Trends come and go, so there’s rarely anything completely original or new these days in the world of beauty and fashion. When it comes to rules in these areas, they just invite you to break them. One might even say that it’s expected of you, since beauty and fashion habits gain their personality from consumers being a little mischievous. But there are no better rule breakers than ladies over 50. Experienced and mature, they not only do it with style, but also own it every step of the way. If you want to become one of them, be a rebel and break the following out-dated beauty rules.
Rule No. 1 – Oily skin can use only oil-free products
Not all oils are the same, just like there are good and bad fats when it comes to nutrition. A lot of oils have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, and they can also soothe the skin. They are full of amino acids and anti-oxidants, which protect the skin and keep it hydrated, contrary to the popular belief that they clog the pores. Moreover, mature skin needs more vitamins, and these oils have them in abundance. As with any skin type, oily skin needs to be cleansed and taken care of regularly, but aggressive and harsh products will actually dry out the skin too much and increase the production of oil.
Essential oils from aloe vera, jojoba, tea tree and lavender to name a few are all welcome on your oily skin, and yang ylang will even soften fine lines, while myrrh fights the signs of aging as well as improving firmness. Geranium oil is great for healing small scars like those left from puberty acne and is actually advised for oily skin since it controls the production of sebum. Patchouli will close the pores and chamomile will calm the redness and rejuvenate the skin.
Rule No. 2 – Cover up those greys
Grey hair used to be a scream-worthy catastrophic moment in anybody’s life, regardless of age or gender. Although it was found endearing in men like George Clooney, most of them also coloured their hair and covered the greys. But more and more ladies have not only accepted their changing hair colour, but they’ve also stopped seeing it as a sign of age. Many women colour their hair in various shades of grey today, undergoing an aggressive treatment of brightening it with damaging products before reaching the tone they wanted. On the other hand, ladies over 50 can enjoy their natural beauty and still have stylish haircuts.
Rule No. 3 – Correct the aging signs immediately
This is the age of revelations and liberation, when women cannot only be what they are, but can also embrace all that used to be pointed out as flawed. Instead of choosing to surgically remove your signs of aging, consider doing something less invasive. Among other things, the side effects of these procedures are losing your facial features and becoming unrecognisable. So opt for the best lash & eyelash extensions Sydney can give you, try hyaluronic acid fillers and serums for wrinkles, permanent makeup and eyebrow drawing. These methods are not so dangerous, and will let you wear your age with dignity and style.
Rule No. 4 – Blue eye shadow and red lipstick are a NO-NO
There was a time when blue eye shadow and red lipstick were shunned from the face of the earth and ridiculed at best. Women who wore these colours were stigmatised as cheap and shameful. But luckily those times are gone, and these gorgeous colours are back in style, although not combined on the same person. Nowadays, darker shades of blue, like midnight or navy, are very desirable and thought to be elegant. They are perfect for accentuating the strong and independent woman. Red lipstick on the other hand shows the sensual and classy side of a mature woman, as Helen Mirren proved on several occasions.
Rule No. 5 – Dress appropriately for your age
Let’s be honest, age-appropriate dressing is a wrong and offensive rule invented to restrict women and tell them what they can and can’t wear. This is also widely used when people want to say someone is dressed vulgarly or inappropriately for the occasion. Women are sensual beings, and if the modern era has proven something it’s that mature ladies can still look great in a red dress or showing off some cleavage. In the end, it all comes to having a great sense of fashion and following the newest trends. Women like Meryl Streep or Sandra Bullock are considered fashion icons even today when they’re over 50.
This is the perfect time for women to discover their inner beauty and celebrate their natural self, no matter their age. There’s nothing more fulfilling then experiencing yourself fully devoid from any prejudice or expectations imposed by society. So, my dear ladies, embrace life and love yourself just the way you are – perfect and lovely at any age and in any size.
This guest post was graciously contributed by Chloe Smith. Chloe is a cycling enthusiast, business consultant, and a part-time writer always willing to share tidbits of advice. She believes that passion, courage and, above all, knowledge breed success.