Please tell me that I'm not the only mama out there who schleps a giant Mom Bag around everywhere. TELL ME THAT I AM NOT ALONE. I have this huge diaper bag that's so full of stuff for my kids. Stuff like diapers, wipes, extra panties, toys, back-up chargers, and snacks. But, waaaaaay back in there, I've got a small bag with a few ride-or-die products that go with me everywhere. The go-to items I stash in my purse are classic and work – so I never leave home without them.
Headphones: Look, I live on my phone. There are lots of times that I'm out and about and working at the same time. So I always have a great pair of headphones somewhere close by – just in case I need to review a video or do a conference call. No one else needs to listen to my business while I'm out in public, right?
RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® MAX Daily Hydration Crème: I'm turning 40 in a month and my skin loves this moisturizer. From its chic packaging to its visible results for healthier, younger-looking skin – Roc has been a staple in my bag for years. My skin loves this stuff so I always keep some close by.
I really like this new creme a lot. It's a dual-benefit cream that offers both a powerful retinol formula and deep hydration for a full 24 hours. Amazing, right? My skin is so beautiful! This moisturizer works quickly and helps visibly reduce any fine lines and wrinkles in just one week. I just love it!
I really like this new RoC RETINOL CORREXION® MAX Daily Hydration Crème a lot. It's a dual-benefit cream, meaning that it offers both worlds a powerful retinol formula and it deeply hydrates my skin for a full 24 hours. Amazing, right? My skin is so beautiful! This moisturizer works quickly and helps visibly reduce any fine lines and wrinkles in just one week. I just love it!
Hair Ties: I love my long hair. It's pretty and makes me feel feminine. But I don't like how the wind blows it in my face or my baby grabs it with both hands and P U L L S. Ouch! So I always have a few no-snag hair ties in my bag at all times. I'm forever grabbing one to toss my hair up in a topknot or ponytail – and getting it out of Finn's adorable little iron fists.
Chapstick: I love having a tube around all the time. Both my kids are fascinated by chapstick and it works great as a distraction during meltdowns. Just offer up a tube and they focus right in. I guess it makes them feel grown-up, or something.
A Cute Bag: I corral everything in a super cute bag. That way, I'm not digging in my bag and looking for my must have items. Also, my children are constantly spilling things in my bag so I like to have one that wipes off easily. Bonus points for a cute design or saying – after all, I'm still a little bit cool, right? RIGHT?!?!
At my age, I've learned two things. One, always be prepared and two, age is just a number and people need to chill out about it. According to a recent survey, did you know that in the last year, 82% of women have been told that they look “great for their age”? Not, “you look great” but “you look great for your age”. WHAT?!?! Y'all, heads up – don't even bother paying me a compliment if it's got a condition (like “for your age”) attached to it. It's so backhanded and rude. It just reinforces a notion that 87% of women agree with – that society expects women to act their age… but look younger.
Look y'all. I am a modern day woman and proud to be representing the healthiest, wealthiest, most active, and influential generation of women EVER. Stop treating me like I was only of value while in my youth. These “compliments” are misguided and hurtful. Considering this, RoC® is committed to taking a deeper look at the impact of words and the current narrative on beauty and aging through new cultural research. Their goal is to heighten the awareness of (and pull back the curtain on) these the misguided phrases and negative expressions and change the current vernacular. RoC® wants to have a huge impact on a woman’s self-perception and how she defines her beauty – so that one’s beauty is determined by her actions – not her age.
Join me, RoC, and actress Thandie Newton as we change the language around aging. What’s your #ForYourAge story?