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Jean Godfrey-June

Mother Daughter Skincare Traditions:
SERIES

learn about traditions passed on through generations
from mothers to their daughters.

read the red flower original by yael
words of wisdom that get passedfrom mothers to daughters

Jean Godfrey-June
Beauty Director of Lucky Magazine,
Author
Twitter, Instagram @jeangodfreyjune

red flower (RF):
What is the one piece of advice your mother gave you that has been been the most valuable over time?

Jean Godfrey-June (Jean):
”The best advice my mother gave was not exactly advice… She always used to say, "We're lucky in our family—we all have great bodies." Our family doesn't have particularly exceptional bodies, but it sort of shut down a lot of the usual negative thinking I had in that regard. I feel like I have fewer body issues than most people I know who are around my weight, and I think the fact that she said that every so often made a huge impact. That and how much she loves to exercise—and to eat, and she was never shy about it.”

RF:
What is the right age to start talking to your children about skincare and self care?

Jean:
”Children don't think or care about skincare until — they get a breakout. And then they really, really care.”

RF:
What do you and your daughter do together everyday that you both look forward to?

Jean:
”I wake my daughter up every morning with a little back/neck massage. It's so much nicer than yelling at someone, just to have a nice moment—although she rarely remembers it later!”

RF:
How do you define and talk about “empowered” beauty with your daughter (taking care of yourself vs. vanity)? How do you empower them to feel beautiful every day?

Jean:
”She is beautiful, and I tell her so whenever I think of it! I think when you give someone else a compliment, you see the beauty in them. I want to teach both of my children that sense of generosity with other people—that sharing what you like about other people with them makes your whole life happier. Lots of people go around withholding their compliments—especially those for people they're close to. But giving away all your compliments makes you (and everyone else) feel good.”

RF:
Any favorite products that are ageless that you both use?

Jean:
”We both use Philip B Forever Shine shampoo & conditioner—it really makes a difference in the way your hair looks and falls. I can always tell when she's used it. Fresh Umbrian Clay for breakouts.”

RF:
Do you have any techniques or DIY practices you would be willing to share? And if so, do you consider this a tradition from your mother or something new that will hopefully be passed on?

Jean:
”I love to give foot massages with your arctic berry cloud milk cream! I know it sounds so indulgent, but a foot massage is so important. My daughter is very brainy, always in her head, and when she was little, a homeopath told me, "Give her foot massages, to bring her back to earth, keep her grounded." When a person's not feeling like talking, a foot massage can be the perfect thing.I give them to my son, too. And, actually to myself. A foot massage before bed is kind of the ultimate self-care thing, for me. That and baths! We all love baths, with your AMAZING oils. Sitting next to your child while they soak in the tub, talking about the day … There's nothing better!”

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