Getting older is difficult for many people. It’s tough to look in the mirror and see a face looking back at you that you no longer really recognise. What a lot of people fail to mention is that even as you gain more years and fine lines in your face, you don’t actually end up feeling much older, so it’s hard to reconcile yourself to your new reflection. Here are some hints and tips about how to feel beautiful as you get older.
Exfoliate Your Skin
Exfoliating can help your skin to look fresher and younger. Removing dry skin cells on the surface of your skin, it helps you to look fresh and youthful, with baby smooth skin, which is particularly important as you age and your skin starts to become naturally more dry than oily. The top layer of it also becomes thicker as you age, meaning that it will feel rougher in texture. If you exfoliate twice a week, you’ll remove this roughness and the build-up of dead skin cells on the surface of your face, leaving smooth beautiful young-looking skin behind.
Hydrate Your Skin
It’s almost impossible to maintain the natural elasticity of your skin, but you can keep it hydrated and fresh with just a little effort. Instead of foaming and cream cleansers that might strip your skin of its natural oils, try using an oil cleanser, which will richly hydrate you as it cleans. Make sure that you drink as much water as you can during the day and that you thoroughly moisturise all of your body before going to bed, particularly your neck and décolletage, as rough dry skin there can be very ageing. Make sure that you use a good rich hand cream to keep your hands fresh too.
Keep Using Sunscreen
There’s nothing that ages skin more than sun exposure. We’ve all seen women on beaches who clearly spend all day out there, with leathery skin and wrinkles like deep troughs. Of course, your situation won’t be anywhere near that bad! (Then again, you probably don’t spend all day sunbathing, which doesn’t really sound like too bad a life.) But you must remember that wearing sunscreen under your makeup is crucial. Either put it on before your moisturiser, or use a moisturiser or foundation with a high SPF. In the summer, you can also use a sunscreen spray on your hair to protect your hair and scalp from the sun’s rays.
Maintain Your Weight
One way to make sure you retain your youthful vivacity is to do your best to maintain your weight. As metabolisms change through the years, this is actually something that’s challenging to do, whether you’re gaining or losing weight. As your skin isn’t as elastic as it used to be, your face may look a little different if you lose too much weight in a short amount of time, so it’s a better idea to make sure that your current weight is maintained instead if you’re happy with it. Eat balanced meals and make sure that you stay fit. Now more than any other time, it’s important to ensure that you eat all the food groups – make sure you eat plenty of greens, eggs and oily fish, and use this time as an opportunity to try out some new exciting recipes.
Try Out Cosmetic Treatments
A lot of women are afraid to try out cosmetic surgery or any sort of facial improvement but in all honesty – why not go for it if it’ll make you feel a little more confident about what you see in the mirror? Look online for a place for Botox. This will help to smooth over the fine lines in your face and to leave you with smoother, more taut-looking skin. If you feel a little self conscious, it’s a great choice to make – just remember not to go overboard! No one wants a frozen face and it’s important to be able to move your eyebrows.
Go To The Hairdresser Regularly
One thing that definitely changes as you get older is your hair. Many women notice that their hair changes colour and becomes white or grey as they age – and a lot of the time, grey hair is coarser than the hair that came before it, so it’s hard to know how to manage it. You can always deep condition, and use hair masks. Make sure that you talk to your hairdresser about it. If your personal style can support it, going grey is a chic and elegant option – but if you think it might age you too much, ask your hairdresser for tips on what colours might look best. You could even consider chopping your long hair into a bob or a pixie cut – it’s a great time to try out new things.
Invest In A New Wardrobe
Now is a great time to look around for some new clothes. Maybe you’re bored of your style, or your wardrobe simply needs updating. It’s a good idea to invest in some key pieces that you can keep for a long time. Not only will this give you a reason to maintain a healthy weight, but classic pieces that last for a long time invariably look elegant. Buy good jeans, a nice jacket and a summer dress that you’ll be able to wear for years to come and that you feel wonderful in. Now is the time of life to stop buying tat just because it’s on sale. Look for clothes that you really love and that you feel good in.
Nothing improves an outfit like some incredible choices of accessory. These days, chances are you feel less cripplingly anxious about what people think of you when you did when you were younger, so you can go a little wilder with your fashion choices. Even if you feel a little self-conscious, remember that interesting accessories just tend to demonstrate that you’re an interesting and creative person, which is a great vibe to give off to people! Go for statement jewellery, brightly coloured belts, bags and shoes, warm jewel-toned statement scarves, and an incredible coat in leopard print or a bright colour that will last you all winter long.
Make Sure You Sleep Well
There’s very little that’s better for you both mentally and physically than plenty of sleep. One joy of being a little older is that you’re now well and truly past the years when your kids are waking you up at all hours of the night (unless they’re coming back in the early hours of the morning from a heavy night at a bar!). If you’re having problems sleeping, make sure that you turn off all electrical devices at least an hour before you go to bed, as the blue light that emanates from mobile phones and laptops can keep you awake. If there’s a TV in your room, make sure you turn it off so it isn’t on standby. Take a long relaxing bath before you go to bed, and sprinkle some lavender oil on your pillow. If your bed isn’t comfortable enough or you have a sore back and neck, look into getting a new mattress. If that isn’t possible, try out a layer of memory foam, or perhaps some new pillows.
Get Your Mental Health Sorted Out
Mental health problems can strike at any age. If you find yourself feeling blue or overly worried, go to your doctor to talk to them. Therapy can help you even if you feel like you should be old enough to sort out your own problems. Your mental health is every bit as important as your physical health, and there’s no point in your life at which all your problems should be magically sorted. You may have different worries than the ones you had when you were younger, but they’re every bit as valid. Admitting that you’re having problems with your mental health and taking steps to improve it is a sign of bravery and not weakness, so if you’re having any prolonged feelings of sadness and helplessness, or if you aren’t enjoying your old hobbies like you used to, go and talk to your doctor as soon as you can.
Of course, it’s hugely important to stay active all your life – you could look into joining classes like yoga, tai chi or pilates, which will help improve your core strength as well as sorting out any niggling aches and pains that you might have. You’ll probably also find that you’ll make some great friends at your class too! You could also talk to your friends about going on some long walks or hikes. These can help your back, as well as providing you with a great opportunity for a long chat. But it’s also important to stay mentally as well as physically active. Never get complacent – there are always a million new ideas to look into and new areas of creativity to explore. Make sure that you follow what’s going on in the cultural world around you. There’s nothing that’ll make you feel more beautiful than the knowledge that you’re interesting and well-read.