“It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before.”
My time is coming. I sure hope I fall into the category that Jane speaks of. I’d like to think I have a good chance of aging well because of genes. I think my Mom and her lineage have had pretty admirable wrinkle-free skin, and my Dad’s skin is handsome as well. I could say the Irish/German/English lineage has done wonders, but that would be a crock. I’ve seen what Irish wind and weather does to the skin.
I have implemented many of the mainstays that my family has, for years. Though I’ve tried many fancy new alternatives along the way, I always go back to the same routine. Simple, tried and true habits are pretty darn effective.
- ALWAYS remove your make-up at the end of the day. Seems obvious, people don’t do it.
- Oil of Olay – every morning and night.
- Daily sun protection, even if just your hands and face see daylight in the offseason.
- Dove soap and a soft baby washcloth = softer skin
- Pat your skin with your towel, no need to tug at it and rub it off
- Put Vaseline on your hands and wear soft gloves when you go to bed in the winter
- Lotion on your piggies before you put on your socks
- Try Witch hazel or something more organic on breakouts, etc.
- Don’t pick/scratch at yourself. So hard if you’re a picker.
- Grandmom said a dab of spit on your mosquito bite stops the itch so you don’t scrape your skin. (It works)
- Rose salve – miracle for anything that needs fixin’ on the go; lips, cuticles, burns, etc.
- I know you love your doggie, but don’t let him lick all over your face. Or anyone for that matter.
- Let loose…no sleeping in undergarments.
- Don’t go to sleep with a wet head – after a while you’ll get flakes
- Drink plenty of water.
- Eat your vegetables.
- Take the stairs when the opportunity arises.
- Do something good for yourself while doing mundane tasks. (I stretch while I brush my teeth.)
- Wear sunglasses or a hat in the sun.
- Don’t eat while standing up. The fat goes to your legs. – Ok, this is not true, but I was told this as a child and I think it’s hilarious.
I feel as though I’ve lectured you. But, you’ll have to tell me if you end up going to bed in just gloves.