When you slide into your 50’s a lot of things change… including your skin, hair, and body! hah! Pretty much everything, right?
I thought I’d share some of the personal care products I’m using these days and have found to be particularly nice for the 50-something body I’m living with right now.
Better Not Younger Bounce Back Shampoo and Conditioner
I tried not to succumb to the social media ads. I resisted for months. I really did. But after dealing with “poofy” hair that lacked definition and was sooo dry, I decided to give this a try. I’ve tried a few other online hair care lines and was not very impressed. However, this curly-girl-friendly line had rave reviews, was aimed at over-50 women and I just couldn’t resist. I’m glad I caved. I really like it. My hair is so soft and bouncy. I’m not wild about the smell (think grandma’s shampoo) but the results are worth overlooking the smell. It’s a winner for me. And if you’re not sure, you can do like I did and buy the travel sized set to try out without a huge investment.
Uncle Funky’s Curly Magic
This stuff has really made a huge difference in the definition and spring of my curls. I use two small pumps on soaking wet hair and follow with some gel. My hair is bouncy, happy, and very, very curly. It’s lightweight when it goes on your hair and while it says it is a “firm hold” gel, I find I need another gel on top to “seal the deal” but that just may be overkill on my part, or the very humid environment I live in.
I received this in an Ipsy box a few years ago and fell in love. It is the perfect nighttime moisturizer for my wintertime dry skin. It’s a little too much in the humid days of summer but as soon as the nights start to cool and the heat gets turned on in our house, this comes out of hibernation and becomes part of my nightly routine. After I cleanse, I use it as my moisturizer. My face feels soft, silky. smooth and very hydrated the next morning. It only takes a few drops (less than half a dropper-full) and I love how if feels and smells (think cupcakes) I will keep buying this one for sure.
Another Ipsy find, this Goldfaden MD Vital Boost daily moisturizer is one of my favorites. I’ve been hoarding my sample tube and finally decided it was silly to save it – I’m so glad I decided to use it. My face loves the lightweight cream and it goes well under my makeup. It’s one of the few hyaluronic acid products that my skin doesn’t hate.
It’s a little pricey ($68 for a 1.7 oz container) so I don’t know if I’ll indulge once my Ipsy tube is gone, but for now I’m really enjoying this on my skin.
My final favorite to share is the newest makeup I’m in love with. Ilia Beauty. These products have really made an impact in how I look and feel in my 50’s. They’re lightweight, not heavy or clumpy, and make my skin feel divine. I have been using the Super Serum Skin Tint for over a year and find that single bottle will last me about 3 months (with daily use). The formula is light and makes my skin feel and look fresh and bright. Youthful, even.
Once I tried the skin tint, I quickly reordered for some additional products and now pretty much my entire makeup routine revolves around Ilia products. I love the Multi-Stick for a blush with a light pop of natural-looking color, the concealer, and soft-focus finishing powder to finish up my routine. I’ve just recently started using the chromatic eye tint, so the jury is still out there, but so far I like the natural highlight it gives to my eyes.
The tinted lip oil is also a winner – I keep a little trial size in my purse for a quick, moisturizing natural swipe of color when I’m out and about.
So that’s it for my current favorites. What are some things you’re loving right now?