It’s time. It is time to step up to the plate and acknowledge your skin care and beauty routine realities. Sure, I love to fall down the rabbit hole online and find a million amazing products, miracles of makeup, and regimens that only involve “15 easy steps”. Let’s get real, we are 40 plus and we need to do a few simple things to maintain our fabulousness as we navigate this whole grown up thing.
- Wash your face. Take your makeup off. Get into a cleansing routine and stick with it. Products are great but, it you don’t start with the basics, it’s all a waste of time and money. A simple cleansing routine is the foundation of any anti-aging, dark spot fading, wrinkle reducing plan.
- Find the perfect shade of lipstick. Everyone needs to put on a little lipstick now and again. No, not your go to Burt’s Bees colored gloss that lives at the bottom of your purse. A real, grown up lipstick. Go to a make up counter, ask a girl behind the counter to help you. Find it and buy it. Put it in your makeup stash and be ready to use it.
- Learn how to give yourself a good blow out. I am all for the air dry, and the quasi- blow out when you are busy. But, take some time at your next appointment and LEARN. Ask questions, practice. Be able to make you hair fabulous if you need to.
- Find a good facialist and stay true to her. Commit to extra skin care beyond your daily routine at least 4 times per year. I’m not saying you need expensive lasers, botox and fillers if you aren’t interested. Find someone who can deep clean your skin and help you navigate as it changes. It’s good for the skin and good for the psyche.
- Do something about your brows. Pluck them, wax them, thread them, or microblade them. Do them yourself, or have someone do them for you. But neaten that shit up please. Those fuzzy caterpillars above your eyes frame your whole face. And remember it’s not 1996 so pencil thin brows are a no.
- Back to the hair. Get it cut and styled regularly. If you are a high maintenance hairstyle girl, this goes double for you. Getting a trim every 6-8 weeks will keep your hair healthy and won’t break the bank.
- Sunscreen, For the love of God use sunscreen, Every. Single. Day. Choose products that have it already in there. That “Ban De Soliel Tan” is not the look you should be going for. I know I loved it too, but those days are over. Just ask your dermatologist.
- Stick to what works. Sure it’s ok to look for a new lipstick or eye liner. But know your skin, and what looks best. When you find it stick with it. You know when you look good and when you don’t. Experiment for fun, and glam up for special occasions. But always fall back on the basics.
We are grown ass women and the best part of that is we know what works and what doesn’t. We know what we like and don’t like. Every new fad isn’t necessarily for us, it’s for the young girls who don’t have a clue. God bless them and their hairless nipples.