In Part 1 of Natural Beauty Tips for Women over Fifty, I shared with you some of my favorite natural beauty secrets. Most are not secrets at all as they are shared by many older women across the world who owe their health, longevity, and well-being, to following these easy practices.
Today, I will share five other tips which I am sure are going to leave you either maybe wishing you had started earlier or grateful that you found out about, and followed, these tips right on time.
I must say that as a woman over fifty, these tips are my absolute favorites when it comes to maintaining my youthful glow both inside and out. Not only do they not cost a lot, in terms of money, but they can so easily be accomplished and with long lasting effects.
Sunlight (vitamin D)
I'm sure you've heard it said that your skin absorbs vitamin D from the sunlight. Well you know what? Apart from the warm glow from the sunshine, that vitamin D is useful for so many bodily functions. These include helping the body to absorb and utilize calcium- a mineral essential for healthy bones and teeth.
It is true that laughter is the best medicine! Be fun, and funny. Laugh at yourself, at others, at situations. Don't take yourself too seriously. In fact the body releases more endorphins the more you laugh. This generally tends to make you feel better and reduces stress and tension.
Do you love good comedy show? I know I do, and that's always my choice when I go out or sit down for some screen time. I feel more relaxed, and the memories of the happy emotions tend to last me for a much longer time, than going to watch some high paced, heart racing movie. You might be wondering why I class humor as a natural beauty tip for women over fifty. Give it a little think. Do you get it?
Do you believe in Karma? Sure we all do. Things as we know it, operates on a cycle. That's what I believe anyway. So I'm a firm believer in the thought that good deeds will always follow you. It brings me great pleasure to serve others and to know that, expressed or not, people are grateful for the hand of kindness expressed to them. Would you expect volunteers at a soup kitchen to be grumpy? Or would you expect them to be cheerful in extending their services. I choose the latter. It's just an expected part of the service. That cheerfulness radiates not only on your face but also comes across in your personality.
The receiver is also usually a giver, as a result of having received of someone else's generosity. And that's how the cycle goes round.
It goes without saying that your posture can give a lot away about your general well-being. At our age, it is still important to make sure that our bones are properly aligned, giving the muscles, joints, and ligaments the ability to work as they should. This in turn allows the body's organs to be at peak performance. In short good posture makes the nervous system function effectively.
My advice then, include the following:
Avoid sitting in one position e.g. in front of the computer or television for extended periods
Try not to slouch while you work.
Walk with your back as straight as you can possibly get it.
Always be conscious of your posture and adjust it when you need to.
Bad posture causes pain, which results in unhappiness. And that's not beautiful, is it? The next time you are out and about, look out for people showing sign of poor posture. Do you think they will be affected in the long run? What would your advice to them be? You're now becoming an expert, aren't you? Which means you can advise yourself too.
Natural skin care
One of the first things people see when they meet you is your skin, and the condition that it's in. I know the drill, we all have different skin types so what works for one person might not work for another. I know of something that works no matter what the skin type- honey.
When the weather warms up and the humidity increase, I find that my face tends to suffer if I don't keep it moisturized. But I also find that a lot of the store bought moisturizers are a little 'fake.' In other words, they don't really do the job and on top of that some tend to have man-made and harsh chemicals added. Being antibacterial in nature, honey is naturally good for the skin and makes the base for the perfect face mask. I'll let you in on two recipes you can use, dependent on your skin type.
Face mask for dry skin:
1/2 tsp honey
1Tb sp natural yoghurt
1/2 of a small avocado
To make the mask, just mash the avocado in a small bowl and mix with the other two ingredients.
Spread the mixture over your face (avoiding the eye area). Leave on for ten to fifteen minutes and the wash off. You can cover and store the rest of the mixture in the fridge for up to two days.
Face mask for sensitive skin:
1 green tea bag
1 tsp honey
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
To make, cut open the tea bag and just mix all the ingredients inside a small bowl. Apply to the face, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 15 minutes and then wash using warm water and a soft cloth. Any excess of the mixture can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for three days.
Just so you know, avocados are filled with vitamins A and E, antioxidants, and healthy fats. Lactic acid, vitamin B and calcium make the yoghurt so important in a face mask. Did you notice that the ingredients are all natural with no nasty additives? That's the reason I recommend them for our age group. After all we don't have time to test and try things that have the potential to do our skin any harm. Lemon juice is known to have collagen boosting properties.
I would strongly recommend natural ingredients such as turmeric, cucumber, corn meal and the amazing aloe vera for use on your skin. I love experimenting with different mixes of these with honey for fresh looking, acne free, and soft skin.
Beauty is not just skin deep. It encompasses a range of things, some of which are not necessarily seen as conventional beauty. Tips shared here form part of a list which is not at all exhaustive but which are vital if we are to continue to aim for a happy beautiful life.
Perhaps the challenge here is to look through the list as presented, tick off the ones you already embrace and do, and make plans for the new ones you need to incorporate.
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Jo and Leisa are twin sisters. The girls are Jamaican by birth, but currently reside in Birmingham, England, where they teach secondary school children.
Together they blog at www.joleisa.com where they share frugal lifestyle tips. Now in their fifties, their passions include traveling (together they have visited at least twelve countries in the past few years), craft, crochet, laughing (every time they meet up it’s like a comedy session!), cooking, helping the elderly, and frugal living. They also enjoy writing guest posts for bloggers. They have written and published their first book: Living Life While Squeezing Lemons, all about living a successful life despite the challenges that come our way. Between them, they have four awesome teenagers.