Most of us want to live as long as possible…
Most of us want to live as long as possible - but it’s not just about clocking up the years, it’s also about staying healthy, feeling great and looking the best that you can. Over the next two pages you will find some interesting ideas for looking gorgeous and boosting your health.
Aging fabulously... bring it on!
This botanical extract is fast becoming the new star of the skincare world. It’s the first natural (plant-based rather than synthetically derived) ingredient that has been proven to have similar anti-ageing properties as retinol. But where retinol can irritate sensitive skin, bakuchiol doesn’t.
Here are a couple to try:
Daytime - Ole Henriksen Glow Cycle Retin-ALT Power Serum, £50, with lavender tint for instant radiance.
Night - Indeed Labs Bakuchiol Reface Pads, £19.99 for 30. These are really easy to use and affordable.
Liquid exfoliants are the fastest way to a fresher looking face. Swipe on with a cotton pad after cleansing to gently remove dead cells from the skin’s surface, making it smoother, more reflective and encouraging the production of plumper cells below. Pestle & Mortar Exfoliate £25 is a good one to try.
Packed with probiotics, this fermented drink is a health staple for soothing the gut and is now in skin products too. Feed your skin with this super hydrating 4-in-1 treatment mist, fortified with anti-oxidant rich superfoods for a fresh and dewy complexion.
Elemis Superfood Kefir-Tea Mist £26, brightens and calms between skin layers.
This skincare ingredient fights free radical damage by thoroughly removing pollution residue and has really good credentials. The moringa tree grows quickly, needs little water and every part can be used, from roots and bark to leaves and seeds. Try Sarah London Green Clay Face Mask £24.
One is for all
For an unfussy make-up look, try one colour on cheeks, eyes and even temples. Multipurpose make-up sticks are semi-translucent, so create a soft focus and healthy looking glow (but be prepared to skip your lips, where they can look strangely pale and flat). Try glowing peach and apricot shades like Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Moon Beach £30
New Gen Colours
A bright manicure taps into a youthful mood. Try sunshine yellow, it’s happy, zesty and works for most skin tones. Nails Inc Gen Yellow Duo £15
Fillers are a popular treatment used for softening wrinkles, laughter lines, facial lines and wrinkles caused naturally by ageing or sun exposure. Combined with a local anaesthetic, dermal fillers are injected into the skin to give your face a natural volume, leaving your skin plumped and youthful.
They contain a synthetic version of hyaluronic acid, the sugar that is naturally contained within the skin.
Popular areas to add volume and fullness to include the lips, cheeks and bridge of the nose.
For a make-up bag alternative, line and fill lips with something like Revlon
Kiss Cushion Lip Tint in Pretty Kiss, £7.99, for colour with sheen.
It’s hard to achieve with flat hair and even harder to keep. Although it’s heat that helps style hair, you need cold to set the shape. When you have finished drying each section, lift it vertically and blast heat at the roots, followed by a few seconds of cold. If you don’t have a cold-shot button, hold hair upright for 15 seconds or until it feels cold. You could also try drying your hair with your hands rather than a brush, for body that’s soft rather than stiff. Minimise frizz with heated tools and a very small dab of oil.
Health boosters in your 50s
Getting enough calcium is so important during and after the menopause to help offset the rapid loss of bone that occurs when bone-protective oestrogen levels drop. The recommended daily intake is 700mg which can be achieved by consuming three servings of dairy a day. If you don’t consume dairy, get your calcium with a non-dairy milk or yoghurt with added calcium (most brands contain similar levels to milk), tofu (made with calcium sulphate), beans, chickpeas, tahini, tinned sardines, sesame seeds, dried figs and almonds.
Eating foods rich in phytoestrogens, such as soya-based products, flaxseeds, beans and lentils, may reduce menopausal symptoms by mimicking oestrogen. About eight in 10 suffer menopause symptoms, but in cultures where large amounts of soya-based foods are consumed, women suffer significantly fewer symptoms.
Fibre helps lower cholesterol levels and improves heart health, which is why getting enough of it becomes increasingly important as you age. A woman’s risk of coronary heart disease increases after menopause. We need 30g fibre a day but the average person only gets 19g. A mediterranean diet rich in fruit, vegetables, beans, lentils, nuts and wholegrains will help you to meet this target.