Jenny: When It’s Expensive at Sam’s Club . . .

6 PM Tuesday: So I went out to buy Cetaphil and Oil of Olay at Sam’s Club because Cheap R Us.  Then I looked at the Oil of Olay prices and had a heart attack right there in that dingy aisle.  That stuff is priced like kitchen cabinetry.  What do they put in moisturizer these days, the blood of virgins?  But I bought it anyway because I have blog posts to write.  Moisturizer, exfoliating cleanser pads, and some other Olay cleanser.  I am keeping an open mind, but I got the Cetaphil, too, because I know that’s a classic (my daughter used to swear by it, haven’t asked her lately) and it’s very reasonably priced.  But this Olay stuff better be good.

1 AM Wednesday: Okay, okay, fine.  Maybe it was worth the money.  The exfoliating cloths sudsed up really well and I liked the way they felt on my skin, plus no damp washclothes to deal with.  And I can’t feel the moisturizer at all, so it’s good.  I used some Philosophy eye cream and I can feel that, so it’s going out with the Roc tomorrow, but I’ll keep using the Olay for awhile to see how it goes.  I’m still not sold on body creams–that’s a lot of acreage I’d have to cover and I really don’t have the time or concentration–but I consider my neck part of my face so that’s kind of working on that.  And Lani and Alastair are going out tomorrow so I asked them to get me a tub of good old-fashioned Vaseline as Betty/Clever Cherry advised since I bought some cheap thick socks at Sam’s Club today, too, and thick socks and Vaseline sound like they might be the answer to the soles of my feet that at the moment are tougher than the soles of my shoes.  (I like to go barefoot.  It’s January and I’m still walking around the yard barefoot.)

The surprise for me is that I like washing my face and putting on the moisturizer.  It’s a nice couple of minutes just for me where I’m not feeling guilty about cleaning and not writing or writing and not cleaning.   And now with the new stuff, it really feels good afterward.  So I will do this. When I brush my teeth and hit my asthma meds, I will do this.

Thank you, Krissie, for asking me to blog with you.  This is working out really well for me.  Smooch.


59 thoughts on “Jenny: When It’s Expensive at Sam’s Club . . .

  1. Kathy Scappace says:

    I tried to all this face stuff once but I had to look in the mirror while I did it. For me that is a total self-sabotage to any effort.

  2. Diane (TT) says:

    Congrats! I hope that it continues to feel good for you. I don’t know how it compares with Sam’s prices, but there’s a Kroger store brand equivalent to the Oil of Olay regular daytime moisturizer that I get because it’s OK for me and costs a few dollars less.

    I’ve always used body lotion because if I don’t I feel dry and itchy, which is not comfy.

    As far as Vaseline is concerned, here’s something to think about: it’s petroleum jelly. I still use it occasionally, because I bought a big thing of it and I must use it up, but it’s hard to imagine that petroleum is a healthy thing to apply to one’s skin. I have some “un-Petroleum” jelly by Alba that I use for many of the things I used to use Vaseline for.

    But I hate that thing they do when you get a pedicure, basically grating the bottoms of your feet, so I may have to try the jelly and socks routine, if you say it works (I missed Clever Cherry’s comment).

    • I’ve got to do something about my feet as well. It’s the iron hard skin around my toenails that bothers me more. When I use foot softeners it helps.
      And I never used body creams unless I’ve been swimming (chlorine in the winter makes for major itch). But you only use bath gels, Crusie (she has the BEST shower) so that has moisturizer in it. You often don’t need any kind of body moisturizer after those. Though my problem is I always try to scrub any residue off.

  3. stephanie says:

    You’re gonna laugh, but I have a rubber squeegee thing for my shower. It has little rubber finger things. Gosh – I wish I could describe it better. Apparently I have no facility for words today. Anyway, I actually got it on the flylady site:) I used it on my feet one day and darned if it didn’t make my heels softer. No joke. Well, it didn’t do it all by itself – I also use my Cetaphil on my feet with socks at night but the squeegee was a nice gentle exfoliating of my feet and I could take care of it right there in the shower without hurting myself.

  4. Funny, I’m trying to make my feet tougher. The diet/life plan book thing I’m semi-sorta following advocates going barefoot more, or at most wearing those Vibram five-fingers shoes. Going barefoot in the house isn’t a problem but I’ve been going out barefoot in the morning to get the paper and the asphalt of the driveway is kind of pebbly, and I’m still a tenderfoot.

    • stephanie says:

      I never went barefoot outdoors as a child. Yes, I mean never. It was my mom’s rule. But I have found that my love of Birkenstocks has led to some toughening of my feet. You might try a pair of sandals as a medium step towards going barefoot all the time. Just a thought.

      • When Kroger put their plastic clogs on sale–the kind you wear at the beach–I bought four pair and put them in the organizer by the back door. Then I stacked a bunch of stuff in front of it and now I can’t get to them. Up next week: Cleaning my kitchen.

  5. I have to confess, I’m totally hooked on mani/pedis. Sister PJ and I go every two weeks. I get a mani every time and then once a month a pedi. It feels delicious and if you lotion your feet after showers and at night (I just do the lotion thing, no socks), then the pedicure guy doesn’t ever have to use the grater thing. It took about 3 pedis and 6 weeks of lotioning to make my feet soft as a baby’s butt. Now, it’s just maintenance. Yeah, it’s money, but since I don’t buy a lot of clothes or drive to work or any of that other stuff, I figure it’s okay. And even if it isn’t, I’m still doing it.

    Jenny–totally on board with you about Oil of Olay–I’ve abandoned all but one of my Clinique products for OoO. It works! But I buy it at Wal-Mart–I think it might be less expensive there than at Sam’s. Not sure. Hang in there–your skin is going to thank you by being soft and supple!

    • You know, I always wanted to be able to go do a mani-pedi, but the idea of sitting still for that long, with someone touching my feet and hands on purpose, much less massaging them, just gives me the heebies. Can’t do it. Tried once and just had to quit mid-way and leave.

      • Oh, thank god, somebody else feels that way. I’m the same way about massages. I always want to ask if it’s okay if I work on my laptop or read while they’re doing it. Needless to say, I don’t get many massages. Like, none any more.

        • Oh, Jenny. Ask Krissie what it’s like to have my hands on her. (Sounds like we’re secret lovers or something!)

          I think I could make you really happy with a little energy work. You could keep your clothes on.

          • I just tense up completely and endure until it’s over. I had one massage (it was a gift) and hated it, so I tried one at my local spa, thinking it might have been the masseuse. Hated it again although they go all out. So one time when I was at The Boulders in AZ (NM?) they had a Golden Door right there, and I figured that had to be the Best Massage Ever, so I got one. HATED IT. (Needless to say, it was for a business trip and my publisher was paying because I was talking to a lot of booksellers. The big thing I remember about that trip is that the rooms were all separate little adobe cottages (that were FABULOUS) and that Gaffney was there, too, so we had room service dinner in her little adobe cabin and looked out as the sun set across the desert. Gorgeous, gorgeous place.) Never got another one. I tried three times, that’s it.
            I may revise my position on manicures and pedicures by the time the ReFab year is up, though. This thing is changing a lot in my life already. Thank you, Krissie.

          • Jenny,
            Next time we’re at the same conference, we’ll try something. Reiki. You get to keep all your clothes on, and it’s more of a holding different points on the body, but the hands are still. It’s about getting energy moving in your body, based on ancient Japanese and Chinese medicine, meridians, chakras and such. Very relaxing.

        • I’m a total nail ho. Manicure every other week. (Used to be every week until the development of Shellac and Gelish) Pedicure every month. I am barefoot or in flip flops 95% of the time. Pedicures are a must in the Florida Keys for good foot health as well as appearance.

          I love the pampering. I adore the massage chair I sit in while the nail tech works on my feet. The scrub, the smoothing, the massage, the moisturizing, all finished off by colorful polish. Love it!

          I don’t love full body massages. Maybe I’ll enjoy them more when I’m smaller but right now, not much. Massage my head, neck, shoulders, hands and feet and I’m in bliss. Back, thighs, butt, etc… just ignore.

        • Briana says:

          Oh, I feel that way about mani/pedis, but a massage? I’m all in for that. Apparently, I just need to be naked. Or something.

          • I love massages. (I would also ‘like’ inkgrrl’s comment a million times if I could.) IN fact, I have a massage coming up tomorrow and I’m very excited about it. 🙂 But one of my friends would rather have a root canal done.

    • Robin S. says:

      I know people who swear by these. I don’t have issues (yet) as I wear socks all year because of cold feet. But they said it is totally worth the time, expecially if you lotion afterwards. Just make sure your feet are completely dry. It tells you in the instructions (I’m told) but I know a genius who figured “If I’m careful…” and did it after a shower. She nearly bloodied herself and couldn’t walk on her heels for a week.

    • Lisa says:

      The egg scrubber things just make ridges in the calluses and it’s hard to get them smoothed out.

      The best product for tough skin on feet is Alpha Hydrox Foot and Problem Area cream. Literally works overnight to really improve really tough skin. Works as long as you use it and costs less than $10. Awesome product.

      Jenny, if you’ve spend real money on an Olay, it must be the Regenerist line which is quite good. I have also used the Roc eye cream and it virtually weightless.

      • The Roc stuff felt greasy to me, but then in my youth, I made Kuwait look like a slouch in oil production. I got some Oil of Olay eye cream today, so we’ll see.

        • Amy O says:

          I cannot recommend Boscia oil-free enough for a light weight, no feel product. Plus the silica powder in it keep the oil down during the day. It is great stuff, but super pricey. I don’t buy oil of olay, so I can not sure how it would compare price wise, but it is so worth it.

    • Yes, I’ve used one of those egg thingies and like them a lot. I have so much dead, dried skin on my feet, and it’s hard.
      I hate manicures, but love pedicures and massages. Send ’em all my way.

      • Well, I’m here to tell you that Vaseline does not mess around. The callouses on my feet were melting faster than the Wicked Witch of the West in a rainstorm even before I put my cheap socks on.

        Or is that TMI?

    • Maria Seager/Maria Powers says:

      I have a friend who swears by it. I too am a pedi ho. I wonder if it has something to do with where a person lives? Being in So Cal you want nice toes all year long. Same with Florida and other sunny warm non-snow states I would imagine. Plus, it is the only thing that gets my legs shaved on a regular basis. Yep, will pedi. Hate shaving or waxing. I get rashes and ingrown hairs too, too easily.

  6. JulieB says:

    I love going barefoot. I truly believe it is healthier for my feet. I have to admit, I have had 2 broken toes, so one could argue that I’m completely off base, but I think they were symptomatic of other health issues at the time. After my second broken toe, I found the Flylady site and tried getting dressed to the shoes every day. I started wearing shoes for about 2 or three years, but I noticed the bones in my feet seemed to be closer to the ground when I walked. Finally, one day one bone in particular was really uncomfortable. About a week later, NPR played a story about barefoot runners and how they thought many shoes actually _created_ problems and I thought “Why am I doing this again when I love being barefoot?” So I ditched the shoes and am happy to report my feet muscles have returned. My husband, (8 years my senior) who had always told me I should wear shoes, has also stopped and noticed the difference. He has to wear them at work, but he goes barefoot at home now as well.

    • Kentucky girl here. Grew up barefoot as often as possible. Still go barefoot as often as possible.

      Nothing like the feel of the grass and the earth under your feet. Very grounding, too.

  7. Robin S. says:

    I don’t have anything extra to add except to indorse the lotion/vaseline and socks for bed. It really does help. Exfoliating your feet and then lotioning/socking your feet will speed things up.

  8. Marcia in OK says:

    I don’t like people touching my feet either, so I do my own pedicures. I have a regular foot scruffer thingy . . . the kind that looks like a giant emory board. Every morning, after my shower and I’m still a little damp, I run the scruffer thing over my heels, the pad of my foot that tends to callus, and the side of my toes tha rub in shoes and get tough. Then lotion them up and go on for the day.

    When I first started, and still sometimes in the summer because of all the sandals and such, my feet needing a little more scruffing. But, after the reoutine set, they got better and better. My feet are one of my better features!

    (The after the shower, moist feet work best for scruffing because it doesn’t hurt, and the callus type junk comes off really easily. I’m afraid of the metal blade scrapers and the egg thing because it is just covered blade thingies.)

    Does anyone think walking almost barefoot – socks only – helps anything? And is anyone into reflexology? I think taking care of feet and hands helps other stuff. I swear pretting up my feet and massaging in the lotion afterwards helps my headaches.

    • I was a licensed massage therapist for a while, and I have to say, the reflexology class was the biggest disappointment of my training. Because I adore the idea of anyone rubbing my feet, and thought reflexology would be glorious.
      It wasn’t. 🙁 More of an acupressure thing (acupuncture without the needles) of pressing certain energy points, instead of just a really nice foot massage.
      But reflexology does teach that there’s a corresponding energy point on the hands and feet to every point on the body. So working with your hands and feet should help anything, including your headaches.

      (Probably way more than you wanted to know, but….)

  9. Maine Betty says:

    Massage/mani/pedis are one of those things (well, three of those things) that people really divide down the middle about. I love them, but clearly lots of people really do not like the idea at all.

    Since I have dry skin, I buy the generic version of Neutrogena’s Sesame Oil bath oil and apply it just out of the shower while I’m still damp. The dog also likes it, to judge from her licking my shins as I apply it. (We’re a very inclusive family.) Just be sure to put it on while standing on a towel or something absorbent, and NOT while standing in the shower, because it’s slippery! It makes what is for me a nice light oily film all over my body,and absorbs by the time I get dressed.

    • I use the Neutrogena oil as well. And I smear Aquafor on my lips all day, which is an alternative to Vaseline. It still has petrolatum, so I don’t know why I like it more, maybe it’s not as heavy/greasy? It’s great for dry hands and feet. Keep up the good work, Jenny!

  10. I cannot get down with the whole someone else doing my personal care, I figure that will come with senility. I have been to a hairdresser exactly 6 times in my life (I have really curly hair so when I cut it myself no one can tell whether or not it’s crooked). The thought of anyone but me mangling my fingernails and touching my feet (with sharp objects)brings on a feeling of hyperprotection! However, I did have a reflexology session once and I recommend them highly. I’ll keep doing my own mani pedi and hair, if for no other reason than I would not want to hurt someone if they didn’t do things my way. I think I might have control issues. I have never been able to get into slathering lotions all over this body. I do it every now and again I particularly LOVE Crabtree & Evelyn’s “La source” products. The fragrance alone is theraputic. However I am more likely to not moisturize the body even though it needs it or use one of the many hypo allergenic body mists that I can just spray on. They mosturize and they are quick Dove has a nice grapefruit and lemongrass one that does the deed.

  11. Egads says:

    Re: the vaseline… My mother asked her dermatologist about her dry skin. The dermatologist told her to use plain vaseline on her arms and legs after a shower. It’s one of the most effective moisturizers you can use. No worries about it being petroleum jelly.

    And while you are rubbing vaseline on your feet, if you want a preventative for toenail fungus, her podiatrist recommended using vicks vaporub on the toe nail area.

    Cheap remedies R us.

    • No it was the regular size, but they come packaged in twos. So it was $40 for two jars of whatever it was. I’m pretty sure it’s a Regenerist something though. (The jar’s in the bathroom and I’m too lazy to go get it right now.)

  12. Well, I guess I must be a slut. I love when someone rubs my feet, does reflexology, massages my shoulders, or gives me a full body massage. I get a mani/pedi at least once a month, and when I can afford it I go to the young Vietnamese gal who massages, and then walks on my back and digs her toes into the muscles. And she does this thing like stretching each finger and toe, and my neck, as if elongating me. I come away from those sessions walking taller and feeling slimmer. Ha ha.
    I love Gold bond cream for my feet. It’s expensive, but a little goes a long way.

  13. I actually use the generic form of OoO because I’m cheap, and I can’t tell the difference. I used the real OoO for years so I think I would be able to tell if it was majorly different. I love manis, pedis and massages. Although I once had a guy do my massage and that was kind of weird and not very relaxing. I kept worrying that he was either going to see something he shouldn’t or touch something I didn’t want him to.

    • The only difference with generic is the smell. Jenny’s talking about some of the more expensive stuff they do, which I used to love but then started getting a rash from, so I’m back to the classic for sensitive skin.

  14. Even though I get a pedicure every four weeks, in the winter my heels get extremely dry and can develop cracks. I’m a big fan of Eucerin cream on the heels, covered by those thick white socks. Works like a charm!

  15. The big thing that I’m doing now to combat medication related dehydration is use grapeseed oil once or twice a week on my whole body. Face to feet, full self rubdown. Then I get shower.

    It’s really helping. And not leaving the oil on prevents risk of unwanted suntan/burn.

    Grapeseed is the cheapest carrier oil I could find that was a good consistency for me.

    Some twitter Betties might remember an oil cleansing link (I think via Jen_Ann) – this is similar.

    I like it.

  16. Kim Cz says:

    For my feet, I have had really good luck with Earth Therapeutics – Tea Tree Oil Cooling Foot Scrub. I live in Arizona and I am either barefoot or in sandals most of the year. I use this scrub every night, then use regular hand lotion and socks before bed. It has worked well for me, especially when I am consistent with it.

    I have never had a pedicure but I’ve gotten manicures and massages in the past. I enjoyed them but as a member of Cheap R Us I have a hard time reconciling the expense. I always think I could use that money on books or craft supplies or… which really annoys my husband. He really wants me to take time for myself instead of on everyone else. 🙂

  17. Anyone concerned about the effects of vasoline aka petroleum jelly –
    1-I’ve used / use it for years with no problems of any kind.
    2-Doris Day used / uses it for even more years & is famous for her beautiful skin (except for freckles which used to be consider a flaw).
    3- Here is the obligatory link to someone you might trust more than me

    • I have a feeling that it depends on who makes the petroleum jelly. I’d trust Vaseline because people have been using it for years with no evidence of anybody going belly up. After that, I’m not sure.

  18. YAY!!

    Oh hey… I just realized a big part of my not wanting to leave the house is that I need a pedicure. Lip gloss, earrings, and a pedicure are all necessary for me feel fully put together. Never mind that I also need a few hundred layers of concealer to cover the dark circles under my eyes lest I look like I’ve been punching door knobs with my face. No pedicure = unprepared for public consumption.

  19. Jen Wyatt says:

    While we’re talking about Vaseline, something that works like a voodoo charm for chapped lips is good ole A&D ointment. A little dab’ll do ya. It’s not just for babies’ butts anymore…and I think one normal tube would last a lifetime. (It smells and feels suspiciously like Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Cream.)

  20. Micki says:

    OK, totally YMMV, but my dermatologist said the hard skin on my feet was caused by some sort of athelete’s foot . . . and then he gave me a cream . . . and it didn’t help all that much. So, I don’t know what the moral of the story is there.

    I do know that when I don’t wear socks, my feet crack (esp. in the winter) and when I don’t wear shoes (1 1/2 inch heel), my arches sag and my feet hurt.

    I also know that I hate wearing shoes/socks, and so . . . I often have cracked, aching feet.

    It sounds like sleeping in socks might be a good compromise, though . . . eight hours has to be better than no hours.

    There’s a wonderful “foot mask” available here that you put on under your socks at night, and it really helps for a couple of days. Too expensive for me to use regularly.

    (-: Maybe I’ll just try the Vicks-on-the-feet route for a week.

    What great ideas on this thread!

  21. LeaAnn says:

    The BEST stuff for your feet and hands is…Bag Balm! You can buy it a pharmacy; it used to come in a green can. My great aunt used it with white gloves and she had the softest hands even while living on a farm and doing all the work involve with the farm. It started out being used on a cow’s udders to keep them from chafing because of milking. You MUST wear gloves or socks because it is powerful stuff. But if they hand and feet are in bad shape, this will make them smooth and soft.

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