Happy Tuesday Beautiful!

It’s hard to believe that Mother’s Day is less than one week away. While some people think of this as a more commercialized holiday, I enjoy having a day to celebrate my amazing mother. Although I feel that gratitude isn’t something that should only be expressed on set holidays, I do love the fact that there are specific days set aside to remind us to appreciate our loved ones. That’s why I wanted to write a piece about the way that my mom has shaped who I am and how she has been the inspiration for my career, while sharing a few tidbits of her wisdom along the way.

Many daughters learn their beauty routine from watching their mothers when they are young, listening to their mom’s advice of how to take care of their skin and cherishing their wise words. As many of you know, my mother is the one who inspired me to repair and heal my own skin when I was fourteen years old, which began my journey into wanting to understand the skin on a deeper level. My mother always told me, “If you want beautiful skin, eat lots of fruit and vegetables.” After suffering from acne that would not go away, I finally decided to head her advice by creating facial masks from everything from blueberries to papaya. I would apply my concoctions religiously, slowly healing my acne. They say that seeing is believing and that could not hold more true for me. This ritual made the dryness and pimples go away. The pain associated with the inflammation was gone. Even the acne scars from the healed breakouts began to fade away. I was the happiest person on earth and I have since made a commitment to dedicate the rest of my professional life to helping others who are experiencing skin problems.

Clearly, my mother has been such an inspiration to me my whole life. Beyond what she taught me about how to fix my skin, she showed me that wellness is a way of life. Today, I wanted to share the top three things that my mom taught me: ​​​​​​​

As I mentioned before, my mother has always been a big proponent of using food to heal, from the inside out. She knew if she took care of herself by eating well, that it would show on her skin. Growing up, we would have red date tea at least once a week. We would also have soup regularly, which is integral to Chinese culture. My mom would tailor a basic soup recipe (which included ingredients like pork bones, watercress, and carrots) to help support different areas she wanted to work on. For example when she was looking for something anti-aging and nourishing, she would add ginseng and chicken to the recipe.

She did a lot of yoga when I was growing up, teaching me poses along the way. In fact, she became a yoga instructor herself. She was always very active, knowing that exercise helps the lymphatic system and aids circulation. To this day she’s one of the most active people I know, dancing and doing yoga quite regularly. My mother was always resourceful, using what she already had to make wellness a priority. She didn’t have a ton of money or time but always found a way to incorporate movement and healthy food into her life.

My mom has always been a very happy person. Both laughing a lot and enjoying life were really important to her. She has always been great at keeping a very calm environment, even when she’s quite stressed. My mom is a social butterfly and I always like to say that she could talk to a stranger about nothing. I think her sunny outlook and the fact that she’s such a people person have kept her looking and feeling young. My mom is in her early sixties but certainly doesn’t look it – sometimes I think she has more energy than I do!

Overall, my mom’s tenants of being healthy and happy have stayed with me throughout life. I can only hope to be more like her, both inside and out, as I age. ​​​​​​​

For those of you looking for a little something to show your mom your gratitude, check out my Mother’s Day Glowing Gift Guide, which includes gifts to pamper your mom and make her glow like never before. Also, please keep in mind that we’re honoring Mother’s Day with a special 15% off promotion from now until Sunday, May 13th, 2018. Simply use code “MOTHERSDAY” on our website to receive the discount to buy mom something special.

Did your mom impact your health and beauty habits? If so, what are your favorite things that your mom taught you? Feel free take my mom’s advice in order to be well from the inside out, all while aging gracefully!

I would like to thank you so much for reading and so generously sharing! It’s always wonderful sharing these fabulous tips with you all!

With all my love,

Cecilia

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