Top 7 Age Defying Products – You May Already Have

Forget the Botox and all the expensive skin care products that make promises to rejuvenate your skin, and make you look years younger. I’ve tried them all, and the truth is nothing will take away wrinkles and make you look twenty again, except Botox. However, if you use Botox, you will have to continue with this course, and it can be costly.

I personally, prefer wrinkles and a natural glow compared to looking plastic. A few wrinkles are nothing to worry about. They don’t make you unattractive, they’re just a part of life.

Around the age of 40, our collagen and elastic tissue have experienced enough damage to really start showing changes in our appearance. However, protecting your skin year-round will greatly reduce the signs of aging. Keeping your skin fresh and healthy is the best way to go, and you can do it yourself for a lot less than you think.

Simple, household items you probably already have can do wonders for your hair, skin, and nails without you having to go to the salon. Not to mention, the cost is nothing compared to most beauty products. I like to keep things simple, so here is my top 7 age defying products that you may already have:

1. Water – Drinking lots of water throughout the day does so much more than keep you hydrated. Those headaches, poor digestion, and the blotchy skin may be the symptoms of not drinking enough water. Hydration is necessary for the removal of waste, the lubrication of joints, the protection of body tissues, and the stabilization of body temperature. You can either drink or eat your water to fill up the cellular tanks. Water is the key to vibrant health and in maintaining strong cells, as long as you don’t over do it.

When your blood gets thick and water-deficient from organs pulling water from it, the blood in turn pulls water from skin cells, according to Dr. Richard Besser, the chief health and medical editor at ABC News. This causes your skin to look dry and your eyes to look darker and sunken. Over time, the condition can age you faster. When your skin is dry, it’s less resilient and elastic, making it prone to wrinkling.

However, drinking enough water will have the opposite effect, and can make your eyes appear clearer, sharper, and definitely brighter. Drinking more water can also take away those dark circles.

By drinking water and hydrating yourself efficiently from the inside will result in fresh looking skin on the outside. You can read more here:  https://www.livestrong.com/article/495609-advantages-of-drinking-water-and-skin-benefits/

2. Vaseline – Petroleum jelly is one of the best moisturizers money can buy, and it only cost a few cents. Generic brands work just as well, but it is important to make sure they are reputable generic brands. Dermatologist like Vaseline because the allergy risk is low, and it’s more effective at treating and preventing dry skin than creams and lotions. Do no use petroleum jelly if you are prone to acne, this would not be a good choice. 

Most of the women in my family have been using Vaseline petroleum jelly for decades, and you can really see the difference in the ones who don’t. I have Aunts who are well into their 70s, and I can always tell the ones who use Vaseline. Their face is so bright and perky, you don’t really notice any lines or wrinkles. All you see is soft, glowing skin.

Vaseline is a must for dry, chapped lips! Apply everyday and every night to keep your lips moist, soft, and kissable forever.

3. Coconut Oil – Not just for cooking. Coconut oil has so many benefits to slow the aging process, and cooking with it is certainly one of them. I have used it for many things over the years, including helping my cat grow his fur back. He gets a little over-aggressive with his scratching post. My vet suggested rubbing Coconut oil on the bald spots, and it worked!

Seriously, it is the best lotion for dry skin, and moisturizer for dry hair and scalp. Great for the cuticle area of your nails, and even helps with dental care. So basically, Coconut oil can be used for cooking, hair, skin, pets, teeth, and gums, just to name a few. However, it has even more benefits for our health than it does for beauty. I cannot even begin to list all the benefits of Coconut oil here, but if you would like to learn more, this book is a good read: The Coconut Oil Miracle

4. Yoga – Any, and all yoga is good for you. Yoga helps you to gain flexibility, tone your body, and promotes better sleep. Getting proper rest is the best defense against age. People sleep less as they get older, but that shows in their appearance. Besides feeling tired all the time, the eyes are puffy, have dark circles, and the face hangs low. We’re fighting gravity after forty, and yoga provides us with the stamina we need, while offering a relaxing, meditative state as well. It really depends on the style of yoga. Some poses are designed to create energy, while other poses are made to relax and de-stress you. This is why I love Yoga Burn!

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Yoga Burn is made for women (sorry guys), and created by Zoe Bray-Cotton. She truly delivers a workout that is designed to tighten and tone the body. It is a quick pace for a yoga practice, and it also includes cardio and weight-training exercises throughout. After forty, it is important to include all three practices to your routine. We’re looking at longevity now. If you want to continue to live an active lifestyle, I’m afraid you have to earn it. On the upside, you will look and feel great, so it’s definitely worth it!

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It is only $47 and you can download it right away and use the beginner course today. Your hard copy will arrive by mail shortly after. I strongly advise anyone to start with the Beginner course. This sets the tone for the higher levels you can achieve. There are three phases you can progress to, and each has three different workout sessions, so you will never get tired of the same old routine. There is a Foundational Flow, then Transitional Flow, and last is, the Mastery Flow. I also advise you to go at your own pace. It’s not a race, and can be painful if you do too much at once.  The idea is to spend one month with each phase. I remember being sore for days in the beginning of each phase, but that’s how you know it’s working!

My favorite bonus video is the Tranquility Flow. It only takes 15 minutes and will relieve any stress or tension you may have built up throughout your day, and leave you feeling relaxed and ready for a good nights sleep.

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5. Tea Bags – Prevent puffy eyes. Keep two in the fridge sealed in a plastic bag. After I shower, I place them in the freezer for about 5 minutes. Then play some meditation music, and lay down. Place the cold tea bags over your eyes and just relax for 5-10 minutes. This is so refreshing! The tea is not what keeps your eyes from puffing up, but the coldness does. Cucumbers are also helpful, but tea bags work best for me.

6. Meditation – Sitting still and quieting the mind is not as easy as it sounds. It is challenging for most of us. I’m still working on this, but turning off the phone, television, music, and computer does bring me a sense of peace and comfort. Almost like entering a strange, new land that time forgot about. It is rewarding, but like most new activities, the more you try it, the better it gets.

7. Ors Olive Oil Sheen Nourishing Spray or lotion – Really keeps hair soft, strong, and full of body. I spray this on my hair the night before I plan to wash it. I spray it from roots to the end of my hair, and then brush to make sure it is evenly distributed. The next morning, I wash and go. Love it! My hair stylist always comments on how healthy my hair is. I don’t share this secret with her, because I like to keep her guessing.

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Fall Hair Styles – Women Over Forty

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Seasons change, and this can really take a toll on our hair. During the summer, I can pretty much wash and go, but when Fall comes around, the process is a bit more challenging. The Fall elements can be rough on our hair due to the mixture of humidity, heat, and cold.

The texture of your hair depends on the hair’s cuticle layer. All hair has this protective outer layer that is almost scale-like. If the scales are flat, the hair feels smooth. When scales are raised, the texture is rough. Some other factors for dryness are chemical treatments, heated tools, and lack of moisture. No worries though. This can all be fixed with the right hair products and drinking lots of water.

After forty, is when I began to change hairstyles with the seasons. Not only does this keep things fresh and new, but it’s also my way of embracing the change in weather. I love the warmth of summer, and all the festivities that come with that. The beach, the pool, the festivals, and backyard barbecues, just to name a few. It has always been my favorite time of year!

I do like all the seasons, but I seemed to get depressed every year when Autumn came about. Truth is, I still do, until I get a new hairstyle, that is. A great hair cut can not only change how you look, but also change your perspective. Fall hair styles for women over forty are fun, flirty, and loaded with layers.

Layers, Layers, and More Layers

I’ve never been one to fuss with my hair a lot. During my youthful days, I would cut it once and for the next 3 or 4 months, just let it grow. Sick it in a pony tail or tie it in a bun, and always ready to have some fun! After forty, is when I decided to play with style. I cut it short, and added some layers for a new-look. What I didn’t expect, was the new outlook that came with it!

My whole appearance was transformed for the better, and I looked about ten years younger. Was very exciting! Cutting off all those dead ends brought new life to my hair and face. Softer, healthier feel, and so much easier to manage, made me feel like a new person all together. What makes it so manageable are those layers! I never cared for them in my twenties or thirties. I just wore my hair long and straight, so you can imagine my surprise to find the layers brought new life to not only my hair, but my perspective as well.

I always thought that having layers meant I would have to blow dry and style my hair for hours on a regular basis in order for it to look good. After forty, the opposite is true. Our hair texture changes as we get older, but that doesn’t need to be a bad thing. It’s tougher now, but I use a lot of conditioner and wash it less. This helps keep it soft, and the layers give it a boost. My hair actually got curlier as I aged, and the layers just enhance those curly locks. Now I am all about shorter hair with layers during the Fall and Winter months for a few reasons:

  • Keeps it from going flat, or having hat head.
  • Easier to manage. Just a quick blow dry with hair upside down, then just flip upwards and you have body, bounce and style.
  • Frames the facial features you want to accentuate.
  • Long layers work best for me. I can shorten the length, but keep the layers long.
  • Shorter hair is easier to wear with sweaters, scarfs, and coats. So I like layers with my layers.

Blow Drying Tips

You want to be careful with your just washed hair, and gently squeeze water out with a towel, as scrubbing and rubbing can be damaging to the hair. Then you can air dry or wrap the towel loosely around your head to absorb any excess moisture, while you get ready. More tips:

  • For dry hair, add a small amount of leave-in conditioner to seal the cuticle layer and add moisture before wrapping in a towel.
  • Prep your hair before you turn that blow-dryer on by adding a primer for quicker drying time, and will also protect your hair from the heat. I like Redkin Pillow Proof, but there are several to choose from. Just ask your stylist which is best for you if you’re feeling unsure.
  • Start with a quick, rough dry by just using your fingers to lift the hair away from the scalp while pointing the blow-dryer at the roots.
  • Create volume by lifting hair to opposite sides and continue to blow dry from the roots only. Then flip to the other side and repeat. You can still just use your fingers for lifting, tousling, and scrunching.
  • For a more controlled style, just section the hair off with a clip and blow dry hair with a brush from scalp to ends, while lifting hair up.
  • For faster drying time, use an iconic dryer and brush, rather than ceramic or tourmaline. Iconic dryers emit negative ions that break down water, and create smoother, sleeker hair with no static.
  • For straight hair, always use the concentrator attachment and always direct the heated air downward on the hair strands to prevent frizz.
  • For curly hair, use the diffuser and gently scrunch curls to prevent frizz.

Darker, Richer Color

Now that you’ve found the right cut, you might want to take it to the next level and really sport a fun, new-look by adding some color. Fall is the perfect time of year to play with darker, warmer, shades. However, I wouldn’t do any drastic changes with color. I just go a shade or two darker. Preferably, one shade darker at a time, or add a touch of red to the color you already have. Reddish brown for brunettes or strawberry blonde for lighter hair shades. Maybe even a nice auburn color for Fall?

Just remember, dark colors like red or black are hard to remove. If you go too dark of a shade, bleach is the only way to remove it. That is why I say, nothing too drastic with color. But as our tan begins to fade, we can still brighten our appearance by adding some color to our hair. Blondes can always add some low lights with darker hues, and dark hair colors look great with added highlights this time of year. I just go from medium reddish brown to a dark reddish brown.

My Favorite Hair Product

My number one secret to keeping hair, soft, shiny, and smooth is Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Sheen Spray by ORS. I love olive oil for so many reasons, but nothing else compares when it comes to nourishing my hair!

I use coconut oil right from the jar on my face and body as a moisturizer, but for my hair, I prefer Ors Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil in a spray can. It really depends on the texture of your hair, but there have lotions, oils, and sprays made with olive oil and specifically designed for hair. The spray is lighter, which works for me. The others are heavier and would be best for extremely course, dry, hair. So, if your hair is really thirsty, the oil might be the way to go.

I just spray it directly onto the roots and hair before bedtime, and brush my hair thoroughly to make sure it is evenly distributed. The next day, I just wash and go! My hair is soft, shiny, and still has lots of body even though I color it regularly, like every three weeks. This can be damaging because of all the chemicals, and that is why I take precautions anyway I can. Try it!

Wrap it Up

I hope reading this has helped you in some way. Fall style for women after forty is all about the hair! Get rid of those dry ends with the right haircut. Add some volume by adding layers. Find the right products to keep your hair smooth, shiny, and frizz free. Play with colors by going a shade darker, and lift your spirits in time for the holidays!

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