Through talks across boardroom tables, cocktail parties, or just sitting around with girlfriends over a glass of wine, I have come to understand that everyone has a desire to be the most beautiful version of themselves. In these situations, I ask, “what has been the most influential beauty advice ever given to you?”. Some answers surprised me. Using my professional experiences and personal interactions, I have pulled together some essential beauty tips for women over 40. These trusted beauty edits reach beyond our “face” to those areas that are just as important in displaying our full radiance and yet are too often overlooked.
Your Body Is a Wonderland
Our largest organ is our skin, yet we give almost all the attention to our beautiful face which is not even 5% of our skin. Giving a little more love and attention to the rest of your body will provide you with amazing results that you will love for decades to come. This is where you give yourself a hug. I do not spend hours in the bathroom. I am all about having daily routines to look and feel better, not just for today but also for my future me.
We have all seen it or maybe you are already experiencing it. The dry, crepey skin that can be found anywhere on your body or extra dry, cracking heels. Even if your face is holding up well to father time maybe your hands that are starting to look like the Grim Reaper. Sound familiar? No need to start day drinking (unless you are with girlfriends). There is hope on the horizon.
You need to take cover. The most common cause of crepey skin is UV radiation. Over time, the UV radiation from the sun will break down the elastin fibers in the skin. These fibers allow the skin to stretch and return back to its normal position. The good news is that with limited sun exposure going forward those fibers can begin to heal themselves. Try to avoid sun exposure whenever possible. I know you are already thinking – this woman is totally crazy and unrealistic. Stay with me…there are two simple ways to accomplish this with different physical blockers of UVA and UVB.
One blocker is merely putting a clothing layer between you and the sun; so cover up little buttercup. There are incredible advances in UPF rated clothing. UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor and is the rating given to clothing for its broad-spectrum protection against both UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays. It does not mean that you need to wear these UPF pieces as your daily outfit, just layer when you are exposed to the sun. My good friends know that I keep a UPF shirt and gloves in both of our cars. If I am not already adequately covered or wearing sunscreen, I put on my shirt overtop of what I am wearing and slip on a pair of flesh colored gloves while in the car. Plus if I am caught off guard in the sun, I also have an UPF hat and umbrella handy for an extra layers of immediate protection.
The second physical blocker is your typical sunscreen lotion. I personally like the brand Coola, and they also have options to defend against blue light, infrared, and pollution. Now it is time to do shots!! Not tequila shots but sunscreen shots. It is recommended you use about 1oz of sunscreen to cover an entire adult body every two hours. If you have a 5oz bottle of sunscreen, that is roughly five applications for an entire body from head to toe.
Heal Your Heels
So how do you tackle those dry, cracked feet that scare your pedicurist? Just before bedtime is best as the body repairs itself when we sleep, and you can ensure 6+ hours of treatment.
- Soak your feet for about 10 minutes in soapy water and pat dry. (I can already hear you, I do not have 10 minutes at night. I want to go to bed. My answer? Multitask – stand in a small tub of warm soapy water while you are doing your nighttime face treatment and brushing your teeth).
- Gently rub your heels with a foot scrubber to help remove dead skin.
- Apply fractionated coconut oil over the entire heel and foot area
- Slip-on a pair of thin cotton socks at bedtime to help the treatment soak in and do its work. I use these “beautiful” socks every night
Turning Back The Hands Of Time
Our faces are prone to sunspots, discoloration, loss of elasticity and wrinkles all of which depend on genetics (about 20%) and/or your lifestyle (80%). Our hands are prone to the same problems as our face. These problems show up earlier on our hands because we have neglected them for most of our lives.
The good news is we control our lifestyle (80%). So start today and implement the following into your daily routine:
- The treatment products that you use on your face/neck/décolletage begin to use on your hands both morning and night. Make it part of your “facial” routine.
- Substitute out your cleanser for an exfoliator at least 3x a week on your hands before applying the rest of your treatment regimen.
- ALWAYS protect your hands from sun up to sun down with either sunscreen or your new UPF rated gloves. If you apply hand lotion regularly throughout the day, make sure that it is serving the dual purpose as a sunscreen too. I really like Deborah Lippmann’s because her hand cream moisturizes, protects and is also a cuticle cream. It has a botanical brightening complex so it makes your hands look like a soft Instagram filter was applied.
- Manicure Tip: If getting your nails done involves using UV light to cure the polish, quickly apply a SPF facial powder (that you most likely already have in your handbag) liberally to the backsides of your hands. The one I have referenced is translucent so your skin tone changing is not an issue, and it has its own dispensing brush so it is super easy to apply.