DIY* Healthcare Plan: Skin Care
In my youth, skincare was a matter of my mother’s harsh washcloth and soap. I supplemented this regime with plenty of walking, swimming in salt water, drinking water, and stolen scoops of cold cream from my mother’s jar.
My skin was very translucent and the kids in gym class used to say my veins looked like a road map under my skin and were clearly visible. I do not tan – just burn and peel.
At age 16, my father moved us to Cleveland, Ohio (where the make BonnieBell). I went from a High School of 300 students to a graduating class of 1,000 students. I found refuge in a small church youth group and a stunning young woman (about 30 years old) asked me after church if I would like to be a fashion model as classes were starting at her agency. My father thought it would be a good idea and gave me a loan so I could attend.
I found that I could make more money reading the script at a fashion show and selling Candace Bergen’s line of skincare and make up then actually walking the runways. I learned essential lessons about skin care and health; it has served me very well even 40 years later.
I made my own skincare products when I was a new wife and mother, because there was not an extra penny for specialty items.
The number one compliment I receive is about the beauty of my skin. These compliments have come from, sales clerks, my daughter’s plastic surgeon and from the dermatologist who removed the growth on my upper lip and face.
I am not blemish free. I have small brown cysts on my legs, which I am getting resolution from with ELEMIS’ Cellutox lotion. Waxy seborrhea, moles and skin tags are thought to be just part of the aging process. Do not ignore these. They are revealing messages about what one is eating and genetic markers. These are a part of one’s early warning systems.
I am one of the 33% of the humans who are allergic to aloe vera. My skin truly dislikes manmade – created ingredients. My skin lets everyone know if I have consumed dairy products. Chlorine is not my ally.
So as I take on 100% of my Do It Yourself* (DIY) Healthcare, I am researching how to take care of my skin at 60. I start with the same initial lessons I learned at 16 which are:
- Protection. I wear a hat and sunscreen.
- Drink lots of water and take care with what you eat and drink.
- Know and understand your skin. What nourishes it and what harms it. What cures it? I have learned that Rose Hips Vitamin C and red rose oil are the most healthful ingredients I can use topically. Vitamin C acid from Citrus fruit is the most powerful curative for my skin type.
I thought the Cellutox was very expensive, but I have only used ½ a bottle in a year and it is now one of the least expensive items I use and it is one of the most effective.
Although becoming more aware of the need for care, this information is crucial for health and men need to understand their skin and its needs to be healthy also.
I suspect in the next 10 years I will keep researching to find the best solutions for my skin care needs. It is vitally important to me to be the healthiest I can be and reflect that health in my actions and with a smile attached.
What are your secrets and how do you care for your skin? Do you know which the largest organ in the body is? Do you think skincare is just materialism and commercialism? Any other DIY healthcare ideas you wish to share?
Looking forward to your comments; they add so much to the conversation.