Bee Inspired… To Take Care of Yourself
I snapped a selfie a few days ago while I was working. The light was a combination of ultra-bright fluorescents and natural sunlight. For someone with my fair (read pasty!) skin and no makeup, this can be a not-great look. But…
The snap turned out fine. I rarely post selfies, and this one garnered compliments, including on my wrapped up hair and how good my skin looks.
Can I be candid? I’ll be 51 this month. I have not lead an abstemious life. And yet… my skin does look pretty darned good.
I credit three things: Genes; you can’t change that. The foundation is what it is.
Staying out of the sun. Because my skin is so pale, I couldn’t tan, even though it was definitely in fashion when I was growing up. I was the dorky kid wearing a t-shirt in the pool. I learned to be careful in the sun, or deal with a painful burn.
The third thing? Clean your skin, and use a moisturizer. Big secret, huh? I do notice a difference, especially if I skip moisturizing for a couple of weeks. These days, I make a milk cleanser for myself (an oil-based emulsion) or use one of my soaps to clean my skin (Malka is my favorite), plus an alcohol-free toner, then moisture before bed. Sunscreen during the day. That’s it. Nothing complicated. Takes about 3 minutes.
The best thing about making my own skincare is learning that I can be low-maintenance, while taking care of myself, too. After all, brushing your teeth isn’t vanity. Why should taking care of you skin be?