‘Oh wow! You look amazing’.
‘Thanks. I guess you could say I grow old gracefully’.
‘But we are the same age, so what’s your secret?’
This conversation took place about a month and a half ago. I was meeting up with a friend that I had lost contact with since High school. Thanks to social media, we hooked up and were meeting for lunch and a good catch up.
I must say I do try to take care of myself. We all must get old, (unless we die young of course) but if I can do so without looking very wrinkled, and having the capacity to enjoy life to the best of my ability, I’d prefer that.
Granted, there are certain things that come with old age but I am of the view that I can control certain things and certain things I can’t. So those things which are in the realm of my control which will allow me to grow old gracefully, I hold on to; after all, I don’t want to be an old frumpy granny.
I’m not one for Botox, plastic surgeries and all that jazz either. So don’t get me wrong. I take an interest in all things natural.
Natural Beauty Tips for Women Over 50
In this post, I will share with you some of the ways I have managed to grow old, gracefully. These are my natural beauty tips if you are a woman over fifty.
Water is a natural lubricant and rehydrates us, helping to make our bodies, which are made up of up to 60% water to function properly. Water in the cells, organs and tissues help us to regulate our body temperature. We lose water through regular, every day normal activities like breathing, sweating and even for digesting food. It goes without saying then, that we need to replace the water lost in carrying out these functions.
Because I do know the importance of water I try to drink as much as I can. I remember learning that water has no taste or smell. Well I agree with the smell part, that is no smell but I do think it has a taste which although not unpleasant, is not particularly pleasant either. In fact, I remember as a child hating water. So I do think liking it now, comes with retraining of the palate.
I like to drink lemon water first thing in the morning as it has been shown to help with digestion. As the day progresses I try to get more water in. When I go for my daily walk, I take a bottle with me which I sip occasionally. If I am unwell and at home, I try to drink as much water as possible as this has proven to help to flush toxins from the body and rehydrate as well. The worse that can happen is that I have to spend a lot of time in the toilet but that, I think is a small price to pay.
If you do not like the taste of plain water, you can join the growing trend of putting fruits in a bottle of water, letting them infuse and then have flavoured water instead of plain water. Another way of getting water in is to have fruits and or vegetables which have a high concentration of water, for example water melons and cucumbers. These can be prepared in attractive, bite sized pieces which can be eaten on the go as snacks.
So I highly recommend water as an essential part of a daily beauty routine.
It is vitally important that we take breaks from the busy activities of our lives. Whether or not you are still employed, life is busy enough; what with children and perhaps grandchildren, financial stresses, relationships, illness and happenings in the world. We need to take a break from it all to rewind, de-stress and to feel rejuvenated.
There are a number of ways to relax and get this right; relaxing does not necessarily mean staying in bed or on a sofa and doing nothing.
I much prefer the definition which says relaxing is a way of unwinding by engaging in activities which are not stressful and which bring about some form of satisfaction. I also like: ‘the state of being free from tension and anxiety.
The things which I do to relax might not appeal to you. I suggest you find purposeful things to ‘do’ which are relaxing and enjoy being involved. This might be yoga, or other forms of meditation techniques, art, craft, controlled breathing techniques or watching or participating in sport.
To relax, I crotchet, knit, bake and do other forms of art and craft.
John is 86 years old and he still participates in marathons. He says this helps him to feel young and fit. Now you and I might not be up to running marathons but that does not excuse us from participating in worthwhile exercise which enables us to have the benefits attributed to regular exercise. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Improving muscular and cardiorespiratory fitness
- Improving bone health
- Reducing the risk of high blood pressure (hypertension) coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers
- Helping in weight management and reducing the risk of becoming obese.
With increased age usually come reduced levels of physical activity! But activity does not have to stop fully. If you are able to, keep moving. Just like you liked doing things together with your friends in your younger years, you will enjoy exercising with others. You will motivate each other and certainly enjoy each other’s company.
So think, what did you enjoy doing in your youth that you could take up now? Running/athletics, badminton, tennis, or cycling? Whatever it is, fall in love with it again and gently ease yourself back into doing regular exercise.
I like walking. The better the scenery, the better the journey. To encourage myself along my walk daily, I listen to music or a good book on my phone via the kindle app. Sometimes I even go to a large shopping centre without any intention of buying anything…..I go to walk with friends, and I do enjoy them – both the company and the walking.
As we grow older, one of nature’s natural responses is wrinkles. But why do we wrinkle? Well as we grow older collagen is depleted and so sagging occurs. But we hate it right? Right!!
Some people lose collagen faster than others hence why some people might look younger for longer, (something to do with their genes, not fair huh?)
Well there are now a number of ways to replace collagen, whoop whoop whoo!!!
Collagen replacement therapy is a safe, non-surgical procedure that replenishes depleted collagen by injecting the skin with highly purified bovine (cow) collagen.
Personally, I prefer even more natural forms of collagen in the form of food glorious food.
Bone broth is full of gelatine which contains collagen. This is good, and can be used in soups, stews and as a base to make gravy.
Dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale have natural antioxidants that protect against the loss of collagen. Red vegetables like red peppers are full of lycopene, which boosts collagen and protects against sun damage. Carrots and sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin A, which restores damaged collagen. In part two of this post, I will share with you another natural food product which is vital in boosting collagen production. Look out for it.
All the edible berries fight again free radicals which deplete collagen so have plenty of those.
Garlic also helps with the depletion of collagen. So indulge! If you don’t like to have garlic breath in the day time, then perhaps you can have it just before bed.
One of the best known beauty secrets is a wholesome, balanced healthy diet. If you have not followed a healthy diet all your life, you may want to consider it now. Ensure you eat well, drink well and not over indulge.
The crucial part of a balanced diet is consuming from all the different food groups in the RIGHT quantities. Don’t overeat especially since with age, we are less active which means we do not need as many calories as we did when we were younger.
Avoid alcohol is my recommendation, but if you must, then do it in moderation.
If you follow these natural beauty tips, in addition to the others which I will share in part two of the series, then you should live a healthy fulfilled life, enjoying adventures that you never thought possible at this stage.
Thanks for stopping by and look out for the second part of the natural beauty tips which will include:
Sunlight – vitamin D, humour, giving back, good posture and natural skin care.
Continue to Natural Beauty Tips for Women Over Fifty, Part 2