With the season’s change, the needs of my skin and closet change too, and sales make it a smart time to replenish. You’ll find favorite products for sensitive/aging/sun-damaged skin as well as pretty things to wear. But we’ll also chat along the way, and I’ll let you know the latest health update. Beauty Over 50: Finds for Aging Skin & Easy Makeup joins quotes to pin, random smiles, and a few personal reflections at the end.
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Beauty Over 50: Finds for Aging Skin & Easy Makeup
Over 50 Beauty: Skin Care & More
Are you over 50?
Thoughts on Aging Skin
We can all benefit from checking our emotional response to the word ‘aging.’
After all, from the moment we are born, all of our organs (including our skin) begin aging. Ya know? Infants age. 16-year-olds are aging too.
Aging isn’t some sudden sorrowful decline after age 35; it’s a process our whole lives through.
In Search of a Simpler Skincare Routine
My aging skin needs all the help it can get, and I don’t know if you use retinol, but there are tons of choices. For years, I have stuck with Skinceuticals 1.0 Retinol (a STRONG formula with 1.0…so go easy, child!) because it is powerful and does every dang thing it says it will. How many products these days deliver like that?
As for cleansing and moisture, have you seen those Vogue youTubes with a celebrity showing you the 75 products and steps in her nightly routine?
If fewer steps appeal, you might prefer mine:
Here’s Why I Love These Skin Care & Makeup Finds
These products above are what I have used in 2021 and are on my vanity this very moment. Morning and night, I use Ogee’s Liquid Gold cleansing oil, and I had no idea what I was missing before discovering it. Then I use a single pump of the serum before patting Ogee’s Jojoba Glow into my skin. If my sensitive skin happens to be inflamed with rosacea, I massage a few drops of the organic rosehip seed oil to calm it.
What is different about the makeup from Ogee? The clean, good for my skin ingredients and how they nourish my especially sensitive skin type. If you love a sheer, nourishing lipstick, you have to try the tinted lip oil above! I even wear it to bed. Back in the 80s, I remember applying three colors to my eyes, but I have no time or patience for that. So Glossier’s Lidstar is the perfect product for people who want a quick, one and done, stays glowy and gorgeous all day look. It dries down quickly, stays put, and then comes off easily with the cleansing balm by Good Molecules which I adore for removing all my makeup at night.
The last product on the essentials list above? Laura Geller’s baked bronzer never looks orangey or fake. Mineral makeup is a modern miracle if you ask me…all these tiny lovely particles to blur imperfect skin like mine. Kind of like a built-in filter for aging, sun-damaged faces.
Fashion for Folks Over 50 Who Care About How Stuff is Made
I am someone who likes comfy loungewear and who is becoming more mindful about organic and sustainability so J. Crew’s Reimagined Shop is all kinds of of wonderful. Here’s the gist of it:
J. Crew is re-imagining their fabrics and processes—from using organically grown cotton to
partnering with mills and factories that are environmentally responsible and Fair Trade
They are partnering so things are better for the planet and for the people who produce them.
For Times I’m Not in the Mood to Broadcast My Gobbly Gobbly Neck
Oh, LE GOBBLE factor! Shhhhhhh. I remember being a young girl who noticed her mama’s aging neck and thought “Oh, how unfortunate…” never suspecting I would be a proud owner in the blink of a turkey’s eye.
While I’m not embarrassed about my age or how much I look it, the right pieces do help direct attention to our strengths, and J. Crew’s tissue turtlenecks do that for me. “Tissue” means they feel like the softest t-shirt and can be layered easily. I have a stack of ’em, and the stripey ones are my favs.
If you want to subtract at least 10 years from your age, layer this over a fun tissue turtleneck, wear a ponytail and bronzer, and get yer Katherine Hepburn low-key ON like Donkey Kong…
But wait, Michele. We hear you that you like your loosey goose neck skin covered as well as a youthful Katherine Hepburn pony, but what about face coverings?
It is the 2020s.
But our “over 50” eyes.
We can leave the windows to our souls alone, yes?
Y’all are not making this easy.
All Hail to the Black Legging
When you prefer organic cotton and fair trade certified:
When you’re serious about smoothing and extra support…
In case you’re curious about superior stretch Lycra power and a high but not too high waist (I am…so these are in my closet…)
Socks I Wear Every Single Day in Winter
Welly boot socks are my best friends in winter, and I wear them over bare feet around the house. If I have to step outside (it’s pouring out there as I type this), I step into Ilse Jacobsen lace up rain boots (I prefer the shorter styles to the tall).
I finally replaced my crossbody bag since I completely wore down the leather trim on my prior Coach flight back. But I’m very attached to Coach and the style and have not grown a bit sick of it.
Day and Night Pajamawear
If you have been hangin’ out on this blog for any length of time then you know I’m a pajamanista. This style is still my reigning favorite:
Shower as Spa Retreat
I discovered Tocca’s Cleopatra body wash years ago at the Elysian Spa in Chicago. It was not only in the luxurious showers but was also used as hand soap at every sink. The grapefruit and cucumber combination is completely irresistible, and who knew handwashing could feel this luxurious?
Over 50 Daily Gentle Rhythms: Hair
Luscious Shampoo & Conditioner
AVEDA’s Cherry Almond Line
If you have used AVEDA since the ’80s like me, then you may remember the yum of their cherry almond line which has been brought back! All the AVEDA shampoos smell incredible. but each is formulated for different hair types. I’m also gaga for the fragrance of the Shampure line which was recently reformulated to be more hydrating.
Cherry Almond products are so delicious, I’m craving something yummy and sweet!
Over 50 hair and chemically processed hair can be fragile and require extra TLC. Here is a leave-in treatment I use for dry ends prone to split. Organic bergamot, mandarin, ylang ylang and more plant essences impart their pure loveliness.
Over 50 Daily Gentle Rhythms: Makeup
Finds I LOVE from Glossier
My brows are disappearing, and I’m still contemplating microblading (like a temporary tattoo that lasts about a year) like my sis. Until then, I’m using Boy Brow which is sort of like mascara for yer brows:
I also picked up this eye color (in “Slip”) after seeing it on a favorite vlogger and reading reviews from fans over 50, and now I want to try the other colors:
My favorite lipstick is still the moisturizing nourishmint line HERE from AVEDA, and they finally came out with a gloss too. Have a favorite lip gloss?
Gamechanging Favorite Foundations, Blush & Mascara
It remains the cat’s pajamas. I can’t say enough good things. And it’s perfect for over 50 skin since it is both hydrating and luxurious yet water light.
You won’t look airbrushed, child. Your skin will look like skin…but evened out skin that got lots of beauty sleep and a facial.
Westman Atelier Clean Makeup
After years of wearing full coverage foundation, I’m now feelin great about light to medium coverage where you see freckles and “character.” I find watching makeup artist Gucci Westman apply makeup très relaxant (you can keep your Netflix, sweet cheeks, but don’t take away my makeup freaky youtubers). She approaches makeup like an artist not trying to transform but rather reveal beauty.
I still need to to try her LIT UP Highlighter! And if you’re serious about investing in good-for-the-skin products that multitask, this one is concealer AND foundation:
Psst…what’s awesome about buying Westman Atelier from Credo Beauty is they accept returns so if you choose the wrong shade, they’re cool with it.
Cream blushes work so well for over 50 skin, and these below can double as lip color:
I wear this cheek and lip color (in shade Werk) from MILK, and it’s very sheer and looks equally good on my eyelids which surprises me. I think pinks are tricky to wear on the eyes, but this makes mine look healthier.
If you love the clean makeup line Ilia, you may also be interested in this kit at a great price.
This Pro SHOWS Us Exactly How We Apply Makeup the Wrong Way
So helpful, and I learned so much about how to correct my color application!
Another helpful makeup tip gleaned; I have been using too dark of a shade on my light brows…didn’t even know a shade like grey (which I need for its light ashy-ness) existed.
While I haven’t had my follow-up appointment yet, I am anticipating receiving a diagnosis of SLE/Lupus. Test results and the patterns are pointing to it. I suspect I’ll be referred to a rheumatologist.
It is overwhelming to overthink the implications so I am coping by being grateful to have more information. I’m one of those people who would rather know everything and deal. Lupus has maybe been attacking my pancreas which would explain the problems digesting fat. It would also explain the hand/feet problems with Raynaud’s as well as my facial rash.
Thanks so much for keeping me in your prayers. It means so much that there are virtual strangers (although I never see you that way!) willing to intercede.
I believe it matters and have something concrete to point to with gratitude: I have not had a foot dystonia episode in a couple weeks!!!!! Friends! They are the most painful spasms I have ever had…while shorter than the pancreatitis attacks, they are hell on earth.
So I am both astonished and thrilled to go for a period of time with relief from them. Thank you, Lord!
Around the House
Since I can wiggle my toes again and stretch more without fear, I’m moving around more and getting a little exercise from housework.
I was able to hang a wreath on the front door, and the tree is up. I tire easily and a little coffee in the morning helps.
Lessons in Love
Our son’s rescue kitty (Snoopy) who is blind and deaf has had several injuries. His little life is teaching me more about higher love; about what it means to watch over something so innocent and prone to stumbling.
I’m thinking of you during a holiday season where bad news seems to be in steady supply. While we all want to remain hopeful and optimistic, surely we are more aware than ever how delicate life is. Will our family members be alive next Christmas?
We need not feel powerless when we can PRAY.
Some moments I have my head on straight and can glimpse the true meaning of the season which transcends any historical pandemic or tornado.
Outside, it was a gorgeous sunny day after the relentless storms. The landscape beyond my window even resembles a gorgeous Monet. I’m reminded of how we must often squint to see gentle abstraction and less jagged edges when we glimpse the harsh realities of modern life.
And sometimes we need a little help from a friend who can see the abstraction. Who can point us to hidden wholeness. If ever you long for such an eye, don’t hesitate to reach out and let me know. I’m honored to listen.
Peace to you right where you are.
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