Just because you reside in a senior living community doesn't mean you don't like to put on makeup and feel confident while looking your best! In fact, many seniors are thrilled at the amount of social interaction they can partake in when living in an independent or assisted living community. However, as you age your skin changes and so should your beauty routine. Here are some tips inspired by makeup pros to have you feeling good in your own skin:
Avoid anti-aging tonics
Today's teenagers are on the lookout for products to make them look older. The second they reach their twenties, the makeup advertisements turn to anti-aging campaigns selling serums and lotions meant to reduce and prevent wrinkles. But why would you want to hide the history of laughs and worries that shows up in your skin? Many of these so-called anti-aging products contain harsh chemicals that remove the top layer of your dermis and can be damaging to senior skin. Instead, focus on moisturizers with natural ingredients. They'll better soften your skin and tend to have a way lower price tag.
Prepare your skin
You may find that your skin is drier than when you were younger. Try to stay hydrated and always add prep steps to your makeup routine. This means applying moisturizer or lotion after getting out of the shower and using lip primer to ensure your favorite lipstick or gloss stays in place. Plus, these products provide an even canvas for you to show your personality with fun colors and looks.
Toss old makeup
Many women hold on to products until they are completely out of the contents. Unfortunately, like new technology, makeup has a shelf life. Look into each product's expiration date by checking out the manufacturer's website. Always toss eye-related items like mascara and liner after a bout of pink eye. Consider ditching your lipstick after a cold as the offending germs may still linger there. Makeup that is defunct can be difficult to apply, like dry, cakey foundation or lipstick that smears, so make sure you buy new products if necessary.
Avoid pore-clogging products
While you likely don't get acne like you did as a teen, skin products can still clog your pores and be unhealthy for your face. Since you are older, your skin is more delicate and susceptible to inflammation and irritation than before. Consider skipping the full face makeup, like powder, foundation and concealer. Instead, use a powder blush to add some color to your cheeks and you're good to go! Your skin will thank you for going the more natural route.
Choose the right colors and finishes
One of the reasons many women apply makeup is because it's a fun way to show their personalities. While magazines may say to avoid sparkle and color and leave them for the young people, feel free to do whatever you please! If you want to try out a sparkly lip gloss or neon eyeliner, give it a try. Check out the Advanced Style blog for some awesome inspiration for these special looks!