As our bodies change, our grooming routines have to change, too. Here are five reasons why—and what you can do about them.
5 Grooming Tips for Older Women
Five grooming tips
1. Our chemistry changes as we age. Older skin has fewer antioxidants, and there are hormonal shifts that come with age. This can also mean our bodies have a different odor. We might not notice it because of another thing that happens with age—we start to lose our sense of smell, especially after turning 70.
Tip: Never omit your daily morning shower. Wash your hair regularly, at least once a week. Because your skin may be more sensitive, consider switching to a gentler deodorant. Change all intimate clothing daily. Change blouses, pants, etc., after a few wearings—don't wait until they flunk the sniff test.
2. Two circumstances can cause bad breath: Dental bridges trap food particles that can decay; also, older people tend to drink less water than they should (because they don't always experience thirst, even when their body needs hydration). In addition, lack of proper hydration intensifies body odors.
Tip: Ask your dentist about Oral-B Superfloss. It has stiffened ends that let you floss under and around your bridges and get out the food particles. Aim to drink 8 glasses of water a day. It's good for your skin, your overall health, and your breath. You can use coffee, tea, sugared or artificially sweetened drinks to round off your fluids, but try to stick to water for most of your drinking.
3. Aging nails can develop ridges and start to yellow. They may also break or tear more easily.
Tip: If you can have a weekly manicure, by all means do so. Any shade of nail polish will
help prevent breakage, avoid color deterioration, and modify or avoid ridges. If you can't have it done for you, learn how to do it yourself. It's not a big deal, especially if you begin with colorless polish.
A pedicure, on the other hand, has to be done only about once a month, so you can go to the nail store and indulge. Even the cheapest pedicure comes with luxurious calf and foot massages. And a nice splash of color on the toes goes a long way to dressing up your feet in open sandals.
Note: If your nail problems are more severe or can't be fixed by a visit to the nail store, see your dermatologist.
4. Some women look glorious with gray hair. Some don't. If you're in the second group, pick a soft shade of brown, blonde, or red that puts a bit of glow into your skin, and go for it. You may also find your aging hair is getting thinner, a lot drier, and harder to manage.
Tip: Find a good hair stylist and experiment with a layered look. Shorter hair can be easier to manage, and the right layered cut can help your hair look fuller. Find a gentler shampoo and always use leave-in conditioner to combat dryness. If this doesn't cure the dryness, there are special treatments your dermatologist can recommend.
5. Aging skin is, almost invariably, drying skin. Some parts of your body—your heels? the backs of your hands? your forehead?—may feel like they live in the Sahara. Regular moisturizers don't make a dent.
Tip: Check out the various skin care oils and find one that works for you. For example, some people find that Trader Joe's Jojoba Oil works miracles on heels and the backs of hands. When used to cleanse the face at night, the residue keeps the skin moist until morning. Everyone's skin is different. Experiment and discover what's right for you.
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