VOGUE: 27 Beauty and Wellness Experts on the Lessons They've Learned From Their Mother's
“My mother, Siti Hartati Murdaya, showed me homemade “tonics” she learned from her mom, such as freshly muddled cucumber water for a homemade toner to rinse your face as a refresher. She said to make it really cold and to keep it in the fridge as it helps tone and tighten the skin. I also remember I used to get fresh aloe vera from the plant rubbed into my hair and scalp as early as age 4 when I would run around and play with the goop on my head. She said the aloe would help my hair grow thicker and was cooling when it was 85 degrees and sunny. In Indonesian culture, beauty is always something we have to practice as a habit from a young age. My mom was taught you never leave home without looking out together without makeup. I clearly did not get the memo about the makeup passed down to me. Still, I did grow up learning that we had to pay attention to our appearance, not for vanity or glamour, but that, as women, we should pay attention to ourselves and take care of how we look because we feel better when we take care of ourselves. Looking good, feeling good, and being confident are not separate items. Self-care encompasses all aspects of our physical and mental mindset, and in a way, it’s our right and responsibility to value how we both look and feel.”
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