Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind in the fight against time is that age truly is just a number. Fifty is hardly old age, and if reaching this milestone doesn't bother you, chances are others won't be bothered by it either. Laugh, have fun, participate in activities you enjoy and don’t let a few meaningless turns of the calendar rob you of your vitality and spirit. And while you are doing all that, arm yourself with a few new tips and tricks to keep yourself looking as youthful as you feel so nothing reveals your true age but you – and only if you want to.
Visit your stylist. Adding layers to your hair adds bounce and volume, and a good colorist can add highlights that counteract any dark spots, rosacea or overall skin darkening that sometimes accompanies aging. Bangs are also a great weapon in the antiaging arsenal, especially when side swept, since they cover forehead wrinkles while drawing attention up and away from sagging jaw lines and loose neck skin. They also mask thinning hair. Make sure you avoid a center part, which looks severe and adds years rather than taking them off.
Get measured for a bra. Most women wear the wrong bra size, and as you age, the wrong fit leaves you sagging in the front and bulging in the back if the strap is too tight. Wearing a high-quality bra in the correct size gives you a lift, both literally and figuratively, and makes you and the girls look younger.
Tour your closet and donate dowdy pieces. With the exception of business suits that you may need, break up matched sets and wear them as separates. Pair black with navy or brown, ditch nylons and tights in favor of bare legs and don't be afraid to pair jeans with heels and a fancy top. Go ahead and wear white in the winter, black in the summer and multiple prints together, so long as they match in tone. Just remember to try on clothes and objectively make sure they are well tailored to flatter your current shape, and dress age appropriate. Mini-skirts and bare midriffs will make you look older and as if you are trying too hard, even if your legs and stomach still look as awesome as they did when you were 25.
Start a new skin-care routine. Wash your face, chin and neck with a nonfoaming cleanser daily and exfoliate with an alpha hydroxy acid. Moisturize daily with a moisturizer rich in antioxidants such as coenzyme Q10, vitamin C and alpha lipoic acid. Your moisturizer should also include shea butter or another powerful hydrators as well as sunscreen. If you smoke, quit. Cigarette smoke narrows the skin’s blood vessels and damages the collagen your skin needs to keep its elasticity and glow. If you are noticing sagging skin, add a peptide and retinol-containing firming serum to your routine as well.
Eat a healthy diet. Pile your plate full of dark, leafy green vegetables as well as walnuts, blueberries and strawberries. Up your intake of foods that are rich in calcium and vitamin D as well. A Mediterranean diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil and – perhaps best of all – wine, will help you live longer, feel better and look healthier. Take vitamin B12 supplements, or increase your intake of the vitamin naturally with fish and meat.
- Flourish Over 50: How Not to Look Old: Unmatch Your Wardrobe
- AARP: Midlife Crisis Beauty Boosters
- BC Jobs Online Inc.: 8 Fashion Mistakes That Make You Look Older
- Good Housekeeping: Your Preventative Anti-Aging Guide (Slides 9 and 10)
- DermaNet NZ: Smoking and Its Effects on the Skin
- Redbook: Hair Tricks That Make You Look 7 Years Younger
- Marie Claire: Choosing the Right Hair Color
- The Dr. Oz Show: 5 Nutrition Tips for Staying Strong and Healthy After 50
- The Huffington Post: Fiftysomething Diet: The 5 Foods Women Need to Eat