You spent your whole life doing what you could to look your best, but somehow, when 50 hits the struggle becomes real. Women over 50 are just as beautiful but in a wiser and more sophisticated way and they know how to have fun. This new chapter in life for women over 50 does call for some changes, though. From beauty to wardrobe to lifestyle, a few adjustments can make all the difference.
Other than the occasional gray strand of hair, skin tone is likely the first place you see aging. It’s normal for skin to become:
You might also notice small lesions develop that are probably benign. It’s a phenomenon that is hard to understand since skin continually renews itself, but it is normal for someone age 50 and older. If you have any questions about these spots, see your doctor because skin cancer becomes a more significant risk with age, too.
Common signs of skin cancer include:
Aging brings changes in the structure of the surface but also in the supporting components under it. For example, the skin has less elastin, and that causes it to droop. Combined with the fat that disappears under the cheeks, chin, nose and around the eyes, your face can develop a hollow look.
There is the bone loss, too, usually around the mouth and chin and that causes the skin to pucker. Cartilage loss occurs in the nose making the tip droop.
While all this is happening to your skin, your hair is going through its own aging metamorphosis. The pigment cells start to lose their ability to renew themselves leaving you with gray.
The better you care for your skin, the better it will look as these changes start to happen. There are two lifestyle adjustments you need to make right away. In fact, the earlier, the better.
Other more subtle lifestyle changes will improve the quality of your skin, too, such as:
Consider trying some of the anti-aging products available to you, as well. Retinoid creams or products that contain pentapeptides are a good choice. Though, a prescription strength Retina A or Renova would be our recommendation for the very best results.
Finally, add some lip color. Choose a shade slightly darker than your natural lips.
There are ways to make your hair look younger, too. For one thing, avoid the full-color job. It doesn’t always look natural, and it’s hard to maintain. Instead, opt for some soft highlights. It’s a more subtle approach that can hide the gray.
Think about a new cut, too, just for a change. If your hair is thinning, as it does sometimes when you grow older, look for a volumizing shampoo to give it a lift.
Maximize your clothing choices and put that wardrobe to work. Consider some essential closet must-haves in our SHOP section:
For a little extra chic, pick up a cropped black leather jacket. You’ll feel young and look great.
Diet is going to be significant at this stage of life, too. It’s time to increase your intake of:
Over 50 is the perfect time in life to become a joiner. You are a little beyond the bar-hopping years, but there are plenty of ways to meet people your age. How about:
The goal is to hang out with people that enjoy doing the same things you do, and who face the same challenges.
The risk of depression rises the older you get for many reasons, to many people. Aging often brings with it chronic illnesses like:
Age is also a reminder that certain stages of your life are over like having babies. Socialization along with some lifestyle changes is how you stave off the over 50 blues.
Fun, 50 and fabulous isn’t just something you see on a bumper sticker; it’s a way of life. Making a few adjustments is how you get there.