It should be interesting to see what sort of hits I get with a title like “Hot Mama”, haha. But the truth is, I have been told by a few older gentleman, who knew Mama when she was just a young lass, that she was quite a looker. She showed me some old photos and indeed, the words “fiery and sex kitten” come to mind. Her eyes had a cat-like mischievous quality that spelled trouble with a capital T. As her former husband could attest to, taking on Mama was taking on a handful.
I also saw a vintage photo of Mama’s mother, she was sitting on a rock at the beach. Her modest bathing suit and long legs gave her the quality of a mermaid waiting for her sailor to come home. She was also quite beautiful. And it is no wonder where my husband inherited his immense height. I love tall men 🙂
When I was about 12 years old my mom put a bottle of Oil of Olay in my hands and said “use this every day”. I always did what I was told (not really, but in this case I did) and over the years I moved onto other products. I remember with fondness, the cool aroma of Noxema, which my sister and I used to clean our faces in the early days. Even today, the smell still reminds me of my Nana.
I have been blessed and cursed with my skin. The reason I say this is that I have psoriasis and I suffered an awkward adolescence because of it. It was nothing like acne and far worse because no one knew what it was. I was teased and made to feel like a leper. My mom took me to many doctors and many remedies were tried, some of which actually turned my skin black! Like I didn’t have enough problems!
As the years passed, I changed dermatologists. Still, nothing seemed to stick. Then, one day, while I was in Cayman, a young girl approached me on the beach. She was an herbalist and she kindly wrote down a list of vitamins I should take. Willing to try anything, I bought them all and wouldn’t you know it, I have been in remission ever since. That was ten years ago and I am eternally grateful to that stranger on the beach.
Occasionally, I get asked what products I use. I always take this as a great compliment and am more than happy to share. I also feel blessed and grateful to my mom because at a very young age she gave me that first bottle of Oil of Olay. I know that one day I will be 65 and by then I should be strutting around in my Louboutins and eating cat food because I’m on a pension, but I hope to also be happy or crazy enough to think I am. If you look at this photo, which was snapped ten years ago in Mexico, I was well on my way to earning my crazy cat lady status. Apparently, my starter kit is in the mail.
For what it’s worth, here’s my list of tricks (For the record: I am, and always will be one high-maintenance chick)
- Never go to bed without first washing your face (I’m currently addicted to Argan oil cleansers and use Lancombe’s Bi-Facil eye make-up remover for sensitive eyes).
- Wear sunscreen (I use only Clarins) and wear a hat!
- Never use a face cloth. A gentle touch won’t irritate the delicate skin on your face.
- Exfoliate. I use Aveeno scrub about twice a month. I know this sounds contradictory to #3 but the Aveeno scrub is so gentle and everyone needs to sloth off dead skin cells. (I use on face and body).
- Moisturize. I vary my selection based on the season (and of course my dry skin and for a 47 year old). What I love are L’Occitaine or Clairins for winter, and Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine cream or Clinique’s Moisture Surge for summer. (NOTE: Elemis is in the U.K. and I swear by their Milk bath which worked wonders for my itchy psoriasis).
- Buy good quality make-up. You don’t need 20 shades of eye-shadow! Find which colours suit you best and get a consultation every few years as you change and so do the styles, but stick to classics for everyday. I mostly buy MAC. I have 4 brushes and have discovered recently that correctors are my new best friends 🙂
- Take Vitamins every day and if you have a skin issue like me take Omega 3 and linseed oils too.
- Get enough sleep.
- Don’t smoke.
- Drink alcohol in moderation.
- Don’t drink soda pop and avoid fast food. There is no nutritional value in it whatsoever. Yes, I drink about three cans of Coke a year, and I eat McDonald’s Happy meals occasionally. I’m not a friggin’ Saint people.
- Love your mom even when she drives you nuts 🙂
- Get a cat!
- Be HAPPY!
~ Namaste ~