Do Yourself Up Right

No matter how old you are, you want to look glamourous. People see you look the same all the time, so why not surprise them with a new look? If you don’t care about how others see you, do it for yourself. Most of us shop for makeup, jewelry, or new outfits just for the fun of it. It doesn’t have to be a habit, but a pastime nonetheless. Try to focus on something different each month or quarter (if you are on a budget). Accessories like shoes and handbags are on my list. You can’t have enough. But if you want to keep the spending down, get some cosmetics. Use the right foundation and you will have a rosy glow. Red lipstick is the epitome of glamour. If you want to go in a completely different direction, try false eyelashes. You can get them in fancy department stores, the drugstore (you must apply them yourself) or a specialty chain store like Sephora. They will attach them for you. Young women love to use them for a special date night or party. As for us seniors, anytime is right. I believe in living it up.

Other glamour items are earrings and watches, maybe a pretty long scarf. It adds excitement to the dullest outfit. A necklace or pendant will substitute if you prefer. We can’t all afford designer clothes so this is the way to add a nice touch without going overboard. We live in a casual era, anyway, so you can just spiffy up your jeans and tees. For me, the eyelashes are the most dramatic change you can make to your face. A new hairdo can start the process along with the makeup I mentioned. You can go all out or do one or two things alone. Eyelashes, either the false kind or as extensions, deepen the eyes and outline them in a flirty way. You’d be surprised how little a set of Eyelashes to Die For would cost you. There are a dozen styles from which to choose from spidery, fluttery, cat eye, or baby doll. It is so simple to change your image for about ten dollars. If you have them applied professionally, they will stay put for two weeks. You can be a glamour girl virtually all the time. But beware. When you remove them and don’t use mascara, you will have naked eyes.

Yes, false eyelashes take time to put on and take off. You can buy remover that is gentle and nourishing to the delicate skin of the eyelid. You have to be careful that your natural lashes aren’t damaged by the glue. The cheaper the glue (it comes in a tube), the more harm that can be done. You can put oil on your own lashes a couple times a week to protect them from the chemicals. I know it sounds like you will become a high-maintenance gal, but it will soon be a simple routine.

Look in the mirror and admire those lashes. You will never look as divine as right now.

Keeping the Scales as we Age

Don’t toss that bathroom scale out with the trash just yet. This, my gray-haired friends, is the time to use it the most. It is that time of life when the pounds start creeping up even faster than before, amplifying the midsection and thighs; and thus it is the time to start getting a grip on the importance of diet and nutrition. Take heed!

After all, we want to be super fit when we travel and see the world in our senior years. We have the time and money (ok the kids inherit a little less) but you do need your health if you want to walk the Great Wall of China, hike to a glacier in Switzerland, or waterski in the south of France. Whatever your passion, your body is your great limitation. The mind can get you only so far! Work out the former and you are halfway there. No one wants to miss some of the best years of our lives.

Your gain pounds as you age, we know that. But did you also know that you burn more muscle and that’s why older folk look untoned and slack. Don’t let this happen to you. Get out there and exercise more; choose something you enjoy all year round, or that you can rotate with the seasons. Do it with your buddies and you will stick to it a lot longer. There is something to say for camaraderie when it comes to fitness and longevity. A group activity we find to be the perfect solution to almost anything.

Schedule a get together and form an exercise club. Publicize it on social media to attract participants. Post photos and tweets. Everyone will want to take part. Have a meeting and give away a really good digital bathroom scale to the 10th person to sign up. Make it a theme of a lifetime. Everyone will throw in an idea or two to get things rolling. Challenge the overweight and reward them for good results. Go out and celebrate together. This is a wonderful new way of life for retirees ad those with free time. Everyone benefits.

How much exercise is enough? Probably none, meaning you can always do more. Requirements are not stringent for older citizens, but it is recommended to do something physical every day. You won’t have to watch your diet or the scales quite so often. A major travel event could revolve around fishing, camping, sightseeing, or other outdoor activities. Fresh air, sunshine, a brisk breeze—they are all good for the soul.

Make it often enough to be meaningful and have an effect. Routine exercise, like constant vigilance with what you consume in the way of calories, is best. No crash dieting! You have to do it right. Track your weight regularly with a quality digital scale. Counseling could be part of your early group meetings. Sharing recipes, favorite health restaurants, and articles adds to the common store of knowledge. Rotate locations for the meetings and discover new possibilities and places. Remember, it is all about stimulation and looking forward to things as life becomes a bit more routine.