A few fine lines, a hint of grey hair; the normal changes of ageing are inevitable. But with skin rejuvenation products, non-surgical facial treatments, and hair care products, it’s easy for women over 50 to enhance their natural beauty.
What happens to skin and hair as we age?
The effects of sun exposure, smoking, diet and our genes become evident on our skin as we get older. Stress, gravity and obesity also affect how your skin looks. And as we age, our skin doesn’t produce new cells as quickly as it used to. Skin gradually becomes less elastic and prone to dryness.
Something similar happens to cells that give our hair its colour, too. Hair pigment cells become less efficient at renewing themselves, which makes hair grey.
Seven natural beauty tips for your skin
A few simple steps can help you to care for your skin as you get older. These natural beauty tips are a great place to start.
If you smoke, stop. Research shows that smoking prematurely ages your skin, plus the other obvious harmful effects.
Limit sunbathing. Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are at their strongest. If you must be outside, wear a protective hat, long-sleeved shirt, and sunglasses. Freckles, age spots, and blotchy complexions are linked to sun exposure.
Wear sunscreen religiously. Use products with SPF 30 or higher, and both UVB and UVA protection. Damage to the skin from excess or unprotected sun exposure is known as “photo-ageing.” These changes can include fine wrinkles and an uneven skin tone.
Soothe dry skin. Age, menopause and stress can dry out your skin. Keeping your skin hydrated will help you look younger and allow your makeup to glide on more smoothly. Apply a daily moisturiser, and drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.
Eat right and hydrate. Good nutrition helps the body repair skin. Drinking lots of water helps hydrate skin from the inside out. Taking sips of water is more effective than drinking large quantities. A bit like watering a dried out plant, the water will evacuate the receptacle immediately! Try not to eat processed food, and reduce you salt intake. Increase your daily intake of fresh fruits, nuts and vegetables.
Try anti-ageing products. For women over 50, over-the-counter creams and lotions may enhance natural beauty by rejuvenating your skin.
Review your make-up. You might have worn a heavy foundation and powder before, but, as you age, heavy makeup has a way of sinking into your fine lines to make you look older. Instead of using heavy makeup to hide flaws, choose lighter coverage with light-diffusing minerals to conceal flaws with less makeup. Consider a cream-to-powder foundation instead of adding powder on top of your makeup; powder can make look ageing skin even drier.
Bobbi Brown shares her over 50 beauty tips and philosophy:
Do you have any natural beauty tips?