when I was a teenager and by the time I’d reached 23, those facial hairs were dark brown, near black really, and strong, almost stubbly. Plucking distorts the root so that’s a no. Instead I’m cutting those longer hairs. But that makes for a blunt edge. Not a happy bunny, as although beauticians are open any treatment on or near the face is banned, so I just have to put up with it and continue the cutting.
Verdict: Not able to have electrolysis as it involves close work near the face. And would I want it anyway while Covid is still active in the population? No. I wouldn’t.
Hair removal (legs)
Ditto with removing strong growth of hair from the legs, I’ve been having my legs waxed for decades. But not having an appointment hasn’t been too bad. Instead I shaved my lower legs for the first time since I was 30, but I’m not too bothered by missing out on these appointments.
Verdict: I shall go back to waxing when the pandemic is over.
I do love a facial, but these treatments won’t happen for the duration, I think, so it’s been the usual, cleanse and moisturise. To cleanse I use Simple’s purifying cleansing lotion, then a splash of cold water, followed by Look Fabulous Forever’s Hydration Hold Face Serum, which I consider to be excellent, followed by Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced day cream. And finally to give me colour and even out my skin tone I put on Boots Protect & Perfect Advanced All in One foundation, which I’ve found to be very effective, as in some lights I can see I positively glow! I really like this foundation and with its price at £17 it’s terrific value for money. Throughout the pandemic I have bought all of the above online but so far I haven’t bought a face mask, as in, not the medical masks but the exfoliating ones. Would anybody recommend…..?
Verdict: I will return to having a facial in a salon when the pandemic is over.
I have to say the Nursem products have been a huge success. Their substitute soap and hand cream saved me from a serious eruption of, I don’t know what, on my hands. In the early days of lockdown I was probably a bit too enthusiastic with the washing of hands and a month on the skin was near to breaking down. Nursem saved my hands getting into a serious situation and I can’t recommend these products enough. Although I told you the story of Nursem before, it is so good to know that a midwife took 7 years to research and produce these products, and for every one item you buy she donates a month’s supply to nursing and midwifery staff.
Verdict: I shall continue buying Nursem products for some time to come.
Finally here’s a photo from yesterday’s walk entitled The Height of Summer in South East England!
That’s all for now but do let me know what you’re managing at home
With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper