“What moisturiser? The group of women before me ask, their tone of voice mocking incredulity. Their exclamation like a projectile misses my face and lands nicely into my hands. Everytime. I have their attention.
I use grease on my skin and nothing else. Yes, a salubrious concoction of coconut and avocado oils that I lovingly massage into my face and anywhere else that needs feeding. I blatantly recommend this to every aging woman. “ Get rid of your brands, get back into the kitchen and save your face”.
I can now offer my advice with a lot more authority, not just from the knowledge that comes with years of experience, but with first hand experience of seeing how switching to an all natural way of taking care of my skin has changed me. I think that I feel more confident about myself than I did 10 years ago.
Much more than acquiring a wrinkle- proof face through cosmetic means, I wanted a healthy attitude about ageing, to be able to deal with it the best way I know, and that is naturally. I had just turned fifty when life offered me just this very opportunity: practice what I preach.
What began as incredibly dry skin escalated into a skin condition called rosacea: an angry red mask that I wore with pain in public. The years of repeated use of chemical infused skin products made me ill. These were skin-care products that promised smoother, younger and whiter skin. They turned out to be my nemesis.
Enough was enough. I was tired of seeing how people would avoid eye contact or not give voice to the alarm I saw in their eyes. I was going to redeem myself.
I needed a new attitude, one that invited nature wholly into my life, not only as ornamentation and food, but also as a skin product.
Saving my face became my goal.
I think that most women would do a lot to save their skin from the ravages of time. However successful technology is in the art of anti-ageing, I take pride in knowing that I work in the long term with nature.
Yes, ladies, get into your kitchen and bring out the glass jars and bottles, because today, you are going to begin an exciting and passionate lifestyle. A lifestyle that nourishes, protects and rejuvenates.
The creams and lotions you will create come from many parts of plants: roots, bark, seeds, nuts, leaves and flowers. Exotic lotions that perfume you with natural fragrances and nut oils that not only moisturise, they feed the skin too. No toxic chemicals to do long term damage to skin.
I know that saving one’s face this way , nourishes the soul naturally and builds self-esteem. I know because at sixty-four, I’ve never felt better about myself.
Indeed I saved my face in more ways than one