Passing Down the Beauty
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the May 2006 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
Susan Kurtz, 57, president of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and author of Awakening Beauty, the Dr. Hauschka Way. Daughter Rossibel, 11
Her biggest challenge as a beauty expert and a mother: "To help Rossibel—whom we adopted from Guatemala—see beauty not simply as a reflection of others' opinions of her but as a reflection of her unique spirit. I think it's every woman's challenge to transform the transient beauty of youth into the sustainable beauty that comes with awakening as you age."
Her most opportune teaching moment: "Rossibel came home one day and told me she wanted red hair. She has this incredible black hair, so I said, 'Let's talk about what looks good on you,' assuring her that her black hair is beautiful and that she didn't need to change what she had."
Her best advice: "Don't try to be someone other than who you are; don't believe in quick fixes or a miracle in a jar. Remember that 'beauty is a gift in youth and an art as we age.'"