Guest Blogger: Nancy
My mother has always been a natural beauty… with slightly untamed hair, smooth skin, and an infectious smile.
When she celebrated a recent birthday looking flawlessly fresh-faced and unfazed by the big 5-0, I wanted to take a closer look at her skincare routine as well as some other “beauty greats” who are effortlessly gorgeous in their 50s.
HABITS, TREATMENTS & RITUALS
What are these beautiful women doing to remain effortlessly young at 50? Here are a few beauty secrets from the best in the biz…
HABITS TO ADOPT
Mandate the Hydrate
Moisturizing your skin is my mom’s absolute number one skincare tip and has been a solid part of her skincare routine since her early teens.
She is not alone in her mantra; beauties like Elle Macpherson and Ann Curry all swear by keeping their skin hydrated.
My mom recommends to look for a nourishing serum that protects the skin against UV and environmental damages, reduces inflammation, and promotes cell renewal.
NuFACE’s nourisher serum combines the power of apple, grape, and alpine rose stem cells which aid in combating and delaying chronological aging and preserves the youthful look and vitality of your skin.
Food as Medicine
We all know Cindy Crawford is amazingly ageless. She credits her supermodel-esque features to good old-fashioned workouts and clean eating.
She stated in Vogue Magazine that she “really like(s) this idea of food as medicine. Because that’s the one medicine you give yourself three times a day, every day.” She suggests eating foods that are high in phytoestrogens, like legumes, GMO-free soy, red clover tea, oats, and ground flaxseeds.
These foods will activate the fibroblasts, keratinocytes, and other skin cells to make collagen, boosting the repair of skin and improving skin quality.
NuFACE co-founder, Carol Cole (also effortlessly beautiful over 50) believes that “exfoliating is key to beautiful skin.”
Exfoliating is one way to instantly smooth your skin. When you rid the skin of the surface dry skin cells, you create a smoother appearance and younger-looking skin. Carol insists that it is never too late to do anything, including turning back the hands of time.
HABITS TO DROP
Less is More
Recognized as a film and fashion icon, Audrey Hepburn looked as gorgeous as ever when she hit her 50s.
She preferred to keep her makeup light and fresh, rather than “weigh downing her eyes with lots of heavy shadow or aging her lips with heavy liner and color.” Using a luminizing face powder will give your skin a healthy-looking glow. I love this lightweight, silky powder from Honest Beauty.
Get back “me” time
My mom is an incredible woman, she always puts everyone first, as most moms do, however, this often leaves no time for herself.
It is time to break the habit of putting your own needs on the back burner. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion, give yourself a little extra TLC or do something that matters to you, that moment is now.
Take a little extra time on your skincare routine, put on a facemask and your favorite show; take a little more “me” time to take care of yourself.
Same old, Same old
Developing good beauty habits and skincare routines helps us feel productive and on track. A lot of women in their 50s have their tried and tested staples they can’t live without.
However, sometimes the routines we rely on turn into ruts without our realizing it or a product that worked 5 years ago may not be what your skin needs now.
When was the last time you tried a new serum or beauty tool? Not only is it a great opportunity to try something new and fun but your skin will thank you too!
BEAUTY PRODUCTS YOU NEED IN YOUR 50S
Keeping your skin hydrated, firm and glowing is super important as you age. Here’s your guide to keeping it that way.
Estrogen fuels all things girl-power but it also supports healthy skin cell functioning. So when estrogen levels plummet during menopause, “the skin can’t protect itself, maintain hydration, or produce strong collagen the way it once could” explains Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist in New York City.
Yes, Jessica Alba, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Chrissy Teigen’s go-to aesthetician, Shani Darden. She “loves the device” and uses NuFACE in all of her facials. “The microcurrent technology helps improve facial contour, tone skin, and reduce wrinkles.”
Once you’ve shored up your barrier, get back in the habit of gentle bi-weekly exfoliation to keep dead skin cells from stacking up and stealing your glow.
“Most women in their 50s do really well with enzyme peels, which gently exfoliate without stripping or scratching,” says Holey, a holistic aesthetician in San Francisco.
Made for dry complexions, this Naturopathica peel tempers its sloughing power with a blend of soothing omega fatty acids and polyphenols.
With so many products on the market we know it’s hard to choose. My mom recommends trying out some of these recommendations, until you find your perfect routine morning and evening essentials.
BEAUTY ADVICE FROM THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE YOU
The best beauty advice comes from those that have tried it – been there and done that. My mom, your sister, your mentor – essentially the women we look up to.
Bobbi Brown put it so eloquently when she said “in your 50s, it is not about looking young for your age, it is about looking great at your age.” It is about feeling great and putting your best face forward!
Beauty is a choice, “by which I mean the creams and vitamins, but also something bigger. When I realized that beauty is created by what and how you’ve lived, I recognized that it’s available to all of us, and has been all along. It’s already there; you choose whether to acknowledge it in yourself,” Linda Durnell explains.
She went on to say, “The extra time I spend on myself is a type of nurturing, and it feels good to be giving that gift to myself.”
My darling mom, always reminded my sister and I that true beauty is what is inside, the energy you give out, and that comes through being your best self, shortly followed by a dab of sunscreen and a tight hug.
Your 50’s gives you time to reevaluate your regimen. Going through the loss of collagen, environmental exposures, and hormonal ups and downs are just a few of the factors that affect how our skin ages.
We hope you can conquer your 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and beyond with a few of these skincare beauty secrets.
ALWAYS BE IN THE KNOW
Winter brings an entire new set of challenges to our skin so as the season gets cooler, it’s worth switching up your skincare routine.
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