There’s nothing wrong with getting older, in fact, we should be celebrating every year more we get because some have not been so lucky. I have a dear friend who always says, “Don’t be sad about your birthday, it’s better than not having one.” She’s right. I want to age gracefully. I’m not saying I’m looking forward to watching the youth slide right off my face (because I know it will), but I’d rather my children learn from me that growing older means growing wiser, not uglier. Grace and beauty, for me, mean not rushing to the plastic surgeon for Botox and face lifts, but acknowledging my skin needs a little more help now than it did in my twenties.
You know that non-clumping mascara you love? That irresistibly tingly lip gloss? The puffy under-eye circle cream? They all have one thing in common: chemicals. All those dazzling effects come at a high price (and I’m not talking about sticker tags, here).
In order for many beauty products to work their magic, manufacturers add substances such as sulfates (which make extra-bubbly body washes), phthalates (for less-stiff hairspray), lead (to make lipstick “pearly”), parabens (to keep bacteria at bay) and fragrances (which may be concocted from a shocking number of chemicals, expertly blended to make you smell just like a fresh-picked flower).
The sweltering heat of summer has finally given way to the crispness of autumn, so now is the perfect time to switch up your skincare routine.
Whether the dry air is making your face flaky or summer damage is starting to show up on your skin, it’s never too late to give yourself a fresh start. Check out our top skincare and beauty picks for the fall season:
Ugh. Crow’s feet. No one wants them. (Except, perhaps, a crow. But around your eyes? No thanks!) For a fresher, younger look, the delicate skin around your eyes requires gentle, natural care. Try these tips:
My daughter woke me up at 2 a.m. last night screaming that her leg hurt. Growing pains. I groggily took her into the bathroom, found a free bottle of Bath & Bodyworks hand lotion that had somehow ended up in there, and told her it was “magic healing lotion” and that she should keep it. She put some on and said, “Wow, that feels all better.” Read more →
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