As the award season rolls around in Hollywood, women of all ages including those of the older generation, Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren, parade along the red carpet looking flawless and fabulous. It takes a small army of makeup artists, stylists, designers and the perfect lighting, pose….you get what I mean, to achieve these looks. For those of us without the posse following us around making sure we don’t have a brow hair out of place, we have put together 11 key steps to looking fabulous every day of the year.
1. Wear subtle make-up
Defining your brows, wearing mascara or adding some colour on your lips and cheeks are simple things that can make you look polished and ready. Don’t go for shimmer or sparkly products – these types textures will draw attention to any fine lines and wrinkles.
2. Wear false lashes or lash extensions
As we age, our hair thins out, not just on our head, but our lashes as well. To combat the loss of some of our eyelashes, invest in wearing false or lash extensions. These can go from natural to glamourous. Always follow the care advice if you opt for the longer-lasting effect of lash extensions. They will last for close to a month, but you need to care for them properly.
3. Increase consumption of aloe vera
It’s high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes. Importantly, the high levels of polysaccharides have a lubricating effect on joints, skin, the nervous system and the brain. They also help to maintain healthy digestive, immune and cardiovascular systems and stable blood sugar. Limit your consumption of animal protein (i.e. dairy and meat), as it increases the acid load in the body, resulting in calcium being pulled from the bones in order to neutralise the acid. As a consequence, the calcium loss weakens bones, putting them at greater risk of fracture.
4. Try cosmetic acupuncture
It’s natural and is a viable alternative to Botox and other processes designed to reduce the signs of ageing . Each person is treated differently based on their individual health concerns and cosmetic goals. Acupuncture needles are inserted into specific areas of the face, neck, and head to stimulate the skin cells by improving blood circulation, which in turn increases the production of collagen and elastin. Collagen is a vital part of the connective tissue that forms the supporting mesh that keeps the skin firm and supple. Improved local blood supply to the areas of the face strengthens and tightens the facial tissue. Don’t Get Botox!
5. Use a good power-packed moisturiser
Choose one that contains women’s herbs to support the skin during and after menopause, when the body is not producing the hormones it used to. During this time the skin becomes finer, drier and more prone to lines, and it pays to use a good face mask and serum for the face and neck. It is important at this age to layer your skin with nutrients to nourish and rejuvenate it. Don’t stress about character lines. Not only do they define and tell a story of your life, but these lines can be lessened and fine lines will plump out with good skincare, keeping skin extremely healthy and lively looking.
6. Play around with colour
Your hair may begin to get quite resistant to colour, but there are some great age-defiant colours, so consult your regular stylist. Your hair may be not as easy to style, and may develop a wave or curl – learn to love it! Get regular hair cuts as they may help to maintain your hair through this stage, when you may notice your hair density and texture is dramatically different to what it was 20 years ago.
7. Trim your brows
Trim your eyebrows if they’re too long or if you have greys that bother you. Don’t colour your brows black. In your 50s or over, brows that are too dark can make you look even older.
8. Reach for the plumping ingredients and restore the volume
The average age of menopause is 50, and skin tends to lose oil during this period and can appear parched with brown spots increasing. Replace oil stripping cleansers with creamier bases and look for treatment serums and products that add oil as opposed to water. Skin can also begin to hollow out under the eyes and cheek area, so if you’re not opposed to going under the needle, dermal fillers can restore some plumpness and volume in these areas. A diet that is rich in fruit and vegetables is full of the antioxidants that will help to protect overall skin health. A poor diet actually accelerates the skin ageing process.
9. Avoid tanning
You should also use vitamin enriched products to promote cell renewal. Also use a custom blended foundation to help conceal skin imperfections.
10. Consider veneers
These are permanent (bleaching is only temporary) and can fix dental flaws beyond colour, such as shortened or worn down teeth. The effect can take years off! Don’t underestimate the importance of your dental care now. You need to seek out conservative, good, thorough dentistry.
11. Eat foods high in phytoestrogens
Like legumes, GMO-free soy, red clover tea, and ground flaxseeds, which will combat the drop in estrogen that can unfortunately cause a drop in our skin.