What do Fayette women know about beauty? Quite a lot! We asked our insider team for the “best of” advice on all things beautiful, from their everyday tips and tricks to what beauty secrets they’ve had passed down through the generations.
What is your best summer beauty secret?
Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! Carry it in your purse, keep it in your car, and apply it liberally several times a day, either alone or under makeup. Our panel of experts could not say enough about the benefits, both long and short term, of sunscreen. While the sun can give you your daily dose of vitamin D, essential for all women, too much can lead to skin cancer and wrinkles. Take the time to apply it and you will be thanking yourself in the future.
Is there one thing that you have worked into your everyday routine to stay healthy?
Staying healthy is something we all strive for. All of our experts lead busy lives and have hectic schedules, but the one thing that most of them have worked into their daily routine is exercise. It can be leg lifts while you check your e-mail or dry your hair, walks with a friend (or canine), yoga, Zumba, stretching before bed or time at the gym. Along with the benefits of exercise our busy Fayette women also suggested some other things like meditation, connecting to your faith, having some alone time each day, vitamins, and plenty of water and sleep. The bottom line is, find something that works for you and make it a permanent part of your day.
Do you think that wellness is more than just being physically fit?
“Most definitely!” was the resounding response from our panel. Wellness is more about a balance of both emotional and physical health. “Wellness is having peaceful joy about your life” is how one of our wise ladies put it. Other factors like proper nutrition, getting enough sleep, and taking time for yourself now and then can help to keep you well rounded and feeling fit. Relieving stress was mentioned by several women as a key to their own personal wellness. Also, finding your own inner peace–whether that comes from physical activity, volunteering, meditation, or just general optimism–can be just as important to overall health.
What “old-fashioned” beauty routine do you still use?
Every day you read about a new wonder product that promises to make you look more radiant than the day before, so our experts weighed in with some of their “old-fashioned“ tricks to keep young and beautiful. Hot rollers are still the hair product of choice for some of our panel to create beautiful hair. Many mentioned skin care secrets like “steaming my face over a pot of boiling water covered with a towel to keep the steam in,” using the red sponge powder puff to apply makeup, facial cleansing with soap (Neutrogena), and the all-important never going to bed with make-up on. Also mentioned were using everyday household items: Vaseline to soften hands, feet, and lips, zinc cream for acne and scrapes, and Listerine as a skin toner. Sometimes the best beauty secrets are the ones that you learned from your mom and grandmother!
How do you feel about all of the cosmetic options available today?
Not a day goes by when you don’t hear about a celebrity going in for a nip-tuck or a bit of “refreshing.” That might be de rigueur in Hollywood, but what do real Fayette County women think of the newest trend in beauty? When asked, some of our panel of Fayette women were dead set against any cosmetic touch ups, believing that “natural is the way to go” and that such procedures were a “waste of money.” Others felt that with the advances that have been made in this field, it is a viable option for those who have the desire. “We’ve come a long way, baby” says one panel expert. Overall the consensus was that whether you choose to grow old gracefully, wrinkles and all, or have your own freshening-up done, you need to be happy with who you are both inside and out. One last thing: make sure that if you do decide to undergo a cosmetic procedure, you do your research and find a reputable professional. As with anything in life, know when enough is enough, and always remember that true beauty comes from the inside.