Aging Gracefully–Skin Care

marypaitsel-august-29-2016Let’s face it, the first thing any one sees is our face. (Pun intended) One area that can improve our appearance is our skin. Last week I talked about changing our skin from the inside out—drinking plenty of water and eating a balanced diet makes a definite difference. Now from the outside in.

Skin care involves cleansing, exfoliation, moisturization, and protection.

First, CLEANSING. To keep it simple when I am tired at night I keep Burt’s Bees facial cleansing towelettes with White Tea Extract.  I mix up the products I use to clean my face changing between a few select skincare lines. Different products bring different qualities to your skin care. By using a few different products I work to improve different  challenges in my skin.

Second, as we age our skin does not lose the old skins cells as effectively and we begin to get a dry, chalky look to our skin. The remedy is to exfoliate regularly. I keep an exfoliating cleanser in my shower that I use each time I shower. Many skin care products also have mild acids like hyaluronic acid or a fruit acid in them to gently remove the old layers of skin. Read the labels to find a product that will work for you. A dermatologist or aesthetician can advise you but simply reading labels may be all you need.

I hope to visit a med spa or dermatologist in January because I have a couple of blocked pores and what an aesthetician called congestion in some of my pores. A facial can be a wonderful start to a new skin care regime. Use care in selecting and aesthetician. Go to a reputable spa. I love to splurge at the Red Door Salon and Spa at Short Pump. They are true professionals. Check prices and factor in the tip so you know what you are in for.

Next, make sure you moisturize your skin. It makes all the difference. Instead of a foundation I use a tinted BB (Beauty Balm) or CC cream with an SPF. CC cream is color correction or color control. They are cosmetic products that provides sun protection, coverage and skincare benefits in one convenient product. CC cream is both lightweight and fast absorbing and are newer than BB creams, also known as beauty or blemish balm creams. Protecting my skin is my final strategy.

Protect your skin from the daily effects of UV rays. Avoid excess unprotected  exposure to the sun.

I regularly use an eye cream like Olay Regenerist regenerating eye lifting serum, Play Regenerist Luminous dark circle correcting  hydraswirl –Eye, Revitalift Volume Filler Eye, or Roc Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Eye cream.

I am grateful for the genes my parents passed on to me, but attention to your skin care routines can help you maintain a more youthful appearance.

Products I have in my skincare basket:

Burt’s Bees Renewal, L’Oreal Revitalift, Olay Regenerist, and Roc skincare products. Mary Kay and Beauticontrol are also favored product lines.

Purity made simple one-step facial cleanser by philosophy

Revitalift Radiant Smoothing Cream Cleanser with revitalizing Vitamin C and gentle exfoliating action

Olay Regenerist micro-sculting Serum fragrance free ( I use morning and night daily)

Olay Regenerist micro-sculpting cream (I use daily)

Olay Regenerist night recovery moisturizer

Neutrogena Hydro Boost water gel with hyaluronic acid

Burt’s Bees Renewal firming night cream

I am committed to using up the products of the same type before purchasing more.  I have some duplicates from buying new product when I have been traveling or believing I was almost out of a product when there is more in the tube than I realize.

I also like Pacifica underarm deodorant wipes. Being clean is one of the best deodorizers . Many personal care items have chemicals I believe may cause harm to my body when used over time. I also like to use salt crystals as a deodorant.

Aging Gracefully-Take Care of Your Skin from the Inside Out

Aging Gracefully—Taking Care of Your Skin from the Inside Out

Caring for your skin does not begin with what you put on your face but with what you put into your body.

  • Make sure you drink plenty of water. The Mayo Clinic defines adequate intake of fluids as approximately 13 cups, or 104 ounces for an adult male and 9 cups, or 72 ounces for an adult female. That’s 9 – 8 oz. glasses of water a day for a woman and 13 – 8 oz.  glasses of water for a man. This is one of many moments I am glad I am a woman.
  • Food is the best medicine. Eating a balanced diet is good for all of you but will really show up in your complexion. Getting your vitamins and minerals from fruit, vegetables, protein. And starches is better than taking them in tablet form, in my humble opinion .  Daily vitamins supplements may be helpful but variety in your diet is better – even with a supplement.

I like junk food more than I like to admit but I find that the more junk I eat, the worse I feel. Occasional indulgences are all right but when indulgences become a regular path you are headed for trouble.

So drink plenty of water throughout your day, and watch what you eat.

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Aging Gracefully-Our Skin

marypaitsel-august-29-2016When I was 16 I noticed that many of my mom’s friends who played tennis, golf, skied, and sunbathed had skin that looked like leather when they were in their late 30’s early 40’s. I saw that the common denominator was spending time in the sun. I determined then that while I would not be sun phobic, I would take care to not expose my skin to too much sun.

That decision 51 years ago has made a lot of difference in the appearance of my skin. I do moisturize, and use a BB cream with a mild sunscreen instead of a foundation. I do keep my skin clean and one of my favorite, if infrequent, indulges is a facial at a good spa. I would rather have a facial than a massage and that is saying a lot. Yes, I know you can have your own spa time at home but it is nice to have a professional take care of it for you.

Your skin is your canvas. Your skin needs to be cared for and not just covered up.  I do like to keep pre-moistened wipes to clean my face. I keep an exfoliating facial scrub in the shower and use it when I shower. When I was young I needed to shower daily but now that I am older and my skin is drier, I shower every other day and use a moisturizing soap or body wash like Dove. I also like to use a shower pouf to help remove dead skin cells.

I will talk a little more about skin care this week including diet and hydration.

Aging Gracefully-The Intervention

Aging Gracefully—The Intervention
A couple of years ago my adult children determined that I was beginning to look older than I needed to look because of the way I dressed—mom jeans, embellishment on my clothing—you know, comfortable, fun stuff. Since I love my children
• First I purged my closet of clothes they felt were dating me.
• Then, I went to Williamsburg, had lunch with my son and youngest daughter, and then visited the Prime Outlets.
I visited places I had never shopped before that have since become favorites—Loft, Banana Republic, and White House Black Market. Brooks Brothers Women, and Talbot’s are also personal favorites. I tried on a size smaller and what I thought was my right size. From brand to brand there are variations in sizes. I tried on jeans that I did not think would fit me and was amazed that they were comfortable. I bought statement necklaces. Whenever I reached for something inappropriate, (by their standards) my new found fashion advisers (aka – son and youngest daughter) made a buzzer- like sound and I got the message.
Seriously shopping sales I bought about $3000 worth of clothes for $800. Quite a splurge but Roy was supportive. All of the clothes are still being worn regularly and I am now permitted to shop by myself.
I buy comfortable clothes that fit and look well on me. I am not trying to look like a teenager but I do feel pretty in the clothes I am wearing. I had been wearing clothes that were of good quality but now recognize that they did make me look older, heavier, and less attractive. I have not lost any weight but I do have people ask if I have lost weight—it’s the clothes.
If you are not happy with the way you dress ask your children (if you are my age) or a friend with a sense of style who truly loves you to
• go through your closet with you
• and then go shopping with you.
Try on clothes—either in the store or at home (if they can be returned) I generally like to try on clothes at home with the right underwear and shoes but sometimes that isn’t possible.
Again, the goal is not to look like a teenager or to be on the edge of the latest trends. The goal is to dress in a way that is flattering, functional, and fits your life as well as your body.
Remember, though, that what you put on your spirit is always more important that what you put on your body.
and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (Colossians 3:10 NLT)
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (Colossians 12-14 NLT)

Next—Does your bra fit?marypaitsel-august-29-2016

Aging Gracefully- Does Your Bra Fit?

Aging Gracefully—Does Your Bra Fit

Recently, I was looking at some old pictures from the 1950’s and was stunned to see women with their chests sagging to their waistline. Wearing poorly fitting bras is aging. It is estimated that as many as 80% of women are wearing the wrong size bra.

Many department stores have bra fitting services. Make an appointment to get fitted and discover your actual bra size. Armed with the right size try on bras until you find bras that fit well and are comfortable.

If you do not want to get measured in a department store, you can measure at home.

There are two measurements that determine your bra size. Measure directly under your breasts around your rib cage, remembering to keep the tape measure straight, and round up to the next even number. That is your band size.

Measure around the fullest part of your breasts. The difference between this number and your band size gives you your cup size.

BAND
MINUS BUST DIFFERENCE
US CUP SIZES
less than 1″ AA
1″ A
2″ B
3″ C
4″ D
5″ DD/E
6″ DDD/F
7″ DDDD/G
8″ DDDDD/H
9″ DDDDDD/I
10″ J
11″ K
12″ L
13″ M
14″ N

 

Wearing the right sized bra makes

  • You look trimmer and slimmer
  • You feel better as the weight is evenly distributed
  • your clothes fit better

We gain and lose weight so this process needs to be repeated from time to time.

Wearing the right bra makes all the difference. It’s an easy way to take the appearance of weight and age off your body.marypaitsel-august-29-2016

Aging Gracefully-The Intervention

marypaitsel-august-29-2016Aging Gracefully—The Intervention

A couple of years ago my adult children determined that I was beginning to look older than I needed to look because of the way I dressed—mom jeans, embellishment on my clothing—you know, comfortable, fun stuff. Since I love my children

  • First I purged my closet of clothes they felt were dating me.
  • Then, I went to Williamsburg, had lunch with my son and youngest daughter, and then visited the Prime Outlets.

I visited places I had never shopped before that have since become favorites—Loft, Banana Republic, and White House Black Market. Brooks Brothers Women, and Talbot’s are also personal favorites. I tried on a size smaller and what I thought was my right size. From brand to brand there are variations in sizes. I tried on jeans that I did not think would fit me and was amazed that they were comfortable. I bought statement necklaces. Whenever I reached for something inappropriate, (by their standards) my new found fashion advisers (aka – son and youngest daughter)  made a buzzer- like sound and I got the message.

Seriously shopping sales I bought about $3000 worth of clothes for $800. Quite a splurge but Roy was supportive. All of the clothes are still being worn regularly and I am now permitted to shop by myself.

I buy comfortable clothes that fit and look well on me. I am not trying to look like a teenager but I do feel pretty in the clothes I am wearing. I had been wearing clothes that were of good quality but now recognize that they did make me look older, heavier, and less attractive. I have not lost any weight but I do have people ask if I have lost weight—it’s the clothes.

If you are not happy with the way you dress ask your children (if you are my age)  or a friend with a sense of style who truly loves you to

  • go through your closet with you
  • and then go shopping with you.

Try on clothes—either in the store or at home (if they can be returned) I generally like to try on clothes at home with the right underwear and shoes but sometimes that isn’t possible.

Again, the goal is not to look like a teenager or to be on the edge of the latest trends. The goal is to dress in a way that is flattering, functional, and fits your life as well as your body.

Remember, though, that what you put on your spirit is always more important that what you put on your body.

and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (Colossians 3:10 NLT)

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (Colossians 12-14 NLT)

 

Next—Does your bra fit?

Aging Gracefully

I am officially an old lady

I am a great-grandmother—Yes, my one of my grandsons has children

I am on Social Security

I am 67 years old.

I do not delude myself that I look years and years younger than I am but people tell me all the time that I look great. In the next few weeks I want to share how you can age gracefully. There are strategies that will help you stay youthful.

Before I get into specific strategies on the physical side, let’s focus on what makes all the difference—our spiritual state. You can be gorgeous and invest tons of money on what you put on your hair, skin, teeth, and body but if you are bitter, unforgiving, unloving, and living life apart from the Lord, it will show on your face and in the way you interact with people—that will be totally unlovely.

If you there are people you cannot forgive; if you are bitter about what has happened to you; if you find it hard to love others, including your enemies—it is time to spend time with the Lord dealing with these issues. A tender and surrendered spirit will shine on the outside.

The best thing you can put on your face is a smile.

Control is an illusion.

Having your own way is highly overrated. One thing I love about the Lord is that He can work things out so you don’t have lose for me to win. He can work things well for all people who are devoted to Him.

Modesty and purity are beautiful. The goal of a godly woman is not hotness.

Tomorrow—my kids’ intervention.marypaitsel-august-29-2016