The other day, my son and I were buried in his Science homework, talking about the different types of textures. When we were on the topic of “roughness”, he jokingly held up a sheet of sandpaper against my face and said, “Mom, you know, sometimes the skin on your face feels like this!” Since when did my son grow up to be annoyingly cute? At that moment, I wasn’t quite sure whether I wanted to smother him with kisses or kick him to the curb!
With the countless responsibilities we moms are faced with, day in and day out, it comes as no surprise that we often neglect the things we shouldn’t. Like our skin, for example. Before we know it, our kids are making fun of us in the name of science.
If you’re starting to notice that your skin isn’t as glowing or supple as it was when you used to be a carefree woman of the world, take action. Here are some anti-ageing skin care tips for moms:
Ban the Sun
How many times has your grandmother told you to never forget to put on your sunblock before going out under the sun? She didn’t say that just to get on your nerves. Not since the wise counsel of the sages from centuries past has there been a sounder piece of advice passed on to us. The sun is a major culprit when it comes to skin ageing, so it makes perfect sense to stay away from it as much as possible. If you must put yourself under the sun’s torture, be sure to slather on some sunscreen to filter out the sun’s harmful UV rays. Wear a hat or bring an umbrella.
Unless you want your skin to look as parched as the Sahara, then you should make it a habit to drink 8 glasses of water a day.
Drinking lemon water in the morning, 30 minutes before having breakfast will help you feel great and even lose weight. The antioxidants in lemon juice according to studies help decrease wrinkles as it detoxify your blood, thus you will maintain your skin’s radiance.
Have a healthy dose of foods rich in antioxidants every day. Eat a lot of oranges, kale or guava. The high content of Vitamin C in these foods helps support the collagen in your skin, making it tighter and younger-looking.
Never, ever forget to take off all your makeup before you hit the sack. Sleeping with makeup on is probably one of the most horrendous things you could do to the skin on your face. Makeup particles clog your pores, making them look bigger. This can also cause inflammation which eventually leads to the breakdown of collagen. Remember, collagen = skin tightness = youthful skin. Find the best facial cleanser which works for you. Choosing the right facial wash for your skin type can thoroughly clean and remove impurities while maintaining your skin’s natural moisture balance. Proper face washing can help your skin retain a soft, smooth and natural healthy glow. Remember to stick to your daily skin cleansing routine.
Have a positive outlook
Ever wondered why Fraulein Maria from the Sound of Music looked so radiant even without makeup? It’s because she had a cheery disposition. When happy hormones run through your body, they make their way to your skin, making you look like a flower blossoming in the spring. Sure, life is never without drama. But if you learn to always look at the upside of things, you’ll see that life isn’t so bad after all.
So, at your next high school reunion, don’t be surprised if everyone tells you that you don’t look a day older. When it comes to skin care, it is possible to turn back the hands of time.
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