What Martha Stewart Can Teach You About Skincare

On Thursday, the New York Times took a look into media mogul Martha Stewart's  beauty regime. I came across  article via  Gawker.com. The leading headline was mostly about the estimated cost of her routine, totalling around $2K, creating a pseudo scandal and also probably rich shaming a 72 year old woman worth millions. As a beauty blogger, I was far from shocked at the total price of the products, Stewart is a millionaire and a public figure, how she is not suppose to spend her money? Nor was I taken back by her structore and discipline, everyone who has pride in their appearance has a routine, my grandmother who grew up in Jim Crow South during the Depression has a routine and yes, she was a domestic goddess in her own right but,  her beauty products consisted of Vaseline, Pond's, Olay  and when she was older and a little fancier, Clinique.  Like my grandmother, Martha has a routine and even with her income bracket, age and a lot of other factors separating her from the masses, by reading the article, you can really learn how to take care of yourself and age gracefully.

Looking great takes discipline 
 I’ll do this about five days a week and I don’t repeat the same mask two days in a row.

Like many women and men, Stewart has a number rituals that take place, daily, weekly etc. You're not going to look great overnight, and applying a product once is not going to erase the signs of aging immediately. Practice makes perfect even when it comes to skincare.

Moisture is the key factor 
I slather myself with serums. 

From the article, you probably think Martha is moist and slippery but what many don't know is as we get older, our skin looses moisture, factor in the recent weather, thank you Polar Vortex and moisture killing fabrics and you can step out of your home and become a walking piece of sandpaper. Staying well moisturized, is not only another element to anti aging, it also had a hygienic.

Treat your elbows just as good as you treat your face
I use the same products on my body as I use on my face. I don’t think there’s really any difference between the two, so the more moisturizers and serums you use, the better off you are.

Stewart sprays Susan Ciminelli Marine Lotion, head to toe.  She doesn't just focus on her face, she treats her entire body with the same dedication and products as if you will see her midriff just as much as her hands or face.

The Sun is your frenemy
Otherwise, I do my best to stay out of the sun. That’s very important. I do a lot of outdoor activity like gardening and I try to cover up and do SPF. Actually, I just bought a new sun hat that goes over your riding helmet. It’s pretty ugly, but it works.

The number one cause of aging is sun damage and 80% of the damage done to our skin happens before we are 18. Like Stewart, cover up, wear a big ugly hat, in due time, your skin will thank you. 

Cleansing is just as important
I never go to bed with makeup on. First, I steam my face with a hot washcloth and then I use the AmorePacific or Shu Uemura cleansing oils.

Clogged pores and  daily build up not only causes breakouts, it also halts skin turnover which can make skin dull. You should  spend as much time on your nightly  ritual as you do for your daily applications. What happens at night and while you sleep has a heavier influence than while you are awake. 

Travel should never get in the way 
If I’m traveling that day, I’ll be sure to have my Yon-Ka Lotion with me, which is a spray. On a recent plane ride to L.A., I sprayed myself five times. It’s hydrating, so I don’t look like a prune after flying.

This is the time that you use those sample size products you never knew what to do with. Often when we are away from home, we drop the routine and slide into bad habits. Keep up your beauty routine even if you are away from home. 

Martha is like us
Johnson’s baby oil works really well, too. I use those as cleansers and they’re also excellent makeup removers. 

Everyone has Johnson's Baby Oil in their home, and just like grandma swore by it, so does Stewart. 

A little makeup goes a long way
I was told years ago by my daughter, Alexis, that I shouldn’t leave the house without makeup on. You’ll pay for it if you don’t because somebody will be there with a camera snapping away and you’ll look awful or just plain.

You reach a certain point in your life and no longer can you do the cutesy bare face of a your childhood. You have to add a little bit of color, great clothes don't look good without at minimum some lipstick and mascara. 

Fitness and diet is key
Exercise is a necessary part of the day. You can be the most beautiful person on earth, and if you don’t have a fitness or diet routine, you won’t be beautiful.

You don't think you can still head up an empire at 72 if you don't stay fit Working out isn't always about losing weight, exercise creates cell turnover, resulting in glowing skin.  Exercise is also a great anti- depressant, and a leading factor in delaying dementia and Alzheimer's.

Looking great has no age
Stewart is 72 and she looks and seems like someone decades younger, $2K or $20