My Top Ten Beauty Tips from Love Your Age The Small Step Solution to a Better, Longer, Happier Life
Welcome to the Fashion Flash Book Tour featuring Love Your Age The Small Step Solution to a Better, Longer, Happier Life by Barbara Hanna Grufferman.
This post was originally slated to be a book review post but it became apparent, in pretty short order that yours truly is not cut out to be a book reviewer! I decided to change tack and I hope that I did the book some justice.
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What is Love Your Age?
Love Your Age The Small Step Solution to a Better, Longer, Happier Life by Barbara Hannah Grufferman (National Geographic) is a power packed reference to living our best, happiest, healthiest life after forty. Love Your Age is a fun, enjoyable read that imparts wisdom on the crucial concerns of forty-plus women, today. From health and fitness, how to best nourish our body and practice self care while going through menopause to tips for dental and vision as well as keeping our minds sharper, longer. Fashion and style and a healthy, active sex life are all addressed in Barbara's relatable, small step format to help make enforcing new habits and breaking the old easy and doable for everyone
Naturally, as I read, I drew a bead on the beauty section and I thought that it would be fun to share with you some of Barbara's beauty tips that are my favorites, as well. I couldn't help adding a little of my own commentary. Fair warning, I was unable to keep this to a top ten. I just had to add a few extra tips because they are so good and, I couldn't not include them. In the end, I think that I kept the spirit, if not the letter of the concept alive.
It was pointed out to me by a few ladies whose opinions matter to me that I neglected to mention that while Love Your Age is a book dedicated to women forty-plus, it is packed with information that will benefit younger women, now and in the future and I think that this is a book that they should own and read, as well.
Let's Begin with Skin Care
- Page 176 - Wear Sunscreen. Seriously. Do it. Exposure to the UVA-UVB rays of our nearest star is the leading cause of premature aging, dark spots and uneven skin tone as well as skin cancer. A tan may look sexy and "healthy" but there is nothing sexy about leathery, overly wrinkled sun damaged skin or melanoma. If you want that pretty, youthful, sun kissed golden glow, try a good sunless tanner and a flattering bronzer!
- Page 177 - Exfoliate! Whether you choose chemical or manual exfoliation, lifting and sweeping away dead skin cell buildup aids in our skin's ability to uptake and absorb the beneficial ingredients in our skin care and it keeps skin looking and feeling softer, smoother and fresher. And that is youthful and beautiful, any way you look at it.
- Page 178 - Never Go To Bed with Your Makeup On. If there is one way to trash your complexion, fast it is to hit the sack with a full face of makeup. Not only is it gross, it can lead to clogged pores, breakouts, infections and just think about what all of that goop is doing to your pretty bed linens! If I am so tired that the last thing I feel like doing is going through my entire skin care routine, a makeup remover wipe (or two) and some micellar water on a cotton pad will quickly cleanse and make sure that all of my eye makeup is removed, then I slap on some face oil or moisturizer and I can fall into bed, knowing that I'm not hurting my skin.
Bonus Tip: Find Your Skin's "Power Ingredients" and use them - Page 180. My skin thrives on Retinol, AHA, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid and peptides. Learn what your skin craves and feed it lavishly, every day.
Treat Your Tresses to Some TLC
- Page 195 - Shampoo Less Often. As we start to age, our scalp produces less oil and it doesn't need as vigorous cleansing as it did, when we were younger. I don't shampoo, every time I want to wash my hair. I do C. O. (Conditioner Only) washing and, when I do feel the need to suds up I shampoo my scalp and roots well, letting the suds run down my length, as I rinse and that keeps my hair and scalp nice and clean, while reducing the stress of frequent shampooing on my tresses.
- Seek Out Sulfate Free Products. I used to be a big believer in the SLS but, as I've gotten older and sulfate free shampoo formulas have drastically improved (honestly, sulfate free shampoos used to suck!), I have come to appreciate the gentle power of sulfate free shampoo.
- Lay Back On the Heat, Yo. My hair, while still thick, "healthy" and strong isn't as super resilient as it was, in my younger years and air drying is key to keeping my hair in better shape. When I really want to heat style, I try to blow dry at a lower temperature and straighten my hair with a straightening brush, rather than a flat iron. If I'm using a curling wand, I try to limit how long my hair is on that hot rod and I let it cool, completely before styling it and I handle it as gently as possible.
Colour Your World... It's the Wonder of Makeup
- Page 203 - Lighter is Better. I had to learn, the hard way that lighter coverage is better, as I get older. Rather than full coverage, full on foundations; tinted moisturizers, BB and CC creams work better for my skin, these days. The lighter weight, hydrating formulas are more nourishing to my my dry skin and tend to gracefully "float" over lines and wrinkles, vastly reducing that forty miles of bad, cracked road look that heavier makeup gives me, after a few hours. Bonus Tip: Match your foundation/BB or CC cream to your chest, to give you the best, even and seamless finish.
- Page 205 - Let's Talk About Brows. Our brows frame our face, enhance our eyes and give hints to our character, even what we're thinking, at the moment. As we age, our brows can thin, look more faded, turn grey and start sprouting out hairs in crazy places. It's crucial that we stay on top of our arches, keep them shaped, clean and filled in so that they look their best. A skinny brow pencil in a shade that matches your brows can be used to fill in sparse areas and refresh their colour. A brow powder or tinted gel is a fast, easy way to give brows that groomed, perfected look, as long as there aren't any major "repairs" that need to be done.
- Page 206 - Curl Those Lashes! Nothing beats the lash lifting, eye opening, "pretty eyes" power of well curled lashes! Before applying mascara or false lashes, grab your lash curler and starting at the roots, squeeze, hold a few seconds, release then "walk" the curler up and out, squeezing and pumping the curler as you go. If you're not in the habit of curling your lashes, give it a try and see the beautiful difference.
Bonus Tip: If you haven't, already, get a magnifying mirror! In addition to my standard makeup mirror, I have 5X and 10X power magnification mirrors and I make good use of both of them. Magnifying mirrors are so handy for close work like plucking, applying liner, mascara, lashes and lip liners and they help me get out the door looking neat and turned out, without any random weirdness that I might have missed with my lower power makeup mirror.
Bonus Bonus Tip: Highlighter is your friend. Trust me on this. Highlighter is the secret to skin that looks luminous, brighter, lifted and more youthful. Sweeping a little highlighter in a tone that flatters my skin along the tops of my cheekbones, across the center of my forehead, down the bridge of my nose, on my cupid's bow (hello instantly fuller looking lips!) and a bit on the tip of my chin makes such a big difference. I embrace the shineeee but if you want the brightening and lifting gifts that highlighter gives without shimmer or shine, you can buy matte highlighter or even use a matte eye shadow that is a couple of shades lighter than your skin tone. What are you waiting for? Grab your highlighter, a brush and get your glow on.
I hope that you found these tips helpful and that you enjoyed this post. If you would like to pick up a copy of Love Your Age The Small Step Solution to a Better, Longer, Happier Life by Barbara Hannah Grufferman you can buy it from Amazon for $17.99 in paperback or get it on Kindle for $9.99 and you can download and start enjoying it, immediately.