My somewhat superficial obsession with looking young arises from a deep desire of being in control of my body and health. I have always been torn apart between the edginess of beauty. On one side, female beauty and looks are defined by marketing companies, often projecting an image that does not correspond with everyday reality. […]
My somewhat superficial obsession with looking young arises from a deep desire of being in control of my body and health. I have always been torn apart between the edginess of beauty. On one side, female beauty and looks are defined by marketing companies, often projecting an image that does not correspond with everyday reality. Further, all too often we are seeking validation based on others perception, as women, that of men in particular, which can lead to feel objectified or even manipulated.On the other side, beauty and looks, especially as we age, are another expression of a deeper grace, of self-respect, discipline, and love for the physical body we were given, which is empowering.
My body and face in particular have been expressing this internal conflict. As I was growing older, I developed very severe acne that only strong medication would put to a temporary stop. Then I found different, more natural ways to deal with my skin problems, which helped shed my ugly duckling exterior.
It all started from a very young age. My mother was a dedicated wife to a rather controlling and dominant husband (my father obviously). In her mind and coming from a rather modest background, her very survival, her job, depended on pleasing this handsome and authoritative Surgeon. So she would cook lovely meals, put up with us (that is my sister and I) and take care of herself – I suppose the French version of the Stepford wife. From a young age, I would observe her daily routine, and be exposed to her endless collection of creams, masks, serums of all colors and scents. Looking at my mother pampering herself, I was watching a sensual and somewhat intimate ritual that was to leave me with a lasting impression.
So I started to take care of my skin from the age of 20. As I said, I had adult acne well until my late thirties. My acne was probably the external symptom of my relationship with myself as I was trying to define my personality, the sense of my being with respect to the opposite sex in particular. But that is another story. I am now in my mid forties, have earned my self confidence in my many challenges and my skin looks better than ever, without any botox or fillers.
From the age of 20, I have tried everything you can think of from cheap to very expensive, from mainstream to “witchy formula” products and I have now discovered a routine that suits me and has made wonder on my skin. As I have been asked by many of girlfriends what was I was doing, I have then decided to publish it so that they can refer to it whenever convenient.
On the face: I follow this routine once or twice a week
To complete the perfect natural skincare: I am also an adept of facial gymnastic according to the method developed by Eva Fraser.
Aude is an ex corporate Lawyer with a passion for health, self development and independence which lead her to give up her former career to help others through health.
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