Society appears to be at a turning point in regards to anti-aging. Although Botox and other injections are becoming more and more normalized, at the same time we’re seeing women in the public eye ditching these treatments and embracing their mature skin—and as with any personal style choice for each one. Personally, I’ve thought about getting injections—maybe Botox to get rid of the “political anger” lines between my eyes, or maybe some Juvederm to complete the smile lines around my mouth—but like many fancy beauty treatments, the injections simply weren’t within my budget.
So instead, I used time-honoured, affordable skin-quality strategies. I’m certainly not cheating on anyone my age, but with a consistent skincare routine, some brilliantly applied makeup, and some injectable alternatives, my skin looks and, most importantly, looks great. Feel healthy. Here are the tried and tested tips and tricks for keeping my skin looking fresh in my forties, no needles required.
1. A gentle, moisturizing skincare routine
Our faces change as we age: Skin becomes more sensitive, we have less collagen and elastin to keep our complexion plump, and dehydration spreads. For this reason, many women can benefit from less harsh cleansers and other products as we enter our 40s and 50s. I use Ethique’s Bliss Bar ($17) as a gentle cleanser in the morning and evening.
A friend introduced me to pure rosehip oil during a recent visit, which helped immensely with my hyperpigmentation (brown spots or giant freckles from sun damage). I use radha oil ($20), which is affordable and high quality. You’ll know you’re getting a good product if the oil is rich in orange undertones and has a faint scent of tea or grass (there are some not-so-great versions, so make sure you shop smart). As for the oil, it is very lightweight, and many use it in the treatment of acne. It’s mildly antibacterial and loaded with Vitamin C, which helps eliminate free radical damage that leads to visible signs of aging. If I stay at home, sometimes rosehip oil is all I use the next day after washing.
After moving from a humid Midwest to arid Southern California, I found my skin needed aging Much of excess moisture, and the biggest key to plump skin is giving it as much hydration as possible. To do this, I apply an active serum infused with hyaluronic acid (containing niacinamide, vitamin A and azelaic acid to brighten skin), as well as rosehip oil and a blend of Weleda skin food with pure glycerin. Pro tip: A few drops of vegetable glycerin mixed with your regular moisturizer can greatly boost your hydration potential – just be sure to buy palm-free vegetable glycerin, which is the most eco-friendly option. This combination results in a thick layer of moisture similar to an overnight hydration mask, which may be too much for certain skin types. However, if you feel thirsty in certain areas of your face, try using heavy moisturizers for a short period of time, and add more time as your skin tolerates it.
2. Brilliantly applied makeup
Another key to healthy skin is to help your skin reflect light. I’m a comedian, and my skincare strategies often help when I’m on stage, as moist, dewy skin reflects off the harsh light. In addition to a light use of rosehip oil, I use hydrating sunscreen, dewy foundation, and a shimmering blush to brighten my skin.
Contouring and heavy eyeliner is a hard thing for me in my forties; I find it tends to weigh down my face or look awkward in bright lights or the sun. By keeping my makeup routine simple, I can let my healthy skin shine through. Believe the hype on Essence Lash Princess Mascara ($5): A few layers of the lengthening formula help me feel radiant eyes.
My last strategy is to apply a dewy, luminous concealer one shade lighter than my skin tone directly over a few strategic wrinkles to more reflect the light. Make sure the concealer is light enough that it doesn’t sink into wrinkles, use less than you think, and blend gently until the slight change in tone disappears.
3. Injectable alternatives
Instead of an actual injection, I use it frown ($24), patches that moisturize, stick to your face overnight, and work just as well. They use the basic principle of Botox, which is to hold the inner brow muscles in place. Plus, the “glue” on Frownies exfoliates the skin when removed, helping to reduce lines even more. Some areas of your face may be very sensitive to this (I can’t use Frownies on my cheeks), so try a small area first. Of course, Frownies offers Much less More results than an actual injection, but it reduces the appearance of deep wrinkles. It won’t look frosted, but the lines will look less noticeable.
Although none of these strategies will provide the smooth lifting of an injection, they can help people highlight their favorite features and share healthy skin with the world. At some point, injections might be something I resort to, however, for now, I’m happy to show healthy skin that feels honest and comfortable, I.
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