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Laverne's 10 Tips For Great Skin

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LaVerne and Darby, circa 1970

Younger women are obsessed with the care of their skin.

And that's not a bad thing.

They're going to be better off than our generation, who for the most part didn't even think about it, until one day we didn't recognize ourselves in the mirror.

Can you relate?

There was a time when we didn't even think about our 'aging' skin until well into our 40's. 

But now, women are paying attention to their skin in the 20's. 

Which I think is brilliant. LaVerne would've approved.

Because when you hit 50, you will have wished you had payed better attention.

So, I am going to give you the wisdom of experience from mama LaVerne. 

My mama. Who did a stellar job of imparting to me the importance of good skincare.

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(Left to right: Kim, Cheri, Lisa (me, I dig my paisley dress), Mama LaVerne)

Thanks mom.

I am happy to report that my skin has aged well, and I thank my mom for it.

Yes, I inherited good genes; but I could've messed that up. 

With smoking, not prioritizing sleep or diet, and any number of other less than optimal lifestyle choices.

For example, she told me not to go join my friends when they were basking in the sun with baby oil slathered on their bodies. (C'mom now, show your age, give me a show of hands if you remember that trend!)

I did still join my friends, but I wore sunscreen; by the way, we did not have the vitamin D issue we do today, and that one is for another post on another day.

She told me a few other things as well. Some I listened to; some I did not. Hey, I was a teenager after all.

However, the advice about skin, I paid attention to. 

Because my mom's skin was gorgeous.

To the day she died, at the young age of 83, she was absolutely stunning.

Slightly nutty too, (yet again, a post for another day).

However, her skin was radiant. The other residents in her lovely senior home used to say "Oh, that LaVerne, she just adds class to the joint."

So, here are few tips from LaVerne, and a few I learned along the way as well.

Lisa and LaVerne's Well-Aging Skin Care Tips

  1. Every morning, enjoy a cup of hot water with half a fresh lemon squeezed in. Great for your liver (which translates to great for your skin). This one's mine.
  2. Get up and move! Your body. Every day. Great for your circulation, guessed it - great skin. Also from me, LaVerne was not an exercise fan.
  3. LaVerne said: Avoid unnecessary sun bathing without sun protection. (She was ahead of her time). Thanks, Mom. 
  4. Remove your makeup and wash your face every night even if you are dead tired. That one is from LaVerne. I couldn't agree more.
  5. Cleanse with a gentle cleanser, but always cleanse. 
  6. Slather as rich a healthy cream as you can tolerate on your face twice daily. I can still see mom in the bathroom with a shiny face from all those lubricants. 
  7. Pamper yourself- make your beauty ritual a happy place. I have fond memories of sitting on the bed, watching my mom at her vanity, applying her pretty pots and tubes.
  8. Avoid cigarette and cigarette smoke like the plague. No exaggeration. Mom and I never smoked a day in our lives. It's not too late to quit.
  9. Likewise, avoid soda.
  10. Mom didn't have the science we have today around good skin, so I will add to take advantage of that - with leave on exfoliation, retinoids, and antioxidants such as Vitamin C. 
Phew! I'm So Grateful I did These Things For My Skin And, Oh, How I Wish I Did More of These:
  1. Cared for my neck area better; used more protective cremes, sunscreen and exfoliated that area more regularly. Look here for more tips on how to do just this.
  2. Paid more attention to the skin on my hands.
  3. Started yoga earlier in life.
  4. Went barefoot more often earlier in life for the health of my feet and spine.
  5. Had access to, and read this book earlier: Younger You

 Updated 8-2022

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