You’re mature. A beacon of sophistication and grace. You’re wiser, better able to love yourself, and more adept at handling everything life throws at you. Yet you’re still struggling with your skin, and despite extensive practice, you still can’t master the art of contour like the 20-somethings.
We often say that beauty is ageless, but this is a little bit misleading.
Beauty, as in the ability to be beautiful, is an ageless concept, but how we achieve that goal does change as we age.
And that means the beauty strategies from your 20’s won’t necessarily work as well once you reach your 30’s, 40’s, or 50’s.
Before you toss in the towel, start wearing shades and a scarf, and donate all of your cosmetics to your daughter, take a look at these tips. They’ll help you make the most of your mature skin and appearance so you can look your best, no matter how many years young you really are.
As we age, our skin begins to change. A thinner epidermal layer and slower cell regeneration increase the risk of dryness (called xerosis). Your skin may stop responding to your regular moisturizers, or it may seem like you need to apply hydration formulas more often.
Hydration isn’t always caused by failing products; it may be that natural changes in your body are increasing your need for fluids. Try reassessing your fluid intake; drink more water, snack on cucumbers, and enjoy healthy juices throughout the day. Adding just a glass or two of liquids can make a big difference in your skin.
Cover Under-Eye Circles
Age, life, stress, genetics – they all play a role in the development of under-eye bags, dark circles, and wrinkles, which can make you appear tired and sallow. In your 20’s, you may have fixed the problem by layering on concealers. Unfortunately, once your skin begins to lose elasticity, this can actually make the problem worse; concealer cakes up along the grooves, making bags appear larger.
The fix? Start with a good under-eye tightening serum; then, use a light, semi-translucent foundation or color-correcting powder instead. For special occasions, try an additional layer of matte illuminating powder if you need an extra lift. Use a setting spray, not powder, to seal it in.
Skip the Shimmer Eyeshadow
Most of us went through our transformational teens in the ‘60’s, ‘70’s, or ‘80’s, a time when bold neon color and shimmery-soft pastels, golds, silvers, and blacks dominated eyeshadow palettes everywhere. But shimmers and metallics come at a price; they highlight your eyes while also making fine lines and grooves more obvious.
If your normal shimmer and shine is making your eyes appear droopy or tired, try a matte in a similar shade instead. Rich plums and nudes from the ‘90’s are making a comeback right now, so there’s plenty of options available for experimentation.
Prime Your Pucker
Lips are made of skin, too, and that means age can make them thinner and more prone to fine lines and drying. Changing your lipstick, including both the color and formula, may help you to re-achieve that full, pouty appearance you once loved.
Stay away from anything that dries down too quickly, including products like LipSense that rely on alcohol for long-wearing performance. These dry your lips out further and have a tendency to bleed into the fine lines around your lips.
Instead, use moisturizing formulas with vitamin E that remain slightly wet for best results. Colors with subtle sheen or outright shine when applied also look better because they make the lips look softer, more moisturized, and fuller, avoiding the drying and flaking we sometimes see with matte shades.
Try a Chemical Peel
Seem to be struggling with your skin no matter what you do? Chemical peels are making a comeback, and they just might be exactly what you need to rejuvenate and renew your appearance. Peels work by stripping back dull and dead skin cells in the first, second, and third epithelial layer of the dermis, exposing newer and younger skin cells while also inspiring faster rates of regeneration.
Most mature women do best with regularly scheduled chemical peels every few months. Your spa can help you nail down the best schedule for your skin. With the right treatment protocol, you’ll see a resolution in blemishes, fine lines, grooves, age spots, discoloration, and uneven tone.
The result? Brighter, more youthful skin. You may also find your regular cosmetics and beauty products work better, too!
Last but not least, the number one beauty tip for “women of a certain age:” love yourself, and remember that your age is what makes you beautiful, not what holds you back. Embracing your maturity and focusing on the positive might sound cheesy, but it really can make such a big difference in how you look and feel!