Ageing Gracefully For The Over 50’s
OK. We know ageing has many challenges and looking after our body is just one of them. However, once we reach the age of fifty, we start to notice obvious wrinkles and age related lines on our face. I remember waking up one morning and looking in the mirror with horror at my tired, haggard looking face. Where was my air brushed face with its vibrant youthful glow? I am all for embracing getting older, but I have to admit the change was a shock.
This new awareness of my ageing body brought sadness and panic for a while. I didn’t recognize this new me. I became self-conscious and almost retreated into myself. I longed for the ‘younger me’ full of energy and vitality.
After a few days of sulking quietly, I realised that no amount of deep thinking and reminiscing about how I used to look, would help either my physical or mental state. And so, I decided to take matters into my own hands and look at ways to help my new, more mature look.
Firstly, remember you are not alone. Ageing happens to everyone. Those perfect air brushed faces you see on social media are just that…..air brushed! So, my advice is to take positive steps and find ways that help YOU feel better about yourself.
So, the most important thing to remember is that self-care is your number one priority. If you do not feel good about yourself, then you will suffer from low self-esteem and other low mood issues. I will use this post to tell you what works for me and how I combat the signs of ageing, both mentally and physically.
As most of you know I LOVE spas. I find them restful, relaxing and the perfect way to get some ‘me time’ away from the stresses of everyday life. The atmosphere of the dimly lit surroundings coupled with the smell of fragrant essential oils is sometimes all I need to induce feelings of tranquility. A visit to a spa somehow gives me permission to switch off from life, without feeling guilty.
Our life gets no less stressful as we age. In fact, I have felt more stresses in my life since I reached the age of fifty, following the sudden death of my father and the declining health of my mother. The onset of menopause also brings its own difficulties, which can add to an already overloaded mind and body. I spend time relaxing in the Spa at the David Lloyd Club in Harrogate and I find this really helps revitalise a weary body and mind. For a recap of this Spa please click here to read a previous post I wrote about this fabulous asset to the Club.
As a trained aromatherapist and massage therapist, I know only too well how beneficial massage can be, especially when using essential oils. Massage is truly therapeutic and the effects can be felt almost immediately. This holistic therapy can be fine tuned to accommodate an individual’s needs and issues. The most popular massage treatment at the Spa in the David Lloyd Club is the ESPA Restorative Oil massagewhich is thought to re-balance the mind and ease tension.
It is important to follow a massage with some deep relaxation time and I am glad that the David Lloyd Club Spa has a dedicated relaxation room. It’s a perfect place to take a book enjoying the peace and tranquility.
So, after treating my body to some serious relaxation in the Spa, what about this tired and ageing face? I quickly realized a few years ago that my skincare and make up would have to change to keep up with the ever-increasing changes in my skin. A quick application of moisturising cream that I had been using since my early twenties was not going to work anymore on this ageing face of mine.
So, to learn more about choosing the right types of products for my face I sought the advice of Clare, the lovely Spa Manager at the David Lloyd Club in Harrogate. Elemis seems to be one of the best choices for ageing skin. This British brand have been in the forefront of skincare for many years and they are known as the ‘go to’ choice for women over the age of fifty.
Clare recommended the Elemis Pro-Definition Lift and Contour Facial treatment especially for ladies my age. This treatment encourages firmness and helps restore the structure of the face. The treatment includes an infused jowl and chin mask which works on elasticity. The structure of the skin is boosted through a unique deep muscle toning massage from the scalp to the decollate. After this intense treatment the skin appears plumper and even more youthful. Finishing with a therapeutic scalp massage which helps relieve tension, this facial really is the one for an all-round treatment.
I love Elemis products and I find they suit my skin type while delivering great results. The products are so concentrated so I don’t need a lot of product each time I use them. However, we are all different, so it is worth seeking advice from a professional about your skin type so you can find a product to suit you. The Spa at David Lloyd stocks a variety of ranges of beauty and skin products so it is worth having a look at all their products.
In conclusion, I think that, although ageing can be a shock to the system (especially when we look in the mirror!) it needn’t be disheartening. I think it is SO important to take time out from life and all the issues we seem to inherit as we get older. As someone who has been through menopause, I appreciate anything that reduces my symptoms and issues caused by this hormone inbalance. For me, this is spending time relaxing and trying to reduce my stress levels and I know this is helped by having a soothing massage followed by some quiet time.
Similarly, I have to accept that my face too is ageing. I have lines and wrinkles (smile lines) and I have to use different products now that will help slow down this ageing process, or at least make me feel better about how I look. It really is worth looking at your skincare routine and assessing whether it might be worth changing to different products. In my opinion asking a professional for advice is crucial and more economical so you don’t waste money on useless products.
I hope you have enjoyed my thoughts. Please let me know what issues you have had with your skin as you have gotten older.
Until next time dear friends
**This post was sponsored by David Lloyd Club Harrogate but as always the words and thoughts are totally my own **