Christmas, oh how I love all things Christmas and man oh man, traditions are important when you are so connected to a holiday.Traditions are complex and they all do not revolve around holidays. They can involve all facets of life. Like Christmas traditions that I held on to for decades, my skin care was the same.
Growing up, Christmas morning could be considered chaotic and that is putting it mildly. We all piled into Mom and Dad’s bedroom to open our Christmas Socks that Santa always left in their room.. There we were 4 little girls,who became teens and then young adults and never wanting to give up this tradition. Socks needed to be opened in their bedroom. Add in a Siberian husky and mom and dad all crowded onto the double bed tearing into socks and having a great time. No-one really paying attention to anyone but at the same time monitoring what everyone else was getting. All self absorbed yet not really. ( Nothing happened until the coffee pot was ready though).
I should back up a little bit, mom always put the turkey in the oven just before she went to bed. The smell of turkey wafting through the house always woke us or actually me up. I was that kid, the eldest but the one always the most excited so I would wake up at 3 or 4. Overwhelmed with the excitment of what might await me under the tree, whats a girl to do… wake your baby sister of course. Then send her in to wake up the “rents”.
The smell of turkey, squeals of 4 little girls and aroma of coffee, that was how our mornings would start. Grandparents would be called and as soon as they arrived ( from a block over) we would tear into the living room, Opening presents, followed by gorging on chocolate, followed by naps because we had been up for many hours already, Christmas Dinner was around 3:00 and we would proceed to stuff ourselves, turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, squash, cranberries.
Sometimes we even stopped to wash our face, brush our teeth and moisturize. OK that was totally made up. I didn’t start worrying about moisturizer till high school, then it got added to my rushed routine. A quick wash, throw on some cream and go.
Blended Christmas Traditions
Fast forward a few decades and I meet a new guy. Well imagine my surprise with my new blended family when I was told no presents get opened until we have eaten breakfast, what the heck, breakfast before presents. I totally supported wash up, moisturize and brush the teeth but for heavens sake FOOD! That was unheard of. I screamed, I cried, I begged but nothing was changing his mind. BREAKFAST, good lord, but I have to tell you the rationale was sound all sorts of common sense points.
Discussions around breakfast and nutrition and not needing sugar highs first thing. Plus he had two children who were used to this tradition, so if a 12 and 14 year old were ok with breakfast why was I, a 40+ year old being such a baby. Well I was a baby because it was a tradition, one that I had held on to for 40+ years. A Tradition that always reminded me of all the happy memories that had occurred over the years, We do have a tendency to hold onto routines and traditions not because they are the best necessarily but because of what they represent to us.
Traditions are complex and they all do not revolve around holidays. They can involve all facets of life. Like Christmas traditions that I held on to for decades, my skin care was the same. I have always been concerned about skincare but once I had my routine down, well why would I change it. What worked at 18 still worked at 28. Fast forward it even still worked at 38 in my mind. But what about 48 and older, was it still working.
I became an adult in the 80’s and I used a popular three step process for decades.
Grown up Skin Care
Not that I am disparaging my skincare routine, it worked for almost 30 years. One day I realized like my Christmas Traditions maybe my skin care routine needed an update. Fifty year old skin is not the same as my twenty year old skin. My skin is maybe not as firm, nor as rosy as a young girls, so updating traditions again may result in positive change.
I started using L’Oreal Cell Renewal Rosy Moisturizer. Believe it or not my skin tone actually looks rosy, with a healthy-looking blush. I am now using a moisturizer that should help my skin look firmer, less tired and feels smoother.
Glowing Skin Care
There is nothing wrong with updating our traditions nor is there anything wrong with changing skin care. Our needs are different. As we age we realize what matters changes. I am no longer worried about oily skin, I am worried about elasticity. Acne is a thing of the past but colour should not be. I want my skin to have that dewy glow I use to have regardless of my age.
Is there a tradition that you hold near and dear, that one thing that always springs to mind when you think Christmas, no matter how big or small the tradition may be, it is that which reminds us of home and family and all that this season is meant to represent? How about your skin care, have you updated that tradition? Do you crave a rosy glow or holding onto a memory of that glow?
Tis the holiday season time to treat yourself.
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