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Heartwings Love Notes 868 - A Smile is the Best Cosmetic

Heartwings says: "A smile will improve anyone's looks."

Years ago my then young daughter asked if she could draw a portrait of me. I sat in the living room, smiling as she drew studiously, being very careful in her five year old way, to get everything just right. Suddenly she ran over, peered at my face and then went back to her drawing. Her pencil went dot, dot, dot on the paper as she put in her final touches. Proudly she showed me the portrait. To my dismay, the dots were a representation of a recent break-out around my lips.

Sadly, I realized at the time, I was becoming allergic to lipstick. This began for me when I was twenty five with the break out of the skin around my mouth. When I stopped using lipstick my skin cleared up. Then eye makeup began to make my eyes itch. Any lotion I put on my face created more breakout. I realized that my days using any form of makeup were over.

Although at first I felt a bit out of place among my friends, let alone women in general, I soon got used to the freedom it gave me not to have to spend time putting on makeup. Now when I see the price of cosmetics in stores I rejoice to think how much money I save by not having to buy any. I use only hot water on my face. For occasional dry skin I have a lotion made from herbs and vegetables that works to help my skin to keep from getting too dry.

Women, and even sometimes men have used cosmetics as far back or farther as 10, 000 B.C. in Egypt. In the days of Queen Elizabeth fashionably inclined women used to paint their faces with lead to look pale as well as to cover up any blemishes. Needless to say, this was very dangerous to their health. The history of cosmetics is long and varied. Red lipstick, according to Wikipedia was even popular in 13th century Italy.

At some times, women of the peasant classes were forbidden to wear makeup and at other times it was thought to be sinful and was forbidden. The used of cosmetics has waxed and waned yet it has always been part of human society. The high school I attended forbade us to wear lipstick in class. Every morning the older girls would wipe it off in the coat room before they went to study.

It is also possible to create natural cosmetics from foods and herbs. I knew a woman who used beet juice to make her cheeks rosy. They did look quite bright. However, it is also true that good health, exercise that enhances the circulation, and a good night's sleep go a long way toward nourishing the skin. Yet the best of all cosmetics is a smile. It strengthens the muscles of the face makes every face glow with youthful energy and is free to all.

May you find smiles to brighten your face and enhance your spirits too.

Have you had issues with cosmetics? I love it when my readers share their stories. Lemons have been used as cosmetics. Read about it in my new book Up to my Neck in Lemons. Yours autographed for a Check for $15 sent to P. O. Box 171, North Grafton, MA 01536 or purchased on Amazon

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Blessings and Best Regards,
Tasha Halpert
 

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