Today’s Gem of Gratitude #317


Today I am thankful for personalized beauty regimens. The majority of us want to have healthy and glowing skin, hair, teeth, etc. And like most of us, I have tried a variety of products that promise to keep my skin moisturized, my hair healthy and shiny, and my teeth clean and white, oftentimes, however, to no avail.

And though I have discovered many things via my quest for the perfect combination of beauty products, the one thing that stands out the most is the fact that no one beauty regimen will work for everyone – we all have different skin, hair, teeth, etc. – and we all need a beauty regimen that is personalized for us. And making use of such a regimen will not only ensure that one’s skin, hair, and teeth receive the care that they need, but that they receive the care that is perfect for that person. #lovebythedrop

Today’s Gem of Gratitude #162


Today I am thankful for quality moisturizers. Living in a hot and dry climate carries with it the necessity to make sure that your skin stays moisturized. And, unfortunately, a great number of the moisturizers on the market just do not cut the mustard when it comes to combating the effects that hot and dry climates have on your skin. Sure, they generally lend themselves well to the application of them to your skin and initially they seem to leave your skin moisturized, smooth, supple, and soft. But when you glance at your skin about a half an hour to an hour later, your skin looks and feels as though it has not seen, let alone come into contact with, moisturizer in over a year. And what’s worse, they often cause your skin to become even drier than it was prior to the application of the moisturizers, and, if your skin is sensitive, they can wreak havoc on your skin in other ways.

When I first moved to this new extra hot and dry climate I was at a loss for what to do in order to take care of my skin. I tried using all of the same go-to items that I had previously used when I lived in other climates. And what happened? None of those things worked. And worse than that, those same products with which I had had success previously were now causing my skin to turn red, peel, flake, and itch. It was terrible.

I kept trying to figure out what the problem was, since these were products that I had used before, they had not expired, and I was using them correctly. Then, after speaking with a few people who had also experienced their own fair share of challenges regarding this issue while living here, I realized that living in a hot and dry climate is very different from living in a climate that boasts one or the other of those aspects, as the warm climate that I lived in previously was also a humid one, and the dry climate that I lived in previously was also a cooler one.

So, what was I to do? Well, I did a lot of research on the internet, because I knew that I was not the only one who had encountered this issue. And I came across a few tips and pointers that have helped me tremendously. Today, I have a better handle on how to take care of my skin in this climate, though it is still a work in progress. And needless to say, I have developed a newfound love of quality moisturizers, especially when they are easy to find or make and carry with them a minuscule price tag. Now that’s what I call a win-win. #lovebythedrop

Today’s Gem of Gratitude #76


Today I am thankful for beauty, true beauty that emanates from within. The idea of beauty is something that many people struggle with at some time or another as they attempt to discover who they are and how they fit into this big, critical world of ours. We are bombarded by media images of airbrushed models and actresses, articles about the five ways to increase your beauty today, and the judgmental treatment of strangers and loved ones.

The tragedy, in many cases, is that so many of us do not have personal support systems that encourage us to view and accept our personal beauty, reject the unrealistic standards of beauty perpetrated by society, and to embrace our individuality. That is what we really need, not Cosmo quizzes that tell the reader to answer ten questions in order to determine how beautiful they are.

And this issue of beauty is not limited to females. Males are also pressured to a certain extent to dress and carry themselves in a certain way in order to be considered handsome, successful, and important.

Thankfully, though, I am the product of a wonderful support system that encourages me to be who I am and to not base my perception of beauty on what the world thinks and accepts. Certainly, I have had my moments when I have strayed from that and allowed myself to become caught up in the world’s physical assessment of me, but thankfully I have not lingered in those moments for too long.

Ultimately, each person’s beauty is something that should be accepted, respected, and honored. And not only do we need to change the images and views of beauty that society perpetrates, but we also are charged with encouraging the individuals within our personal sphere to adopt positive perceptions of themselves and to encourage them to pass that positivity on to those whom they encounter. Only then will we discover how truly beautiful this world is, as the world is only as beautiful as the souls who comprise it. #lovebythedrop