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How Not To Look Old–Skin Care!

At the risk of sounding old, why are we in such a hurry these days?  It seems as though everyone…including Baby Boomers…are always in a rush!  I have had too many women tell me their lack of personal care is because “I JUST DO NOT HAVE TIME TO DO THIS!”

style, personal style, fashion, fashion after 50, being stylish, midlife, midlife womenSeriously?  There is no time for proper skincare or makeup.  We cannot put down our cell phones, or tablets, or schedules for five minutes in the morning and at night to look and feel our best?

Well, if we don’t, then we will look as worn out as these busy schedules make us feel!  The next three chapters of HOW NOT TO LOOK OLD BY Charla Krupp are about the first thing people see –our beautiful faces.  I believe she has the chapters out of order.  I would have started with skincare, so I will reverse my comments!

Chapter 8 – Manage Your Wrinkles to Look 10 Years Younger

It’s a given, you will look younger if you manage your wrinkles. Crow’s feet, forehead valleys, sagging skins, lip lines, and age spots do not help at all.  However, it is also a given that these nasty little pests are certain to appear!  Krupp holds a thorough conversation explaining all of the options, from facials to injections.

Kathy Moses, regional director for IOMA-Paris Skincare, recently told me, “Taking care of our faces is like baking a cake.  If we do not care for them probably, we will have a dry, crumbling foundation to put the icing (makeup) on and the final product will be a disaster.”

During my mommy years, I ignored my face…too busy!  By age fifty, it showed and I looked ten years older!  Never too late to change, though.  I am not really into the injections, fillers, Botox, etc. I researched several different skincare lines, but received the best results with IOMA-Paris.  The majority of my skincare products are from their line.  But, in a nutshell, here my own advice for how not to look old with your skin care:

Once or twice a year, I enjoy a facial with an esthetician

Properly cleanse twice a day

Use toner during sweat times…heat and workout days

Microdermabrasion Once a Week (I use Olay Microdermabrasion & Peel System)

Use a moisturizing and tightening night cream, day cream, and serum (acts as a primer)

Twice a week I also use a deep hydration, anti-oxidant mask

Now, the over50feeling40 secret weapon!!  I am often asked about my eyelashes and skin around my eyes…well, I have been removing my eye makeup since college with good old Vaseline!  One 20-something recently asked about my long lashes…when I told her about Vaseline, she said I am starting tonight!  Finally, HYDRATION is the word. Drink lots of water, eat healthy, and use sunscreen!

For now, I have many people who are surprised to hear I am sixty. That pleases me!!  I try never to say never–I have learned the hard way–but I do not think I will ever go the Botox route.  Krupp and I agree we should all have regular visits to the dermatologist or have a great esthetician we trust and see regularly.  One of my favorite discoveries during a visit was the LED Light to produce firmer, plumper, elastic skin.  I loved the results!  I make myself spend money on skincare.  It is kind of like putting money into your home’s foundation…not as much fun as furniture, but so necessary! Whatever you do, do something. It is worth slowing down and taking the time and spending the money!

Next week, Chapters 6 & 7…Makeup Party!  So much fun…thanks for stopping by the Joy Boutique! For those who celebrate…Have a wonderful Passover or Easter celebration!

Now, please share your skincare secrets!  We all want to know!

Pamela Lutrell

Pamela Lutrell began her blog, over50feeling40, July 2010 with a desire to encourage women over 50 to walk in strength, confidence and joy. Of course, head turning style makes each day fun!

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Carol Cassara

Tuesday 15th of April 2014

So many swear by Vaseline but the idea of petroleum jelly on my eyes freaks me out!

Anne Parris

Tuesday 15th of April 2014

I've heard good things about natural oils, from olive to coconut. I use a micellar cleansing water from Boots that is really gentle around the eyes. I think it's a witch hazel solution.


Tuesday 15th of April 2014

Thanks so much Pam. All great tips for a skin regimen. It can be fun to put on a mask in the evening and then finish a favorite show or read a couple of chapters from the latest book on your nightstand. For me, it feels good to know that I am doing my best to look my best!

xoxo Karena The Arts by Karena


Tuesday 15th of April 2014

As a former smoker (25 years free however) I definitely have the wrinkles. The thought of Botox however just makes me uncomfortable, In my mind, our bodies were not meant to take in toxins no matter how weakened it is. I have taken a very holistic and natural approach to my skin care now - utilizing natural organic products. When it my turn to die, I want to do so young--at an old age with a young mind, and a body that can move on its own. Those are the intentions I work with.

Judy Freedman

Tuesday 15th of April 2014

Pamela, will have to follow up with some of your anti-wrinkle tips. I see more creeping up on my face and definitely my neck as I age. You look marvelous.

Libby @ Beauty Without Within

Tuesday 15th of April 2014

I have used Mary Kay for many years and have followed a twice daily cleansing; three X's weekly microdermabrasion/mask routine. I will be 70 this year and am told I appear to be in my 40's or 50's. MK has some wonderful new anti-aging products and a whole new system for the 50+ woman who is beginning to show signs of aging. I agree with you as to the importance of taking the necessary time for a careful skincare regime.

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