Weird, Wacky and Whatever Wednesday's: Cream vs.Ointment
Cream vs. Ointment, which one do I need?
I went to the drug store the other day to pick-up something for an allergic reaction. There were SOOOOOOOO many choices. After I narrowed it down to a specific brand I was faced with this question that truly perplexed me: cream or ointment? What was the difference? Which one was better? So I figured if I was perplexed than other people have surely had the same question. Here is the answer:
A cream is a preparation of a medication for topical use (on the skin) that contains a water base. Essentially, it is a preparation of oil (often lanolin or petrolatum) in water.
An ointment is a preparation of a medication for topical use that contains an oil base. Essentially a preparation of water in oil.
Creams and ointments contain a different proportion of oil to water. Ointments have a higher concentration of oil, compared to creams. The more oil, the greasier and stickier the product. Creams may work better on larger areas of the skin because of their “spreadability” factor, compared to ointments.
Several factors are taken into consideration when selecting a topical product. Skin absorbs a cream more quickly, whereas an ointment will remain on the skin longer and take a longer time to absorb. Your physician may prescribe a cream if he or she wants your skin to absorb the medication quickly, or an ointment may be prescribed if slower absorption through the skin is desired.
The holidays are here and everyone is rushing around trying to pick up their last minute gifts and pack to visit relatives but one thing I insist are NOT forgotten this year in the mad dash of shopping and packing are….SOCKS. SOCK MUST BE WORN while going thru security at the airport! I am guilty of it too, throwing on some flats and running out the door to catch a cab to get to the airport just in time to check-in, go thru security, and grab trashy magazines but one thing I NEVER forget… Socks! I always have some in my bag so I can throw them on before even one toe touches the floor. Just because you know that your feet are clean and free of fungus does not mean everyone around you can say the same thing. Next time you are in the line for security look around and see if you want to be touching toes with everyone in line, I can promise you, you don’t. Fungus, cuts, athlete’s foot, staph, all can be contracted walking barefoot thru airport security. I was going to include pictures of the above but decided since I was feeling nausea combing thru the pictures it wasn’t fair to do to you. Bottom line is you need to take my word for it. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER go barefoot thru airport security!!
It took us awhile to catch Dana Casey, Associate Director Events & Integration at Vanity Fair but we finally did! Talk about a girl on-the-go. Jetsetting to Los Angeles to throw a dinner party for the Giorgio Armani brand hosted by Emma Stone or driving up to Blue Hill at Stone Barns for an invite-only afternoon to introduce select guests to experience the new Fisker Karma luxury electric car. It all sounds so fancy and glamorous. We figured she was the perfect person to ask about living on-the-go.
What product do you have packed in every bag at all times? Why?
Fortunately, this past year we set up camp at Palihouse. A boutique hotel in West Hollywood compromised of a collection of studio-like apartments complete with mini-kitchens, etc. There’s an Equinox gym walking distance and I also brought my Tracy Anderson DVDs with me (the room was large enough).
In terms of beauty products, I packed more than usual as this was a two week trip with eight events packed into seven days:
hair rollers (a friend turned me onto these two years ago. If you have the room to pack them it’s totally worth it; you can set them in your hair then run around doing other things like check email, make coffee, and do your makeup then pull them out before you walk out the door.
REN Grapeseed, Jojoba and Shea Butter Body Cream. It was a splurge for me but this stuff smells amazing and has this great whipped texture consistency—not too wet or greasy.
makeup (it was two weeks, I stocked up more than normal)
What are you go-to apps when you are traveling? Why? maps on my iPhone (though I love the google maps navigation feature when I had an android)
NYC mate and Exit Strategy (even though i’ve lived in NYC for nearly ten years these help me be efficient with the subways
I’m sure working for VF keeps you out on the town - how did you transition from work to an evening out?
I’m not sure I’ve mastered this perfectly on my own. In New York City, Barrett’s Braid at John Barrett salon is my new favorite place and the complimentary touch-ups at the Le Métier counter are an added bonus, Heather Namias is the best. In LA we typically stay in West Hollywood and the dry bar and blushington are great next door neighbors.
When I can’t splurge on a blow out or makeup touch-up I try to blot with Tatcha blotting papers, spritz with Evian and/or apply a foundation/moisturizer combo. Then I curl my lashes, add a layer of mascara and give my cheeks and lips a tiny bit of color.
Be sensible about footwear
I roll my clothes (not sure if it makes a difference but I prefer it over folding and weird creases)…I managed with two carry-ons for two weeks in LA (okay, maybe I shipped a box too)
Food seems to be your passion? Favorite restaurants around the world? Ooh. Tough one as I’ve had many memorable meals. If I had to compose an eclectic collection: Bali: Naughty Nuri’s- roadside BBQ and martinis an unexpected combo
Positano: Il Ritrovo in Montepertuso on the Amalfi Coast- great family run restaurant situated on top of a hill. Totally amazing experience
Brooklyn: hard to choose but Al di La, Franny’s, Dressler and Vinegar Hill House are all up there.
New York City: Bread (simple but tried n’ true spot nestled in Nolita), Five Points, and Cafe Asean (some of the best food we’ve had since living in southeast Asia)
Favorite destination? Why?
Ubud, Bali because I got engaged there. But if I could have a second apartment and private charter jet it would probably be Buenos Aires. It’s such a vibrant city and the streets are filled with great shops and restaurants.
Tips for living on-the-go?
Enjoy it. I’m grateful that my job allows me to travel and explore as much as I do. When we do travel we generally hit the ground running so I try to always have a bottle of water handy as well as a little protein bar or nuts. I like Zone Bars, Think Thin bars and Trader Joe’s has a great selection of mini pre-packed nuts.
We’ve been asking for it, you’ve been asking for it… Just in time for the holiday travels!
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