Flash Back: Sanae’s Secrets – Part 1!
25 Oct, 2012
Her Secrets Part 1
I am not a woman who plans to age naturally. I don’t view my wrinkles and stretch marks as precious reminders of the children I bore or the wisdom I’ve gained. I have memories, pictures and home videos for that. I plan to fight the aging process every step of the way.
Can we talk gray? I really hate gray. My mother, God bless her sweet low-maintenance gray-haired sole, grayed early and never once colored her hair. And it was a beautiful shade of white … silvery and shiny. She was salt and pepper for years and totally white by 50.
I inherited this trait and found my first gray in my mid 20’s. But to this day, I don’t know if mine was the same beautiful shade of white because I immediately plucked them all out of my head. I did this until I was visibly showing signs of balding. I had to quit plucking and spent about a year trying to cover up the gray with my mascara.
Finally, I was forced to start the coloring process shortly after I turned 30. When you have dark hair this becomes a problem because as every year passes so does the frequency of which a cut and color is required. By the time I was on the 4-week plan, my wallet was starting to think I should give up and let nature take its course but my ego did not agree.
So this leads me to my first must-have beauty product…Root Touch Up by Clairol. I literally use this in my hair every 2 to 3 weeks. It is amazing and it blends perfectly. It costs just $5.99 and allows me to get by with just one or two professional color jobs a year.
Frownies vs. Botox?
I’m not quite ready for Botox. Honestly it scares me but I’m not so naive to say never because I usually end up eating my words when I do. I’m hoping this product can hold me off at least for a decade or two.
They are called Frownies and I bought mine on www.amazon.com $13 for a box of 144 patches. I haven’t been using them long enough to know if they work but they have been around for generations so why not give it a try.
They remind me of a postage stamp that you moisten and place over your frown lines while you sleep. It pulls your skin apart to keep the lines from deepening. Just make sure you take them off when you get out of bed in the morning or your kids will think you are totally old and weird.
If this seems a little extreme, I recommend my ultimate o’natural tip for frown lines…BANGS!
Exfoliating Japanese Shower Towels
I have been using these towels literally my entire life thanks to my mother’s family in Hawaii. I’ve even converted my husband and my children have never used anything but these nylon towels.
They are rough in texture, long and skinny making it easy to exfoliate your entire body. I absolutely cannot shower without one. If I forget to pack one when I travel and forced to bathe with a regular washcloth, I feel unclean and covered in dead skin. How in the world do you reach your back with a regular wash cloth?
Now that we have the Internet, you don’t need a Hawaiian connection to score your own Japanese scrubby towel. Get yours for just $3.65 at http://www.asianfoodgrocer.com/product/japanese-wash-cloth-by-salux .
Be advised, not all scrubby towels are created equal. Some are shorter and some are less coarse. I prefer longer and the coarser the better for me but you might find it painful.
Do you have any secret beauty tips! We would love to hear from you!