Ageing gracefully. What does it actually mean? It’s a term used so often and can mean something so different to everyone. I think, however, one aspect that might resonate with most, is that it’s about being the best version of yourself. Gracefully, for me implies, not chasing something that’s gone, but accepting the now!
As a woman, and a woman that is touching 40, I have seen and felt changes in my physical self. I continue to see changes, but every change now is subtle and gradual, thankfully!
Youth is wasted on the young
For those that are a regular reader of my blog, you’ll likely be familiar with ‘My Story’. If not here is a very quick brief. My twenties were years of partying, wild abandon, and ignorance towards preserving a more youthful complexion that I’d be grateful for in later years. Later years seemed a lifetime away!
In my early thirties I looked in the mirror and had a defining moment of “What have I done?” I felt as though I’d aged a decade or more overnight, and to put it quite frankly, I just wasn’t ready for it! Thankfully, I made huge changes to my lifestyle and educated myself on the very important subject of skin health. Gradually over time, my skin was restored to a healthier skin that didn’t make me want to completely avoid mirrors for the rest of my life.
Ageing gracefully, as I said earlier, can mean something different to everyone. One person’s level of acceptance is not another’s. There are extremes out there for sure, especially with the rise of cosmetic surgeries and the things that can be done to try and rewind the clock. Personally I think subtlety is the key. Whatever helps you to look fresh and radiant. Whatever helps you to feel good in yourself, because that confidence will shine out from within.
Be our own ‘Best Self’
It can certainly be difficult to not feel that pressure at times. We face enhanced images every day in magazines. We see celebrities that have access to more treatments, makeup artists, and to stylists that the average woman doesn’t have. Trying to strive for the same can be setting ourselves up for a fall. I believe that self-care, self-love and acceptance is key to ‘ageing gracefully’.
Sharing some tips!
As someone who now specialises in skincare and skin-health, I’d like to share some of my top tips for skin radiance. I personally understand how the state of our complexion can affect our confidence overall:
Always double cleanse. The first time to remove any makeup, sunscreen and pollution from the day. The second cleanse is to deeply cleanse your pores. This will help in keeping skin clear and smooth. It will also enhance absorption of your chosen skincare products so they are able to work to their full potential. Top tip! I always use organic, cold-pressed grapeseed oil for the first cleanse. Simply massage into the skin and then tissue off all of the dirt and makeup before then cleansing with your regular cleanser.
Invest in a serum. Look for one that contains antioxidants and potent hard-working actives such as, Retinol (a derivative of vitamin A), vitamin C & Matrixyl. A serum will penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin more easily and can transform a complexion.
Exfoliate regularly. Exfoliation removes the dead surface skin cells that can make a complexion appear dull and lifeless. Exfoliation also means skin is well primed to receive other skincare products and allows them to penetrate easily. Balance is key though! Too much exfoliation can have an adverse effect, 2-3 times a week is ideal.
Use a facial oil. An organic plant oil will really nourish your skin and give you a gorgeous glow, as well as plump, soft skin.
Wear a separate sunscreen daily. Not the one in your makeup as it won’t give you enough protection. Protect the health of your beautiful skin, whilst retaining a more youthful look.
Eat organic when you can. Eliminate processed foods and sugar. Sugar damages collagen and contributes towards premature ageing.
Exercise regularly. The blood flow helps to deliver vital nutrients that repair skin.
Hydration. Every morning upon waking drink a pint of warm water with lemon. This will hydrate the body after a night of rest. We wake up dehydrated and this gives us a good starting point, rather than diving straight into coffee, which will dehydrate you further. It is also cleansing for the digestive system and is a great boost of vital vitamin C.
Not skin related, but self-care tips I believe can make a woman feel great:
Find a good lipstick that suits your skin tone. It lifts the face and the mood!
Laugh with friends, a lot. It’s good for the soul. Stress is ageing!
Age gracefully on your own terms. Whatever they may be. Concentrate on self-care, good health and your skin-health – of course! And be your best, happy & glowing self!
If you’d like any help at all addressing skin concerns, or help selecting products that are right for you. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and if you haven’t done it already then download your Free copy of 20 Top Tips, here