Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Truly Beautiful Skin

Hi you all!

So, I told you all about my phases of skin and hair care. Now, I'm trying to push myself into a phase of skin care because benign neglect benefits my hair the most. And what happened today might just make that easier.

Today, we went to meet an acquaintance of ours who had recently been sick. We met her mother there, who'd come down to look after the woman and boy, am I glad that I had the chance to meet her! This is one naturally sophisticated and beautiful old woman who has truly aged gracefully.

Not only was she gentle and sweet but physically beautiful as well. She must be around 76-80 but has absolutely gorgeous skin that can put celebrities that age to shame. She has no wrinkles! Yes none! Her skin is smooth and flawless, the only sign of aging being the loss of elasticity in the skin which is natural at that age.
She has folds at the corners of her eyes and lips, but only because of gravity and the afore-mentioned loss of elasticity. She has no lines on her forehead, no furrows....It was just amazing to look at her. Even more so after I learned that she had once burned a part of her face(it was mild but still left a mark which is now invisible).

Now, I know for a fact that she has had no cosmetic procedures done because she could not have afforded them and where I live, people of that generation frown upon such things ( unless medically necessary). So I complimented her on her skin and asked her for tips. She told me that she doesn't do anything special; she cleans her face with a solution of unboiled milk and sugar and then washes that off with plain water. Soap does not touch her skin as far as possible. She uses whatever cream she finds at hand as a moisturizer  which is usually Boroline or Ponds' cold cream or Nivea.
My mum then told me that my aunt who has gorgeous skin cleans her skin with a mix of plain flour and milk cream. The paste is applied, allowed to dry and then rubbed off vigorously with dry hands. It falls off, forming these eraser dust-like things. Some of you might wonder how it cleans but it is the concept of like dissolving like working here. Most dirt that sticks to our skin is non-polar, so it sticks onto the fat in the milk cream which is non-polar too. Then, a water-only bath is taken.

The sweet old lady also told me to drink plenty of water. She complained that most of my generation is dehydrated and that is why we have so many skin problems.
She has also never used makeup of any sort. Not that she would ever need it anyway- she is astoundingly lovely even at her age.

Until I met her, I always had doubts about skin care. What is the point of spending time on skin when eventually it would break down one day when we were old? Why cry about something that wasn't going to last anyway?
But now I have proof of the fact that good skin care can keep your skin beautiful even when you are old. I have seen a lot of people older than her who have the usual old-people skin but she is truly different.

This has renewed my passion for skin care once again.

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