aging with strength, beauty, and grace

  1. Judy says:

    Do you recommend eyelash extensions?

    • Karen Vatter says:

      Morning from the UK. Just about to turn 60 on Tuesday, but I still feel like the little girl that watched my Mum use Ponds Cold Cream, Noxema and Nivea. She taught me to use eye cream from the age of 13. Never missed a night. I think I might like your “real” blog. Thanks.

  2. Heidi Danas says:

    very positive article. and yes, I do remember noxema!

  3. valerie taylor says:

    Thank you Beth I cannot tell you what a help you have been to me. As a woman of 64 I wanted so much to have grace while ageing. I closely follow your words of wisdom and would like you to continue as you have been. I find each and every blog interesting and it has certainly helped me mature with dignity.

  4. Maura says:

    I love today’s post. I started subscribing to your posts because I need a new point of view as I age. I started this journey because I didn’t want to look dowdy. I’m now looking at my wardrobe differently. I now have monthly messages. I make sure I have all my annual medical exams. I now call maintenance. I volunteer, keep up with friends, watch shows that give me a different because at 63, I want to remain relevant!

  5. Sylvia Espinoza says:

    Excellent advice, and you articulate it beautifully. Am also a Noxema gal from way back then. As a teen, my mom also insisted I use OJ’s Beauty Lotion on a cotton ball to complete the cleansing. Across the years, these early steps yielded great impact! Can’t say it enough, but no matter the age, never go to bed without washing off makeup. In 1980, learned skin ages 72 hours instead of 8 because it can’t rejuvenate itself if clogged. And mascara overnight makes lashes brittle…and they don’t grow back fast. No matter where we are today, aging gracefully means embracing life with a joyful attitude, and somehow our body and appearance improve. Once we begin to notice slight improvements, it motivates to keep going to better ourselves. You know you’re on track when your doctors remark that you’re aging well! So keep the advice coming, Beth, either as a reminder for some or a launching pad for others~

  6. Pat Billings says:

    Enjoy your style tips (and health tips) greatly! I’m 78 and I do remember Noxema. I think it’s all my mother ever used. I agree with all your tips today…..but, can’t quite eat Salmon😣. And “a day without chocolate, is a day without sunshine” for me. At least I try to eat more dark than milk chocolate.

  7. Mary C says:

    Thanks for this great post, Beth. I really appreciate that you incorporate this type of information as well as the lovely fashions. It makes your postings on living our best lives from 50 on very holistic.

  8. Mickey says:

    Beth – great post! Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us! Very informative!

  9. Teresa says:

    You do such wonderful and interesting posts! You always look magnificent too!! I love your style! I’m now 65, at a transition phase in life, and I have begun to worry that my life is running out. I take care of myself the best I can with diabetes, but I worry about life being too short while I watch my 93 year old mother failing as well. How can I turn off these thoughts about life passing too quickly? Thank you!

  10. Francesca says:

    Wonderful post today Beth, so helpful thank you!
    I am 56 and I really like a Vitamin C serum you can buy at Amazon called Turskin Vitamin C serum that seems to make a difference. Also Trader Joes do a cheap and nifty moisterizer mask that comes in a thin package that you peel on and off. And Fresh at Sephora do a lovely Rose facial mask that I use as well.
    And yes lots of sunscreen!!

  11. Suzanne Smith says:

    God, do I remember Noxzema! (I have to admit, though, that I hated the smell. Same with Ponds–I love the consistency of both, but don’t like their smell. Isn’t that silly?) I do love a good gentle cleanser and also have never gone to bed without cleaning my face and moisturizing it. I actually also use a Retinol cream on it overnight, and I can tell it’s helped my skin have more firmness to it because of that. I make my own body scrubs, with virgin coconut oil, brown sugar, and essential oils–I sometimes use lavender, sometimes lemon, rose, or sometimes clove. (I actually loooove the clove–I feel like a gingerbread cookie when I come out of the shower, all smooth and soft!) I also use baking soda and make a scrub to exfoliate my feet and soften them. Excellent advice all around.

    • Suzanne Smith says:

      ps–oh, and I also daily use a light face cream with vitamin C and hyaluronic acid in it. Feels wonderful.

  12. Andrea says:

    Love your attitude, Beth. Beware of retinol and peels for drying and sun intolerance. La Roche Posey is a derm brand from France with photo stabilization. The 50spf mineral lotion for the face is really good for summer. Don’t get the tinted as I find it stains cloths. Nuxe is another highly recommended French brand for moisture/wrinkles. I love the Mervallence. As for everything else, you are what you eat. Nurses and MUAs have all told me I look more like 60than 70. Water and a Mediterranean diet, no tanning – our family just always did. I love sweet almond oil for makeup removal an a warm washcloth. Somehow we think it has to be complicated, but perhaps my allergies have saved me from that. Google those two brands. Your positive attitude will serve you well.

  13. Vonda Smith says:

    Beth, you did a blog a few weeks ago about what shoes/boots to wear with various jean styles. I cannot find it again. Can you please tell me where to look? Thank you so much for all you do to keep me current with styles. I so appreciate you!

  14. Melinda says:

    Thank you so much for this post! You have been so helpful with all of your advice on fashion!

    Love the skincare advice….ok, I ordered quite a few of the products! 😀

  15. Barbara says:

    Even though I just turned 73 this past December I don’t feel like it. Thanks for sharing all your tips, you always look lovely in everything you wear. And oh yes I do remember Noxema

  16. Jackie Gray says:

    I think this is one of your best posts, Beth. Thanks for all your tips!

  17. Lynn Forbes says:

    Thank you for the reminder that self care is essential to growing older healthfully and gracefully! Can you please tell us the moisturizer/eye cream you use?

  18. Lyn says:

    I love this post. Even though I am in my late 60’s – in my brain I am still 25! My husband asked me one day – don’t you realize that people look at you when we are out shopping? Ah, no. I think it’s a matter of good basic skin care, good posture, a wardrobe that enhances, and a bit of swag. I will continue with self care into my 70’s and beyond.

    Beth, can you do a post on what you use for skin care besides your face. I have been using dry brush exfoliating and would like your thoughts on that, and what moisturizers/exfoliators you use. Also, manicure and pedicure ideas. Your picture in this post is beautiful – love a good black turtleneck – it’s a sharp, youthful look.

  19. Cindy Woods says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this. Newly divorced (hard pressed on every side but not crushed), trying to get some confidence back…and you give it daily. You are such a light in my world!!!

  20. Michelle says:

    What Retin A product do you use? 3x a week?

  21. Allison says:

    Hi Beth. I have been following you for a while and especially enjoy your Fridays with Oscar. As I’m in having my 60th in June, I read the ageing with grace post and agree that as we age we need to keep looking vital and fresh, not old and dowdy.

  22. Jenn T says:

    Just came across your blog. I found it interesting as I’m trying to grow older “Gracefully ” as well. You look amazing…by he way! ☺
    I’m 66 yrs old, still working part-time as a Developmental Support Worker. I do enjoy my job…helping others who need it brings me much joy and contentment. With that being said…there is still challenges on the job. Both my hubby and I look forward to retirement, but not exactly sure when that will be?
    For more then 20 years I worked in a fitness club/spa. I was the spa director, so I had access to exercise, eating healthy and body/skin treatments. After moving to a smaller town a few yrs ago, my exercise regime suffered. So…I’m working on getting back in shape as good as I can for my age, of course. I’m looking forward to reading your encouraging blog. 🤗

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