We've been reflecting about how the years have changed our perspective and our habits around caring for our skin. When we were in our teens and twenties, taking good care of our skin usually meant taking off makeup before climbing into bed at night, no matter how weary we were or how late the hour. We certainly didn't appreciate the resilience of our youthful skin and its natural radiance, nor did we think too much about preserving those features.
These days, children get regular lectures about protecting their skin with a safe form of sunscreen (at least mine do), but for those of you in the 50+ age bracket, you may recall that in our early years, there were no moisturizers with sunscreen available to us. Instead we were actively seeking the sun to give our skin that bronzed glow that we valued so highly.
If you were really on top of things you may have started to use a simple moisturizer at some point in your twenties or early thirties and maybe even an eye cream when those tiny crow's feet started to surface. I distinctly remember looking at a neck cream on the counter of a department store and wondering why the heck anyone would want one of those.
By the time we hit our forties and early fifties our skin is finally gaining our undivided attention. Sun damage surfacing from earlier years, wrinkles and lines forming and a loss of natural radiance has us searching for new and more effective ways to care for our skin. Happily with today’s greater ingredient awareness there are plenty of gentler, healthier and effective options to deliver this kind of TLC to our skin.
While my skin is no longer young, it still glows when I am happy and rested and when I take the time to clean it gently and to nourish and protect it generously with natural and organic skin care. It may not be young skin, but I am loving the skin I'm in.