there are so many questions about my skincare routine. makeup also ranks high on your list of want-to-knows. and so does boosting your immune system. so, i thought i’d roll up all three topics into one mega-post. i’m definitely not a beauty expert by any stretch of the imagination. but i’ve tried my best through the years to stay current with the latest and greatest beauty products. because skincare products do make a difference with how our skin looks. and there’s good news. even if you’ve neglected your skin for years, it’s never too late to put a beauty regimen in place. these are a few of the ingredients i look for when it comes to skincare products: vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, peptides, and retin A. it’s not an inclusive list, but it’s a start. i also love products that use natural ingredients too.
but i would be remiss if i didn’t touch on the subject of nutrition. yes, those fruits and veggies, the good fats, protein, seeds, and nuts are loaded with nutrients that keep our skin glowing and boost our immune system. consuming them every day keeps our immune system in tip-top condition. and we all want a vibrant, healthy immune system in place 365 days a year. it’s the first line of defense our body uses against alien microorganisms. a strong immune system doesn’t make us invincible, but it does make a difference. there is no doubt about it fitness begins with food. but for whatever reason, as we age, we have a false assumption that gaining weight is a given. if our lifestyle slows down considerably, then we’ll require fewer calories, so we may need to tweak our diet. but excess body fat increases the risks of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and a slew of other auto-immune diseases, which impairs our immune system. so we need to be vigilante with what we eat. but just like skincare, it’s never too late to change bad habits into good habits. and there’s no better time to work on your immune system than today. a diet filled with the micronutrients and macronutrients is so important. but it can be challenging getting everything we need through food alone, so adding a daily dose of vitamins and supplements is an excellent idea.
but let’s tackle beauty first. here’s what my skin looks like at sixty one sans makeup. yes, i have uneven skin tone and hyper-pigmentation due to worshipping the sun all through the seventies and eighties. if i could turn back time, i’d definitely have worn sunscreen and lots of hats. and, yes, i have fine lines and wrinkles. i’ve earned every one. and, no, i don’t want to look like i’m forty, so i haven’t turned to cosmetic treatments or fillers. i don’t know why we think that looking younger means we look better. for me, i just want to look healthy and vibrant.
moisturizer | eye cream | cc cream | blush | highlighter | eyeshadow | eye pencil | mascara | brow pencil | lipstick | perfecting brush
secret sauce | brow power | bye bye under eye cream | cc cream | blow out lash | skin perfecting brush
as a lifestyle blogger i try lots and lots of products. IT cosmetics rank high on my must-have list.
now onto boosting our immune system. there’s no easy fix or overnight gimmick to a healthy microbiome but we can help mold it to give us the best health that we can. it boils down to making the right choices every day. why is a healthy gut so important? science is learning more and more about how our gut affects every part of our body, including our brain and immune system. most of our immune system is located in our gut so if that eco-system is disrupted then our immune system is compromised. and that’s what we don’t want. our gut health and our immune system go hand in hand so i’ll share a bit about how i maintain a healthy microbiome.
as i mentioned fitness begins with food so let’s start there. first i believe in a balanced diet so i’m neither vegan, carnivore, paleo, low carb, or keto. i may select a keto friendly recipe or a vegetarian recipe from time-to-time as i’m always looking for delicious and nutritious meals. there are good carbs or whole carbs in the form of veggies that we definitely need in our diet. but i do steer clear of bad or refined carbs included in sugar sweetened beverages, bread, pasta, and pastries. protein found in beef, pork, or chicken is so important to our overall health as it is a macronutrient that builds muscle and bone and repairs tissue so that’s included in my diet too. again, i think in terms of balanced.
a healthy diet – eat lot’s of food rich in micornutrients. spinach, kale, broccoli, bell peppers. think green leafy salads. and don’t forget about the healthy fats found in salmon, tuna, sardines, anchovies, avocados, olive oil. add mushrooms, garlic, onions, ginger and turmeric into your diet as they munch up virus and bad bacteria and are loaded with anti-oxidants. bone broth is rich in collagen and it helps repair our gut. eggs got a bad rap for years but they are a good source of vitamin D and choline an important nutrient for our brains.
supplements – we don’t always get all the nutrients we need through diet alone. that’s when vitamins and supplement step in. here’s what i add to my daily regimen.
fish oil is a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids that decrease inflammation and boosts your immune system. magnesium helps adjust blood glucose, keeps our immune system healthy, and has anti-inflammatory benefits.
vitamin D3 helps with the absorption of calcium, promotes bone growth, regulates your mood and helps fight disease.
B12 boosts your energy, improves memory and helps prevent heart disease.
prebiotics and probiotics work in synergy with each other to support the microbiome by maintaining a healthy colony of bacteria and other microorganisms. you don’t have to take a prebiotic for a probiotic to work but prebiotic acts as a fertilizer for the good bacteria. probiotics are called the ‘good’ bacteria as they keep our gut microbiome healthy. probiotics also help replace the ‘good’ bacteria when it’s been lost by taking antibiotics.
vitamin C supports collagen, and provides antioxidant support.
here’s a recipe to give your immune system a little extra support right now. both ginger and turmeric have powerful nutritional value that includes iron, calcium, magnesium and copper.
everything we eat matters. the healthier the foods we eat the better we feel and the better our skin will look. any number of chronic skin problems can be linked to our diet. the less attention we pay to healthy food choices the more problems we’ll see with our skin. if we starve our skin long enough it’s going to show. but if we want fabulous looking skin it all starts with a healthy, balanced diet.
is the Founder and CEO of Style at a Certain Age. She writes Sundays-Fridays on all topics ranging from fashion, health, wellness, home design and more.
She’s 63, 5’8, and size 8.
If only I could turn back the clock for my skin care (yes, too much sun)! But I can’t, and I will not do any cosmetic treatments or fillers. I will stick to make-up to cover what I can. I don’t wear much make-up, but I am learning from you and others. Thank you for this post and your honesty.
makeup does help us look our best so i’ll be forever grateful for the beauty industry!
This is such a helpful post. Thanks for your daily inspiration. Keep going strong (now we know why you do 🙂 ) and stay safe. Here’s to a better tomorrow!!
we have to keep our bodies and minds strong. today, more than ever! thanks so much for stopping by.
I just have to wonder if you have an association with IT cosmetics that gives you some money for recommending them. I thought you mentioned different products last time you did a similar post.
i work with quite a few brands: beauty, skincare, fashion and lifestyle. if it’s a sponsored post then it is clearly noted. it’s my job to try lots and lots of products as there are lots and lots of choices. but i have never worked directly with IT cosmetics although i have worked with Sephora inside JCPenney and they carry IT cosmetics. hope this helps.
I love your pink shell with the oriental looking flowers. Did you get it recently?
the blouse is several years old by MaxMara.
I love the blouse you have on in this post! Can you tell me where I can find it?
the blouse is MaxMara a few years old.
Excellent post to remind us we can be and look healthy for our age, at any age! I use IT Celebration Foundation since 2014 or so. My skin is complimented often. Am speeding towards 70, and half a lifetime ago learned that whatever age you are, start taking care of yourself, and if in 5 years you look somewhere near 5 years earlier, you’ll see your effort paid off. Then keep at it! Wise advice. It works! Thank you for your labor of love, Beth. You are appreciated~
it’s always good to hear from you, sylvia! wise advice. thanks so much for sharing. your knowledge.
Excellent post. I am turning 71 and have even had nurses remark that I don’t look it. I was fortunate, that I have never been able to tolerate heat so usually stayed in the shade and even though I didn’t wear sunscreen, I have only three small very pale sun spots. That being said, I think you are spot on with not wanting to look younger, just wanting to look you best. The French spend their cash on skin care, makeup is secondary. Less is more at any age, frankly. Piling makeup on like a 20yr old ages us instantly. Soft well done eyebrows, subtly done eyeliner, a bright lip (not dark) and a wash of foundation. But our best assets…a smile, a strong mind and a good heart. You have them in spades.
hi andrea! always love to hear your thoughts. thanks so much for sharing.
I have very wrinkled skin on my neck. I, too, spent a lot of time in the sun in my youth without sunscreen. I tried to get as brown as possible! Can you recommend anything to tighten up the neck skin?
I’ll have to try your version of this drink–so good for us and this is definitely a good time to be helping our systems with all that’s immune-boosting. You look terrific, Beth.
For those old sunspots, may I suggest IPL treatment? Intense Pulsating Light. It also removes burst blood vessels and other imperfections. I’m age 68 and receive compliments on my skin.
Keep inspiring us!
hi donna! i was scheduled for this procedure a few weeks ago and put it on hold. i hear it works wonders. thanks so much for the suggestion.
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