Anti-Aging Week (5-1): Wisdom from Mom

by PJ on Monday, August 6, 2007

in anti-aging,skincare,What do you think? Beauty topics and thoughts

My mother rarely wears makeup. She doesn’t need it. In fact, I think she looks the best with no makeup.

She will turn 60 in a couple of years and she has very dry skin. But she always looks wonderful and younger than her childhood friends of similar ages.

There is absolutely no secret to her radiantly dewy complexion, but I’ve always observed that–

–She rarely stays up.

–She is one of the most positive and stress-free people I know.

–She eats a wide range of fruits and vegetables every day. (When I was growing up, I had to eat at least two kinds of fruits every day apart from the usual meals, which were already packed with veggies.)

–She loves walking, cycling, and line-dancing.

She never buys expensive skincare products. (Olay and Nivea are her usual choices.) But she uses sunscreen every single day. At night, Vaseline Petroleum Jelly is one of her staples for her very dry skin.

–She doesn’t smoke.

–She drinks a bit of red wine (about one-third of a glass) every now and then, which is probably the healthiest possible way to consume alcohol. (Some research showed that it is better than totally avoiding alcohol.)

For me, “anti-aging” is not just a word written on skincare products. It is written on fresh fruit, a good night’s sleep, running shoes, and relaxing laughter. (Most of my 10 Golden Skincare Rules are reflections of my mother’s lifestyle habits.)

Tomorrow: an “anti-aging” moisturizer that tops a consumer test in the UK

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heng wei Saturday, December 6, 2008

my mum’s skin is very good as well..but one of the possible reason is…she is a housewife and lead a less stressful life unlike me..working life is rather stressful and i think this hijack my skin’s moisture. btw, does your mum work?

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PJ Sunday, December 7, 2008

Hi Heng Wei,

Obviously personal circumstances vary, but I think it is very easy to forget that being a housewife/househusband can be just as stressful as any other job (in the traditional sense of the word).

I have to say that I don’t think, in what I am trying to say in this post, whether my mother works or not has anything to do with how good/bad her skin is. It is mainly the lifestyle habits (especially in terms of eating and exercising) that she has and her knowledge of daily skincare that attribute to the good conditions of her skin.

Thank you very much for your comment!

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