Ask any woman of the age of 40 what she misses most about her 20’s and she will most likely say her youthful appearance. It’s not the late night parties, dates with immature and self absorbed guys, diets consisting of pizza, burgers, fries and alcohol or the fact that we thought we knew everything when in reality we were as naive and gullible as we think our own kids are that we miss the most. No, none of those would most likely top our list. The older we get, the more we miss that tight forehead, plump lips and cheeks all aglow.
While many women have the idea that old age must be approached by one of two methods, fight it every step of the way and keep the plastic surgeon on speed dial or give in to the process completely and look like your great grandmother; personally, I prefer to ride that fence somewhere in the middle. It is completely possible to “grow old gracefully” without going under the knife and not going all ‘grandma’ looking either. That is not to say that I’m totally against a little plastic surgery and certainly will not rule out the possibility of it in my future. I would just like to put that off as long as possible. At the same time, I’m not saying that I would never let my hair go gray …although, I feel that I still have at least a couple of decades of hair color appointments in my future! But, if you can rock the gray hair with confidence and attitude, then I salute you! I’m just not there yet. To be perfectly honest, I’m still enjoying hearing the “Wow, you sure don’t look 50!” comment every now and then and these are a few of my tips for slowing down that aging process or at least diminishing some of the appearances of it …
1. Highlight and Fill
Yes, ladies, we need to fill in those eyebrows. As we age, our eyebrows droop, thin and lighten, making our eyes appear dull and lifeless. Choose a shade that matches your hair color or one shade lighter and apply conservatively. I prefer to use brow powder and apply with a small brush. Pencils tend to be harsh and unnatural looking for women over forty.
Highlighting the brow bone and inside corner of eyes can give your eyes an instant lift without the expense of plastic surgery.
2. Use an Illuminating Foundation
Remember when you were a teenager dealing with oily skin, acne and blemishes? Most of us, did every thing we could to control that layer of “shine” that covered our faces by caking on the “oil control” foundation and pressed powder. We wanted that flawless matte appearance. Oh, how the worm turns! As we age and lose estrogen, our skin becomes dull, dry and crepey. The worst thing you can do at this point is to use pressed powders and matte finish makeup as it merely settles into the thin lines and wrinkles of your face drawing more attention to them. Instead, try a foundation with illuminating properties or a loose translucent powder. Also, using a cream blush rather than a powder will give your cheeks more of a youthful, dewy glow.
Most women over 40 are already moisturizing their skin and many have been for many years. However, if you’re not exfoliating …you are not reaping the full benefit of the moisturizer. Again, as we age, the process of cell regeneration slows down which causes a build up of dead skin cells. The result is dull, dry and lifeless looking skin. A mild exfoliator every day will do wonders for the appearance of your skin and will provide a smooth foundation for your makeup. My personal favorite is Rodan + Fields Micro-dermabrasion Paste. Notice, there is no affiliate link here, I am not an ambassador and I do not sell it. I simply love the product. I started using it about six months ago and feel like it has been a game changer in the appearance of my aging skin. However, there are other products out there that would be great …even many over-the-counter products. Whatever you choose, the key is using it consistently to reap the benefits.
4. Water, Water, Water
Increasing our water intake is probably the simplest and most cost-effective way to younger looking skin! In addition to all of its health and weight management benefits, drinking plenty of H2O daily will help hydrate that dull, dry, aging skin bringing new life to it and providing a healthy glow.
5. Pearly Whites
Let’s be honest, who doesn’t look better with whiter teeth? For those of us over 40, all the years of coffee and tea leave a dingy stain on our teeth and this combined with our dull, dry crepey skin only adds to our more “mature” appearance. Studies have shown that in simply whitening the teeth by a few shades can make you look up to five years younger. This does not have to mean an expensive trip to the dentist either, there are some fantastic products on the shelves of your local drugstore that really work!
If you are a more “mature” woman, like me, or one approaching those “golden years” and looking for an entertaining and informative read regarding tips and tricks for a more youthful appearance, check out Andrea Robinson’s book, Toss the Gloss.
Whichever approach to growing old you have decided to take is perfectly fine, as long as you are happy with yourself, embrace the season of life you’re in and most importantly …..enjoy the journey!
I’m linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for their Friday Five 2.0 linkup. This week’s topic is all about Spring and I can’t think of a better way to kick off this Spring than with a few new beauty tips …because sometimes we need to ditch the running shoes and tech clothes for a night out on the town!
Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one beauty tip at a time!