As Baby Boomer women we’re on a constant quest to look younger. Even though there are plenty of products to help smooth out our wrinkles, we sometimes go to extremes.
I was doing registration at a charity event in Los Angeles and was sorry I didn’t bring a camera along to capture the horrifying facelifts that walked up to the desk. These zombie-like women had spent a fortune on plastic surgery. Their lips look fatter than Mick Jagger’s and their eyes were almost hidden under their bulging cheekbones.
Who wants to look like the Bride of Frankenstein?
I was watching Hawaii Five-O and Melanie Griffith was guest starring. The poor woman could barely move her mouth because it was frozen in plastic.
Guys are just as bad. Michael Jackson was the worst-case scenario and Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn) is looking to one-up him.
There’s an abundance of plastic surgery horror stories, especially here in LA. Luckily, you can still look younger without having to spend a fortune or risk your health.
8 ways for Baby Boomer Women to look younger and not like a wax dummy from a horror show
- Drink water, water, water, water, water, water, water. It’s truly the fountain of youth because it hydrates your skin and all of your organs. Sip it throughout the day (no need to drown) and keep a reusable water bottle in the car with you. Always drink plenty of water when you fly because the ventilation systems on airplanes suck every drop of moisture out of you.
- Think young. When I think of what my mother looked like in her 60’s (the age I am now) I thought she looked old. My kids probably think the same about me. However, if you think young, you’ll look younger and feel better, at least in your own mind.
- Don’t get too skinny. Even though it’s bad to be overweight, being too skinny isn’t good either. You’re more vulnerable to falls because you have no padding and it makes you look gaunt and “older.” If you exercise moderately every day and eat a balanced diet of “real” food, without starving yourself, you’ll fall into your ideal weight after a while.
- Don’t wear too much makeup. Foundation will cake in your pores, especially if you have dry skin. Go for the “dewy look.” I like to use tinted moisturizer and cream blush. Rose lipstick looks younger than dark shades. I have to fill in my eyebrows with eyebrow pencil because they’ve started to disappear. I must have over plucked them in the ’70s.
- A good moisturizer makes all the difference. And it doesn’t have to be expensive to be good. Some women swear by smearing olive oil on their face. Experiment and find a skin care line that works for your particular skin. DermReview’s moisturizer reviews can help you find the right face cream. We’re all different. Be careful to avoid sun damage. I’m still paying for a frolic in Puerto Vallarta in the late ’70s when I went 6 hours in a boat without sunscreen. In those days, no one talked about sun damage and we were using Baby Oil to tan. My skin shed like a lizard. I now have sun spots all over my body to prove it. Always wear sunscreen during the day. Coola makes fantastic organic sunscreen. Most day creams have it already built-in. If you like using oil on your skin, as I do, only put it on at night. Don’t forget your hands. They take a beating from the sun, especially when you’re driving.
- Dressing younger doesn’t always make you look younger. Forget about shopping at Forever 21 after 50 unless you’re Sally Field. (She still manages to pull it off) Go classy and sophisticated instead. Three-quarter inch sleeves are perfect for “mature” women. The most flattering skirt length for women of any age is at the knee. (I wish I could tell this to my local weather girl) Mini skirts were only cute when we were 17.
- Your posture tells your age. If you stand up straight, like your mother told you to, it will take years off the way you look. When you hunch over, your spine grows in that direction and you start looking like a little old lady. Imagine a string attached from the top of your head to the ceiling pulling you upward as you walk. Yoga, tai chi, and ballet will also help keep your posture in check.
- Don’t smoke and go easy on alcohol – Smoking ages you faster than a speeding bullet. Too much alcohol dehydrates you and makes your skin red and puffy. If you drink a glass of wine, follow it up with a glass of water.
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