The 50-something woman's guide to beauty
From the colour and density of your hair to the texture of your skin, your body goes through many changes as you age – and these changes become more and more visible over time. It’s just natural – but don’t fret! There are loads of beauty tricks and genius products out there to help you look and feel your absolute best.
Check out our beauty guide for the over fifties (and fabulous!)….
HOW SHOULD I TAKE CARE OF MY SKIN?
Since the eye area is one of the first to show the signs of ageing, many women are concerned about fine lines and wrinkles. To keep your peepers looking youthful, it’s important to use an eye product that targets all five signs of ageing around the eyes.
bh recommends: Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate. By honing in on the signs of ageing around the eyes, it improves the appearance of wrinkles, loss of density, frown lines, dark circles and puffiness. Enriched with organic harungana plant extract and an anti-ageing tetra-peptide, this concentrate deeply replenishes skin while working on wrinkles. It also contains silk tree and guarana extracts to reduce the appearance of dark circles, and cassie flower to illuminate skin for more refreshed-looking peepers.
WHAT HAIRSTYLE SHOULD I CHOOSE?
Play around with your hair until you find a style that really suits you, then flaunt it. For instance, you can take years off your appearance by switching your centre part to a side part, while a zigzag part can make your hair appear fuller and more voluminous at the roots.
As for length, don’t feel like you’re limited to a bob. Take a cue from Julianne Moore and rock a vibrant hue and use a curling wand to create some waves. Or copy Michelle Obama’s on-trend lob by adding some highlights around your face – this will ‘lift’ your features.
HOW SHOULD I WEAR MY MAKE-UP?
Keeping it simple is key. First up, even out your skin tone and bring back a little luminosity with the help of a tinted moisturiser or BB cream. Avoid using a heavy foundation as they tend to set in lines and wrinkles. Steer clear of bronzer, and opt for rosy blush instead to brighten your complexion.
Using dark colours on your eyes can make them appear smaller, so ditch black eyeliner and deep brown or black eyeshadows and opt for brown eyeliner and neutral and taupe eyeshadows. Finish with a slick of black mascara to define your eyes.
And rather than applying a gloss, go for a hydrating rose or mauve lipstick. This will inject colour into your look without drying out your lips.
HOW SHOULD I NOURISH MY BODY?
As you get older, the skin on your body can become dehydrated, so be sure to keep it hydrated both inside and out. Guzzle plenty of water each day to replenish your skin cells, and keep your skin smooth and supple by slathering on a body lotion or oil formulated for dry skin after showering. The iconic Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil will not only help to firm, tone, improve elasticity, and smooth the appearance of stretch marks, but it’ll also leaving skin feeling super soft and smooth.
Eating certain foods can also help to make your skin feel plump and hydrated, so load up on skin-boosting foods such as oily fish (salmon or mackerel are great), cold-pressed flaxseed or olive oil, avocado, chia seeds and walnuts. Not only will your skin reap the glowing benefits, but your body will also get a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids.
Are you over fifty? What are your top-to-toe beauty tricks?
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