Today is Mother’s Day here. It seems that Mother’s Day is celebrated at different times in some other parts of the world but lets just play along shall we?
I don’t usually fall in with the whole “xx Day” concept but I was talking to some people in the past week and we were talking about what interested us in terms of beauty and how we had that interest. It turns out, quite a few of us had been influenced by our Mums!
So I thought it would be fun to see if you too felt the same way. How has your Mum influenced your beauty routine; or to put it the other way around, how has your beauty routine been influenced by your Mum? Did she buy you your first lipstick? Did she pick out skincare for you?
In my case, I think the biggest influence my Mum has had on my beauty routine is in my interest in skincare. Mum didn’t wear a lot of makeup and when she did, it was only some powder, blush and lipstick and that was also only to work, not otherwise. Perhaps that’s where my love for blush and lipstick stem from. Its what I started with, and also the primary makeup items I gravitate towards these days.
However, my Mum was and still is, very meticulous about her skincare routine. I’d often spend time lolling on my parents’ bed chatting and watching her put on her creams and potions as she got ready for bed. It got so that when it was my turn to start a skincare routine, I never found it a hassle to apply creams and lotions in the morning and evening. I’d seen my Mum doing it all those years that it was almost as if it was the norm, to me. It instead surprised me that people would find it a bother.
I’d sometimes find her resting on a weekend with a home made mask on her face. There was a spell when we’d both have honey-yogurt masks on my face, dozing on a hot afternoon. She, relaxed; me, worried ants would eat off my face
Before swimming lessons, she’d spend 15 minutes before that slathering me and my sister with sunscreen. Till today, the smell of Coppertone sunscreen brings back memories of swimming lessons on hot afternoons. I should technically have great pigment free skin but youth and that impression of invincibility meant I placed too much faith in sunscreen that did not work as well as they should, and in failing to use it because “Oh, I’m just running out for 10 minutes, its ok”. Sure, if I could turn back time, I’d have some serious words with my younger self about the regular use of sunscreen. But lets not cry over spilt milk and just mop it up
I’m not surprised therefore that I dabble so much in skincare and try this and that, always having an eye out for something good or better. Like my Mum, my primary interest lies in skincare. Makeup came much much later. Like Mum, I used to only use powder, blush and a touch of lipstick when I started. I’ve graduated since then, but you know what? So has my Mum! These days, when I hand her a new cream or serum or cleanser, she’s as excited about it as I am; and I share makeup with her that I think suits her and it pleases her to no end.
I think that now, as much as my Mum has influenced my beauty routine, I’m also influencing hers. You could say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree
How has YOUR Mum influenced your beauty routine?
To all Mums, Happy Mother’s Day. You all deserve the day off