Skin care tips for the 40-something woman
by Lisa Kasmen
Let’s face it. Makeup and skincare after 40 can be an uphill battle, full-time job and expensive. I told my husband in my 20s and 30s that I would never do anything medically to enhance my appearance. Right. Forty hit and I was like “Gimme some of that” or “Beam me up, Scotty,” a nod to my one of my docs.
Having said that, I still put a lot of thought and effort into my skincare and makeup choices. The exfoliation and hydration process to keep your skin dewy and youthful do require a bit more time but the results are worth it.
Here are some tips that can help you achieve a more youthful glow.
- Try mineral makeup or light reflecting ingredients in your foundation.
- Usa a yellow-toned concealer for under eye which is also great for brown spots.
- Smile and show those rosy apples. Apply blush on the apples of your cheeks that mimics a more youthful glow. Be sure to use a cream if your skin is on the drier side. Stick with more pink to mauve shades.
- Eyelid primer is a must. Eyelids get heavier as we age. A primer helps keep your eyeshadow and liners from moving throughout the day.
- Lighten up on colors and pigment. The softer the makeup the younger you look. Think neutrals
- Try using mineral mist to set your makeup before you apply mascara.
- Stay out of the sun! Fake it with bronzer. Everyone can wear a bronzer, it’s just a matter of finding the right one for you.
- Ingredients to look for in skin care: Acai oil, alpha lipoic acid, green tea extract, retinol, VitaC, CoQ10, caffeine. These all show signs of repair and slow damage and aging process. Also, look for the following acids: Alpha-hydroxy, salicylic and hyaluronic acid. Make sure the products you use contain a few of these “buzz” ingredients. If they are not near the top of the list, don’t waste your money. It means they are using a lot of fillers to make you think it’s a wonder product.
Here is my “go-to” routine:
- Wash, tone, serum, moisture, eye cream (am & pm)
- Retin A or Renova, 2-3 times a week, at night before moisturizer.
- Exfoliate, 2-3 times/week
- Favorite product: BioElements Pumice Peel, use on the nights I don’t use Retin A or Renova.
- Monday night is Mask Night for my skin and hair. Lots of great ones out there. Pick one and be consistent.
If you follow this for at least 3 weeks, I promise you will see a difference in your skin.
Lastly and most of all LAUGH, SMILE and take care of yourself.
- Laughter Therapy a free cure to aging
- Laughter has been found to lower blood pressure, reduce stress and increase muscle flexion.
- Laughter boosts immune function by raising levels of infection-fighting T-cells, disease-fighting proteins called Gamma-interferon and B-cells, which produce disease-destroying antibodies.
- Laughter also triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, and produces a general sense of well-being.
- Laughter is infectious. Hospitals around the country are incorporating formal and informal laughter therapy programs into their therapeutic regimens. In countries such as India, laughing clubs -- in which participants gather in the early morning for the sole purpose of laughing -- are becoming as popular as Rotary Clubs in the United States.
- Humor is a universal language. It's a contagious emotion and a natural diversion. It brings other people in and breaks down barriers. Best of all it is free and has no known side-effects.
- Give yourself a daily dose of laughter by sharing jokes with friends or coworkers, watching funny videos, or reading humorous cartoons or satire. And when a stressful situation arises, try to respond with a sense of humor, rather than with hostility or anger.
- It has been established beyond doubt that laughing has a positive impact on the various systems of the body...and its free! Hence it is said that ‘Prevention is better than a Cure" It is said that "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy".