BEAUTY AT 40It's not too late to start
Although we all know that skin changes as we age, it’s not always an easy thing to accept—especially as those changes become more pronounced.
Coming up to this age and being here right now in this moment, I feel a different sense of myself- that feeling of maturity, liberated, comfortable in my own skin and with boundaries. I feel good and living. But with all that wisdom comes the part that I am not all too familiar with- the self-care regimen. Honest!
Ever since EEVA Beauty happened last year, I started to become very (VERY) aware of my skin situation- texture, elasticity, firmness- and we’re talking from top to bottom! It all began with my super dry cuticles and from there, I started to pay attention (almost obsessively, almost) to my hands, my feet, the fine lines in the corner of my eyes, increased pigmentation on my skin, the gaps in between my teeth, and to the more intimate parts of my body. It’s true what they say – that if you neglect them in your 30s, they all become more noticeable in the 40s. I dare say I neglected myself in my 20s and 30s. Period.
I’m not about to lament all those young, naïve days spent oblivious to all the beauty hacks and advices available then. I will be sharing some of my own tips on how to move forward, looking and feeling great, and easing well into your 40s.
Choosing a sunscreen product can be overwhelming (it is for me!) with all of the different options available out there. Keep in mind for an SPF of 30 or higher to ensure that your skin is fully protected, even on cloudy days. Choose a product with “broad spectrum” coverage.
The skin consists of plenty of water and it needs a standard level of hydration to stay glowing, soft and smooth. Famous quote says to drink 8 glasses or 3 litres of water a day but hey, if you can’t get there, just drink as much as you can, as long you feel that you’re hydrated enough. Excessive consumption of water only gives magical results and benefits to our skin (think about how many toilet visits too!)
Moisturise those cuticles
Cuticle oil to me is like discovering a pot of gold. All these ignorant years, I remember looking at my dry cuticles and just sigh at the sight. It does miracle to soothe cracking skin surrounding the nails and keeps them hydrated. I love looking at my nails now!
Anything that helps to moisturise and fight signs of aging, I’m on it! I blend my own hand oil using all natural cold-pressed oils such as olive oil, apricot kernel oil, aloe vera oil, jojoba oil and lather it on my palm, in between my fingers and on the back of my hand. It feels so luxurious.
Foot scrub for tired feet
Honestly, how many times do we actually give the slightest attention to our feet? Hardly right, not until they are really hurting OR there is a huge hard, thick callus growing on the bottom of the foot! I make it point to scrub them at least once a week. Get yourself any foot scrub available at the store and a foot filer, and give them a good scrub in the shower. It helps to improve the texture of the skin, removes dirt and sooo relaxing.
There are many great reasons to exercise – from improving energy, mood, sleep and health to reducing anxiety, stress and depression. I try to maintain at least 3 times weekly, low to moderate intensity cardio and a few minutes of targeted areas workout. While most of the time the biggest barrier is mental (I struggle too), the trick is to get your lazy bum UP and just do it.
Breast is another area on woman’s body that can get neglected and when they are untended for a long time, it loses elasticity and for some, the skin around the breasts and on the areola, gets dry and it itches. Talking about jolting up in the middle of the night needing to scratch your melons! I maintain my general breast health by applying oil twice daily, after morning and night shower, and massage them for 3-5 minutes on each. It helps me get to know my body better too.
Vitamin C Serum
Vitamin C is touted as one of the best anti-aging ingredients and the key to maintaining a smooth and glowy complexion. When my best friend told me she was getting a vitamin C serum I quickly (and impulsively) bought one for myself. I have to admit that it is one serum that makes my skin feels so deserving. Not only it is hydrating, it also helps with brightening and it makes my skin looks fresher. Best!
For the Gen Z or those entering your 20s right now, it is not too early to start with a simple self-care routine. And for those who are entering into your 30s, it’s never too late to start. Since most of us usually start with the skin care, you can start with the basic – a toner, a good face cream, a sunscreen and a hydrating facial wash. From there, work on the other parts of your body, especially the areas that need most care and attention now.
To some, it may feel like there are only two options for moving forward: accept that wrinkles, cellulite, stretch marks are a part of life or whine and wail all of those young, ignorant days. But age and lifestyle choices aside, there is a third option available and that is to follow a specific self-care routine, to age gracefully.
I am still discovering and learning new holistic ways to fit into my routine (and that’s the best part!) Do share some of your favourite routines below.
Yours truly, Iva❤️
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