“It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution. The reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with surprising strides.”
– George Sand
As women, the ageing process can be uniquely difficult. Unlike Brad Pitt and George Clooney, women are rarely acknowledged as getting better with age. We face insurmountable pressure to look our best at all times and for some women each new birthday ignites fear, anxiety and symptoms of depression. Brookhaven Retreat is a women-only residential treatment center that helps women of all ages get emotionally and mentally well. As part of residential treatment for mental health and substance abuse issues, women learn to accept the ageing process and find confidence in growing old through embracing acts of self-care.
October is National Cosmetology Month, making it the perfect reason to show your self and your age love by indulging in some beauty secrets for all ages.
In your 30s: When we enter our thirties we may find ourselves overwhelmed by growing responsibilities to our budding family, parents and work. Often these are new components in our life and we have yet to find a healthy routine, which makes time for our own needs while balancing outside obligations. But it is crucial to maintain time for ourselves to embrace this new era. Experts say this is the time to prevent early aging by using sunscreen, peptides and exfoliates. Our hair may need more frequent conditioning than in our 20s and a good yellow-peach concealer goes a long way to hide those sleepless nights and increased stress that accompany our 30s.
In your 40s: Our 40s can bring us an abundance of hormonal changes that completely transform the texture and thickness of our hair. As our hair thins and becomes coarser we may choose to ease up on the heat damage and daily washings and embrace our natural look. Women in their 40s also see changes in their skin, which calls for a nutritious diet, a good wrinkle cream and less makeup. Using vitamin A topically can help promote collagen production at a time where our skin elasticity is fading. Although it is often marked by greeting cards with the phrase “over the hill”, it is in reality a wonderful time to try out new beauty tricks and continue to glow with confidence.
In your 50s: Usually in her 50s, a woman experiences a major drop in estrogen. Estrogen is what helps keep skin moisturized and glowing, therefore without it there needs to be some key adjustments to our beauty routine. Incorporating an anti-inflammatory, either naturally or through a cream, can reduce redness and inflammation. To revitalize the volume of our hair, try using a round brush when blow-drying or Velcro rollers. Along with the hairs on our scalp, we also may notice thinning brows; this is an easy solution for many by simply using a good brow pencil to fill in lighter hairs.
In your 60s: For many women, turning 60 is empowering. This is the time when they are confident, secure and accomplished, while the beauty routine is often simplified. Try using a cream with jojoba and borage oil to hydrate dry skin. It is also an excellent time to try something new with your hair; don’t be afraid of growing it out or letting it go grey!