7 Lifetime beauty habits to look fabulous at 50

How you look and feel in your fifties is usually the result of how you’ve been treating yourself since you were a young girl. I´ve committed my fair share of sins such as sunbathing without sunscreen (blisters on my shoulders and a peeled nose were to be expected every single summer as a kid), indulging in too much Happy Hour and extreme dieting, which led to an eating disorder I battled for years.

Beautiful at any age

But, looking at my 54-year old self in the mirror today – age-related fine lines, wrinkles and gray hairs aside – I also see the results of good habits I picked up early in life. Fortunately they´re simple things that any young woman can do to reach midlife in half decent shape. If you’re 15, 20, 30 … don´t let anyone tell you it´s too early to start taking care of yourself. It´s never too soon! If you do as I say and as I did, one day, when you blow out your own 50 candles, you´ll thank me for this post!

Here are my 7 things you can do starting in your teens, to look and feel fabulous when you reach fifty.

1.- Moisturize your skin after every single shower or bath.
When you´re 50 and you´ve been using body lotion or baby oil on your skin after every.single.shower, well that´s a lot of body lotion, baby oil … and showers. It works. Your skin IS smoother than that of somebody who didn´t make applying body lotion a priority. Don´t let anyone tell you otherwise. What kind of lotion, you ask? A simple moisturizer you can afford and that makes you feel special when slathering it on.

2.- Wash and hydrate your face morning and night.
Again, do this every single morning and every single night without fail. Even if you get home at dawn after a night of dancing. Even if you don´t feel like it. Even if you are sick with a cold or just gave birth to a baby. Been there, done that all. And yes, I´ve been washing my face and moisturizing at least twice a day, every.single.day, since I was 13. Use something affordable and for the age and condition of the skin you´re in.

3.- Wear foundation or tinted moisturizer, even to the gym.
Makeup protects your complexion from the environment. I never leave the house without at least a BB or CC Cream. I started this habit at 15, almost forty years ago. And, boy am I glad I did. Even when my skin is starting to show – gasp! – age spots, I like to see it glow with the help of a well-blended foundation that matches and enhances the tone of my skin. The secret is for it to look natural, not mask-like.

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4.- Get regular facials and massages.
I was treated to my first facial and full body massage at 19. It was a birthday present from a woman 30 years my elder with perfect skin. In Europe women get facials monthly and, over time, it makes a difference. If you can´t afford to do it professionally, learn to give yourself a facial at home. A massage helps you destress but also honor your body the way it´s meant to be honored and taken care of. It´s not a luxury. Even if you can only massage your feet at night, do it. Better than naught.

5.- Exercise at least half an hour three times a week.

This may not sound like much, but considering that I took up running and yoga at 12 (I know, I was a bit freakish already) and that I´ve swam, danced, practiced yoga, hiked, rock-climbed, walked, pushed strollers, lifted weights, stretched, played racquet-ball – that is, done some form of exercise for an average of three times a week for over 40 years, not counting the sports I did at school as a kid – that pretty much means I´ve exercised regularly my whole life. If you get into the habit of practicing a sport from an early age, your body will beg you to keep it up – it will start hurting, aching, gaining weight, if you stop. Start young. Start now.

6.- Don’t go on crazy diets.
As a recovering bulimic, I know first-hand the potential hazards of any unnatural and extreme diet. It´s ok to eat a few potato chips. It´s not healthy to have them as your main diet staple. Eat three to five times a day in moderation, stop eating before you´re full and enjoy a bit of everything. Life is short. Don´t deprive yourself. Enjoy the pleasures of the Mediterranean diet. My abuelita is a good healthy 101 thanks to that, I´m sure.

7.- Sleep as much as you need to.
Yeah, yeah, the early bird gets the worm and all that. Well, I don´t like worms and I can´t stomach getting up early. Of course if you´re a night owl like me and you have a day job or kids in school as I do, then you´re going to have to find a way to haul yourself out of bed early. But don´t cheat yourself out of sleep. I need eight or nine hours of shuteye to function the next day. You may only need six. Whatever it is, pay attention to your body. By the time you´re fifty, often the solution for looking wide-eyed and refreshed doesn´t come in a jar … It´s the result of a good night´s sleep. Do whatever it takes (within reason) to get it!

These habits won´t make you look 30 at 50, but they will make you look and feel splendorous at midlife. The best possible you, physically and mentally.

Take it one day at a time … for life.

How you look and feel in your fifties is usually the result of how you've been treating yourself since you were a young girl. Here are the things I did for a lifetime to arrive at 50 in decent shape. #beauty #maturewomen #over50

Lorraine C. Ladish

Bilingual and bicultural Latina editor, writer, speaker, online influencer and mom. Founder of Viva Fifty! Published author of 18 books. Her forthcoming title Your Best Age will be released by HarperCollins in September of 2017.

Comments

  1. Wow! I want to age like you! I already follow some of the things you mention, but I guess I have to do more. Congratulations!

    1. Thank you so much for your compliment, your time and your comment!

  2. Washing your face at night consistently is super key! And I put on lots of creams not only on my face but on my whole body every day. I do read the ingredients and try to stay away from mineral oil, though. Great tips Lorraine..and I don;t mind smile wrinkles…but to smile than be serious 😀

    1. That´s why you look so great! 😀 … Yah, I have fine lines and wrinkles too, especially around my eyes, but that IS from smiling. Besitos and THANK YOU for stopping by!

  3. Helena says:

    Con las cremas vamos bien…el ejercicio hay que implementar. Y con todo y las cremas me estoy comenzando a ver lineas de expresión y no llego a los 40. Pa’lla vamos todas! Estas divina. Gracias por los consejos.

    1. Bueno, pero como pongo en el post, arrugas tengo yo también, claro, y si no, que le pregunten a mi hija de 9 años. Jeje. Pero eso sí, la piel suavecita. :’D

  4. I’m turning 40 next month and I need to implement this right away! I admire your enery and fullness of life! Most of the things that I enjoy doing are very passive and my nature is not exercised-driven…so I always have to look for things that help me to move, move, move…like walking to the store or use my bicycle to go to Whole Food….. learning a sport while a kid is a perfect tip to help our kids to practice it since they are young. I did not have that and I regret it today. Thank you for the motivation.

    1. Ah, it´s never every too late … Once you get used to it it becomes second nature. I had an active father and we used to run together when I was a kid. He still exercises. But I also have a friend who´s started running later in life and now she´s hooked. There is no time like today to make a change for the better. I believe in making exercise fun, so whatever works for YOU is the best type of exercise. Thank you for reading and commenting. Much much appreciated.

  5. I have a problem with the sleep thing. I just can’t stay in bed! But I’ll try!

    1. Jeje. All I say is get as much sleep as YOU need. I need a lot, you need less. I guess. Said Dr. Seuss …

  6. bohemianbabushka says:

    Mujer, I’m in trouble. ; ) BB2U

    1. Ahaha. I need to write another post on what to do in your fifties to make up for less than perfect self-care habits in your youth!

  7. Great tips.I’m 42 and am already following most of them. Just looking at you makes me feel it gets better at 50 😉

    1. Ah, I don´t know whether it´s better, but it´s nothing to be scared of. On the contrary, one feels more confident at 50. There´s that!

  8. Wonderful advice. I really enjoyed reading this.

    1. Thank you Letty! I really appreciate the read and the comment!