I have spent a great deal of my life worrying about, fixing and spending money on my hair. And, if you’ve seen pictures of my hair, you know it probably needs controlling. It can be a wild, unruly curly mess. But, hair is only on my head for a short time. It grows and gets cut. And, it’s actually dead by the time it is visible. My skin is where I really should be paying my attention. Since I’ve turned 50 that has become more and more evident.
Our skin is the largest organ on our body. It is alive and responding to our diet and our health habits. Eat junk food-your skin tells on you. Don’t drink enough water – your skin will look dull and parched. Our skin is our most evident boundary between us and the rest of the world. It is a visual and physical boundary that tells where I end and you begin. That’s why physical abuse is so shocking. It’s such a blatant violation of natural law.
My mother was a big proponent of skin care early on. I am so grateful for that. I started taking care of my skin with Mary Kay products in college. Even in my heaviest drinking days, I would come home and wash my face, apply my creams and lotions and then go to bed. My friends made fun of me. I just somehow knew it was important. I wish I’d realized that the drinking wasn’t so healthy either!!
With the hormonal changes that come with perimenopause, my skin has been changing at a rapid pace. My lifelong Mary Kay regimen (which did wonders, by the way) has now given way to a pharmaceutical-grade skin care regimen along with regular facials. I see an aesthetician, Teri Lewis, who has worked wonders in repairing my skin and keeping me looking my best. (See my Resource page for Teri’s info.)
I try to remember that my skin is a reflection of my health. If I don’t drink enough water, all that money that I spend on my skin care is a waste. It keeps me drinking. I try to snack on loads of fruits and vegetables because they keep my skin colorful and vibrant. One of my favorite snacks is baked sweet potato and almond butter. It’s filling and really comforting. But, it’s also loaded with good-for-me vitamins. See this article from the WeMD website on taking care of your skin.
Here is a list of things I do that impact my skin health:
- Eat loads of fruits and veggies
- Drink lots of water
- Regular massage – for circulation and stress reduction
- Acupuncture – for stress reduction and general health
- Regular exercise
- Skin care
- Militant sleep schedule
- Yoga and meditation- for stress relief
- My commitment to taking care of my skin has paid off. I sunbathed early in my life, and I smoked. I have some skin damage from that, but my zealous skin care focus has helped overcome some of the damage. I have a Match.com profile, and I was shocked one day to realize that half of my favorite pictures on my profile are me without makeup! All of the pics on this post are without makeup. I hope this inspires you to love your skin.