As a working women, struggling to balance success in the corporate world with success in the family realm, the stresses of keeping an even head on your shoulders often leads to stress. It’s difficult to flip through the glossy pages of lifestyle magazines to try and relax, only to be bombarded with images of what you “should” look like at your age.
Loud titles such as “Sexy Celebs in their 50s” and “How I stay Sexy at 65” paint a picture in your head of what you believe you should be looking like. You can’t help but compare yourself to celebrities like Susan Sarandon and Elle McPherson, and how they still stay so flawless, while you’re busy hyperexamining yourself in your mirror over every wrinkle on your forehead, on your hands, and even your décolleté.
However, keep in mind that these pictures in magazines are often the result of photo-shoots with lots of digital retouching, strategically placed lights, and a team of professionals to make sure that nary a hair is out of place. Celebrate your aging gracefully, as opposed to fighting it and being ashamed of it. Own your age, as with it comes the inevitable addition of being wiser and understanding yourself more.
However, that is not to say that your skincare routine should resemble what it was when you were twenty, to try and bring that skin back. Invest in some anti-aging products to help perk up your skin, and gain your self-confidence back. Remember, that a beautiful skin care routine means less makeup for you, and that means a more natural look, and hence, a more youthful look.
Here are some tips and tricks that will help you go the more natural route, instead of resorting to Botox. With the vast sea of anti-aging products out there, how do you know which one to pick?
Start off with a gentle, hydrating cleanser as your baseline. This is essential, as properly cleansing your skin in the morning with something hydrating is vital for keeping the skin supple, not stripped. Hydration is increasingly more important as you age, since older women tend to suffer from drier skin.
The Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Extra Creamy Cleansing Foam produces a creamy lather that’s perfect for this purpose. Follow up with a serum, like Ole Hendriksen’s Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster.
Serums will probably be the most expensive part of your skincare routine, but that’s because they are often the most potent and indispensable part. Serums should be patted on so that they penetrate the skin better, as opposed to rubbed in. They penetrate quickly, and can smooth fine lines and reduce age spots. They do this better than conventional moisturizers, and often boost the effectiveness of whatever moisturizer you layer on top.
Remember that with serums, you often only need a small amount so a little really does go a long way. During the daytime, remember to follow up with a moisturizer that contains SPF. A great one that you can find at the drugstore is the La Roche-Posay Anthelio 40 Sunscreen Cream that comes with an SPF of 40. SPF is also an extremely important step in your skincare routine because UVA and UVB rays from the sun expedite the skin aging process. With continued exposure throughout the years, there is an increased chance for both skin cancer and greater skin wrinkles.
Remember, even if you’re just in the backyard playing with your children or driving them to soccer practice, these harmful rays can penetrate car windows and are still present even during cloudy days.
At night, make sure that you take all of your makeup off. A great product for doing this is the Sephora Collection triple action cleansing water. This is important because it removes makeup that may block your pores, as well as leaves a clean slate for your cleanser to properly cleanse your skin. Follow up with your usual cleanser.
Now, if it is in your budget, definitely consider purchasing a night serum that is separate from your day serum, such as the Kiehls’ Midnight Recovery Concentrate. The serum contains powerful ingredients that help replenish your skin’s natural moisture levels, taking advantage of the fact that your skin performs most of its cell-turn over duties and skin renewal properties at night. Follow up with another moisturizer that does not contain SPF, such as First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream.
Night creams are important because they support natural collagen and firm the skin by improving its elasticity and smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Wake up, rinse, and repeat.
Remember, keeping a consistent skin care routine is your best technique towards naturally combating the effects aging has on your skin, but don’t devalue your self-worth because of the wrinkles on your face. They are a symbol of your strength, your life-story, and a welcoming of the maturity that you’ve come to cultivate.
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