For most of us, our mothers were our gateway into the world of beauty. They were our first hairdressers, beauty therapists and fashion stylists. Your mum probably bought you your very first deodorant and lip gloss. Or perhaps even brought to you to your first ear piercing appointment or to get your hair dyed for the first time. In honour of Mother’s Day, I’m sharing seven beauty lessons that my incredible mother instilled into me, that I still follow to this day.
1. Natural works best
I think my mother is the most beautiful woman in the world. Growing up and to this very day, I can count on one hand the number of times my mother has worn makeup. She taught me that I don’t need any makeup to be beautiful, and to embrace my unique features that make me, me.
2. Don’t wash your hair everyday
My mother has the most beautiful thick hair. The secret is to not wash it everyday, but don’t go too long between washes either. She taught me that washing it too frequently and too infrequently causes hair to fall out.
3. Let your skin breathe
Even though my mother is in her 60s, she has the most beautiful and flawless skin. I think this is because she has never used any foundation and has allowed her skin to breathe all these years. Because of her I am also foundation-free, even on the days that I wear makeup.
4. Beauty comes from the inside
This is so cliche, but it’s true. What makes my mother beautiful isn’t just her appearance. It is her strength, loyalty, passion, resilience and kindness that makes her truly shine from within. External beauty eventually fades, so at the end of the day, it’s what’s on the inside that matters the most.
5. Dirty sheets causes pimples
My mother religiously changes her bed sheets, especially her pillow case, at least once a week. She ingrained into me that dirty pillowcases and bed sheets can cause breakouts. I picked up this habit from her and cannot stand week-old sheets.
6. Age gracefully
You’re going to age no matter what, so you may as well do it proudly and gracefully. My mother has never been ashamed of her age nor tried to reverse it with botox or clinical treatments. Yet with every decade, she continues to grow more beautiful by ageing gracefully with pride.
7. Don’t jump into the shower when you’re hot
When I was a kid, I would walk home from school nearby and be sweating buckets by the time I reached home. Instinctively, I would jump straight into a cold shower to cool down. I used to do this immediately after I exercised too. Mum taught me that doing so is very bad for my health and skin, as my body goes from one extreme temperature to another too quickly. She was right, so I never do this anymore!