|My Mother & Me – January 2014|
On chilly mornings my mother made me eat a bowl of oatmeal before school. “It’s good for you,” she said. As I grew older, my mother shared many things that were good for me including her beauty secrets and skincare routine. They were simple really, as basic and natural as oatmeal.
My mother is 68 and when people meet her, they always comment on her youthful appearance. Her skin is smooth, clear and translucent.
My mother has spent the majority of her life taking care of others – me and my siblings, my dad and for the last 15 years she’s cared for her parents. In my grandmother’s final years, my mother walked to and from the nursing home every day. She fed her, bathed her and moisturized her skin. When my grandmother died, everyone talked about how good she looked – how her skin looked beautiful. Now my grandfather is in the same nursing home. My mother visits him almost daily. But no matter how many people my mother is responsible for, her skin is never neglected.
My mother’s beauty secret is all about skincare. She doesn’t wear a lot of makeup. And as I started wearing makeup, she always reminded me that makeup was useless if I didn’t take care of my skin. She stressed the importance of washing my face twice a day and taking off my makeup at the end of the day. And always moisturize after showering. Healthy skin, is clean and moisturized skin.
I remember her taking a handful of oats (from the same container she made our morning oatmeal) and mix it warm water. She’d apply it to her face like a facial cleanser. I used to think it was kind of gross.
I turned 39 in September and taking care of my skin is more important than ever. These days, my daily skincare routine is a reminder of my childhood and my mother. Using AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion and AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Body Wash, is the perfect combination for my lifestyle. Aveeno’s Daily Moisturizing Body Wash and Lotion contain oatmeal to relieve dry skin and replenish skin’s natural moisture.
I absolutely love the Body Wash, the fragrance is light and feels luxurious at the end of a long day. I also like that I can use it as a shaving lotion – it makes my legs feel silky smooth. After my showering, I apply the Moisturizing Lotion. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave me feeling greasy. It’s long lasting so it keeps my skin moisturized the entire day. I also use the Daily Moisturizing Lotion with SPF – it’s ideal for the warmer months when my skin is exposed.
And recently I started following my mother’s evening routine of her oatmeal facial wash. It’s pretty amazing.
I may not eat a bowl of oatmeal every morning but oats are part of my daily skincare routine. And it’s good for me.
Disclaimer: This is sponsored post in collaboration with Aveeno. All opinions and thoughts are my own.