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!”
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!
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!