Eight Tips for Looking and Feeling Younger
by Anna M Hall
Many women reach middle age and do not know how to age gracefully. Here are eight tips to help you look your best at every age.
1. Spend More on Clothing
Older women need to spend extra time and money to get clothing that lifts, tucks and flatters. Once you are over 50 you should look for clothing with special construction and Lycra panels that make your body look sleeker. Spiegel shape FX dresses have Power-Mesh control, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans use Lift Tuck Technology to flatten your tummy and pull up your derriere, and Miraclesuit swimsuits have Miratex fabric that holds you in. When you want to look hot, wear Spanx under regular clothing if the clothing has no special slimming
2. Exercise for 30 Minutes a Day
Even though you may have aches and pains from being middle aged, you still need to exercise. Find something you like, such as Zumba (a type of Columbian dancercise), swimming, yoga or walking. The Mayo Clinic recommends at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day and strength training exercises twice a week to control your weight. To lose weight, you need to exercise more than that. Keeping your weight down after menopause helps control cholesterol, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.
3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep
A lack of sleep will give you bags under your eyes and make you feel cranky. However, a new study conducted at the University of Alabama reveals that middle-aged people who get less than six hours of sleep are at an increased risk for stroke even if they are healthy and they have no family history of stroke.
4. Take Care of Your Teeth
Your teeth may look more yellow than when you were younger, but color is not the only thing that can change over time. Menopausal women should see their dentists on a regular basis because gum problems are often caused by hormonal instability and estrogen deficiency. Older people often have excessively dry mouths and that can lead to tooth decay and other dental issues.
5. Don’t Overdo Cosmetic Surgery
Some women look at airbrushed ads with Andie MacDowell and recent photographs of remade Jane Fonda as standards of healthy aging. No cream or exercise is going to make a normal middle-aged woman look like these celebrities. Women who try to look twenty again will end up with frozen faces due to too much Botox. Having no wrinkles at 50 is unnatural.
6. Update Your Hairstyle
It doesn’t matter if you wear your hair long or short if the cut is appropriate for your hair and the cut looks good with your face and body. Most middle-aged women have grayer, thinner and coarser hair than when they were young. If your stylist cannot adapt your cut (or color) to fit your age and lifestyle, it is time to shop for a new stylist.
If you are over 50 and wearing the same makeup you wore 20 years ago, you are probably wearing the wrong type of makeup and wearing too much of it. Try a lighter, more natural look with light-reflecting foundation. Do not wear dark lipstick or heavy eye makeup. Both will settle into wrinkles and make you look older.
8. Find the Right Bra
Go to a large department store like Macy’s and get fitted for the right bra style in the right size. Sagging breasts and fat peeping out of your bra will make you look old. It is highly unlikely that you are the same bra size you were 10 or 15 years ago.
Every woman can be beautiful and vibrant at any age. Looking good does not mean looking like a teenager. It means looking like you care about yourself.
More Articles for Baby Boomer Women:
- 11 Mistakes Women Make in Middle Age, healthyliving.msn.com.
- Street Porter, Janet, The Sheer Lunacy of Women Refusing to Look Their Age, dailymail.co.uk.
- Main Photo: Jechstra Flickr cc.
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