We all used to know what 50 looked like: short hair, comfy clothes and middle-aged spread. Today none of those old rules apply.
This new batch of women no longer want to dress their age or look it. Their role models include strong, beautiful women such as Kim Cattrall, 53, Carol Vorderman, 50, and Trudi Styler, 56.
We can’t control getting older but we can control how we do it. The most important thing any woman can do as the years go by is to evolve her look. Anti-ageing isn’t about trying to stay 25 forever but about looking good for the age that you are.
So chuck out those old stretchy pants and follow our top tips to looking and feeling fabulous after 50.
Hormone levels deplete after the age of 40. The most common side-effects of the menopause include mood swings, hot flushes, heart palpitations, night sweats, insomnia, aching joints, headaches, weight gain and skin changes.
A blood test will check your hormone levels and see whether you need HRT, which can be a lifesaver for many women. You can also ask your doctor about natural alternatives such as natural therapies and plant based hormones.
*Quick Fix At the Clinic: As your hormones are unique to you, so should the hormones you take. Have a hormone profile test (using samples of salvia, urine and blood) to discover your particular hormone balance. Bio-identical hormone therapy is one of the secret weapons in the anti-ageing war and can tackle a whole host of symptoms. The therapy utilises real hormones extracted from natural sources such as soybeans and cause few side effects such as weight gain.
Drink about eight glasses of still water a day (you can include herbal tea). Nettle tea can help with menopausal water retention, as will the supplement chickweed.
Ginseng and sage can alleviate hot flushes and a good antioxidant supplement will help combat dry skin and protect cells from free radical damage. Omega 3, 6 and 9 supplements will help facilitate new cell production.
Eat more oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines and use salad dressings with sunflower or olive oil. Snack on sunflower seeds and eat more berries. Also include leafy greens and broccoli, along with peppers and onions, natural diuretics which will help flush toxins out from the body. Vitamin D and calcium are essential during the menopause, helping to prevent bone loss and osteoporosis. Take them in supplement form and top up your diet with salmon, eggs and liver.
*Quick Fix at the clinic: We are firm believers in a supplement called DHEA, a steroid that occurs naturally in the body but decreases from the age of 30. DHEA contains powerful antioxidants that offer skin protection and reduces the rate you age. A prescription for a monthly course of DHEA supplements will cost around £25 but must be prescribed by a doctor.
Ditch jogging as it can cause joint problems and you could lose too much-needed fat from your face. Yoga, Pilates, walking, swimming and Zumba dance classes are great alternatives for keeping the body toned and the heart rate up while improving posture. Aim for daily exercise, with something a little more strenuous three times a week. Activity triggers the production of feel-good endorphins which help lift mood and ward off heart disease, insomnia and body stiffness
No matter how slim, women tend to gain a little pot belly because hormone levels ensure they store more fat than they burn off. Levels of friendly bacteria in the gut drop after the age of 50 leaving you bloated and sluggish. Try drinking a pro-biotic drink or eating some live yoghurt every day.
*Quick Fix At the Clinic: Sometimes diet and exercise won’t shift pockets of fat but BodyTite can target troublesome areas and tighten sagging skin at the same time.
You can be old and have young skin, or young and have prematurely aged skin. The most important thing you can do is stay away from UV rays. Up to 90 per cent of ageing is down to the sun and the sun damage you see now is from the sun you had 10 years ago. Wear a cream with SPF30 every day since the skin has an incredible ability to heal itself once you start blocking UVA and UVB rays.
Skin now needs a deeper exfoliation to soften rough texture. A professional microdermabrasion once a month will put back a glow. Excellent skin care and good anti-ageing products containing peptides or antioxidants should be your number one priority. Regular facials with massage will improve circulation and boost moisture levels.
*Quick Fix At the Clinic: Try a chemical peel. These can shave off years in less than an hour by removing the damaged top layer of your skin. Botox will diminish fine lines and give a face-lift effect. The results last six months. Fillers can plump up deeper lines and wrinkles from the nose to mouth and replace lost volume. MAKE-UP Radiant skin is youthful skin. Women can look washed out as they age, so make sure your foundation is not too pale and has a luminous glow. Concealer can disguise dark shadows and uneven skin tone, while defined brows and lip liner can work miracles. By your 50s, your top lip loses fullness so use a neutral lip pencil to define your lips and soften the Cupid’s bow.