Monthly Archives: June 2014

Today is a Gift

Mom - June 2014
88 Years Young

The main purpose of this blog is to educate and enlighten readers with information pertaining to the skin. Today’s post goes deeper than the skin’s layers, into the heart of a daughter’s love for her mother.

This morning, I drove my mom back to the airport for her return trip to Florida. She had flown up to New York for the funeral of a beloved family member. This turned out to be a very strange and upsetting week as I learned of four other people who had also lost a loved one during this short period of time. A reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of cherishing the special as well as the ordinary moments that we share with the ones we hold dear.

So today I have chosen to celebrate this lovely lady, my mother, who is 88 years young. Her body doesn’t move as quickly as it once did, but her spirit is lively. It is not her style to complain about aches, pains or limitations. She takes them in her stride and emphasizes that it is a normal part of the aging process. At her tallest she was 4’11” and now, due to curvature of the spine, she is about 4’8”. Mom refers to herself as the “incredible shrinking woman.” So cute!

This woman, who has suffered her share of tragedies, has managed to maintain a positive and upbeat attitude. She always sees the very best in everyone and continually expresses gratitude for all the good things in her life. It is so easy to please her as she appreciates even the tiniest of gestures. I am blessed to have this sweet little woman in my life. Her love is bountiful and unconditional.

Each time we part, I hug her just a little bit longer. I want to feel her loving arms around me as a way of imprinting that sensation forever into my being. As I drive away, tears stream down my face. Today is a gift and no one knows what tomorrow may bring.

What’s Your Anti-Aging Skin Care Personality?

Skincare ProductsProduct Junkie…  You just can’t resist the lure of the beautiful packaging and persuasive marketing messages. The products call out to you: Buy me! I’ll improve your skin! You’ll look younger instantly!  You love the thrill of purchasing that “promise in a bottle” and end up bringing home a new product almost every other week!

That’s fine when it comes to clothing and accessories, but not when it comes to your facial skin. When you select anti-aging skin care products from dozens of different manufacturers, you may be doing more harm than good. Very often, the key ingredients are duplicated which, in turn, can cause inflammation and irritation from way too many actives. You are probably also wasting money when doing so.

Old Reliable…  You’re proud to be a consistent routine follower. “I’ve used the same products everyday for years!”

Our skin changes as we age due to declining estrogen levels. The natural process of exfoliation slows, oil production declines and the skin thins. As time goes by, you will need to add products that deliver hydration as well as anti-aging benefits.

Take a good look at your skin. How is it aging? Do you see more lines and wrinkles? At the very least, you should be using a creamy cleanser that is designed to gently remove surface dirt. Protecting the barrier function of the skin is essential so that the remaining oils are not stripped from the surface.

Minimalist…  You barely use anything on your skin. Perhaps you splash your face with clear water after brushing your teeth. Maybe you’ll use a moisturizer on occasion if you feel like treating your skin to some pampering.

We all want to streamline our routines to the bare minimum. After all, we’re busy women with things to do and places to go! Who can’t use an extra five minutes in their day? Getting by with just a cleanser may have been fine when you were younger, but now you need to do more.

There is no doubt that genetics plays a role in the type of skin that we inherit. However, the appropriate and consistent use of good quality skin care products, combined with the daily application of sunscreen, will help to keep your facial skin at its optimal best.  Try to limit your caffeine intake, drink more water, eat healthy foods and get at least 7-8 hours of sleep.