Firstly, I look up to both my mother and my former mother-in-law to share their secrets to eternal beauty: one is 80 and the other is 90! Neither one wears makeup per se, although my mother is a fan of foundation and hair styling that suits her style, lifestyle, and personality.
What both of them do, day in, and day out are simple basics we've been told for years:
- wash your face at least twice a day: morning and before bed
- no gimics or expensive products in their cabinets
- both have been using "Oil of Olay" as their must do daily
- take care of your soul: spirituality, church, beliefs
- an alcoholic beverage is what you have one of when you socialize
- commitment to their husbands for 50 years in sickness and in health
- biggest fans of their children, grandchildren with pride, love, support
Sounds elementary to me too. Yet we all get caught up at the drugstore or department store beauty counter, buying up magical potions and fixer uppers.
The one thing I do share with my younger counterparts in the 20, 30 and 40 age group is acne. Yeppers, I thought that that ended with wrinkles or the very least menopause. However, stress, turmoil, inner satisfaction with one's life does exude through our pores.
No wonder they say that a women who is pregnant is incredibly beautiful! They are sticking to the natural like white on rice. They abstain from any toxins like their body is a temple. Factoring in they are directly responsible for the formation of that beautiful being growing inside them. Alcohol, hell no! Smoking, you gotta be kidding me!
Accounting for what you put in your body is part of your beauty regime. Drink lots of water, stay away from soda pop most of the time, eat fruits, vegetables and a salad with every meal.
I found a few wonderful discoveries to battle the skin wars -- easily found in drug stores, pharmacies and even grocery stores:
|Founder of Burt's Bees|
This natural spot treatment is clinically proven to help reduce and improve the appearance of blemishes without irritating skin. Formulated with Tea Tree, Calendula, Yarrow and Parsley Extracts to help care for troubled skin and reduce redness and Borage Extract to promot healthy skin resulting in clean and smooth skin, naturally. Dermatologist tested. Noncomedogenic.
I put this on after my nightly washing, moisturizing on the spots that are breaking out. It is categorized under "sensitive skin" which I can relate to.
Another wonder find is a toner that we can find even in nutrition and vitamin stores with the regulars: witch hazel ... one that everyone can afford! Use it as a toner after you wash, bathe or shower.
I will continue to uncover beauty secrets of the pros and the should-be-pros for all to benefit from. If you have your own ideas, secrets, and/or tips ... let me know!