Now that I have spent a number of years allowing my hair to grow into its natural silver and white, it is time to spill the beans on the realities of keeping my mane looking its best.
Problems and solutions follow, along with some hairstyle looks for inspiration.
As Years Go By
Do I still love it? Yes, going gray was one of the best beauty decisions of my fifties. Has it rendered my haircare totally carefree? No.
I should get my haircut refreshed far more often than I do. What a difference a professional cut can make- giving shape and movement to create a more lively look.
I have also learned the hard way that a pennies amount of protection and prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to maintaining the good looks of gray.
I continue to seek the perfect style. (I am starting to believe this dissatisfaction has more to do with losing bodyweight than fixing my hair.) I did want to update a few of the tips which have stood me in good stead for that past few years.
When Gray Isn’t at Its Best
I have had some challenges as a Silver Fox that I never had when I was a Brunette.
The most irksome:
Yellowing. This is the worst problem and the one which has been hardest to deal with.
Flyaways and thinning, related to aging, rather than the color; but requiring care and products to manage.
Challenges of growing it long and keeping it looking good.
Those have to be the top three problems for most gray locks ( except for the last one, not everyone wants to have long hair!).
Short Gray Hair
Not everyone needs or wants to chop the length, but it is one way to deal with the above named topknot troubles. It was easiest for me to maintain shine and silveriness when I had a mid-length bob.
Cutting off hair that has been damaged by the elements or heat styling is a tried and true way to control the dryness and discoloration.
It also gives a fresh new look that is instantly rejuvenating.
Love Really Short?
Growing It Long
I know there are many women, like me, that see those gorgeous long locks of shining gray hair. It is so tempting to desire those below the shoulder lengths.
So I gave in, after two or three false starts, and began to grow out the length of my hair. I must be honest and say that the results are mixed. I haven’t given up yet, but if I remain ambivalent about this look, I will go back to the smooth, mid-length pageboy.
What Is My Beef with Body?
Thinning means less hair to give “body” to a style, and I have had layers put in to keep the style from going flat. Layers, however, can be more prone to flyaways when the weather turns cold (a trial for all types of hair).
Serums are still the best bet for taming flyaway hair, although hair pomade like Alberto VO5 works, too. Beware of too much which can weigh down and flatten your style.
Have you tried to grow out your silver locks? What were your hurdles?
Stop Turning Yellow!
I admit it, I didn’t use the color correcting products as often in the past year. The shampoo and conditioner formulated for gray hair make a huge difference under most circumstances.
I had an experience with battling a bout of yellowing after a beach vacation two years ago. I am convinced that using sun protection would have prevented it. I even went to my stylist and had a “Malibu Treatment” at the time, but I felt the results were negligible. Perhaps it will work better for you?
So far, the best antidote has been Paul Mitchell’s Forever Blonde line. In the future I will make a review comparing and contrasting several product lines, but this is my top tip so far.
Try rinsing with the juice of a lemon added to two cups of water. It will help clarify and brighten.
I have to contend with hard water, exposure to the elements ( LOVE being outdoors), what are your bug-a-boos? City pollution? Certain hair products? Chlorine?
UhOh Argan Oil
Maybe this personal anecdote is silly, but every time I used Argan oil, which makes hair very soft and pretty and is good for skin, I noticed a yellow cast to my hair. Hard water is also an issue in my area, but I believe the Argan oil was yellowing. Coconut oil is a better solution when moisturizing hair.
Alberto VO5 for gray hair has been my go-to for smoothing when styled, but I like natural oils for occasional replenishing.
The New Blonde
The longevity of the gray Celebrity fashion has been a happy circumstance. More and more models and actors display silvery manes. It is no longer remarkable when seeing women “of a certain age” with natural looking hairdos. The beauty of maturity is accepted and even celebrated, though I believe we have a ways to go in appreciating the middle-aged and aged.
A few highlights for a vibrant look in maturity:
Keep the style “young”, but not faddish.
Keep hair healthy, whether short or long.
Good grooming is always in style, don’t go for frumpish.
Protect from too much sun and heat.
Take vitamins- good looks are from the inside out!
Find the products that work best for you- experiment.
I hope these tips, styles, and reminders are helping you keep up appearances in the best possible way. I love my gray hair and would never go back to the artificial coloring regimen. I think it has the lighthearted feel of a Blonde, with the intelligence attributed to the Brunette, and an attitude of confidence all its own.
When I was a young woman I regularly used a facial steamer. It lasted me for many years… Until one of my teenagers rendered it unusable (don’t ask me how! I have no idea).
I recently decided it was time to begin facial steaming again.
Years ago, it was a Conair brand that served me well. Now I wished for some updated features.
In my research into reviews, the “KINGDOMCARES NanoSteamer” came up regularly. I like the features, although it came with a few negatives. Comments such as ” water reservoir was too small”, or complaints about plastic odor were offputting.
Pure Daily Care Nanosteamer
It was a close runner up to the one I have decided to purchase which is the “Pure Daily Care Nanosteamer“. Two features tipped the balance:
Long running time (up to 30 minutes)
Towel warming feature
This steamer comes with a bonus (extraction tools), but that did not weigh into my decision. It was named in the short lists for a number of recommended steamers, although never as #1 choice; Panasonic brand rated more highly, but was twice the price.
This appliance’s moderate price was a factor for me.
I would have liked the addition of aromatherapy features, but decided the quality of the steam, reliability of machine outweighs that addition of having essential oils at this time.
Most all of the steamers recommend using distilled water to reduce calcium buildup. Many customers of different brands reported problems if they used oils or tap water water. For aromatherapy, it seems best to use an appliance specifically for that purpose.
Lighted Magnifying Mirrors
My mother always had magnifying mirrors, so this was not new for me. What was new is the revelation of how important a lighted mirror with good magnification would be for aging eyes.
In a guest bathroom, a whole new view was revealed when I saw myself in a lighted 10X Vanity mirror. Hairs to pluck! Skin texture to exfoliate!
I knew it was time to order a mirror, and I knew which features I wanted:
with a cord
one with good reviews
I ended up with two mirrors, one ordered from Amazon, and one my husband picked up at Costco. Read my comparisons here.
Conair Oval Vanity Mirror
After much research I bought a Conair brand mirror that had less magnification, but better looks. Initially, I wasn’t as happy with my choice, but after use it has proved its assets.
This is the exact one I bought. I love the Satin Nickel finish. It is a very good looking mirror, and the lighting is pleasing. At first I felt the 7X was not strong enough magnification, but I believe this is one of the best mirrors to buy after a couple months of actually using it.
The Costco Mirror
I am less happy with this one. It was very economical ( which is why my husband bought it), but it has a buzz that is unpleasant when the light is on. The lighting is also very harsh and bothers my eyes. The 10X is useful, and I do use the mirror, but the glass quality seems lacking.
It is definitely a case of “you get what you pay for”.
Why Have Beauty Appliances?
In this time of life when my major goal is “divesting”, it is fair to ask why I am buying more appliances. I’ve done fine without them for so long…. why now?
For the mirrors, my aging eyes have had increasing trouble seeing my face for beauty regimens, including putting on makeup. The magnifying mirror with good light is a necessity. More important than a hairdryer, for me.
The steamers serve more than one purpose, and these things have to do with luxury and comfort. In a way, it is also more economical to give myself a facial than to spend extra on spa services. The steamers are good for home health, since they moisturize the air and skin.
So what appliances do you now feel are necessities for you? One of these or something else? Leave a comment to tell me about your favorites.
A woman’s love for shoes is well known, but what about the beauty of those feet inside the shoes? The finishing touch for a pedicure, the toes peeking out from sandals, and otherwise unadorned feet on the beach all deserve a little attention that comes from pretty polish.
Top Trends for Spring
In spring and summer those sandals shod or otherwise bare feet are on full display.
FOR fall/winter 2017
During the winter season, hands take center stage with bling, deep color, contrasts, and matte looks..
What colors are trendy? Which ones are classic? Nothing is easier to change and experiment with than nail polish.
So I thought I’d gather together a few of the thousands of choices available.
Whether you give yourself a home pedicure, or book a professional salon, these are the colors and looks to get for this year.
My Favorite Nail Polish Color
What is your favorite manicure style?
photo by lloria
What’s The Newest Fashion?
For 2016, gray and metal have gone to chrome. Ombre is taking the Pantone duo of Serenity blue and Rose quartz and mixed them one into the other. Yellow appears for spring.
Going into fall, matte looks and geometrics with bling are on trend. Take the ombre idea and make it matte with your fav wardrobe colors.
There are always seasonal changes, deeper colors for fall/winter and lighter ones for spring/summer, but what about fashion forward trends?
The buzz: BLUES are big. For 2015, it was cobalt, specifically. Freshen up your blues with this strong color that fairly sings (like a bluebird?). It will make you feel happy.
Autumnal shades are also a beautiful look. Try them in sheers or marbled looks.
Then there is the true gray color that has the same effect as the Gothic black (which is still popular), but looking newer.
Look for pinks, gray and neutrals, pastels on a sheer base for an almost nude look.
found on topteny.com
Lots Of Matte Look
Some say adding eye shadow or cornstarch to polish gives you the effect. For 2016, it is back to black
These were the Top Ten looks for 2016:
Navy with sparkles
Milky white, Creamy Beige opaques
Unusual French Nail Colors
Geometric and Abstract designs
For 2017: Keep the Navy, Get Edgier With the Art
Found on wewomen.com: this deep blue was popular for 2015. Update the design with vintage or geometric asymmetry.
Past Looks, Which Will Stay?
How it looks in 2016:
Gorgeous Red takes on a pure red apple look.
Nail Art goes to the art museums for abstracts, 3D, and geometrics.
For 2015: Gorgeous Red…. Dreamy Creamsicle Orange…. Super Natural…. Ballet Pink….
Get the picture? Classic reds, chic corals, soft pastels, and nudes are 2012’s colors. For 2013, the reds are tempered with art effects: half moon, racing stripes, and blood dripping art.
Get with 2015 and use sheer colors, tribal or marbled painted look. Or sophisticated gold stripe across every nail.
Nudes which are strongly blush pink and milk white, nail art.
Black is still strong …Pearl effects …Skin matching …Racing Stripes … the verdict is IN.
Pantone’s color of the year: Rose Quartz
Blues are navy.
Grays are charcoal.
Greens are seafoam.
Reds are apple.
Matte is Strong for 2016/17
DKNY matte nails
French Manicure – Is Back! But Different
The look of a French Manicure is classic and elegant. A natural colored nail with a white tip that is given a satin glaze.
The History of the French Manicure
Some stories tell it that Max Factor invented today’s “French Manicure” in the 1930s for Hollywood stars. It is one of the most requested nail designs.
This polish style had fallen out of favor with fashionistas, and the natural nail or black nail replaced it. The variation of the “American nail” with an off-white tip is considered more fashionable than stark white tips, today. And this is the basic way it has re-emerged.
For some, it was always be the favorite choice, and they will be happy this year.
The newest way to use a French nail look is with the edge stripe in pastels of green, blue, or pink. Fantastic art effects can also be found.
It takes a new tack: tips are done in color. Emerald green made an appearance…
Give yourself a manicure?
The Frugal Way To Be Fashionable
Pack of cotton balls
Paper towels / Makeup removal pads
Nail polish remover
LUSH has some of the most delicious products that are good for you and smell heavenly.
Soak hands in warm soapy water
Remove Nail Polish
Trim your nails
File your Nails
Apply 2 Coats Nail Polish
A paraben-free formula with 14 natural oils including Jojoba oil, Almond oil, Evening Primrose oil and now Argan oil and Borage oil. Zeva creates this luxurious emollient in a convenient pen applicator.
Keep your cuticles cared for – These are the best beauty buys for nails
Reading the advice of top manicure experts, you will no doubt come across recommendations for the best nail care products. The implements and time saving ways to keep your nails in top form. Take some time to look over these selected nail care products for gift ideas or to give your own nails the care they deserve.
Best way to Accessorize?
Cute manicures and pedicures!
Sanitation Is Important
At home, but especially when using a salon, remember to keep implements clean and sanitized for good foot health.
When was the last time you had your nails done?
Maybe its time to get a pretty pedicure
Maybe you are like me and tend to forget about your nails until there is a special event… like a wedding or a vacation where you will wear sandals, and you think, “Oh no, I need to do something for my nails!” Now, with all the pretty nail polish colors available, and the relaxing experience of a pedicure or a manicure, maybe it is time to put an appointment with a salon on your schedule a little more often. It isn’t a big thing, or an expensive thing, but the time spent grooming and painting your nails can add a little good feeling into your day.
photo by “Multiple fragments of tissue”
More than just a chance to pamper yourself, it can be a part of your health regimen. Cleaning with proper cutting and clipping of the nails can prevent ingrown toenails and infections. This is doubly important if you suffer from a condition like diabetes. If you opt for the professional pedicure or manicure, a massage is often included which improves the blood circulation.
Probably the most important concern is not the choice of a pretty polish color, but of the sanitation practices of the salon. You can always bring your own polish color, but the conditions of the facility is far more important for the health of your feet.
Illustrated how-to From directions to remove nail polish to full instructions on how to polish!
You can shell out your hard earned money for a pro manicure or pedicure, or you can get real luxury results at home by learning how, yourself .
Pretty Hands and Pretty Feet for Dancing
Giving yourself a home pedicure or manicure is easy and saves time and money that you might not have to spare at this time of year! This guide was written for those who like to perform belly dancing, but anyone who wants to show off pretty hands and feet are welcome to all the tips here…
Get ready to shine for the holidays.
Most bellydancers use a barefoot look, and all of them use expressive hand movements, so a good grooming regimen with pedicures and manicures are actually part of the costume. You can get it done professionally or save money by doing your own manicures and pedicures at home.
Why not try to care for as much of your foot grooming and manicures at home? Follow the links, get some luxurious products and make your graceful hands and feet beautifully cared for.
Nothing softens like a paraffin foot bath
Ancient Romans and later the French and British utilized the benefits of a paraffin for skin.
Paraffin wax is a common option in heat therapy treatments for people with arthritis- relaxes, relives pain, and moisturizes.
Paraffin increases the permeability of molecules into the skin. It is one way to drive beneficial ingredients into the stratum corneum skin layer.
Benefits of warm paraffin treatments include: an increase in extension of soft tissues; removal of toxins from cells; enhanced blood flow; increased function of tissue cells; relaxation of sore, stiff muscles; and relief of painful arthritic joints.
Ooooh, how fun to get a kit with so many fabulous products. Opi fine quality. Half the fun is a long lasting polish in a fun fashion color. This brand is one of my favorites, and I usually pick it from the selection at the salons, too.
These two videos make it easy to assemble your supplies and follow along in the steps needed to pamper your own feet. While we all love a trip to the salon, it isn’t always possible time wise or within the budget.
Opi is the premiere name in nail care- they have such high quality products! They give your nails a professional look, and in fact I have had pro nail services that use Opi products and polishes. Love them.
A Dancer’s Feet
Few things are more important to a dancer than the condition of their feet- something that we can all take notes from. Our feet are often neglected and even abused by our modern lives. We stuff them into shoes that squeeze them and leave them hurting. We forget them until they give us a problem- but taking care of our feet can give a sense of well being and will prove surprisingly refreshing.
To the Tips of Your Toes: Belly Dance Costuming for Your Feet
When planning your belly dance costume, don’t forget about your feet! Use this article to help you complete your look. This page appears on The Art Of Middle Eastern Dance by Shira, which offers over 1,000 articles related to belly dancing: historica
If you have read about the health benefits of Turmeric, then the idea of increasing your cooking repertoire to include more of this golden spice into your diet is a priority. The world cuisines that traditionally value the flavor of this spice provide a wide number of new dishes to try.
Spices can aid your health.
Where Can I Find Recipes That Call For Turmeric?
East Indian Foods
Indian cuisine is a highly developed and distinctive one, so it is easy to find lots of recipes of all types. Start looking at the Yellow curries, since the spice gives foods a nice golden yellow color.
Curcuma longa is grown in mainly in India which is another reason to begin our journey of discovery in the foods of this part of the world.
Less well known, but greatly loved by many who try it, Indonesian foods often are made with the addition of curry powder. They have their own version of curries, as do Thai foods.
North African Foods
Another richly flavored trove of foods that include the flavorings we are looking for; plus this is another fabulous regional cooking.
Health Food Stores
The well known health properties of certain spices inspire cookbooks that are geared towards an aim of wellness. Those cookbooks are often stocked in health food stores. Check to see if they have a bookshelf of cookbooks that contain recipes for teas and drinks, as well as other ways to include more of an ingredient like this.
Be Experimental With Old Favorites
Love egg salad? Chili? Macaroni and potato dishes? Try adding some healthful spices to those old standbys. You might like them even better with some of the zing that you have added.
Be Sure To Try The Curry Egg Casserole
On this page, the egg and curry dish is easy, tasty, and is great with added turmeric. So healthy if you add side dishes of fresh and cooked fruits and veggies, all on top of a mound of rice.
For British Tastes
The British developed a taste for many of the Eastern spices when they became familiar with the cuisine of their colonies. They also have sizable populations of people with Indian and Pakistani heritage. If you love a British menu, try the menu of many sorts of recipes including Turmeric.
We can add more Turmeric into our cooking if we try out recipes from those cuisines that traditionally included the spice. Indian, North African, and others often are flavored with it.
Besides adding certain ingredients, the flavorful dishes of this region are exotic enough to be something different, but full of delightful tastes that we will soon find comforting and filling. That means it won’t be just a one time recipe or two- you will be making some of these marvelous flavors as a new part of your cooking repetoire, and add to your health while doing it.
Oven Roasted Cauliflower, cauliflower is a common vehicle for the flavor of this spice, and this was one of the better recipes for making it. It has some additional spice from ginger and zing from jalapeño.
One of the best forms of exercise for keeping flexible and known for its gentleness, this has been my favorite workout. It requires few props, but for some, there are accessories that make yoga exercises more comfortable.
As I try new levels, I found a few items that I wouldn’t want to be without- so if you have someone on your gift list who wants to try yoga, or those who have been practitioners for a long time, consider some of these great ideas- or even apparel for those who just love comfort!
Browse through these great gift ideas for a healthier new year.
Personally, I think a gift basket like this (or one you assemble yourself) is the way to please even the pickiest person on your list. Noting their interests while catering to their desire to relieve stress makes this combination of items one that could please just about anyone.
Spa products, aromatherapy, and a few luxurious taste treats – who can resist loving that?
One of the best gifts for a person who practices yoga is a mat. This one is particularly attractive in color and eco-friendly.
What Is “Eco-Friendly”?
Usually made of rubber, sometimes mixed with jute or organic cotton.
These mats will be more expensive in cost.
What To Look For In A Mat
The majority of mats are made of PVC vinyl, but some may be made of jute, rubber, or cotton.
Although a bit sticky, PVC can last a very long time and endure a lot of use. It is also the most “cushion-y”.
There are different textures to choose from, with jute probably being the most rough to the feel.
That depends on you, with varying thicknesses available. I have one of my first mats that is a terry cloth material backed with foam, which is very thin, and a newer PVC which is much thicker. Sometimes I prefer one and sometimes another. Although I always liked the thinner matt for its feeling of stability and connection to the ground.
ALLERGIES TO LATEX
If you have allergy to latex like I do, you will probably need to forego anything made of rubber.
This Exercise is Good for You – Relaxes, Challenges, and Stretches for Strength and Flexibility
Gifts that will be used all year, because these exercise routines can be enjoyed by all in any season of life.
Almost anyone will benefit from the gentle stretches, and the levels of difficulty mean that a practitioner can progress through increasingly challenging workout.
If you are thinking about what to give the person who has already found this workout form, why not pay for classes at their favorite studio? Or if someone wanted to begin, why not give them a beginners kit including pre-paid classes, a workout outfit, and a mat?
Gift Basket Ideas:
Candle in soothing scent like ‘Green Tea’, or ‘Beach Walk’
Book with illustrated poses
Exfoliating glove and stress-relieving shower gel
Packed in a yogi tote
Good Health recipe book
Find out which is their favorite kind of class and be sure to get the clothing items or accessories that best go with that type of exercise. Check out the types in the table on this page.
Types of Yoga
breathing very important
tailored to the indvidual
use of room heat
Vinyasa or flow:
Yoga has become one of the most popular ways to exercise. The benefits listed on WebMD are improved flexibility, more strength, better concentration, improved posture, better breathing, find out more in their article.
There are classes in just about every city, but with DVD’s and fitness videos that are available those classes can be brought home.
Hint: prepaid classes are a great gift idea
This form of exercise boosts levels of brain chemicals which contribute to relaxation and contentment, and its effect on cortisol levels is considered the reason for yoga’s ability to boost the immune function. It stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, and that aids restoration and healing.
What To Look For In Workout Clothing
Loose fitting is the rule- except that a stretchy closer fitting top might work better than a baggy one. In poses such as downward dog… keep your shirt from falling into your face!
DOING THE “HOT” STYLE?
Capri or crop pants prevent sweaty slippery legs while allowing a cooler outfit
Fabric that wick sweat away from the body
What Is Hot Yoga?
Hot yoga is the use of raising the temperature of the room to allow muscles to warm and stretch more easily.
There is nothing that feels better than these five toe shoes- not even barefoot! Pay particular attention to measuring your foot for good fit. The Kangaroo leather is amazingly soft.
Vibram Barefoot Shoes – Perfect for Workouts
Until you wear a pair of these, you will not believe how comfortable they are. A great way to grip the floor when doing exercise, these shoes are mainly for indoor performance. There are other Vibram shoes for outdoor wear, such as running or water sports, but these are best for yoga workouts. I have a purple pair- I love them, and people remark on them. They are a little unusual, although increasingly popular.
One thing that I stress in my review is the importance of getting the sizing right for this type of shoe. If you don’t have access to that information, this isn’t the ideal gift suggestions. BUT, if you do know the accurate sizing to order, there is nothing that will make your gift more welcome than this super comfortable workout footwear.
This brand has made clothes for dancers for years, and their exercise and sports clothes are excellent.
Yoga Pants for Comfort – Lounging, Exercising, Almost Everything Is More Comfortable
Danskin and Green Tea are great brands, and there is nothing more comfortable than these pants. Allows for complete flexibility without binding while doing the stretches and poses. I prefer all cotton, maybe with some Spandex for stretchiness and shape.
I haven’t tried the straight leg type yet, but would love to.
Ball Chair – Improve your posture and your core strength
There are a number of these chairs on the market, and they seem to be an improvement for sitting on just a ball (which I’ve done). An excellent gift idea for someone interested in the health benefits of strengthening their core, who has to do a lot of sitting (like at the computer). It is on my wishlist.
You want contact with the floor or mat, so barefoot or barefoot shoes work best.
Relaxation is an important part of yoga practice: forget the phone and take full advantage of the rest at the end of the routine.
What Are The Senior Benefits?
help you stay agile
help you remain flexible
Yoga might help…
reduce heart rate
improve blood pressure
ease back pain
alleviate depression and anxiety
Are there drawbacks?
Yes, care should be taken with poses, and sometimes existing problems complicate the ability to do the poses safely. The answer is to use modifications to ease into the exercise. Also to not rush the progress, taking time to accomplish the level safely.
People everywhere have discovered the relaxation and therapeutic value of coloring. Adult coloring books are even on sale at the checkout of my grocery stores! I think it is a great idea, but I also think we should take this love of coloring one step further:
Allow our own creative vision loose!
Not instead of using the coloring books, but along with them.
I think it helps us feel inspired by another’s vision. The beauty of a talented artist frees us from worry that we won’t make something “artistic enough”. We aren’t held back by that fear. A coloring book is for our own creativity what training wheels are for a young bicyclist. It allows us to build confidence in our own abilities and strengthens the muscle coordination.
Using another artists picture does that for us, too. That is why children love their coloring books and paint by number sets.
But I am venturing the opinion that we ought to allow ourselves some freedom to be creative in our own right as well.
Copying For Practice, Not For Sale
We can start with copying ideas, there is nothing wrong with that when working on our own art therapy, but at some point we ought to take a chance on our own vision and style. To copy is an age old way to learn technique, but is never meant to pass off as one’s own.
Now get your supplies, spend some time in your coloring books, make a similar design of your own, and finally set your self free with your markers, pencils and blank sheets of paper.
Are you ready?
A Gift List For Coloring
High quality colored pencils
Reliable pencil sharpener
Some Pretty Books To Get Started
Don’t forget to have a sketch book on hand for when you feel like freehand drawing.
Using a coloring book and pencils makes art easy and attainable. It sidesteps the worry that we will not be a “good artist”.
“Mindful art” has been shown to reduce stress and provide a sense of comfort. (1)
Why does it work?
It helps switch off an overactive brain and center the mind’s focus.
It was observed that the repetition of coloring creates changes in heart rate and in brainwaves.
Activates the creative side of the brain.
Ritual that helps you unwind from the daily grind.
What Medium Should You Use?
It really depends on what you like, but I would start with pencils because they are so easy to use and blend. Pastels, markers, and pens,are other possibilities. Paints are also something you could try, along with good old crayons. If you have any doubts about how to color- since it may have been a few years since you attempted to try your hand at art, go ahead and view some how to videos on Youtube. I was surprised at the number of them that either showed tips and tricks ( like how to color leaves) or just recored someone coloring..
The news for me is eating more spices for the health benefits.
I Started Taking “Spice Pills”
I haven’t been aging as well as I’d hoped.
High blood pressure, joint and muscle pain, and eye problems have been plaguing me for the last decade. The medications I must take have had side effects. As a result, I have been trying to find the alternative solutions for these problems.
After seeing a late night episode of Dr. Oz with guest Dr. Weil, I was convinced that I should add turmeric to my diet, not just in the curries I already enjoy, but in supplement form.
World Flavors for Health
From the spice market
Turmeric is best absorbed along with black pepper, and barberry is also helpful. A pill that combines them is convenient. I decided to add this to the vitamins and fish oil capsules I’m already taking.
More Spice For More Life
But diet is much more than pills, and I wanted a “whole life” regimen that would hold the line against the ravages of aging.
I found that Italian spices are especially helpful, too. Oregano, thyme, garlic, marjoram and others. It doesn’t seem so hard to improve health and nutrition when you just need to make your foods more flavorful. This is in addition to the extra amounts I am adding through the standardized supplements I am now taking.
It makes sense to explore Indian, Mediterranean, and similar cuisines that incorporate healthful herbs and spices. Now that researchers have found to them to have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, you will want recipes that bring them to your table.
The more research is coming out which touts the benefits of spice for health, the more I am convinced that nutrition is an important building block to better aging. Of course that is along with exercise, and a creative, social lifestyle. Don’t forget adding a good nights sleep to the list!
Turmeric Comes From A Plant Rhizome
What Supplements For What Health Benefit?
Spice Up Your Brain
What Helps Your Brain Health?
Everyone wants better brain health, but most of us don’t bother to change our eating habits to improve. It sometimes takes the toll of age and health problems to finally jumpstart our motivation. That isn’t necessary.
Many of the dietary changes we make can increase our energy and help us function better, plus they can make food taste better. That is the beautiful thing about using these flavorings to aid our wellbeing. Our taste buds are happier!
Which spices are good for the brain and why?
This has curcumin which will improve memory and reduce plaques in the brain.
Its volatile oils increase the levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which protects against dementia.
This will help against free-radical damage in the brain, it increases circulation in the brain. “Rosemary for remembrance” takes on new meaning.
Cumin and sage have dementia-fighting power. It boosts brain performance, is anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant.
Zyflamend is a product made by the New Chapter company. Many reviewers applaud its effect on their joint pain.
I bought it since it combines numerous helpful herbs and spices into one capsule. According to the information on the box it contains:
Organic Green Tea
After reading the list of which spices and herbs are best for anti-aging and blood pressure regulation you can see why I chose this particular supplement.
Turmeric was used in Ayervedic medicine for centuries to treat infections, wounds, respiratory problems, colds, and liver disease.
It is known as “Indian Saffron” due to its beautiful golden yellow color. Grown from the plant Curcuma longa, which is a member of the Ginger family. The spice is made from the rhizome (underground stem food storage).
The turmeric rhizome is dried and then ground into the yellow powder which is commonly sold in grocery stores.
The taste of this spice is described as a “slightly acrid, yet sweet”, and I would call it a warming, aromatic flavor, with a slightly lingering aftertaste.
Curcumin, the principle constituent of turmeric, reduces the body’s levels of inflammatory enzymes COX-2 and LOX.
Studies show curcumin may reduce inflammation in the body. Curcumin is a compound in turmeric.
Ginger is an inhibitor of COX-2, an enzyme that makes prostaglandins which cause inflammation.
Cloves, which Dr. Mercola describes as “cinnamon on steroids” is good for many things including reducing inflammation.
Spices are thermogenic, meaning they naturally increase your metabolism.
Inflammation and Why It Harms
Chronic inflammation has been seen to be the root of many of the health problems of heart disease, arthritis, and even some cancers.
Do You Have Chronic Inflammation?
Chronic inflammation speeds aging; it is a factor in Alzheimer’s and atherosclerosis.
Inflammation is the body’s response to injury, but when there is a persistent problem, it becomes chronic. This long lasting immune response can be very damaging to our bodies.
Interesting Study On Real Benefits Of Spices
Read More About The Good Effects Of Spices
Turmeric, the Golden Spice – Herbal Medicine
Turmeric is a plant that has a long history of medicinal use, dating back nearly 4000 years. In Southeast Asia, turmeric is used not only as a principal spice but also as a component in religious ceremonies. Because of its brilliant yellow color
Since I just started taking Zyflamend I can’t report yet on what it is doing for me. I chose that particular product because it combines several spices together for the health benefits I am looking for, including the fact that black pepper increases the efficacy of Turmeric.
It becomes a good idea to reduce the number of pills when you want to become regular about adding them to your plan for better aging and well being.
The addition of more of these food flavors through new recipes and capsule supplements are just one of the changes I am making to my lifestyle, but one of the simpler ones.
Diet has been my biggest challenge, since up until my late forties I never had to consider it for my health! Spices are hopefully going to help me eat more of what is better for me and cut down on the carbs and sugars that I love.
More women are finding that their gray and silver locks can be stunning. No need to color their hair and struggle with roots that need touch-ups. Stay gray and love your healthy hair.
Maintain Your Silver Locks
I Say Silver is the New Blonde
You are seeing more of us everywhere: women who flaunt their silver locks. Gray hair is no longer a source of shame. Embracing our age gracefully, we have stopped coloring our hair and now revel in the healthy feeling of our own hair color, accentuating and not covering it up.
Of course, it helps that the likes of Lady Gaga and Emmylou Harris are photographed with their beautiful gray hairstyles.
But what about those of us who will remain gray after the momentary fads of fashion fade away? There is an art to dealing with the changes that aging makes in our skin and hair, and we are in no less need of beauty tips and great products to help us look our best. Growing older is no longer something women need to keep a secret, and it isn’t trying to look younger that needs to concern us, so much as looking and being as healthy and strong as possible.
That has always been the top beaut secret at any age, it just hasn’t been as aggressively marketed.
Maybe it is time to change that oversight.
My Story, the Evolution of Gray
I had dark, shiny brunette hair, and it being the seventies I wore it quite long. I didn’t color my mid-back length hair, but used coconut infused shampoos and gave it olive oil treatments. I cut it myself every once in a while. Being young, my main concern was shine and keeping split ends at bay.
Gray began to appear… I blame my kids ( just kidding). So, off to the hairdresser I went and blonde or caramel highlights began to become part of my “cover story”. It was a subtle way to blend the gray and disguise it .
As the years progressed through the decade, t e highlights grew chunkier and took up more brunette hair real estate, until it was obvious that this was not going to be sufficient to color the amount of gray that was replacing my originally very dark brown.
In my fortieth decade I started coloring my hair, and not satisfied with mere experiments of dark browns, caramel browns, or golden browns, I added highlights on top of the brown, because time was marching on and my skin was fading from the color that used to match the glossy brunette hair color of my youth. I wanted it to look as becoming and natural as possible. And the hair stylists did make me look good. For awhile.
But oh, those roots.
Closer hair appointments, more complex color services, added hair products to preserve those effects, and additional conditioning treatments, oh dear, this was all getting very expensive for my middle class budget. but, I was willing to pay it, and my husband complimented the results, so on with the carousel ride I went.
But I kept considering how women older than me were adjusting to their aging physical appearance and admired the ones who were comfortable in their skins, and noticed the gap between the look of the hair color and the look of the skin. It was apparent that at a certain point the hair and skin did not match up.
As I approached my mid-fifties, the decision was made. At some point I would go “cold turkey”, it would be time to tough out the dreaded “growing out” period, the half color/half natural stage that must be endured.
It wasn’t really so hard when the time came. I had gradually become almost “blonde”. ( Which is another hair color story almost in itself- do you know people treat blondes differently?) The gray transition was a bit tacky, but I didn’t have to cut all my hair off (I wear it mid-length,usually). It went gray, and has stayed that way ever since. I turned sixty this year.
Yes, a woman who will tell you her age will tell you anything. It’s true.
The Reaction To Shades Of Gray
I have a nice silver gray, it’s true, but I was not prepared for how (most of the time) the reactions of people to my gray hair is quite complimentary and positive.
Of course there was that shock when transitioning to the natural shade of color, when someone in the grocery line behind me telephoned their mom “Im in line behind the old lady”. Well, I am older, and not everyone is going to say “the nice looking old lady”! But that is okay, because it is very freeing to become comfortable in ones own skin… and hair.
Comfy, Yet? Easy Gray Hair Care
Take Care Of Your Hair, Maintain Shine And Health
When hair loses its pigment, it also often changes in texture. Like many women who go gray, my hair became more coarse and curly.
I have learned since allowing my natural hair color to reign that shine and a smooth look are more becoming, especially when I want to look my best. Certain hair products are essential for this. I like shampoos formulated for silver hair, and smoothing serum to tame the frizzies. If I really want to look my best I run a flatiron over my hair to style it.
Are You Comfortable With Your Graying Color Yet?
Give Your Silver Some Shine Image courtesy of Ambro
One of the ways that gray hair grows on you (a little pun, there!) is by seeing other women who have changed to their gray and look beautiful. Think about famous actresses like Helen Mirren, Jamie Lee Curtis, Meryl Streep.. and models like Maye Musk, Cindy Joseph, and Yasmina Rossi. They are all examples of just how gorgeous a gray haired woman can be.
One thing they all have in common is that their hair has a healthy look, and taking care of hair inside and outside has always been a secret of women with beautiful hair.
Improving the Outside?
Yellow cancelling shampoo
Serum for smooth shine
Gentle shampoos, moisturizing conditioners
Protection from sun and wind
Improving the Inside?
Good health habits in general
Vitamins A, B Complex ( that means all of them together), D and E are all of vital importance to hair health.
Eat more eggs, walnuts, lentils… even oysters! All have nutrients that are great for hair health.
What Causes Hair To Go Gray?
It wasn’t until recently that scientists discovered the role that hydrogen peroxide played in the loss of melanin in the hair. The hydrogen peroxide that is produced by the body interferes with the production of melanin which is the pigment for hair color. As we age the enzyme that breaks this chemical down into harmless water and oxygen is no longer produced so well.
Does this mean you can prevent your hair from turning gray? No, not yet. Scientists don’t quite know what to do with their new findings, but they are working on it.
Can stress turn your hair gray?
Scientists don’t think so. It seems to be more a product of your genes. Your genes and the decrease of certain metabolic enzymes like catalase.
Can I reverse the gray through supplements?
No, it doesn’t work that way. The enzyme, that your body is producing less of, is unstable and it isn’t possible to direct it to the hair follicles where it would make a difference in the production of melanin.
This is one of the most popular shampoos for cancelling out yellow. It has color properties that highlight the silver hair, but one of the big reasons users like it is because of the fact it is paraben-free. Best results are for well conditioned hair, so be sure to use a conditioner, as well.
Silver is the new blonde! Make your declaration, Silver Fox.
Go For The Silver
Helen Mirren’s Style
We live in a forever young society and no one mirrors that more than our celebrities, but for aging well, Helen Mirren is the perfect role model.
The Silver Fox, Stunning Gray Hair Styles
What are the best products to keep silver hair in top condition? Which celebrities have gone gray and flaunt it? Find out and get style ideas, too. Beautiful up-to-date hairstyles.
There are some fabulous products that really rev up the shine that is so vital for great looking silver hair.
Having gray hair was once, and for many still is, a dreaded sign of age. This was a change to be denied with frequent trips to the Salon or Drug store so that “only her hairdresser” knew for sure whether there were streaks of gray growing in that crown of glory.
Times have changed and with many women accepting, even reveling, in their gray tresses, lots of beauty products have come on to the market to make the best of the silver color.
There are three main things for great looking hair that has lost its pigments (the things that make strands black to blonde and everything in between)
Healthy habits that give strength and vitality ( the hair has to start out in good condition)
Keeping the hair clean and moisturized, which removes dulling buildup and prevents dry frizzies)
Using hair products that cancel yellowing, product to give shine and polish, gentle care when styling.
Let’s Look At Shampoo And Conditioner
Look for something gentle:
Keeping hair moisturized and healthy-looking is a matter of being gentle with it: no harsh products that strip away the oils and out er layer of the hair shaft. No overuse of heat from dryers and flatirons, or chemical treatments (permanents or straighteners).
Personally I have been using Paul Mitchell’s Forever Blonde, which tones and shines up my silvery hair.
If you’d like to try an intro pack of full size bottles in a case, I think you might be pleased with this combo sold on Amazon. The formuas are sulfate-free, gentle and moisturizing , and I love the toning color effect on my hair.
What about parabens?
Parabens are preservatives. The worry was that, as xenoestrogens, they would contribute to cancers- especially breast cancer.Commonly used in shampoos and other cosmetic formulations, if you have concerns seek out a Paraben-free product.
What about sulfates?
Sulfates are more potentially dangerous, and connected with a number of health issues, including hair loss.
The most popular of all the shampoos/conditioners that are used by women who frequent my pages on Silver hair is Pravana. It is free of the offending additives,
These two choices are the top two brands I would personally recommend, on all counts.
Styling And Shine
Finally we come to the main topic, which is how to add some real wattage to your hair, bringing out all the beauty of silvery hair. (And that includes, the salt and pepper and steel variety of grays, too),
I Love Serums
The first must have is serum. There is more than one, but again I am partial to Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Wild Ginger Styling Treatment Oil. No, I’m not paid to recommend these products. This brand has just worked out very well for me.
I love this stuff and not just for the gorgeous scent (which is one of the selling points that I would certainly gush on about).
Most any serum is going to give you the sleek look you are looking for, and I have used many types, Garnier, L’Oreal, John Frieda-and more. But the Wild Ginger Treatment Oil has natural extracts along with the silicone that produces the shininess. It is very lightweight and doesn’t weigh down your hair.
Apply it right after washing your hair, while it is still quite damp.
Buy Two, because you will love the way it makes your hair feel, small, and look. Actually I use this entire line of products. From the shampp through the sea-spray, to the hair styling mousse and more. What can I say? I fell in love with the fragrance and the way my hair looked.
(For shampoo and conditioner I switch off between the Forever Blonde and the Wild Ginger…with occasional use of Bumble and Bumble) I happen to be a big believer in rotating through different formulations for hair products.
The Gray Hair Pep Talk
For More Information
I started out writing about gray hair after deciding to grow it out, and doing some research and experimentation with what products worked best for me. Getting older meant lots of beauty choices changes and this was one of them. I collected lots of info and hairstyles which I included in an article posted on Squidoo.
There are times when modern life is just too much: too much noise, demand, and activity. Here are some pointers and soothing music to de-stress your day.
Nothing improves the quality of life more than learning how to manage stress.
Stress contributes to physical diseases as well as emotional discomfort. But we can learn how to minimize stress, and I might even say we must learn to do so for our health and well being.
Modern life and its demands do not exactly lend themselves to this healthier way of living and think, so we must mindfully replace frustrating pressures that keep us on the hamster wheel with different habits. Some involve ways of thinking, some are physical activities…. but all lead us to find time to relax and breathe a little deeper.
Enjoy the tips and suggested products, listen to the soothing music. It’s all good.
My blood pressure had gotten dangerously high and I really needed to stop stressing, but have you ever noticed that when you try so hard to stop stressing it stresses you all out? So I started using my online journaling to focus on the positive, to be grateful and to think about life in a more optimistic way. I still struggle sometimes, but my life and thinking have really improved. I highly recommend implementing many of these stress breakers into your own life.
UPDATE: My Happy Thoughts blog, “mood helium”, has been folded into this one.
Allow yourself some private time each day, as little as half an hour can make a difference.
Pray and meditate.
Buy a bouquet of flowers or pick one from your garden, flowers brighten up your mood.
Take a long rejuvenating walk, it gives new perspectives.
Unplug. Your ipod, your computer, your phone, your TV, your radio. The mind you save may be your own.
A nice hot cup of green tea and a good book- you are feeling relaxed already.
You can’t unplug? Then turn on some music and dance. Invite a toddler to join you.
Call a friend.
Go to the salon for a manicure and a pedicure, a shampoo and styling; don’t make major changes, just enjoy the pampering.
Fix a comfort food, and let yourself completely enjoy it. Mindfully, in-the-moment eating for the full benefit of this indulgence.
Take 20 minutes to remember the good times of your life, and to be grateful.
Get your favorite feel-good movie out and watch
Start a Blessings journal, and take time for God.
Go outside, go to the beach or the mountains or your favorite park. Smell the roses and let the breezes ruffle your hair. Let the sun shine on your face. Now, wasn’t that nice?
A Spiritual Journey To Peace
Spiritual Soaking and Mental Relaxation: Modern interpretation of an ancient religious practice, spiritual soaking is a form of prayer and meditation. It relaxes ones mind and relieves stress as side benefits.
Things We Can Learn From A Dog…
How to really enjoy life
I read this years ago, and the simple wisdom of it never fails to amaze me. The older I grow the more I appreciate the good advice…. if only dogs could talk I know this is what they try to tell us.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
When it’s in your best interest, practice obedience.
Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.
Take naps and stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
Never pretend to be something you’re not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree.
When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
No matter how often you’re scolded, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout…run right back and make friends.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
If you have ever sat in one of these chairs, you know why it is on my wish list. An at home massage anytime you need it; it relaxes you head to foot.
Inhaling a pleasant or refreshing fragrance can sometimes be more soothing than almost anything else- and no calories! Incense, fragrant bath oils, aroma infused indoor fountains, scented candles, those and more are things that refresh my mind. And I just love the smell of laundry that has been hung out to dry on the clothesline.
What smells create a calming effect for you?
More Aromatherapy Info
Tussy mussies were invented for just that reason…. You can make your own you know.
Oils and essences have healing properties, besides creating a sense of rest, energy, or calm.
Paradox: Exercise Reduces Stress – when working harder helps…
When stressed-out, the temptation is to eat something fattening and comforting, sleep more, or sit in front of the TV or computer to try to distract oneself, but the better answer is often to get the body moving physically. What happens when we exercise that helps to reduce stress?
“Exercise increases your overall health and your sense of well-being, which puts more pep in your step every day. But exercise also has some direct stress-busting benefits.
It pumps up your endorphins. Physical activity helps to bump up the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. Although this function is often referred to as a runner’s high, a rousing game of tennis or a nature hike also can contribute to this same feeling.
It’s meditation in motion. After a fast-paced game of racquetball or several laps in the pool, you’ll often find that you’ve forgotten the day’s irritations and concentrated only on your body’s movements. As you begin to regularly shed your daily tensions through movement and physical activity, you may find that this focus on a single task, and the resulting energy and optimism, can help you remain calm and clear in everything that you do.
It improves your mood. Regular exercise can increase self-confidence and lower the symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety. Exercise also can improve your sleep, which is often disrupted by stress, depression and anxiety. All this can ease your stress levels and give you a sense of command over your body and your life.”
Yoga relaxes – The gear aims for comfort and relaxation
Comfortable clothes and yoga mats make for a great workout. Workouts are an important key to health and aid feelings of well being.
More things that relax….
At home or away, there are certain things that restore and relax like nothing else: hot tub or massage, and soothing music.
“A hot tub can stimulate the release of our stress reducing endorphins. A hot tub’s hydrotherapy jets also dilate blood vessels to help prevent headaches. And when it comes to falling asleep faster and getting a deep night’s sleep, the National Sleep Foundation clearly states, “soaking in hot water, such as a hot tub or bath, before retiring to bed can ease the transition into a deeper sleep.”” 
Other times and cultures, resiliency of people over history, “this too shall pass”, simplicity of a monk’s meditation, the greatness of the mountains…
Let the realization of your own troubles and urgent pressures melt in the background… imagine a visit to a quiet, ancient mountain fastness.
Or draw… or do a collage. Something about making a beautiful piece of art is restorative. It calms your mind while giving you a bit of a creative challenge. Many people find the process of art to be a good antidote for stress. So pull out the pens and pencils, the watercolors and papers and make something!
Much of my life has been spent in the endeavor of bettering myself.
I have read and implemented, however temporary and incomplete, innumerable self-help books on many topics. I have made lists, and plans, throwing myself into everything from those elementary school years of memorizing encyclopedia facts, reading the dictionary and giving myself a “word for the day” to following organizational methods and pop psychology solutions.
Let’s add to that the diet and health, relationship and spiritual improvements made mandatory by the appearance of defects that can no longer be denied or swept aside.
A recent meeting with old friends brought another way we better ourselves. It is perhaps a more organic way, but certainly it is one that has quicker ignition and spurs us to put that inspiration to work.
The influence of better individuals on our lives.
Some of those qualities are those who are kinder, those more accomplished, those with sharp intellects, or depth of thinking. Some qualities are those of practiced and gracious service to others, characteristics of perseverance or diligence, dependability and loyalty, mental and emotional flexibility. The list is a myriad as human beings themselves.
As we rub shoulders with individuals or groups of people with these characteristics, the skills and motivations rub off on us… or at the very least, the desire and vision to rise to a higher bar.
We are spurred and sparked. We become better.
This isn’t to say that there are “classes of people”, although I think we often have the perversity of mind to think so. It is the appreciation of what other individuals have to offer us in light of their unique qualities, and a reflection on what we contribute to those around us.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
My level of thinking is raised by conversations, reading, hearing whatsoever is of value. It reminds me of the focus of this blog: Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
One place I believe we find these things is in the friendship and relationship to those around us that exhibit the better qualities we wish to have.
Connection is that most basic of human needs, but we have a wide variety of ways and people to whom we connect.
I believe, now, that there are two ways to connect in ways that we can better each other. One is in finding those individuals that bring out the best in us, and that tends towards an exclusiveness in our relationships. The other is in finding the best in each person we encounter. That inclusive factor is not the more superior way, but it will certainly be the more common of our experience.
I do think there are times we need to steep ourselves in positive relationships and atmospheres. Times when we creatively brainstorm with those who engage with us creatively. Times when a peaceful and supportive atmosphere is necessary.
But whatever the need of the moment may be, it is my thought that we should most highly prize those whom we have found to be an inspiration and encouragement to us to better our lives, our selves.
Cherish those in your life, appreciate their contributions … especially when they have helped you to become a better person.
Whom have you found, and why do you think knowing them makes you a better person for it?
GraceAnne made a terrific beauty tips video, and stuffed it full of great makeup advice for any age group. I’ve worn makeup all my life and I learned some things!
I’ve always loved this type of mini review of products, partly because I like to find great products, but also because there is such a huge amount offered that it is hard to sort through them all. A shortcut to recommended brands which create a great look is a money and time saver.
I’m going to post the video here, but please consider going to Youtube to follow GraceAnne and give her thumbs up. Following the video I’ll post some links to the recommended products (the only thing missing from a perfect beauty haul review).
Tarte Maracuja Oil
This is the one I really want to try. I started using face oil a few years ago, but not this particular brand and I really like the sound of how this one works.
MAC Studio Fix Fluid
Using foundation since I was thirteen and now I’m in my sixties. I think it gives a finished look, protects skin, and today’s formulations can actually be really good for your skin. MAC is one of the best names in makeup- but the price has always stopped me from trying this brand. Now that I know the qualities that make it worthwhile, I think I will try it next time I run out of foundation.
Kat Von D Blush in ‘Love Song’
Have to agree that this color is fresh and pretty and looks like it gives a very soft, natural look.
Tarte Maracuja Lip Scrub
Totally new product for me- I just used whatever facial scrub, but the fact that this one has the facial oil in it sounds ideal. I’ll consider this one, even though a lip scrub is not high on my personal list.
Fresh Sugar Lip Tint
I already have used this for years- love it! It has a very pleasant fragrance and feel, goes on smoothly without the sticky feel that other similar products often have. The color is perfect for more mature women who want light youthful color.
Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Shadow
Intriguing. I wonder if this tip will work for aging eyelids- I am definitely going to try it. Maybelline is a very economical and easy to find brand, so it is a cinch to experiment with.
Maybelline Stiletto Eyeliner
I use pencil eyeliner and prefer cake when I can find it. So I’ll leave this type of liner for the younger set. I revisited liquid liner, but my eyes are already sensitive and I didn’t like the heavy look. Personally, I will pass on this, but GraceAnne’s eyes look great with it- so for the economical price- go ahead and give it a try to see if it works for you.
Nars Lip Liner
I used lip pencils and it is great for making lasting color- especially if you like the “stained” look with gloss on top. Older lips need the defining line … and I love this color- would most definitely buy it! On my list, now.
By the way, about “Rikugien”: The name Rikugi-en means Garden of the Six Principles of Poetry, read more? Nars borrows the name for its muted pink satin pencil.
Plumful is really a pretty color! I have never tried MAC lipsticks, but just love lipsticks, so another one has made my list. I may skip eye makeup, and often just use BB cream instead of foundation now, but I always carry and use lip color.
Urban Decay shadows
This is one eye shadow collection that is truly worth it. The neutral colors will give you a look that can be subtle or dramatic and not look garish.
You wanted a prettier picture, didn’t you? But prettier pictures aren’t true reflections of reality, and we are just going to feel, and look, more frumpy until we take that reality and turn it to our advantage.
OK, that sounds pretty dismal, doesn’t it? The reality is that though aging isn’t what it used to be, it still presents challenges. (Let’s be honest here).
If you are like me, and find that aging is sometimes much more awkward than graceful, but you are ready to tune things up and refurbish your chassis a bit…. this is the toolkit for you.
While some of the most helpful tools and tips for anti-aging are included here, reader tips are quite welcome (actually if you could see me I am begging with pleading eyes). Please share any tips that you have found to help the rest of us maintain health, preserve beauty, reconstitute our dreams, or whatever is in YOUR toolkit…
Helen Mirren’s Style
Helen Mirren elicits admiration from many, including me, for her her mature beauty and elegant style. I’ve looked to her for clues in how I might gain this look for myself.
I am no longer young and slim, so what do I wear now?
It doesn’t matter if the only part of that statement is that you are no longer young. No, I take that back… you are actually a step ahead if you had to deal with a curvier, heavier body to clothe, because you know that there are clothes that make you look better and feel more comfortable and those that are a crime to wear. You know the clothes I’m talking about, the ones they sell to us, every season, which some of us ( not naming names) buy …every season… because we haven’t learned our lesson yet.
But like some other parts of the toolkit, this one has a few universals, too. Like posture. Good posture gets rid of lots of rolls that you thought you had, but were just re-situated flesh. More flesh just makes that more obvious. Besides, you feel better and your frame operates better when you have good posture.
Good posture is one of those things that depends on the strength of your muscles, especially your abdominal muscles. Yes, those. Whoa, Nelly, why are we talking about good posture when this was supposed to be about the fun stuff, like buying clothes? Well, hold your horses, there, friend… you have heard of a clothes horse, haven’t you? ( yes, I’m having too much fun with this).
A woman who has good posture has an air of confidence, and her clothes just look better on her. As older women we need that. Put that in your toolbox.
Changes in Clothes
I had to change the types of clothes I buy. I now appreciate stretchy waists ( I know: the abdominal exercises, etc… but I am not totally there yet). Looser flowy ( but not too flowy) tops are my friends. Tight Tshirts and low waisted jeans are my enemies until I lose alot of weight, which is not happening soon, but hopefully at some point. That admitted, my body has rearranged and I am not sure what exercise and weight loss is able to do about that.
Better to have shirts and jackets that skim the waist, don’t tuck things in or cinch them if your waist and surrounding areas are a little bulgy.
Clothing tool #1: refuse to wear something too tight
As always, I LOVE white cotton, buttoned shirts. LOVE them. They are my best friends.
Clothing tool #2: wear good shoes that are comfortable for you
Clothing tool #3: get a good quality, well cut coat.
Another tool in my personal toolkit is to take my tasteful, honest daughter shopping with me. I made my better choices on a coat and purse that way. My look tends to stay in a rut, otherwise.
Clothing tool #4: find brand names that work for your body.-buy those brands.
Don’t buy your ‘age’, buy your ‘style’.
I almost wish girdles were back in style, though. Never mind, pretend I didn’t say that.
Even if you color your hair, but especially if you have gone gray, your skin fades, and that needs an adjustment in the hues you buy for your wardrobe.
I’ll tell you a personal story. I colored my hair for a number of years, I chose a warm brown with caramel highlights mostly ( the stylist did the work, but I chose the general color I wanted). Warm colors and I went with an Autumn wardrobe palette, even though I’m one of those hard to pin point seasonal colors (“Winter? Autumn. Autumn? Winter… um I don’t’ know ..OK Autumn“) Anyways, once my hair turned steely gray with a winter white shock of it near my face, the oranges and mustards didn’t look so good on me anymore. Corals were a bit iffy, too. Yellows were downright bad. So I had to rearrange the color scheme of my wardrobe.
The one color I know I look good in is Charcoal. Still in the learning curve.
Clothing That Fits
Your middle is thicker, you may have changed dress sizes, and your bra may not fit right. Adjust your self image with your reality. That doesn’t mean old fashioned style! Keep open minded about incorporating new style into your look. Quality construction and fabric count. Smooth, well fitting clothes shaves off the years.
Get a Good Looking Jacket
Mac and Jac Is One Designer with Class
Find a Brand that Fits YOU!
Certain brands are kinder to the mature figure
Look for stretch fabrics, good cut, forgiving waistlines, tummy minimizing panels.
Gloria Vanderbilt pants and jeans always fit me well. I now stay with brands that cater to women who have my shape- older women, that is. A slimming pair of pants are ones that fit well, and are comfortable at the same time. This is one of those brands that fit.
The little extra bit of stretch and the cut are what set these jeans apart.
Have a Favorite Handbag?
Does Its Style Flatter You? – Carry it fashionably
A bulky, out of date handbag can date you. Take cues from fashion and the younger generation on this accessory.
My daughter-in-law picked out my all time favorite handbag as a gift for me. It holds everything, but has a very slim outline and not too heavy. When I go on vacation I like something bigger to carry more with me. For most occasions, too big a bag weighs me down with everything I am tempted to carry around in it, so a smaller bag with lots of organized pocket space helps save my energy.
Look in a mirror when choosing a handbag to see the overall silhouette. Better quality materials, as in clothing, makes accessories to contribute to an overall svelte or youthful look.
As you can tell by now, I let brand names guide me when it comes to fashion, style, and fit. Fossil is my fav name in purses.
Tools For Health
Keep Active, Eat Right, Use Effective Products
Jamie Lee Curtis is a good role model
Jamie Lee Curtis,Good Looks At Any Age
I think Jamie Curtis is absolutely gorgeous. She has a look that is healthy, natural, and which any woman might want to emulate. Jamie Lee Curtis and I share something in common: we have some Hungarian ancestry. With her athletic, yet feminine style, she has a youthful look to emulate
First a confession. I stopped coloring my hair and went naturally gray a few years ago, and I am radically happy about it. That doesn’t mean I am going to evangelize the rest of the women in the world to do the same. I am going to celebrate my choice. That said, the tools we are going to use for maintaining our beautiful (think positively, now) mane of hair are applicable across the spectrum of no color, highlighted, full-on colored treatments. In fact, most of the tools are things we should do no matter what our age.
Cross-Generational and Cross-Color Tools:
Keeping the scalp clean
Right Products for the (our) Hair
Actually what you will notice is that many of our tools are going to be multitasking to improve our skin, our energy levels, and our moods. That is because the foundation that ought to have been drummed into us when we were younger was that the the basis for beauty is good health. In fact, good health is the basis for a lot of the better things in life.
So we might as well make up our minds right now that we are going to learn how to use these tools properly and work with them every day. It is our job. Our job is to learn how to live our lives to their fullest. Sure, aging and all sorts of things get in the way, that is the backbeat of life, but our job is to maintain ourselves to the utmost of our ability. Why? Do I need a reason why? Of course I do, because like most everyone else I tend to forget: I cannot trade myself in or get replacement parts when somethings starts giving out.
We need to take care of ourselves and keep ourselves as healthy as possible.
That ought to be listed in the tools: a right attitude towards ourselves and our health.
Once Your Hair Is Healthy
Once your heir is healthy, keep it shined with a serum. Use a straightening iron to keep it smooth and bring out even more shine.
Older women need a bit of color, but nothing garish. Compliment dark clothes, and silvery hair with soft roses in your cheeks and on your lips.
Similar to losing color from lips, our eyebrows sometimes thin and need some accenting. I use eyebrow powder and like it much better than pencils. When I was young I had quite think dark brows, so this is another side effect of the growing older.
Not just what goes on cosmetically, when we utilize the tools of nutrition plus other activities to keep the brain healthy we are preserving our health, beauty, and life.
I was introduced to Dr. Amen through PBS and what he has to say makes great sense. A better brain and keeping your weight down? I’m sold on that.
Improve your nutrition
There are sooo many supplements and companies that produce them that it might make your head spin. Generally I like to stay within certain brand names that I trust, but if you look at features such as “standardized” ingredients, you are likely to find good quality products.
I’ve used “New Chapter” for years, ever since my health-conscious daughter recommended them.
Although there are quite a few special formulations, I like to use a multi-vitamin as a basic start for good nutrition.
*You use sunscreen, don’t you? AND get plenty of time outdoors to get the vitamin D from the sun? It sounds contradictory, but you need to protect your skin from sun damage, getting sunburned, but good health requires some outdoor time, since the skin makes important vitamin D.
A Good Skin Care Regimen
I love Shiseido! I’ve tried many brands, but this has to be my all time favorite for great products with fantastic results.
Take Care of Your Aging Hair
Gray hair can stay- looking healthy
One of the most helpful tips I learned about my hair which seemed to be thinning out was to keep the scalp clean. I thought too many shampoos would make my hair too dry, but actually it is important for the health of the hair follicles to keep the scalp clean. Check out the Silver Fox gray hair lens for great hair products.