Embrace your beautiful lines: A refreshing look at a beauty regime for the over 50s

RETIREMENT AGE SMILING OLD LADY

Fine lines and wrinkles are a natural part of the ageing process. As we grow older, whether we like it or not, our skin becomes drier, thinner and loses elasticity, leading to creases, lines and wrinkles.

“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare.

For years the beauty industry has been pushing anti-ageing products to women as young as 20. Advertising messages promote visual signs of ‘old-age’ being a negative; not a positive. There are constant reminders in the media that the need to slow down or reverse the effects of ageing is a necessity.

However, in recent research, it’s been recognised that these fine lines and wrinkles aren’t imperfections, but a manifestation of all the amazing things we’ve done so far in our lives.

What are the types of wrinkles and what do they mean?

Here are a few of the most common types of wrinkles and their meaning behind their appearance.

Forehead Lines

These can appear in horizontal lines across your forehead and can be referred to as ‘worry lines’. They are a sign of a life lived with plenty of emotion.

Crow’s Feet

Crow’s Feet are one of the most common facial lines appearing around the eyes. If you have these, they typically appear because you’ve led a happy life with lots of smiling and laughter. We say, bring on the crow’s feet!

Laugh Lines

As the name suggests, laugh lines appear around the cheek/mouth area from spending your days with lots of laughter. The deeper the lines, the more you’ve laughed. Embrace those lines and carry on laughing!

The signs of ageing are an inevitable fact. Whatever the reason for your lines and wrinkles, they tell a story about where you’ve been, what you’ve seen and what you’ve done. Each line is a representation of the road map of your life and is a marking of a life that’s been lived.

Not ready to embrace those beautiful lines?

If you’re not quite ready to fully embrace your lines and wrinkles, here are a few tips to looking after your body and skin.

Makeup – choose the right foundation

When choosing a foundation, look for anti-ageing formulas that contain retinol, peptides and antioxidants. All of these have smoothing and collagen-boosting benefits.

Use a gentle face cleanser

As our skin ages, it becomes less oily and more sensitive.

It’s essential to use a mild facial cleanser instead of a drying wash and to be gentle with skin. Aggressive scrubbing could irritate the skin and accelerate the ageing process.

Look for ‘light-reflecting’ or ‘illuminating’

When picking a foundation or even a facial moisturiser, choose something that states it has ‘light-reflecting’ properties or ‘illuminating’. Giving a little glow can help reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Replenish skin at night

Give your skin a hydrating treat by applying an anti-ageing mask overnight to give your skin some extra moisture while you sleep.

Go shorter

As hair ages, it becomes thinner and wispier. Trimming your hair regularly will ensure those ends are taken care of, but also gives you an easier and more manageable style.

Nourish your hair

If you would like to keep your hair healthy and shiny, ensure you keep it nourished by having regular hair treatments and eating a well-balanced diet. There are also supplements such as Biotin and Niacin that are good for hair and nail health.

Go for a massage

We may associate going for a massage as a luxury, a way to pamper ourselves and achieve that feel-good factor. However, massage has several important health benefits. Having regular massages as part of your wellness routine can help with physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

The work the therapist does during each session builds up over time, helping to maintain a relaxed state while helping your muscles to remain supple.

Having a regular massage also:

  • Helps to relieve tension, anxiety and depression.
  • Improves blood circulation by delivering oxygen and nutrients to the cells.
  • Stimulates the lymphatic system, which carries away the body’s natural waste.
  • Prevents and relieves muscle tightness, cramps and spasms.

Audley believes in the importance of a well-balanced mind, body and soul. All our Villages have an Audley Club located at the heart of it. As a homeowner at an Audley Village, you have access to all our Club facilities, including our swimming pools, gymnasiums, bistros, library and our salons which provide a range of treatments, including manicures, pedicures, massages, facials and haircuts.

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