Self-care? Give me simple and honest.
I don't like processed foods, nor do I need a hip pilates studio to exercise – my idea of self-care includes running and swimming. I also try to get a healthy dose of happiness every day. In your mid-40s, you start to realise what’s really important and become more committed to everyday acts of self-care. You have learned a lot and you know your mind. You don't want a complicated routine. Instead you look for simple things that help you stay healthy (and the odd party, of course).
Fine lines are beautiful and chic.
It’s not that I don't care about fine lines and wrinkles, but I don’t let them define me. My black hair is slowly becoming peppered with grey. I thought about colouring it. But I decided no, that’s not what I want. There are so many beautiful, healthy women with grey hair. For me, letting it show is more attractive and confident that covering it up. And a few wrinkles or lines can honestly look quite beautiful and chic. Though not if they are the result of stress or poor diet. That’s where healthy self-care is still a priority for me.
My self-care routine begins very early. I usually get up around 6:30 a.m., and drink my only coffee of the day. In the bathroom, I use Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream and Facial Toner. I am still experimenting with my day cream. After showering, I apply Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil. I love the scent and how it sinks into the skin. I've been using Dr. Hauschka for 25 years and have only recently discovered the Silk Body Powder. I also own the Neem Nail & Cuticle Oil and the Hydrating Foot Cream, which is the absolute best!
In my make-up bag.
I like Lipstick and make-up, but I don't like looking overly made-up – with layers of Concealer, fake lashes and filled-in eyebrows. To me, that's an artificial idea of the face. Make-up should not stop you from looking like yourself. It should bring your face to life and help you look refreshed and healthy. Wearing a nice Lipstick, adding nice definition to the eyes, or creating a fresh skin tone is enough. I use Dr. Hauschka Hydrating Hand Cream at least ten times a day. I keep a tube in every handbag and in the car door and it is pure self-care! Often, if I share it with a friend, I’ll let her keep it. This always brings joy.
Tea and a healthy sweet snack – perhaps dried fruits and berries, dates, a couple of almonds and walnuts. Good proteins.
My evening self-care routine is almost the same as in the morning. I read an awful lot, both in the morning and the evening. And my final ritual of the day before I turn off the light: hand cream. Every night.