You’re a working mother and a busy wife who has to make it to her kid’s soccer games, her husband’s business meetings and make sure the household is running smoothly while staying up with the baby all night but that doesn’t give you the excuse to let yourself go! MWERETI KANJO asks around for practical tips on how women can look good and age gracefully.
Looking good is not a superficial thing. Being presentable and putting your best face forward leads you to have high self- esteem, confidence, good fortune and happiness.
It is understandable that women have a lot on their minds, especially married ones with children. They put family first but this should not be an excuse to let yourself go. A lot of women, who are in the same shoes, make a conscious effort to look as beautiful as ever.
Primrose Msaka, wife to Secretary to the Government Bright Msaka, is married with three children. The youngest of her children is 20 years of age. Primrose is also a career woman, and she has run Scent-sations, a one stop cosmetics shop renowned for stocking up on genuine products, for the past seven years. Despite being busy, she makes an effort to look after herself.
Msaka says the motivation to look good must come from within. She says you must first love yourself, know what you want to look like and put in effort in taking care of yourself. She says the biggest challenge for most women is laxity that comes with age, getting married or encountering a tragedy.
“Following a healthy diet and lifestyle is also important. Drink a lot of water because it nourishes the skin and body cells. I go for aerobics every morning. I eat a lot of vegetables and avoid red meats. Looking good calls for sacrifices but it has a lot of benefits. Before I leave my house I make sure that I am happy with my outfit and that it is suited to the occasion, whether I’m going to a funeral or to the market.
“Spiritual life is also important. I believe that praying is another secret. When you pray, by virtue of trusting in God, you offload stress and unwind, leaving your mind free of worry. If you want to feel good about yourself, look good,” advises Msaka.
Director of Family Clinic, Constance Masamba wrote an article on the same, ‘What men need to know about women’. She says a woman must always be presentable and appealing. In fact, looking after yourself is biblical. She gives as example of Esther, a virgin in the Bible who was chosen by royal officials to undergo beauty treatment for one year in preparation for an appearance at a queen’s contest for the king.
“As a woman it is important that you bath properly and apply your oils or creams, take care of armpits, the face should be toned and spot free. Your hair must be clean and well combed, shave in all hairy areas and most importantly be mindful of what you eat. Healthy food nourishes the skin, body and intellect,” writes Masamba.
You will be amazed what looking good can do for you, your marriage and the world around you.