Thanks to Sesame Street, I learned that C is for Cookie. Years later, I learned that it’s also for Chanel, but that’s a different story.
This November 10 marks the 40th anniversary of the show, and I felt compelled to salute it today with 10 simple Sesame Street-inspired beauty tips.
1. Don’t forget the sun protection
Take it from the Count, “One, ha ha ha! Two, ha ha ha!” — by focussing on preventative measures, like the regular use of broad-spectrum sunscreens, we can all age a little more gracefully.
2. Be good to yourself
Grab your drink of choice (mine is coffee), sit beneath a shady tree and listen to the leaves move in the wind. Take a picture of yourself after a really fantastic workout. Limit your prepping — comb your hair and wipe away the perspiration from your face. Capture a shot that conveys how strong and proud you feel at that moment. Later, on days when you donâ€™t feel like exercising, look at the photo you took of yourself and try to remember how good you felt at the time it was taken.
3. Try a creamy facial cleanser
Cleansers strip away moisture as part of the job of removing makeup, and dry winter air tends to magnify the problem. Gel cleansers can be very drying, but creamy ones like Dove deep moisture creamy facial cleanser and Neutrogena deep clean cream cleanser should help.
4. Moisturize meh!
Moisturize throughout the day, and don’t forget to drink extra water when it’s cold and windy. Your hands, feet, knees and elbows may need a little more help, too. I like rich products containing shea butter, petrolatum, mineral oil, tea tree oil, linoleic acid or glycerin. For intense relief, moisturize hands and feet at night, and then slip on gloves or socks to lock in moisture.
5. Find a workout buddy
A workout partner can be a great motivator, especially when you’re trying to get back into exercising on a regular basis after a long hiatus. If none of your friends or family are in the mood for fitness, try to make new friends at the gym, and keep your eyes peeled for any open team activities like intramural soccer leagues or basketball.
6. Reward yourself
Set goals (workout, career, etc.) you know you can reach, and treat yourself when you reach them. Audrey, for example, rewards herself with a little something from MAC when she logs in four workouts a week. SMarie may treat herself to a drink from Starbucks or a new lipgloss from Sephora. â€œNothing too crazy,â€ she says, “just a little something to say â€˜ya done good!'”
7. Stop and smell the roses
There’s a world of roses out there just waiting to be sniffed! Whenever I see (or hear, smell, taste or feel) something beautiful, I STOP — maybe not in the middle of traffic — to take them in. Try to make time in your life for beautiful things.
8. Cherish your dreams
Find a pretty notebook, and write out your hopes and dreams for the future. Think about where you’d like to be in a year, two years or 10 years. The crazier and more outrageous the dream, the better. Keep your pen moving across the page, and try to avoid self editing while you write — nobody ever has to see your list, so don’t worry about grammar or spelling. Let the words flow unbidden. Just try to get those dreams down on paper. The simple act of writing things down helps bring them to life.
9. Be open to inspiration
Study orchids, other flowers and even photographs of beautiful things to inspire your eye makeup color combinations. Hold onto an image of something beautiful in your mind as you try different looks. Remember, makeup washes off.
10. Invite others
Buy or make a card for someone special in your life (make it something you can send by snail mail). Inside the card, write a quote from a song or a show that reminds you of the person, along with an invitation to coffee or a movie.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,