Society is pretty quick to dictate what women can and cannot keep as they age. A lot of “experts” say we shouldn’t wear this or that, and that this is bad for us. Whatever. It’s all a load of bologna.
Exfoliating (At Least Twice a Week)
Why should removing dead skin cells from your face and body have an age limit? Exfoliating your skin a couple of times a week is the easiest way to give your skin a natural, youthful glow. Use a gentle loofah, brush, or even your fingers to work a sugar scrub into your skin. It will reveal the beautiful, fresh skin you’ve always had!
Washing Your Hair Less
As we age, washing our hair every day can be more detrimental than anything. It removes the natural oils from your hair, leaving it susceptible to damage. Instead, try to shower every other day and use dry shampoo between washes.
Rubbing Your Eyes Less
The number one thing that can cause wrinkles is rubbing. As you grow older (and you’ve washed your face a million times), you may be tempted to rub more while you’re rushing to get your makeup off at the end of the day. Dermatologists found that rubbing the skin around your eyes will substantially increase wrinkles over time, so make sure to dab instead.
Getting your hand pampered has no age limit! If anything, we deserved to be pampered more as we age. When choosing a color, opt for something simple that will go with multiple outfits.
Your feet need love, too! Getting regular pedicures can keep your nails in tip-top shape. Not to mention, the deep moisturization promotes circulation and prevent blisters, cracks, and other foot problems. Just make sure to go to a reputable salon to ensure clean equipment.
Air-drying Instead of Blow-drying
This is a hard one but try to use less heat on your hair. Using heating tools regularly can cause dulling as the shafts of your hair become damaged. Over time, this can cause breakage and thinning. Instead, let your hair air dry when possible.
Using Clarifying Shampoo
Women of all ages use styling products in their hair on a daily basis, and all of those products will start to cause buildup. Every week or so, you should use a gentle, clarifying shampoo to strip away the buildup. Everyone’s hair deserves a fresh start!
Getting Facials Regularly
Facials are truly something you should do during every stage of life. You can go to a salon for a professional peel, or you can always break out the cucumbers and a moisturizing face mask that will leave both your body and mind feeling refreshed.
All those years of drinking coffee that helped you stay awake during Monday morning meetings have taken their toll on your pearly whites. You can get it done professionally at your dentist or use whitening strips at home.
Applying Chapstick or Vaseline
Don’t forget about your lips! Your lips are one of the first places that age begins to show, so moisturizing your lips after 45 becomes even more important. You don’t need to spend a lot on it either. A simple tube of Carmex or Chapstick (or a tub of Vaseline at night) will do the trick.
Applying sunscreen is important for people of all ages, but it becomes even more important as you get older. Sunscreen protects your skin from harmful UV rays that can cause aging, so you want to be vigilant about applying SPF 45 or greater every hour whenever you are outside.
Fancy, expensive moisturizers are great and all, but the truth is that we can probably get away with a $5 one as long as the ingredients are quality. That being said, it doesn’t hurt to spend a little more on a moisturizer that has higher-quality ingredients. Incorporate moisturizer into your daily routine, and you’ll never have to look or feel dry again.
Kim Kardashian popularized contouring among millennials, but you can bet that her mom, Kris Jenner, contours too. A bit of contouring can go a long way when it comes to defining your cheekbones! Watch some tutorials, then practice a couple of times before you have to go anywhere.
Wearing Bold Makeup
Some people might say that colorful makeup is only for the young, but they could not be more wrong! If applied sparingly, bold makeup can take years off your face and make you feel younger. The trick is to only accent one area of the face at a time.
Your eyebrows are one of the most important parts of your face. They’re basically framing your eyes and your best features! There’s no reason you shouldn’t keep them in tip-top shape as well! Getting your eyebrows threaded on a regular basis is less painful than getting them waxed, and it will help you maintain a sophisticated appearance.
Here’s the thing with a lot of moisturizers: they’re water-based. If you’re using a water-based moisturizer, adding a little more water can help it soak into your skin. Face mist also helps hydrate your skin, set your makeup, tone, and cool down your skin.
Toning one of the most important steps of any beauty routine. Toning your face will reset the skin back to a healthy pH level. This is especially important if you wash your face regularly or live in a highly polluted area.
Getting Plenty of Beauty Rest
Ask any model what their most important part of their beauty routine is, and we’re betting they’ll say beauty sleep. Some sleep as much as 10 hours per day! Although, try not to sleep on your stomach or your side. This helps prevent back and neck pain while also decreasing the risk of wrinkles.
If you’re a fan of Korean Beauty Routines, you may already use serums. Serums are products that you apply to your skin after cleansing and toning but before moisturizing. They’re designed with tiny molecules of highly concentrated ingredients to absorb into your skin easily. Serums are not supposed to be used in place of moisturizers.
Getting Your Hair Trimmed Regularly
Getting your hair done is about more than a little pampering. Getting your hair trimmed on a regular basis can help prevent breakage and split ends. Overall, this can make your hair look healthier. Hairstylists suggest you get a trim every six to eight weeks.
Yeah, this is on every list, but before you ignore it, wait! Hydrating is the second most important thing you can do for your health (only after sleeping). Dehydration can make your skin look cracked, dry, and even get you sick more often. No moisturizer in the world can make up for dry, dehydrated, patchy skin.
Destress! Taking a deep breath and meditating can help your health in more than one way. While it’s helping your mental state, it also gives your body a chance to repair tissues and cells. Doing it every day can give your skin a fresh, youthful glow.
Sanitizing Makeup Tools
Even if you don’t wear makeup every day, sanitize your makeup tools. You may think it’s safe using an eyeshadow or foundation blush multiple times before washing it, but this is setting you up for infection. Germs can attach themselves to the brush, and then you rub it on yourself. Clean your brushes after every use.
Tossing Old Makeup
We get it—makeup is expensive. That being said, you shouldn’t keep it for years and years. Jars of creams or foundation harbor germs, so they should be tossed six months to a year after opening. Eyeshadows can be cleansed with an alcohol solution, but it’s still not safe to keep it beyond two years. Mascara, on the other hand, should be tossed every three to six months.
Co-washing is a newer thing where you “wash” your hair solely with conditioner. This is great for hair that’s mix-textured, very curly, or extremely dry. Co-washing, when used in place of shampooing, helps strengthen the shaft of the hair.