Society seems to be at a crossroads with anti-aging. Although Botox and other injectables have become more normalized, we simultaneously see women in the public eye abandoning these treatments and embracing their mature skin — and as with all personal style choices, each to their own. Personally, I’ve considered getting injectables – maybe Botox to get rid of the “political rage” lines between my eyes, or maybe Juvederm to round out the smirk lines around my mouth – but as many luxury beauty treatments, injectables have simply never been accessible. in my budget.
So instead, I started using traditional, affordable strategies for skin quality. I’m certainly not fooling anyone with my age, but with a consistent skincare routine, artfully applied makeup, and a few injectable alternatives, my skin looks and, most importantly, feels in good health. Here are my proven tips and tricks for keeping my complexion looking fresh in my 40s, needle-free.
1. A gentle and hydrating skincare routine
Our faces change with age: skin becomes more delicate, we have less collagen and elastin to keep our complexion plumped, and dryness is rampant. For this reason, many women can benefit from less harsh cleansers and other products as we approach our 40s and 50s. I use Ethique’s Bliss Bar ($17) as a morning and night gentle cleanser.
A friend introduced me to Pure Rosehip Oil on a recent visit, which has helped my hyperpigmentation (giant brown spots or freckles due to sun damage) dramatically. I use Radha Oil ($20), which is affordable and high quality. You’ll know you’re getting a good product if the oil is a rich orange hue and has a slight tea or grassy smell (there are not-so-good versions, so be sure to buy wisely) . For an oil it is very light and many use it in acne treatments. It’s mildly antibacterial and loaded with vitamin C, which helps eliminate free radical damage that leads to the visible signs of aging. If I stay home, sometimes rosehip oil is all I use for the day after washing.
After moving from the humid Midwest to arid Southern California, I found my aging skin needed a lot extra moisture, and the biggest key to plumping skin is giving it as much hydration as it can handle. To do this, I apply an active serum infused with hyaluronic acid (it contains niacinamide, vitamin A and azelaic acid to brighten), plus rosehip oil and a mixture of Weleda’s Skin Food with pure glycerin. Pro Tip: A few drops of vegetable glycerin mixed with your regular moisturizer can seriously boost hydration potential. Just be sure to buy palm-free vegetable glycerin, which is the most environmentally friendly option. This combination results in a thick layer of moisture similar to an overnight hydrating mask, which may be too much for some skin types. However, if certain areas of your face seem parched, experiment with heavy moisturizers for a short time and add more time as your skin tolerates it.
2. Artfully applied makeup
Another key to having a healthy-looking complexion is to help your skin reflect light. I’m a comedian and my skincare strategies often help when I’m on stage, as dewy, dewy skin reflects harsh light. Along with a light application of rosehip oil, I use moisturizing sunscreen, rosy foundation, and shimmer blush to give my skin a glow.
Contouring and heavy eyeliner are risky for me in my 40s; I find they tend to weigh my face down or look awkward in bright lights or sunlight. By keeping my makeup routine simple, I can let my healthy skin shine. Believe the hype on Essence Lash Princess Mascara ($5): A few coats of the lengthening formula helps my eyes glow.
My final strategy is to apply a rosy, luminous concealer a shade lighter than my skin tone just above a few strategic wrinkles to reflect more light. Make sure the concealer is light enough so it doesn’t sink into the creases, use less than you think, and blend gently so the subtle change in tone disappears.
3. Injectable Alternatives
Instead of real injectables, I use Frownies ($24), which are patches that you moisten and stick on your face overnight, and they work great. They use the underlying principle of Botox, which is to hold the inner muscles of the eyebrows in place. Plus, the “glue” in Frownies exfoliates the skin when you remove them, which helps further minimize wrinkles. Some areas of your face may be too sensitive for this (I can’t use Frownies on my cheeks), so try a small area first. Of course, the Frownies provide much less of a result than an actual injectable, but it reduces the appearance of wrinkle depth. You won’t look frozen, but the lines will be slightly less obvious.
While none of these strategies offer the smoothness of injectables, they can help people highlight their favorite features and share healthy skin with the world. At some point, injectables may be something I turn to, however, for now, I’m happy to show off healthy skin that feels honest and good, me.
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