My daughter is in raging tween mode and she’s suddenly very aware of her skin. “I don’t want zits, mama!” She has lamented on more than one occasion. She has four teenage brothers, so she is well versed in zits. I remind her not to stress about it (stress equals more zits!) and I encourage her to take care of her skin by keeping it clean every day.
To me, summer means family. Backyard hangs with the people I love. Bonfires at the beach. Chips and salsa by the pool. Road trips. Staying cool. Soaking up all that glorious melanin. Bronze-y skin. Loose curls. Maxi dresses and sandals….
I love my brown skin, my melanin. I got it from my Mama who is morenita and my Pops who has a burnt umber tint to his skin thanks to his Mescalero Apache roots. My brown skin is who I am. But sometimes, my skin and my underarms need some extra love.
Teach your daughter to love her hair. It’s my job as a mama to celebrate her beauty, to teach her to be strong & love all aspects of herself. Even her hair.
If I close my eyes, I can remember my great-grandmother Amalia’s bedroom and her vanity so distinctly, it’s like I can reach out and touch it. She always used Dove.
I am obsessed with lotion. In fact, I feel naked without it. If I go about my day without being properly moisturized, I feel dry and just gross. Ok, so this hardly ever happens because of my aforementioned obsession, but…
I love having girls. In fact, I waited eight long years and had four sons before I gave birth to my first daughter. She was so worth the wait — pretty and feminine, with long eyelashes and wispy fine hair….
Neutrogena Rapid Clear line. Ever since my sons have started to navigate their teen years, I’ve been concerned about their skin. I remember what puberty was like and how I felt like a leper every time my skin broke out….