Generations: Beauty Tips from Mami

Neither my mother nor my grandmother ever wore very much makeup. They were simple women who depended on hydration from both creams and lots of water to keep their skin supple and youthful throughout the years. It's pretty amazing how my mother is nearly 60 years old yet she has very few wrinkles. 

Keeping things natural has always something my mami believed in. When I was a kid, she grew an aloe vera plant in our garden and I remember how she'd crack open a leaf once-a-week and slather it all over her face. While I never really liked the smell of it, there is no denying that she owes part of her youthful look to the prickly plant.

Back in the 80's there wasn't really a strong support of SPF. But since I was raised in Miami Beach, she would protect our young skin by making sure we were covered by hats, sunglasses, and protective clothing when we'd go out for a swim. Today we know a lot more about the importance of sun protection, but those same old tips can be easily used in combination with a good SPF product. 

Water was very important at our house as well. It was a very rare occasion that we were allowed to have fruit juice, mystery sugar drinks, or soda. She always encouraged us to drink water and till this day, I find it to be the most refreshing thing to drink and it goes with everything!

My amiga Carmen from has some tips she'd like to share brought to you by Zyrtec:

  1. How to Avoid Irritating a Red Nose: Use baby wipes instead of tissues, which are gentler on the skin. 
  2. How to Relieve a Puffy Face: Try drinking watermelon juice. Watermelons are a high water content fruit and are an excellent source of antioxidants. 
  3. How to Help Hydrate a Puffy Face: Eat more fruits and vegetables like cucumbers, celery and zucchini all of which have high water content. Citrus fruits and berries are also rich in vitamin C.
  4. How to Refresh Your ALLERGY FACE™: Place two metal spoons in the refrigerator and then place the back of the spoons on your eyelids for five minutes.
What are some of the favorite tips you've learned from your mom or abuela?

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