I’m going to be completely honest. I’ve really embraced turning 46 with a true sense of clarity and acceptance. My mom always told me to never ever hide my age because real beauty and true grace shines from within. BUT you know that SOUNDS great until you’re like Oh Sh*t, another wrinkle??? Daaaamn! Another age spot….greeeeeat! And in this era of reconstructive surgeries, chemical peels, fillers, extreme makeup contouring and other remedies, it’s easy to get caught up and want to keep up. Over the years, I’ve had candid conversations with women about some of the procedures they’ve tried and I’ve always said…I’m going to try Botox…when I’m ready! Funny thing is I’ve even had friends tell me a few years back that it was time for me to take the plunge. LOL. But I wasn’t ready. Then it seemed like one day I just woke up and wrinkles were just plastered on my forehead and I said…Angela…go ahead…try it. I think you’re ready. So go ahead, click on the pics to compare the forehead. Whatcha think!?!?
Now, before I get into my skincare routine and what I believe has REALLY worked, I’m going to share a little. I will preface this with I’M A HUGE ADVOCATE OF NATURAL BEAUTY! I AM! However… I’m also a huge supporter of women choosing to do things, within reason, to enhance themselves and to help themselves feel and look better. With that said, I personally think the Millennials and Generation Z have it all wrong and are so screwed up. So many of them are so enamored with cosmetic procedures, some resulting in very dangerous, unlicensed surgical procedures. It seems that no one is natural these days and it’s actually quite disgusting and scary. What happened to a more minimalist approach? Aaaaah, Social Media is what happened. Now, our culture is consumed with being camera ready and without ever having ANY signs of aging. But when I think about it, it makes me incredibly sad, especially raising a daughter, because I think… where’s the self-esteem, self-love or self-worth??? Simple makeup and simple cosmetic enhancements I get it. But there seems to be no boundaries. They have no clue as to who they really are because they’re constantly wearing a mask, physically and figuratively. It’s quite sad.
But I find myself in a pickle sometimes because hey, I like to look my best. Just like so many countless other women, I do things to enhance like coloring my grey to make myself look better and most recently getting my very first Botox injection. But I also do understand it’s MY personal choice and preference to do these things…right now. There are so many women now who have started to embrace their grey hair in an effort to truly live naturally and I sooooo love that and applaud that. As I raise my daughter, I see the urgency and the importance to raising her spirit and nurturing her soul before these beauty mongers get to her! I see just how my approach to health and beauty influences her so I want to be mindful and make the right decisions. Because of that, the natural, healthy, simple path is the one that resonates with me. I want her to understand her worth before she even puts on a lick of makeup. With that task comes me, as her mom, her leader, her guide, to make conscious decisions as I age to show her what’s necessary and what’s not. There’s just some things that are NOT necessary in my opinion. But I stay fully and completely supportive of women making decisions that benefit them while seeking ways to enhance their inner beauty. Everyone has to find what works for them and what looks good on them. Does that make sense?
I’m finally at a point in my life where I’m committed to living well and with that comes, taking care of myself from the inside, honoring MY truth, being transparent and authentic, and making sure to constantly stay active. Being mindful of what I put IN my body and ON my body.
So over the past 6 months I committed to doing things a little differently with my skincare routine and I’ve really started to see a difference. So I wanted to share with you a few tips that I’ve learned along the way…
- Thanks to a co-worker who told me about this little secret, I now drink 2 cups of lemongrass green tea a day! AMAZING! Google the benefits!
- I recently bought a Clarisonic. I know…I know…I’m sooooo on the late freight. But I believe this has done wonders! And I use an Organic Activated Charcoal Facial Cleanser that I got from Marshalls!
- I use Rosewater as a toner and good old Witch hazel to remove makeup before I wash my face.
- But this last step is what I believe has made the biggest impact on my skin. I started making my own moisturizer that consisted of Apricot Oil, Rosehip Oil, Frankincense, Lavender and Lemongrass Essential Oils.
- Apricot oil is rich in omega 6 fatty acids and Vitamin K, which is known to reduce dark circles (which I can’t hide) and promotes youthful skin. It also contains vitamin E for elasticity and inflammation. The Vitamin C in apricot oil promotes collagen and reduces fine lines. Rosehip oil also contains Vitamin E, C, A and D which are all antioxidants. The Vitamin F in Rosehip Oil increases cell regeneration to fight the signs of aging. Frankincense also protects the skin cells and helps to reduce acne and pores. Lavender calms your skin and assists with toxins that we’re exposed to. And finally lemongrass acts as an astringent, brightens up skin and helps to minimize pores and provide skin-firming benefits. Bam!
I will end this by saying I had a wonderfully amazing experience with Dr. Hamilton of Osborne Head & Neck in Los Angeles. I explained to him that I wanted to go reeeeeeally slow with the botox so that I could still look like myself. Natural, and still with a few wrinkles. LOL. He listened and did such a wonderful job I must say. My motto is… if you like it I love it!! But just be kind and gentle with yourself…but more importantly be honest with yourself.
in love + light,
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