When I was younger, I didn't seem to have a difficult time taking care of myself. I used to do my nails all the time with polish that matched my outfit. I took long baths and gave myself pedicures. I used to give myself a facial once a week. I used to exercise more. Now that I'm older I still want to look my best but the motivation isn't there like it used to be. Maybe because I could see the positive affects of doing all those things and now when I do something that is suppose to make a difference in how I look, it doesn't look like I've done anything!!!! There is something about thinning hair, saggy jawlines, and dark puffy circles under the eyes that counteracts the efforts of doing anything.
But, this morning I've decided to try to get back to doing a few things again. So I started with exercise. I put in a walking tape, pulled out my exercise notebook, and got the weights out again. Instead of getting dressed in the morning, I will put my exercise clothes on so that I can get this done right away and then carry on with my day knowing that I have at least done that. I know I won't ever go back to the polishing the nails to match my clothes again, but I will try to keep them clean and trimmed with a coat of clear polish on. Sandal season is coming so I want to keep my feet looking decent. I will try to do a facial again to see if I can rejuvenate this pale, sallow skin of mine. A bath is always healthy, especially with Epsom salts. Just little things we can do to feel better and look better as we age. I've always felt that, as women, we represent our families and I think it means a lot to them that we look our best. I think that, as Christian women, we want to be a good example to other women. We don't have to wear expensive clothes, but the clothes we have should fit well and be clean and pressed. We don't have to join a fitness club, but we should try to maintain some kind of exercise program. We don't have to go to a fancy spa, but we can take a moment during the week and treat ourselves to something at home. Remember good nutrition and getting plenty of fresh air as well!
Daily Skin Care routine includes:
*cleansing with cold cream or moisturizing soap
*tone just by splashing cold water over your face - closes the pores
*hydrate by adding a moisturizer
*nourish throughout the day by drinking lots of water
Weekly Skin Care routine includes:
*steaming - add hot steamy water to basin and bend over with a towel over your head
*facial mask - 1/4 c. cornstarch and 1 Tblsp. honey let set a few minutes and wipe off
*tone (as above)
Aloe Vera gel is great for moisturizing the skin. Just keep it in the fridge. Wonderful for summer!
For tired eyes - use cooled chamomile or peppermint teabags and rest for a few minutes
A very good smelling and emollient skin moisturizer:
16 oz. baby lotion
8 oz. coconut oil
a little Vitamin E oil or vegetable glycerin
While bathing, light some candles and put on some pretty music.
Get sunshine for Vitamin D - but only 10 to 15 minutes without sunscreen.
Have fun with this!!!