How Can We Age Happily?

Getting older is something we all worry about eventually. It comes around so quickly, we don’t even realise it’s happening until we see that cluster of grey appearing on our head. But although ageing is something that happens to us all, and is not something we can avoid, it doesn’t mean we have to accept it, or that we can’t give nature a little helping hand.

As women, we tend to worry about our looks at the best of times, but how can we age a little more happily when we start to see the signs on the outside?

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Keep up a healthy hair and skin routine

Keeping up a healthy and consistent beauty regime can make you feel better inside and out. Little things like drinking lots of water and staying away from harsh chemicals can all help slow down external ageing and keep hair, nails and skin all looking young and refreshed.

The stresses of everyday life can start to show as we get older, so it’s important to keep in mind that the inside is just as important as taking care of your outside.

Give Nature Some Help

We now live in times when botox, skin peels and fillers are no longer frowned upon, but are a natural part of a beauty regime for many women, helping with fine lines and the general appearance and quality of our skin. The same is true of some forms of cosmetic surgery like breast augmentation offered by absolute cosmetic

Breast augmentation is not just about making the breasts bigger, but also looks at the shape, whether the breasts are uneven, and also can correct sagging, a notable effect of ageing on the body.

Let Go Of The Little Things

One of the biggest things that gets us down is holding on to the small stresses in life. Learning to let go of the little things in life is something we learn as we get older, but the sooner we can embrace it, the quicker we can enjoy more of life.

Make a list of some of the smaller things you find yourself stressing about day to day, including laundry or the food shop. Once you’ve got your list down, take a look through and you will probably be surprised at how trivial some things seem out of the moment.

Get Rid Of The Comparison Bug

Comparing ourselves to others can bring us down, looking at others and thinking we should be the same as them can be a damaging habit to get into. Let go of those comparisons and start focusing on accepting yourself as you age gracefully.

In the survey conducted by Crown Clinic, it was found that 72% of women dread finding those first grey hairs. But is going grey something to worry about? 62% of women stated that grey hair made them look older and it was this that bothered them the most.

Having grey hair doesn’t have to be the killer of your confidence, remember that all of us go grey eventually and if you do start to go grey, embrace it. Don’t forget you can always dye your hair if it really gets you down, but au naturale is so much better.

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Advice For My Younger Self

If you could go back in time and speak to your younger self, what advice would you give them? Would it be something specific (like here are the lottery numbers for week beginning….) or would it be something that you long to change if you only had the chance?

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My younger self.

Here is the advice I would give to my 20 year old self.

1. Love your skin, look after it, and don’t be afraid to get a little help if you need it.

When I was young, I didn’t really understand the need to look after my skin, despite my mom’s best advice. I would drop into bed in the early hours of the morning, face still full of make-up, and would wake up the next morning resembling a member of Kiss who had spent an hour crying. I often suffered from skin dryness, especially around the extremities of my face, and generally suffered with hydration and suppleness, and I wouldn’t have dreamed of doing anything about it.

I would certainly have never dreamt of having any sort of cosmetic or medical treatment, but this is sometimes exactly what is needed to get your skin back to tip top condition. Clinics like 23 MD offer all sorts of treatments based on the latest scientific research. This includes treatments to boost ageing skin, treat acne scars, help with pigmentation spots generally rejuvenate skin.

You do need to love the skin you’re in, but admitting it sometimes needs help is half the battle.

2. Wear those Little black dresses.

Nobody actually tells you that your figure at 20 is the best it will ever be. I was a really curvy size 10-12 at 20, and yet dressed so grungy, in baggy sweatshirts, leggings and Doc Marten boots – looking back now, it was such a waste. I should’ve been wearing something slinky and stylish – the sort of thing I would kill to wear now, when good living and having a baby means I will never be a size 10 again.

3. Go to a festival

I went to lots of music concerts when I was younger (still do), but never went to an actual festival – couldn’t really afford it as a very poor student. Now I look at Glastonbury and all I see is the mud, and bands I’ve never heard of. I really wish I’d have gone when I was young enough to overlook the mud, dirt and weather.

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There would be other, more profound advice too. I wish I could have given my nan and grandad one more cuddle – you really do feel that people will be around forever when you are young, and of course this is sadly not the case. But in general, I think I made lots of the right choices, and certainly wouldn’t change my husband or my boy for all the money and dreams in the world.

What advice would you give your younger self?

There’s a great post about body confidence at Freddies mummy UK. You can check it out here.

Introducing Bay Hair And Beauty

Bay Hair And Beauty salon may be the best kept beauty secret in Staffordshire. A one stop destination for all things hair, body, nails and pampering treats, Bay held its first open evening last Wednesday and I was invited to pop along and find out all about what Bay has to offer. I have to say I was seriously impressed.

Bay is a seriously beautiful salon, airy and spacious, with glamorous touches like the crystal chandelier thats hangs resplendent in the centre of the room. There are separate treatment rooms where BOTOX, Derma planning, facials and waxing take place. There are a range of express treatments available for those days when you need pampering but are short on time, but also longer sessions that ate perfect if you are getting married, going away on holiday or just need a body pick me up.

The lady behind the salon, Kim Dorman, has assembled a group of talented stylists, technicians and beauticians in order to create Bay, a place where all your beauty needs are addressed under one roof. Hair styling that ranges from cut and blowdry to bleaching and LA Weave and Angel Remy hair extensions are the domain of Sarah Noad and Louisa Mason Cooper, two seriously talented stylists who were giving demonstrations of their range during the open evening.

I love the personal touches that take Bay away from other salons, the beautiful setting, the friendly service, the extensive range of products available for sale, even the complimentary umbrellas available to protect your lovely new hairstyle if the day just happens to be wet.

Wednesday night was a lovely chance to see Bay Hair And Beauty in action, and with Christmas almost upon us, it is definitely a good time to get those treatments and styling booked.

Bay Hair And Beauty

160 Bay Tree House

Broad Lane

Bloxwich

WS3 2TQ

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