As you will know, ageing is an unavoidable part of life. It's something that not many of us like to think about - but ultimately, it's something we all need to accept. The saying 'growing old gracefully' has been around for years, and is open to many different interpretations. Some people consider it meaning that you become more demure and respectable. Whereas others reject that concept and believe your behaviour shouldn't have to change just because you've aged. But whilst there's no reason at all that you can't keep going out to your favourite bar, or playing your favourite sport, there are some things that will inevitably change as you age. Most of these revolve around physicalities. After all, our thoughts and opinions will stay relatively the same, unless we take it upon ourselves to change them. But, unfortunately, we have no choice over what happens to our face and body. Nearly all women will start to notice signs of ageing somewhere between forty and fifty years old. If you're happy with your body whatever its condition, then you rock it! But it can be a source of great insecurity for a lot of women, especially as we tend to age faster than men. If you want to slow the signs of ageing and only look as best as you can, there are hints and tricks you can do to stop the clock in its tracks.
We usually think of men as the ones who start balding. After all, nearly all the adverts for hair growth products on the television are aimed at men. It is true that in most cases, women don't actually shed their hair like men do, or suffer from a receding hairline. But, that doesn't mean to say that our hair will stay thick and luxurious all our lives. In fact, fifty percent of women say that their hair noticeably thinned after the menopause. Hair growth is closely linked to oestrogen and our oestrogen levels tend to drop as we age - which can result in thinning hair. If you suspect this is happening to you, the best thing to do is to see your doctor. He or she will be able to determine if there is a different, underlying cause for your hair loss - such as a thyroid problem. If there is, you will be prescribed medicine purely for that disorder, which should help to ease your symptoms. If it is just a result of ageing, you doctor may give you a regrowth product, which essentially acts as a thickening agent. Other things you can do in order to make your hair appear fuller is not over-conditioning it, and not using too much product which will weigh it down.
We all know that it's the cracks and lines in people's faces which give them their character and warmth. But if you are seeing a few too many wrinkles for your liking, it might be time to do something about it. There are plenty of creams and lotions on the market that claim to reverse the signs of ageing, but their effectiveness is often disputed. Many of them are also based on studies that are not representative of a real cross-section of the public. However, there are a few products that have been scientifically proven to work, such as Glow by Br Brandt. This product contains retinol, which has been proven to stimulate collagen production and reduce hyperpigmentation. However, if you're not having much luck with creams, it might be time to try an alternate treatment. Botox is now a widely used form of skincare and no longer the underground treatment it once was. When injected, the substance temporarily stops the muscles from reacting to nerves, causing them to relax and soften. Getting Botox from a licensed professional, such as from Ava MD, is the most effective way to receive the procedure. It takes just minutes to complete and is relatively painless, with instant results.
A slightly lesser-known problem to do with ageing is thinning eyebrows. Just as our hair can fall victim to us getting older, so can the hair above our eyes. Sparse eyebrows are a common problem for many older women. As eyebrows frame the face and help us produce a multitude of expressions, a sudden lack of them can leave us looking rather peculiar. The most effective and cheapest way to bring your eyebrows back to life is to invest in a quality brow kit. These are usually made up of an eyebrow pencil, an eyebrow brush and some kind of setting gel. Don't choose a shade that's too dark as it will be far too harsh and make your brows look as though they are 'stuck on'. Use light, soft strokes to mimic actual hair growth and then use the brush to blend it all together. Finally, set it in place with the gel to avoid any flyaways, and you're good to go!
Gnarly hands and feet
When we get older, our extremities are always at risk of ageing quicker than the rest of our body. This is due to a number of reasons. Collagen production slows as we age, meaning that the skin on our hands and feet appears to get thinner - giving us that bony look. Poor circulation can also have a great impact on our ageing hands and feet. Underlying diseases such as diabetes and deep vein thrombosis can prevent a normal amount of blood flow getting to these areas. This can affect both the quality of your skin and how your hands and feet actually operate. For the physical side of things, it is best to visit a podiatrist who will be able to examine you and offer any treatment should you need it. When it comes to how to your hands and feet actually look, start to treat them as you would the skin on your face. Invest in a foot spa and treat yourself to ten minutes of relaxation every week. Foot and hand creams and scrubs can also help to brighten up the skin in these areas - just make sure you top it all off with a fabulous mani/pedi.