Can we really look younger in our 50s, should we really want or need to?
Personally I like to make the most of what I have, rather than aim to specifically look younger, but here some of my thoughts on looking more youthful over 50.
Tips for looking younger over 50
- Energy – look around a room and see the woman who is smiling, animated and full of life- her energy immediately gives her a youthful irrespective of lines and wrinkles!
- Enjoy life, explore new activities, your enthusiasm and perceived youthfulness will shine through!
- Stay healthy- maintain a good diet and exercise regime.
- Supplements- take appropriate supplements if you believe your diet is lacking- some supplements such as Imedeen, are formulated specifically to support the skin from the inside out –
- Colour- add a splash of colour to your wardrobe – it helps to look vibrant and youthful
- Dress to be fabulous- there are some great clothes out there for women over 50 (including dresses with sleeves) don’t be afraid to experiment!
- Accessorise! Think ‘fabulous’ and don’t be afraid to be bold with accessories.
- Don’t get stuck in a hair rut – there are lots of great styles and products to ensure our hair stays in tip-top condition
- Skincare- skincare technology has moved on – don’t be afraid of trying new products– I’m a great fan of wearing serums under moisturiser – and of course daily sunscreen, whether a separate product or incorporated into make-up/primers.
- Update your make-up – or even use existing make-up products in a different way- most of us started to wear make-up when we were older and still use the same techniques we started with as teenagers!
- Facial exercises– there are lots of great facial exercise programmes- a personal favourite is Facercise by Carole Maggio if you want to exercise manually, Tina Richards has some great products which help stimulate the muscles electronically- I bought her Tua Viso hand-help machine about 6 years ago and it’s still going strong!
- Non-surgical treatments- not for everyone but small changes can make a big difference- botox, fillers, laser treatments- but always make sure you go to a reputable practitioner.
- Cosmetic Surgery – if you decide this is the route for you ask for referrals references and research thoroughly. Don’t feel pressured into having more treatment than you want or need. There are new techniques such as the one-stitch facelift which could be a cheaper and far less invasive option.
- Posture. Don’t slouch- “walk tall, walk straight and look the world right in the eye” as the song goes!
- Socialise- with friends and family. Loneliness can cause depression and premature ageing.
- Smile- it’s far cheaper than a facelift!
Photo credit: Salvatore Vuoni