I recently had the opportunity of speaking with Beauty and Lifestyle Expert, Rebekah George, who many of you have seen on The Today Show, Good Morning America and The Doctors (to name a few), to discuss beauty, Skin Cancer Awareness Month and Olay's fabulous "Like Mom. Like Daughter." contest to win a makeover and photo shoot in New York City!
Beauty & Lifestyle Expert, Rebekah George – RebekahGeorge.com
Candace Rose: Was there a certain point in your life when you began viewing your mom as a friend?
Rebekah George: "You know there was. For me it was really early on in my life, in my early teen years – I would race home from school and I always wanted to tell my mom everything that happened to me, whether it was – I broke up with a boy or I got the part in the school play; good or bad she was the person I wanted to share it with more than even any of my girlfriends. I realized it very early on in my life, I think it comes at different times for women, sometimes girls grow up and they weren't really close with their mom's and then they have a child of their own and it teaches them that they become friends with their mom's. I think everyone has a different experience and they are all unique and you can actually share your story at Olay's facebook page contest that they call 'Like Mom. Like Daughter. You can log onto their facebook fan page Facebook.com/Olay share your story of when you became friends with your mom, that moment you realized your mom was more than your mom but also your friend. You can do that now through the end of the month and then you'll be eligible to win a makeover with your mom and a photo shoot here in New York City, so quite exciting!
Like Mom. Like Daughter. Contest – Facebook.com/Olay
CR: What are some of the things people wish they'd listened to their mothers the most about?
RG: "You know the biggest thing I hear from women is 'I should have listened to my mom when it comes to wearing sunscreen. So many women regret not listening to their mom and that advice because years and years later they really regret all those times they wen to the beach and they didn't wear sunscreen and they fried their skin. So I hear that all the time from women, 'I should have listened to my mom when it comes to wearing sunscreen but the good news is the damage may be done but you can do things to reverse it, so don't fret."
CR: Do you have any beauty and life advice?
RG: "I have a few tricks up my sleeve, one of my favorite tricks is – this might come as a big surprise to you but I'm a big believer in learning to do it yourself. I think that every woman should learn to do her own makeup, do her own manicure, cut your own bangs because we all have times when we're sort of stuck in a pinch whether you're running out to a wedding and you realize you didn't get your nails done or your nails just chipped or you just don't have the time or you just don't have the money, it's really important to be independent when it comes to your beauty routine and learning to do these things by yourself because let's face it we're not celebrities, we can't have a glam squad with us constantly, that's my dream but it's not a reality right now so I think it's really important to learn to do things yourself. So you're probably wondering well, how can I do that? Whenever I go to an appointment I always ask a million questions and I sort of study how they are cutting my hair or blowing out my hair and I take mental notes and then I go home and you just practice. Practice over and over again until you get it right."
CR: Do you have any additional information you'd like to share?
RG: "It's May, and it's starting to get warmer, it's Skin Cancer Awareness month – I really want to reinforce the message about wearing sunscreen. It's so important to not only keep your skin looking good but also to prevent skin cancer and one way that I remember to apply my SPF is I put it everywhere, not just on my body, I put it in every single handbag I have, I put it in my medicine cabinet, I put a bottle in my car, so when you see it you remember to apply it, so it's important to remember to have a sunscreen wherever you tend to to, whichever handbag you're carrying that day, remember to reapply it."
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month – SkinCancer.Org
CR: Where can we go for more information?
RG: "For the contest you can check out Facebook.com/Olay."