Aging Gracefully into the Next Galaxy

This December I will turn 50.  There, I said it.  I didn’t mind turning 30 or 40, didn’t have a care in the world.  But 50 is like an obscene F word to me.  I hear someone talking about dropping an “F Bomb” and assume that they are also approaching 50.

The funny thing is, I’m constantly told that I don’t look anywhere near my age.  When I was 44, I took one of those high falutin’, fancy 3D skin analyzer tests.  I answered a bunch of questions, placed my face in this contraption and a couple minutes later had a print out that said I looked…..28!!!  Imagine my mid 40’s joy when I saw those results!

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This is what 39 looks like

Let’s face it, the aging process is not fair to women.  When men age, they look like Sean Connery.  Unfortunately when women age, they also look like Sean Connery.  I’m doing my best to avoid that scenario!  Here are a couple very easy and effective age-prevention steps I’ve been doing for years, and have no intention of stopping!

Triple Cleansing — I know it sounds a bit much, but when you wear as much makeup on a daily basis as I do, it’s makes a world of difference.  I start with a makeup remover wipe, Neutrogena or any of the packs from Marshall’s that you get for $2.99 work quite well.  Wipes are a quick and easy way to remove that yucky first layer of foundation, powder, and eye makeup.  I follow with a makeup removing cream, oil, or balm.  These break down and gently remove all traces of cosmetics and sunscreens.  Clinique’s Take The Day Away Balm or Burt’s Bees Makeup Removing Oil are excellent products.  The third step is a face cleanser that will remove dirt, oil and environmental factors that accumulate on my face during the day.  I prefer Oil Free Cetaphil or Clinique’s Oily Skin Liquid Facial Soap.  I have a rotating facial brush that I use a couple times a week with this step.

Products Galore — I like to rotate and try new skin care products constantly, as I feel my skin does better this way.   And when I return to my favorites, they work even better.  This step may not work for you, but you know your skin better than anyone!  The one product I cannot and will not be without is Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair.  I wrote about this serum in my “Hall of Fame” post.  I use this twice a day without fail.  I believe in both chemical and manual exfoliation and love Clinique’s Clarifying Lotion #4.  It’s the highest strength, but my skin has built up to that level of exfoliation.  This is not the Sea Breeze or Ten O Six Lotion that we used in middle school!  Apologies to you Millennials who have no idea what those products are!   PSA!!!!!  I do NOT use my rotating brush on the nights I’ve used the Clarifying Lotion.  Much too strong and your face will pay for it!  Additional lotions and potions on the Dark Side vanity are Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, Lancome’s Renegie Lift, Lauder’s Resilience Lift, anything from the First Aid Beauty or Philosophy lines, and facial oils from Tarte, Farsali, and Josie Maran.  Stay tuned to the Dark Side blog for more detailed posts about these products!

SUNSCREEN –This is, HANDS DOWN, the most important anti-aging preventative.  A sun burn is a disaster for a fair-skinned brunette like me.  I stay out of direct sunlight and always, always make sure my skincare or cosmetics have an SPF in it.  And I reapply.  I simply do not forget.  I use SPF 50 or greater on my body, and at least 25 SPF on my face. This step truly is a no brainer.

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49 and feelin’ fine

Following these steps has made this almost 50 year old look 34.  I would like to think that if I took another skin analysis test it would read the same, if not better!  So I’m going to continue with what got me here, aging gracefully, headed into the dreaded F Bomb Decade!

I’d love to know your tips, tricks and products!  Comment below and let me in on your secrets, I promise I won’t tell!

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