Growing older has its perks.
Would you really rather not get older?
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We all need to prevent premature ageing and reduce our risk of getting skin cancer, so, protective sun hats are an essential item, in every women’s wardrobe. Millions of kids have had the sun smart message drummed into them and we now seldom see kids without a hat.
When it comes to women, though, we seem to neglect them. It’s probably because we either look awful in them, they don’t fit properly, they mess up our hair, they don’t exactly scream sexy; whatever the reason, we really do need to wear them more often. Particularly in our harsh Australian climate. So, if we really need to wear them, we may as well do it fashionably!
Experts recommend, when trying on hats, look at a full-length mirror. This is how others see us. Although it might suit your face, it may look disproportional compared to the rest of you. Lets face it, if we look crappy in something, we aren’t going to wear it! Using the following recommendations as a guide will at least provide a starting point.
Let’s begin with the jackpot winners because women with an oval face can wear just about any type of hat and pull it off. The tip to remember is to make sure the snug part of the hat, which fits around your head (known as the crown), is wider than your cheekbones but avoid going wider than your shoulders.
Shortening your face and adding some width should be your primary objective. Try a hat with less height and a big floppy brim.
Very similar to tips for oblong faces. Try a full or uplifted brim and don’t add too much height.
The most significant tip for you to keep in mind is that square hats, on a square-shaped face won’t do you any favours. They will accentuate your jawline. Try hats which will soften and lengthen your features.
The best type of hat for you is a medium brim, with a defining crown, to narrow the forehead. Avoid horizontal trimmings and you can afford to have a hat with a bit of height.
The style advice, is similar to heart shaped, except you want to aim for a hat that widens the forehead. For you, horizontal trims, will work a treat. Once again, a medium brim is recommended.
You too want to widen the forehead, so you can try any hat which adds width. Asymmetric brims and crowns with some height will work well to achieve the best look.
The aim here is to lengthen your face, so try an irregular brim, which is wider than your facial structure, a vertical design and defined crown.
Now, apart from style, you really need to consider other factors like protection, comfort and practicality. Some hats contain SPF block-out and can add greater protection to your head and face. If you burn easily, this is a wise investment.
Then there are other varieties which contain hydrating gel crystals to keep your head cooler. If you need a hat to go and out in direct sunlight and heat, this may be a viable option. Plus, if the reason you don’t wear a hat is because it’s just too damn hot, this is a solution.
You also need to consider when and where you are going to wear a hat. If you frequently wear it in windy conditions, the last thing you want is a hat which you will need to hold onto your head or chase around. There are lots of fashionable hats around these days which will fit your head perfectly, so functionality is no longer an excuse.
You may find that having a selection of protective hats will be a better solution, particularly if you will be wearing it in various situations. Consider all the variables and make a choice which is best for you. We all need to start looking at wearing sun hats as an investment in our longevity and get over the barriers, which have been preventing us from wearing them. There are some comfortable, functional and stunning styles available so it’s about time we all go shopping!
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Do you find that the more you age, the less inclined you are to wear really heavy makeup? It’s proof that mother nature has a sense of humour – that the older you are, and more comfortable in your own skin, the less inclined you may be to wear a full face of makeup, even though this is when the beauty industry tells us this is when we need their lotions and potions the most!
But instead of splashing out your cash on the latest “anti-ageing miracle cream,” does wearing less make-up actually make us look more youthful? In addition, isn’t there something really beautiful about natural beauty? A woman so comfy in her own skin that she’s OK about showing her true self to the world?
As we age, our faces inevitably reflect the fact that we’ve lived more, cried more, laughed more and endured more. And I find these lived-in faces to be more beautiful and interesting than the alternative – Botox be damned, I say!
And that pretty, natural makeup look continues to be a hit both on and off the catwalks these days. Check out the luminous J-Lo (pictured above) and Taylor Swift (pictured below), who both look amazing both with and without makeup.
Now, I love makeup, don’t get me wrong – and I’m still fortunate to have crates of Chanel from my former life as a beauty/fashion editor, which both myself and my toddlers absolutely delight in using from time-to-time. Date nights with my husband are my favourite occasion to dabble in these 200 or so shades of eyeliner, eye shadow, lip glosses and lipsticks of old.
But I find the older I get, the less time, energy and inclination I have to spend hours doing my daily makeup – unless I have a special event. And, I believe this is also about having a more positive self-image. Over the years, I’ve learned to accept my dark, under-eye circles, embrace my freckles and my fair “English” skin. Sure, I’ll do my best to make the most of what my mother gave me, but I’ve even shocked myself lately by posting near-makeup-free shots of myself (with my babies) on Instagram.
And while I’ll still never leave the house without first applying concealer, crème blush and lipstick/lip gloss – this is a far cry from the days in my youth when I felt I had to have a perfect face of full make-up before I stepped out the door. Hell, I used to sometimes happily blend five different eye shadow colours before I felt my makeup was perfect enough to brave the world – those were the days, as a time-rich singleton!
My makeup collection and lip gloss/lipstick fetish are both sizeable, but I just don’t feel the need to hide behind my make-up so much anymore.
Popular US author and fashion blogger Leandra Medine, best known for The Man Repeller – a humorous website for serious fashion – recently wrote about this topic herself. I find Leandra to be very beautiful, but she wrote a recent customarily fabulous and feisty post about her penchant for no makeup in response to a male website founder describing her as thus: “She is ugly as fuck tho. Truly a man repeller.” What a horrid human he must be!?
Leandra, who says she also gets lots of haters on her blog admonishing her for her lack of “war paint”, wrote: “I am comfortable with how I look. I don’t hate what I see when I look in the mirror. Even if legions of others don’t agree.” High five, sister!
And high-end retailers are jumping on the no-makeup bandwagon, too. Super chic Sydney shoe/handbag and clothing retailer Sambag urged customers to join charity movement Makeup Free Me: Let’s Lift the Mask on Friday, August 29 to raise awareness of negative self-image. Customers were encouraged to pop into their nearest Sambag boutique; receive 10 per cent off the collection, remove their make-up, enjoy refreshments and shop for a cause.
Sambag then donated 10 per cent of all nationwide sales to The Butterfly Foundation thanks to Melbourne charity @makeupfreeme, which aimed to raise $250,000 for the foundation’s work to combat negative body image and support those affected by eating disorders. Sambag raised a total of $2420 (all donations go directly to The Butterfly Foundation).
What do you think? Do you wear more or less makeup as you age?
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Leading Australian naturopath and iridologist, Will Shannon, has shared his insights into how to prevent the appearance of wrinkles and get flawless skin at any age.
“We seem to be on an endless search for skin perfection. What few Australian women realise is that flawless, wrinkle free skin is achievable without the need to blast your face with chemicals,” Will says.
1. Use jojoba oil
Jojoba oil is golden with little odour as it comes from the jojoba seed which makes up about 50 per cent of the content. It can be used as a makeup remover, a lip balm and occasionally as a hair treatment. Massage in jojoba oil into any dry spots for some extra hydration.
2. Take magnesium
Magnesium is a muscle relaxant, sometimes used to relive constipation and also in cases of people suffering depression. It will help release the muscles holding chronic states of tension, which in the face, will reduce the signs of wrinkles.
3. Drink water
Although an easy one, you must drink at least 2 litres of water a day. We breathe out half a litre of moisture a day, and our bowels need 1.5L of water just to function properly each day.
4. Take circulatory supplements
Cayenne pepper, ginger and garlic are all good for the skin as they drive circulation around the body help to prevent cold hands and feet. Use such supplements to boost your memory, as it is difficult for the heart to drive blood (against gravity) to the brain, and are very good for the skin. Nervous states shut down peripheral circulation which will ultimately have an effect on your skin.
5. Avoid Botox
My advice would be to avoid Botox as it is the most deadliest poison for the skin. Your body needs to eliminate the poisons via the blood stream which can potentially cause more health challenges. Botulinum toxin is from a bacteria that used to grow in rancid meat. It inhibits nerve function, and hence the nerves that control that muscle can’t fire. Botox dampens the muscles that fire in the face to produce emotion, hence you feel, and look, less emotional.
6. Get rest/stress less
Meditate, enjoy your time with friends and family and get proper amounts of rest. Resting and stressing less relax the nervous system which in turn allows the body to get into deeper states of relaxation to heal itself – letting your skin bounce back quicker each day.
7. Take horsetail
Forget inorganic silica, take horsetail herb which is full of copious amounts of horsetail making the skin, hair and nails very bright. Horsetail has traditionally been used by herbalists and it’s great for the kidneys and for flushing excess oedema (fluid retention) away safely and naturally. Even if you don’t have fluid retention take it for a safe, and naturally healthy glow.
8. Use a dry skin brush
The skin is sometimes called the third kidney and has to eliminate 1 billion skin cells a day. Brush the dead skin away to reveal a cleaner layer underneath. Brush towards the heart every day in the bath or shower to give your skin a helping hand.
9. Avoid soft drinks and alcohol
Although repeated to us often, it is best to avoid these drinks as they dehydrate the skin, clog up and strain the kidneys and hence put a toxic load on the skin.
For more information or to book an appointment with Will Shannon visit www.willshannon.com
I’m turning 40 this week and it’s a mark of how much I’m struggling with this momentous milestone that I can barely say the “F-word”, as I’m calling it. It’s not that I’m unhappy with my lot in life, far from it: I have a husband and children whom I adore, fabulous friends and family and a great, new and interesting job (thanks, shesaid.com!). And, sure my bits aren’t as perky as they used to be, post-two babies, but I don’t even have a problem with the aging bit in itself.
It’s just that 40 (shudder – even typing the number makes me cringe) is my “scary age”. And when I happened to mention this angst to the straight-talking psychologist in the family (who shall remain unnamed), she was typically less than empathetic: “What’s the alternative? Would you rather be dead?” she snapped. Um, no thanks, not dead, just a little less exhausted, jaded and broken!
So, how do we age gracefully (or disgracefully) come milestone birthdays? Should we just drink to forget? Or what about writing a list of all the things we’re grateful for? I could start mine with: “I’m not dead…” And are the 40s really the new 30s, now that we’re all living longer, or is that just a silly statement a 40-something dreamt up to make themselves feel better?
Social demographer, KPMG partner, keynote speaker, social editor/columnist The Australian, Bernard Salt, says if we reach the age of 60, we typically have another 25 years of life expectancy. Interestingly, Mr Salt believes women age better than men. “Women tend to lose their partners in their late 70s and have 10 years of widowhood. Women cope much better in retirement than men because they have better social networks. Women can blossom whereas men can retreat – that whole ‘grumpy, old man’ stereotype rings very true.
“Men don’t age well when they are forced out of the workplace – it’s more of a social, psychological issue – whereas women struggle with aging due to losing their youth and beauty. Botox can hold things together, but you can do it to excess, and there comes a point when it just looks sad, it just looks plastic.
“The trend we see now is towards narcissism and self-promotion – a whole generation (Gen X) who deal badly with the loss of youth and beauty. This generation has made the most of their 40s and 50s through good diet and exercise and reinvented what it means to be that age.”
Mr Salt says our increased life expectancy has also had an interesting impact on our relationships. “There’s a new breed of Gen X-ers who no longer accept a bad relationship, cut their losses and go it alone,” he says. “We’ve also seen the rise of ‘companion relationships’ popular in the 1920s and 1930s when a whole generation of men died going off to war. Companion relationships are non-sexual, same-sex relationships. And pets also often come into play as a human substitute.”
My top three signs I’m ageing:
- I’ve had to Google strange, new Twitter acronyms, such as ICYMI, FTW and TFTF just to find out the lingo meaning.
- When a Gen Y texts me in their native language: “OMFG hun, dat’s obvs totes ridic,” I have to take deep breaths to quell my rage.
- After a misspent youth wearing 16cm heels all day/night, I have developed degenerative joints on one of my feet. I really am old!
How do you cope with ageing?
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By Nicole Carrington-Sima