Looking And Feeling Beautiful At Any Age

Good morning! Has spring sprung? I was recently in Chicago for a meeting, and saw red tulips and purple azaIeas along my path to the conference hotel! My son noticed the grass just starting to turn green and asked “Is it summer Momma?” He also learned a new song with all the months of the year, and knows that it is May. For me, Mother’s Day is a wonderful day for remembering special women in our lives, mothers, aunties, mentors and friends. Since I didn’t become a mother until I was in my early forties, I am keenly aware that some women are childless by choice, and some by circumstance. I hope you enjoy today’s essay on beauty bonding…what a great way to connect and honor these special women.

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” —Dr. Leo Buscaglia

My mother-in-law turned 90 last month, and my mother and father just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. My aunt Annie manages to keep with her great nieces and nephews when they visit her home. Even though their beauty has evolved over the years, all enjoy a little bit of make-up, and some special jewelry. I find them so inspiring. Since we were young, beauty rituals were often ways that women connected through the generations.

Is there an older woman in your life whom you care about but don’t often get to see or connect with? Perhaps she has a hard time getting around or doesn’t have her own transportation? We all love getting pampered, but not all of us have the means or ability to get to a beauty appointment. The next time you go for a hair appointment or stop to pick up some new makeup, think about inviting your mom, aunt, grandmother, an older neighbor, or even your mother-in-law, because chances are she’d love to be pampered, too.

Here are some ideas for helping a special woman in your life feel even more beautiful:
• When you schedule your next mani-pedi, make two appointments. She’ll love getting her nails done and spending extra time with you.

• Take her out for lunch and a shopping date. Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s fun to try on the latest colors and sample new skincare products at one of the department store cosmetics counters.

• The next time you go shopping for beauty products, ask if there’s anything she needs and pick up some products for her.

• Surprise her with a new hand cream or lipstick! Year-round, you can make any day a day to celebrate.

• While you are enjoying a little bit of beauty TLC, ask questions. Find out about their favorite beauty tricks through the years and how beauty has impacted their lives. Everyone has amazing personal stories; all we have to do is ask!

Tell us about a special older woman in your life. Make plans to connect or bring a small gift. What stories did you uncover?

“Great newsletter Sue–thank you! Solid, succinct advice all well-written a smooth flowing, and interesting fashion! Wow! Another of your many talents–you’re amazing, girl!” –Sara Fritz (Sara is an award-winning author of Every Kid’s Guide to Living Your Best Life, and You & Your Military Hero, check it out at UFLIPP.com)

PEARLS OF POSITIVITY I have a new guilty pleasure: gel/shellac manicures. I like to have nice natural-looking nails, and sometimes buffed or put a layer of clear polish on. A real manicure was a rare indulgence, and I was always disappointed when the polish chipped in just a few days. And artificial nails are a no-no for medical professionals as bacteria can get trapped underneath. And now…gel! It’s firm surface lasts for 3 weeks. I have a sheer light pearl color put on, nothing too crazy, and it feels good to be proud of my fingertips! It does need to be cured with UV light, so I’ve started to spray sunscreen on the back of my hands for protection.

Enjoy a Positively Beautiful Life!
Susan Mathison, M.D.

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