Who is Dr. Jen?
Everyone knows me as Dr. Jen, a moniker I picked up when I had a storefront in Seattle for several years. I am not an MD, I have a PhD in biophysics and biochemistry, hence the ‘Dr’ moniker (tbh, it makes me squirmy to be called Dr outside of a conference or a job interview, but it has caught on, and I can’t stop it now). I did my undergraduate work in pathogenic microbiology. Since 2007, I have been involved in creating skincare and cosmetics products that are safe, but also that work. My focus is on safety and efficacy, not on ‘natural,’ ‘organic,’ or whatever other marketing terms for woo bullshit they’re using today. My products have been created and developed by me, and are made by me in my Beauty Lab in weird-ass Rio Rancho, NM.
Me when someone starts talking about the recent Supreme Court decisions. ... See MoreSee Less
Thankfully I was already planning a trip to the woods with some 🍄 chocolate when the decision hit. I was able to forget about the world for a short while.
There are not enough drugs in the world.
No joke I’ve been medicating myself with plants more than usual.
I think that’s how I am feeling
The Troglodyte Tribunal
It’s time for your yearly reminder that nothing ages your skin faster than cigarette smoking and UV exposure. I remember in high school, everyone was always tanning, and I was relentlessly mocked for my paleness. Welp, I’ve seen the Tan Girls recently, and they look like shoe leather while my pale, non-tanning ass does not. So put the cigarettes down and sunscreen up! Your skin will thank you. ... See MoreSee Less
Recently one of the “tanners” was in people you may know and I legitimately thought someone had made another fake account with my recently deceased mother’s photo and a filter. I was friggin angry… and then laughed really hard. It was a ride I tell ya.
I know 30 isn't old, but I look at former classmates of mine who used to get tanned heavily (artificially and from laying outside at the pool or lake in town) and they all look MUCH OLDER than I do lol. Meanwhile I (who was always teased for being so fair skinned) look younger than my age, still. They would constantly ask me to go to the tannings beds with them, I refused. They'd tease me for lathering myself with sunscreen and wearing hats and avoiding the sunlight, trying to STAY pale. My grandfather died and he had skin cancer, and my skin is very sensitive. When I'm in the sunlight too long, even lathered in sunscreen, I start to ITCH terribly and it stings.
My parents used to take me tanning before vacations when I was a kid because I was so pale. It was a common recommendation at the time to “help avoid sunburn.” Yikes.
Even though I have *juuuuuuust* enough melanin to tan deeply without burning terribly, I never went indoor tanning in highschool because "why pay for skin cancer when you can get it for free? Duh." 😅
Sadly I see the sun and instantly burn. Never been in a tanning bed. I need to see a dermatologist :/
I had one bad sunburn once, otherwise I do my best to avoid the sun altogether (see: my vampire complexion) When that’s not an option, it’s super SPF for me.
As a smoker who spends all day in the sun … thanks for the reminder. ❤️
My grandmother had loads of wrinkles and used herself as a walking billboard for not smoking. 30 years of smoking really altered her skin, despite protecting it feel the sun.
Where I used to live was a lady in my building who was even more tanned than this, and she would sit on her balcony with one of these reflectors. True story! 😣 ETA: We referred to her as "Magda," too!
Yes! I went to school with a lot of girls who loved to tan. Sun lamps were big back then, and girls would stay under them all weekend and come into school on Monday looking like Malibu Barbie. I was called ugly for being so pale. Now, 30+ years later, I'm having the last laugh. My profile picture is me at age 54. I think I have done well by my skin!
I'm *almost* glad I have rosacea and the sun is a trigger so I avoid it like the plague. I've had a few bad burns over the years and now I try to be super careful.
I had a dermatologist tell me to lay in a tanning bed when I was in 8th grade to help clear up my acne.
Ditto! I was always ashamed of my inability to tan (I just🔥) and now I’m glad!
I still look like I'm in my mid 20s (I'm 39) and the smokers and tanners in highschool look so old and haggard. I am always shocked to find out a woman is in her early 30s looking like leather.
I've noticed people are really terrible at judging how old they look.
Seaweed too... all smoking🧜♀️
Haha! Reminds me of tiktok that I saw where the lady was like “I’m 35!” And people didn’t believe her because she looks pretty old. Anyway, she admitted that she would tan a lot and smoked. Apparently that’s what caused her to look older.
As a makeup artist who sees a looooooooot of faces, can confirm!
Hey it’s my neighbor who used to live across the street I was wondering if she was trying to become a person of color!￼
I also use a UV umbrella
Don't forget sunglasses either.
does vaping and smoking weed also count??
I wish that high school me knew what current me knows, I'd have kept my pale ass out of the sun.
I smoke and tan. Im almost 50. Genetics play the single largest role in aging. Many things like smoking and sun can exacerbate bad genetics.
This is the one I use.
One of my son’s favorite comedy routines is to tell our cat, while he’s petting her and loving on her, “Awwwww you’re just a bunch of chemicals. You’re not real, you’re just chemicals.” I think it’s so funny
I hate seeing or hearing “with no chemicals” then what the heck is is made of?
SERIOUSLY! I feel this way about the term natural as well. Everything comes from nature one way or another; we don't just pull it out of thin air and even if we did then it would just be *super*natural 😂
“It’s all natural” well, so is lava.
Right up there with “I don’t eat carbs.”
Walking bags of chemicals…..that just made my day
Omg. When my very literal son was pretending to spray dog mess cleaner in peoples face or sprinkle Ajax on their heads, and I said, “We don’t play with chemicals like that!” This was his response. 🙄🙄
Few statements irritate me more than "chemical free"
Kristine Curtiss May She makes a really good tattoo balm. Plus small business!
Reason #329 why you do not want to leave Dr. Jen with your bebes. My lil angel baby Zeppelin can now say ‘F**king G**dammit!’ 🤣😆 ... See MoreSee Less
I love how he says it with his whole chest. 🤣
My spouse and I have zero issue with swear words. Our only reason to limit our daughter is that we know there are times and places where swearing is not socially acceptable, which is something she honestly kinda gets. There is nothing inherently wrong with these specific words, society has deemed them “ inappropriate”. But it was super funny when she was playing with the 10 year old neighbor boy and she comes running inside “MOM! Ian said mother f*ucker! He said mother f*ucker. Ian said mother f*ucker, Mom!!!” I just kind of chuckled and said “I heard you the first time”. For whatever reason kids have this idea in their heads that if they are ~only~ repeating the bad word, they aren’t actually saying it themselves 🤣🤣🤣
I’m a terrible mother because I think it’s hilarious, except when he starts yelling it at the doctors office. Then I’m like “Zeppie John!! The mouth” his neurosurgeon thinks it’s hilarious.
Please tell me that you’re at least a little bit proud of this. Because I would certainly be proud to have a kid drop it so well!
We made the mistake of watching that last KU basketball game with the kiddos…all the words…all the words 😂
I accidentally taught my son the f bomb when he was 18 months old. 🤦♀️
Oh my goodness mom is gonna be after you now! 🤣🤣
That is the greatest thing I’ve ever heard
He says it with such passion 😂
I mean, I don't see the issue here 🤷🏼♀️ If I ever had a child, it would have quite the vocabulary too lol
He understands the need to put some oomph behind the words. Bravo.
Excellent! My son's first word was Fuck. 😲🤷♀️ #ProudMomMoment
I don't feel so alone! 🤣
They heard you mixing up product didn't they?
Raising them right!
Oh no! You didn’t!😆😂
Haha, you all have seen this happen to me here! Remember the lady who got big mad at me for saying that you don’t need to put sunscreen on if your day doesn’t involve sun exposure for long periods, and she claimed I was saying you shouldn’t wear sunscreen at all? Or the overexfoliators? Or the lady who got huffy because I was trashing formaldehyde-releasing preservatives and told me that our bodies make formaldehyde so they were fine to use on skin? Or
Frt, this experience has occurred for my entire life. After getting a diagnosis, it really lessened my anxiety, because I know now that these frequent and dramatic events are due to my brain working differently than allistic brains, and not due to my being a failure at peopling. ... See MoreSee Less
Is this about right?
Sometimes the other people are failing at peopling 😉
Oh my gawwwwwd this. Noticed my schedule changed. Went to manager and said "I noticed I'm on rotating weekends. Is this a permanent change or temporary as we train our new hire? I don't want to make plans on weekends if I'm on rotation." I asked a plain question with the context as to why I was asking. Well apparently that translated to me being ultra pissed and refusing to be in the rotation. Make it make fucking sense.
I WISH more people would give straight facts. Can you imagine our world, if we were provided the facts instead of flowery opinionated smoke being blown up our asses. I think we’d all be much happier. People get mad at me constantly for not sugar coating stuff, and I’m like, but why….it’s the truth….🤷🏼♀️
Yupppp...I'm not being rude I'm just being direct and telling you the thing I know.
This happens to me at work all the time!
This happens too often when I try to communicate with an overly emotional and sensitive person. I wish people wouldn't assume we know their life story. If I say, "Have a great day!" in an effort to be polite and appear *normal*, do not assume I know your dog/grandmother/favorite influencer died and I'm being bitchy. If I don't say it, I'm being "unfriendly" and "unprofessional" (beed there too). Communicating with neurotypicals is like walking through a minefield.
I really appreciate your directness (and I’m allistic)
I appreciate the no flowery words and just straight facts! Especially about my skin. I wanna know the truth and the science.
It's very likely my teenage stepson is on the spectrum, and with his permission I've spent a looooot of time the past couple of years explaining to him when he comes across in ways that will likely ruffle feathers in others. As I've told him, I don't want to change who he is, I just want him to not have to struggle as much when he wishes to integrate in to society for an easier time of it on occasion. I know unfortunately I won't always be there to smooth things over for him when someone reads meanings into what he is saying that I now understand he isn't intending.
This happens to me at work every day. I don't understand why people react emotionally when all you've done is stated facts. 😕
Right there with you. This is my life. *sigh*
This happens to me on a regular and I’m not autistic
I missed the one on formaldehyde. 😆 Reminds me of using formaldehyde to preserve tissue slices in physiology class. Never thought to wear gloves in those days (my 20’s), always left the lab with stiff fingertip skin.
when somebody wants to be correct and upset, there is nothing in the world that can turn them away
I thought I was the only one that had that happen! I had a bat shit crazy boss that twisted what I‘d say to him as an insult...
It me. My autistic brain says something... allistic gets all bent out of shape... and nek minut, I'm in a full blown argument because an allistic thinks I said something else entirely. *sigh*
Literally me and my husband yesterday. Simple told our 2 year old we couldn’t go to the park because we were waiting on her sister. Husband blew up saying I was making our oldest feel bad for saying that… I was so freaking confused
I've always appreciated your straightforwardness. You have solid advice and I have learned so much from you
I feel personally targeted by this.
Every other day I got through this 😂
I truly appreciate these posts as much as skincare advice. My daughter was just dx as autistic, so it helps me understand and communicate with her better.
Although, peopling in general just sucks. Lol
This is me and it gets me in trouble all of the time.. But I am not on the spectrum (I don't think).. I'm just not very tactful and don't believe in sugar coating things 😬😅