Skincare Secrets I Learned From Mom (Elaine's Story)

Continuing on with our “Skincare secrets I learned from mom” series where the purpose is to discuss skincare habits and tips with real women from diverse backgrounds, today we’re excited to bring you Elaine’s story. 

Elaine is 42 years old, she's traveled to 43 countries and lived in six states. Pretty amazing, huh?  She's also the mother of three beautiful girls, and a registered nurse specializing in aesthetic nursing.  I've (I=Susie) known Elaine since high school.  Even back then she had this infectious energy and wonderful openness about her.

I can’t remember a single time she has said anything bad about someone. I like to think her glowing skin is a reflection of the beautiful person she is on the inside.  I also know she's an expert when it comes to healthy skin so I had to get all of her skincare secrets!  Below is a summary of what she shared with us. 

          1. You’re traveled all over the world - where have been your favorite places?

I've loved and appreciated every journey, but my favorites are India, Cuba, Israel, Peru and Greece.

          2. Any skincare or health tips picked up from the different cultures you’ve visited?

One of the most interesting was sheep placenta from Tibet. The locals put it on their face to hopefully add amino acids and nutrients to promote collagen growth. I did buy some of the sheep placenta product to bring home, but I was too hesitant to put animal placenta on my face for fear of diseases. I was unsure of the testing process and the label was written in the Tibetan language so I ultimately chickend out!

One helpful tip I adopted was from my trip to the Middle East. The locals cover up from head to toe with burkas and head cover with sometimes only their eyes showing. This prevents so much sun damage.

On the other hand, the tourists wear shorts and tank tops burning themselves despite any sunscreen. Luckily, the tourists are on vacation and not being exposed to this extreme heat for most of their daily lives. I went hiking in Petra, Jordan in the hot desert sun covered from head to toe. It was the best thing I could do to prevent sun burn and so glad I did!

          3. You’ve lived all over the country as well (California, Hawaii, Texas, Colorado, Washington State and Tennessee) - how have you adjusted your skin care routine based on where you lived?

My skin was probably worst in Colorado. The air is less humid, therefore requiring more moisturizer. With drier skin came fine line wrinkles becoming noticeable. Furthermore, Colorado is 6000 feet in elevation and closer to the sun. This creates more sun damage to the skin.

           4. You’re a busy mom of three kids, do you have any skin care hacks or shortcuts that help you maintain a good skincare routine while being so busy?

I wake up before the kids wake up to work out, do yoga and take care of my skin. I believe strongly in physical, mental and spiritual health to keep feeling and looking vibrant.

            5. Working in a med spa as a nurse, what have you learned and what is the biggest skincare mistake you’ve seen people make?

The biggest mistake I believe people make is not wearing enough sunscreen. Sunscreen can prevent sun damage, brown spots, and slow down the entire aging process.

6. How do you take care of your skin now in Hawaii? Sunscreen, hats etc.?

Sunscreen is a must. Also my favorite products are a nourishing serum and retinoids. I exercise and yoga at least five times a week to keep physically and spiritually youthful as well.  The more I travel and the more I practice yoga, I believe we are all connected and we are all one. And by sharing our beauty secrets through platforms like this, we can help each other live our best lives!