You asked ....

Wednesday, November 12, 2008 |
I've received several emails asking about what I do and use to stay looking so young
(these are your words, not mine).
To begin, thank you for your sweet comments. You are all too kind. Unfortunately, I don't have any great secrets.
From a young age (I think 14) my mother stressed using a quality cleanser and moisturizer. Up until about a year and a half ago, I used Lancome products. I'm not sure if they changed their formulas (I've received conflicting information) but I felt their products weren't working as well. The textures weren't the same and the prices were going up. In my opinion, the prices didn't justify my satisfaction. Currently I am using Aveda Botanical Kinetics. I love the Purifying Gel Cleanser and Hydrating Moisturizer. At night I also use the Tourmaline Charged Eye Cream ~ I'll do anything keep those wrinkles away. I love the products and how light they feel on my face all day long. I've used Aveda hair products for the past 15 years so I was thrilled when they introduced their skin care line. The prices are half what I use to spent and go so much further!
I wear very little make up. After I stopped using Lancome, I tried Bare Essentials. I thought I liked this line until the spring/summer weather arrived and I quickly realized that my face looked and felt oily by 10am. It also felt very heavy. I couldn't wait to wash my face the minute I got home from school. For now, I'm using Laura Geller Balance-N-Brighten and Berry blush pod. I like Aveda and MAC lipsticks - very creamy and stay on for hours. I just can't seem to find an under eye concealer that I really like or works very well - suggestions are always welcome.
I try to eat a healthy and balanced diet daily. We don't eat out very often nor do I serve my family prepackaged foods. I am very concerned about what my family consumes. I have teenagers so I like to know that they are getting at least one healthy meal a day ( I put my husband in this category as well, since there are days he is too busy to eat lunch). I really enjoy cooking, so this isn't an inconvenience. It's my way of relaxing and I am usually catching up with the children while preparing dinner and having a glass of wine - everything in moderation!
Along with a balanced diet, I drink several glasses of water daily. I always have a bottle with me where ever I go. I take a daily vitamins for women, unbounded energy (yes, it really does give me more energy) and extra vitamin C and folic acid. I have/had cervical cancer and have found this concoction to be beneficial.
*I am NOT a doctor or professional in the medical field. I worked closely with my oncologist when figuring out what worked best for me. I am not suggesting that you take any of the above. I was asked, so I am sharing amongst friends.
I try to work out at least 4 days a week. This is somewhat realistic working full time with children and volunteering on committees. We have a workout room in our home so I use the treadmill and weight machine in the evenings. However, now that it gets dark at 4:30pm here on the east coast I have to bribe myself - yes, I do talk to myself and sometimes even answer myself! I tried the morning routine before going to school but fell off the wagon quickly!
My greatest challenge is stress. I try not to create any unnecessary stress in my life (much easier said than done). I am Italian so when I'm upset, I vent, get it out, and move on rather than harbor it and let it affect my health ~ as I said, it's my greatest challenge.
See, I told you. No magic secrets. I honestly believe that diet, life style, exercise and state of mind are all encompassing ~ not to mention good genes.
Anybody still there? :)

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Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Thanks for sharing your beauty secrets.....I might try the aveda skin care products....I love their lipsticks!

Not sure if you know this or not because I think you have only visited my blog one or two times, but I was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer while pregnant with my eventually led to ovarian cancer which is why we are now adopting from China.....looks like we have more in common than a love of cooking and decorating!

Sandy Toes said...

Wow..thanks for sharing. I was a big mission with the Bare Essentials but I went back to my MAC..I have worn it since highschool! I hope you will have more beautiful years..looking so good!
-sandy toes

Petunia said...

I've never tried Aveda...hmmm, might have to check it out.
I think you nailed it on the head with good genes!!!

Kris said...

How fun - thank you for sharing! You know, I used to use Lancome as well, and while I still love their eyeshadows and lipsticks, I was never a fan of their skincare. It never felt like it was "doing the trick." An Aveda salon opened up just down the road, I might have to go check that out!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I love your secrets!
(I live by 12 Oaks Mall-if anyone has heard of that!)

Coco said...

I am running, not walking to the nearest Aveda store.

Seriously, you look freaking 18 in your pictures.

Rae said...

Great post. I've got to say every time I walk by the Aveda store I think about stopping in and checking them out. I too have used their hair products for well over a decade and refuse to use anything else! I currently use Arbonne for all skin care, Origins make-up and MAC lipstick. Talk about a mish-mash!!

Jenni said...

i (heart) aveda.

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