What was your beauty routine today? Did you wash your face? Have you applied makeup or styled your hair? Or are you thinking? “Beauty routine?? I haven’t even gotten out of my pyjamas yet!”
I have been all of these things depending on the state of my life at the time. I do think that self-care is super important, especially for those of us who care for others throughout our day, such as wives, mothers, and those who care for elderly parents or other family members. I can personally attest to the fact that if we don’t take care of ourselves, we are much less able to care well and happily for those who rely upon us.
So I’m going to go so far as to say: You should have a beauty routine.
Now, before you disagree with me, please understand that I don’t mean and extreme skin care regimen with caked on makeup and high fashion including 6 inch stilettos and expensive clothes. Your beauty routine should consist of what ever makes you feel good, look good, and help you improve your health.
I think it’s great to share our tips for health and beauty just as women have been doing for centuries. Today I’m doing this in the form of sharing with you a great book that I have recently read. The book is titled: The French Beauty Solution. I picked this book up at the library because I walked right by it and I have to admit, I thought the cover was pretty. When I read the jacket I thought it sounded intriguing and I really enjoyed the whole thing!
The book is written by the cofounder of the skin care company Caudalie and is a perspective on the difference of how french and american women view skin care and beauty. I love how the author breaks down the book into sections dealing with aspects such as hair care, makeup, and skin care. The other wonderful element of this book is that it has extremely useful information about the good and the bad in skin care ingredients in a way that is less confusing and easier to remember. I know I am always trying to make sure the products I use are friendly to my skin and to the planet so I like to have the best information that I can find. This book makes it easy to be able to look at an ingredient list and decide if that product is meeting your goals or not.
So here is the other critical question. When I realized that the book was written by a woman who owned a skin care company, I was concerned that it was just a book to hype her product. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Of course she explains why she thinks that her company provides high quality products, but Mathilde Thomas also clearly states several times that there are many great products available in a variety of price levels from many companies. Not only that, but she also has an entire chapter devoted to recipes that you can make for pennies in your own kitchen using simple ingredients from the grocery store.
What is the best takeaway from this book? That we american women obsess too much about looking perfect but we skimp on the good healthy things that we should be doing to keep ourselves at our best. As a result of the excellent advice in this fun-to-read book I am working on a better application of my typical beauty routine and I hope you might find some useful information from it as well!
Please feel free to share with me your impression of the book, if you have read it. If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend a peek at it. It might be a good refresh for resetting your self-care routine as the seasons change.
Peace and health,