Written by Bettina Piotrowski
As a marketing director and a woman in my 40s, I feel as though I have not been prepared for all life has thrown at me, in particular, the metamorphosis of my skin and body. On this personal journey, self-care has always been important to me because it plays a crucial role in my overall physical, mental, social and emotional health. I’ve come to find that if I look good, I feel good.
Aging gracefully means different things to different women depending on where they are in life. Making time for myself is a daily challenge, but I make my best effort with healthy eating habits, at-home workouts and the occasional trip to a medspa. A healthy work-life balance for me includes trying to keep up with the ever-demanding roles of being a good wife and mother to my husband and three children as well as being a leader at my hospital and to my team.
One thing my mother always told me was to never go to bed without washing my face, and, to this day, I can count how many times I have done so. I also drink lots of water and have recently started meditating when I am feeling stressed or anxious. I love being outdoors and just getting up and moving, even if it’s just completing simple household chores.
As a mother, I feel compelled to add the importance of beauty in character, and it is something I feel needs to be passed on to young girls everywhere. As we raise our daughters into womanhood, we need to remember to instill and teach them about kindness, trust, respect, responsibility and the beauty within.
This night-time lip moisturizer conditions and soothes dry, cracked lips to restore their appearance by morning. It works well as a moisturizer throughout the day as well.
This is my go-to facial polish that gently removes dead skin cells with magnesium oxide crystals to reveal smoother, softer and glowing skin. It’s great for all skin types.
I apply this face mask after my nightly skincare routine, leave it on overnight and wake up with hydrated and plump skin.
This is my absolute favorite mineral sunscreen. Its gentle pigment evens out my skin tone and the hyaluronic acid leaves my skin feeling moisturized.
I love the taste and the nourishment that my skin, hair, nails and joints receive from this product. The blend of marine collagen peptides and powerful botanicals supports the skin from the inside out.
This is my favorite dry shampoo for on-the-go mornings. It’s formulated with a hint of color so it doesn’t leave a white residue on darker hair colors.