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To Wear Cosmetics or Not to Wear Cosmetics

Why do you use skin care or wear makeup? Is it a boost to your self confidence or do you feel it is or isn't a necessity?
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When we take good care of ourselves it makes a huge difference in how we feel. I met someone recently who doesn't wear any skin care products or any color cosmetics. In fact, she was somewhat disdainful about the fact that I am in the cosmetic business. Although she was somewhat negative, I couldn't understand why her reaction disturbed me so much.

I thought back to a couple of experiences I had in the past. One was in the hospital after having surgery. It was the day after and although I was in a lot of pain and because I'm in cosmetics business, I put my makeup on. That's what I do every morning. My doctor saw me putting on my makeup and she said, "I guess we can send you home today." My response was, "Excuse me, I don't think so. I'm in massive pain." That's when she said, "Well, you're putting your makeup on."  She then confided that in a lot of cases it's an indicator when women start to take care of themselves again, that they're feeling better.

Then the second time was at the Look Good, Feel Better program, an incredible monthly event for women with cancer. We go through skin care and makeup and teach the patients how to care for skin that is now very sensitive and dry. We help them cover dark circles under the eyes, draw in their eyebrows, and make them look and feel more normal than they have for a long while. I had been volunteering there for about two years.

The woman I was to work with that day was a beautiful little French woman, 83 years old, who had been diagnosed with cancer a number of years earlier. She had such a beautiful personality; warm and very friendly. Three years previous she'd been told to go home and get her affairs in order because she didn't have long to live.

She survived and was still fighting the disease however she said that the hardest thing for her was that she couldn't bear to look in the mirror. Every time she saw her reflection she didn't see the person that she thought she should be or the person that she remembered. Her solution to this was washing her face in the kitchen sink so she could avoid looking at a face that reminded her how ill she was.

This little French woman was so spiritually beautiful. She told me stories about her experiences with cancer. The courage that these women who are fighting this disease have, amazes me. But the biggest payoff for me, Mary Kay Ash always called them "paychecks of the heart", was when we finished, and she looked in the mirror and she said, "Dear, I haven't looked this good in years. I'm going dancing tonight." To me this is what it's all about. It's not so much about selling or wearing cosmetics, it's about feeling good. It's about helping women feel and be the best that they can be.

So when you're putting on your makeup, or not putting on your makeup in the morning, think about what it is that makes you feel good. Whether it is makeup or whether it's just doing something nice for your self, it's a very important part of staying healthy, and looking and feeling good, and performing our best in this world.
Why do you use skin care or wear makeup? Is it a boost to your self confidence or do you feel it is or isn't a necessity? Why I love what I do... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSq6P7Iz03M When we take good care of ourselves it makes a huge difference in how we feel. I met someone recently who doesn't wear any skin care products or any color cosmetics. In fact, she was somewhat disdainful about the fact that I am in the cosmetic business. Although she was somewhat negative, I couldn't understand why her reaction disturbed me so much.

I thought back to a couple of experiences I had in the past. One was in the hospital after having surgery. It was the day after and although I was in a lot of pain and because I'm in cosmetics business, I put my makeup on. That's what I do every morning. My doctor saw me putting on my makeup and she said, "I guess we can send you home today." My response was, "Excuse me, I don't think so. I'm in massive pain." That's when she said, "Well, you're putting your makeup on." She then confided that in a lot of cases it's an indicator when women start to take care of themselves again, that they're feeling better.

Then the second time was at the Look Good, Feel Better program, an incredible monthly event for women with cancer. We go through skin care and makeup and teach the patients how to care for skin that is now very sensitive and dry. We help them cover dark circles under the eyes, draw in their eyebrows, and make them look and feel more normal than they have for a long while. I had been volunteering there for about two years.

The woman I was to work with that day was a beautiful little French woman, 83 years old, who had been diagnosed with cancer a number of years earlier. She had such a beautiful personality; warm and very friendly. Three years previous she'd been told to go home and get her affairs in order because she didn't have long to live.

She survived and was still fighting the disease however she said that the hardest thing for her was that she couldn't bear to look in the mirror. Every time she saw her reflection she didn't see the person that she thought she should be or the person that she remembered. Her solution to this was washing her face in the kitchen sink so she could avoid looking at a face that reminded her how ill she was.

This little French woman was so spiritually beautiful. She told me stories about her experiences with cancer. The courage that these women who are fighting this disease have, amazes me. But the biggest payoff for me, Mary Kay Ash always called them "paychecks of the heart", was when we finished, and she looked in the mirror and she said, "Dear, I haven't looked this good in years. I'm going dancing tonight." To me this is what it's all about. It's not so much about selling or wearing cosmetics, it's about feeling good. It's about helping women feel and be the best that they can be.

So when you're putting on your makeup, or not putting on your makeup in the morning, think about what it is that makes you feel good. Whether it is makeup or whether it's just doing something nice for your self, it's a very important part of staying healthy, and looking and feeling good, and performing our best in this world.

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