DIY Hair Masks – Perfect for the Change of Seasons

DIY Hair Masks – Perfect for the Change of Seasons

Join us for a pamper session at Style Beyond Age as we tackle dry, damaged, dull and greasy hair with some nourishing DIY Hair Masks – perfect for the change of seasons.

 

Summer has arrived here in Montana – I can feel it in the air – and although the blue skies and sunshine are welcome, the change of seasons, higher humidity levels and excessive air conditioning can leave my hair feeling dry, damaged and lack-luster.

Hair Masks to Combat the Change of Seasons

 

If like me, you experience changes to the condition of your hair through the year, then a hair mask can offer the perfect nourishment you need to bring it back to life. I´ve loved the BetterNotYounger Restorative Butter Masque. It´s packed with vitamin E, Avocado, Macadamia, Natural Mango, Murumuru and Cupuacu butters that give my hair the lift it needs. As with all the BetterNotYounger products, their hair mask is vegan, sulfate-free, paraben-free and cruelty-free – no nasties here.

Better Not Younger Hair Mask

I keep a tub in the bathroom, but I also have a few favorite DIY hair mask recipes that you can make at home, using the contents of your pantry. I thought I would share a few with you today…

DIY Hair Mask for Dry Hair

Egg, Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Mask

Results: Leaves dry hair looking and feeling nourished, without weighing it down.

Ingredients: 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey – choose raw, organic honey for the best results.

Directions: Combine all ingredients, apply to your hair, and leave for 30 minutes before rinsing. If your hair is longer, you can double the recipe to get the covered you need.

Honey DIY Hair Mask

DIY Hair Mask for Dull Hair

Coconut Oil, Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Mask

Results: Brings back to shine to lack-luster hair or colored hair.

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of Honey (raw organic honey if possible) and 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar.

Directions: Combine ingredients in a bowl, apply to damp hair and rinse off after 30 minutes.

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DIY Hair Mask for Thin Hair

Coconut Oil and Cinnamon Hair Mask

Results: Stimulates blood circulation to promote hair growth.

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder.

Directions: Combine ingredients well and apply to the roots of the hair. Massage into your scalp and let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing it off.

Lemon Hair Mask for Greasy Hair

DIY Hair Mask for Damaged Hair

Avocado, Honey, Egg and Olive Oil Hair Mask

Results: The perfect all-rounder hair mask for damaged hair, improving shine and strength.

Ingredients: Half an avocado, 1 egg white, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

Directions: Apply to damp hair, root to tip. Allow it to get to work for 30 minutes and then rinse well.

Avocado Face Mask for damaged hair

3 Hair Mask Application Tips

1 – I find hair masks work best when applied to clean, towel-dried hair that´s still damp.

 

2 – Apply the mask and wrap your hair – the added heat helps those active ingredients get to work.

 

3 – Once your hair is wrapped, turn up the heat and warm it with your hairdryer for a few minutes, to get those active ingredients started even faster.

 

How does your hair change with the seasons and which hair mask will you try?

I hope you enjoy this share. Until the next time, you might enjoy….

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10 Rules to Even Self Tan Application

10 Rules to Even Self Tan Application

From skin preparation through to applying and preserving your tan. Here are 10 rules to even self-tan application that everyone needs to know.

 

It´s no secret that I enjoy a good glow.  Applying self-tanner allows me to achieve a sun-kissed look any time of the year, without the harmful UV rays damaging my skin. There are a few potential stumbling blocks though, so today on the Style Beyond Age blog, I´m sharing my top tips to achieve an even and natural-looking self-tan.

10 Rules to Even Self-Tan Application

 

1 – Leave Self-Tanning until Last

 

Self-Tanning should be the last step in your self-care routine. If you’re planning on getting a manicure, shaving, or waxing, make sure it´s all taken care of before you start your application. These treatments will remove your self-tan and we don´t want you going to all this effort for nothing.

2 – Exfoliate your Body before Applying Self Tan

 

Self-tan and dry skin do not mix, so exfoliating your body is a crucial step in the application process. I like to use my exfoliating body mitt in the shower, paying particular attention to the heels, ankles, knees and elbows. A back exfoliator is also handy, for those hard-to-reach places.

3  – Exfoliate your Face before applying self-tan

 

Like your body, your face also requires TLC before self-tan application. I use a facial exfoliating mitt, which is much kinder to your delicate facial skin than the alternative mitt for your body. Methode Brigitte Kettner also has a gentle, yet effective exfoliating tool, that I have been using for years on my face.

4 – Dry Fully Before Applying the Product

 

After washing and exfoliating, allow yourself time to dry completely before moving onto the next stage. I recommend waiting fifteen minutes once you´re out of the shower. It sounds like a small step, but it can make a big difference, don´t be tempted to rush ahead. A great towel helps with patience. This is my favorite, an oversized lightweight Italian waffle weave towel. 

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5 – Moisturize your Skin

 

Once you´re fully dry, but before the self-tan is applied, we need to add some moisture back into the skin. I like to use Cetaphil Moisturizer cream around my knees, ankles and elbows to avoid these areas taking on a darker shade. For my face, I choose Perricone MD and pay special attention to my nostrils, eyebrows and hairline.

 

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6  – From the Bottom to the Top

 

When applying self-tanner, we work from the bottom to the top. Starting with the feet and legs, moving onto the body, and finally applying to your face.

When applying the self-tan, avoid using your hands. Our hands move the product around the skin too much and often leave us looking sad and streaky, instead use a mitt like this one from Best Bronze for the most even results.

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7  – Applying to your Face

 

Less is more when it comes to applying self-tan to your face. I sparingly dab the self-tanner on the areas of my face that would naturally catch the sun. Focus on your forehead, cheek bones and around your nose, then gently spread the product out towards your hairline and the edges of your face, to achieve a natural look.

8  – Extend the recommended drying time

 

For the best self-tan results, extend the recommended drying time of the product. If product guidelines recommend ten minutes, allow for twenty and you won´t be in for any nasty surprise streaks.

9  – Tidy Up Problem Areas

 

If you have messed up, there are ways to rectify things. Some say rubbing a lemon on the area will remove streaks. For those streaks that a lemon can´t budge, soak the area in warm water and oil to remove the tanner, before applying again.

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10 – Preserve your Tan

Now that you’ve gone to all this effort, we want your tan to last. Keeping your skin moisturized, washing gently in the shower and minimal exfoliation will help to preserve your tan and keep it looking good for longer.

I hope you enjoyed these 10 rules to even self-tan application.

Will you be giving them a try?

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5 Face Yoga Exercises to Naturally Combat the Signs of Aging

5 Face Yoga Exercises to Naturally Combat the Signs of Aging

Aging gracefully can be a scary thought in a world saturated with lotions, potions and procedures that promise to be the elixir of youth. Facial yoga is a practice on the rise and it is said to achieve that youthful lift many of us are searching for. Here are 5 face yoga exercises to combat the signs of aging, that you can try at home. 

Queue the funny faces…

What is Face Yoga

 

Face yoga is a natural alternative to procedures like facelifts and Botox. It uses repetitive exercises and a range of stretches to strengthen the muscles under your skin, improve circulation and maintain your natural beauty. With regular practice, facial yoga works to combat, and in some cases even reverse, the signs of aging. It utilizes a range of facial exercises to tackle those telltale signs; crows feet, forehead wrinkles, drooping eyelids, jowls, thinning skin and eye wrinkles. Ready to take on them all?

Benefits of Face Yoga

 

I was making the funny faces in the mirror by this point, but here are a few more reasons to give it a try. Face yoga benefits include:

 

  • Decreased fold lines
  • Wider, more open eyes
  • Reduce forehead lines
  • Wider, fuller lips and mouth
  • Uplifted corners of the mouth
  • Improved lymphatic flow
  • Reduction in dark under eye circles
  • Plumper cheeks
  • Slimmer, more defined jaw line
  • Tighter neck and chin
  • Increased blood flow
  • Released tension
  • Smoother skin
  • Can easily be practiced at home
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Fans of Face Yoga

 

I´m not usually one for celebrity endorsements, however Megan Markle, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston have all spoken about the benefits of face yoga, and just look at their skin. With youthful complexions like theirs to advocate, it´s worth seeing what difference a few strange expressions can make.

 

 

How to Practice Face Yoga

 

Much like traditional yoga, face yoga takes daily practice for the best results. I´ve been doing my exercises in front of the bathroom mirror and we should start to see results after just a few weeks.

Ready to Practice Face Yoga?

 

 

5 face yoga exercises to combat the signs of aging.

Exercise 1 – Eye Lift

 

Targets: Crows feet and droopy eyelids.

When performed on a regular basis, this exercise is said to smooth out skin around the eye and reduce lid drooping.

 

How to perform

 

  1. Lifting one arm up and around your head, place your fingertips on your temple, with your ring finger positioned on the corner of your eyebrow.
  2. Apply pressure through your fingers to lift the skin and then drop your head towards your shoulder.
  3. Hold this pose for three seconds and repeat on the other side.
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Exercise 2 – Cheek Plumper

 


Targets:
Fullness in cheeks

As we age our cheeks can loose fullness. This face yoga exercise works the cheek muscles, improving circulation and giving the cheeks a plumper appearance.

 

How to Perform

 

  1. With your lips closed tightly, suck in your cheeks to form a fish-like mouth.
  2. Hold this exercise for around ten seconds and relax.
  3. Repeat five time for each practice.
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Exercise 3 – Jowl & Neck Tightener

 

Targets: Jowls

Designed to tighten the neck, resulting in a firmer, more defined jaw line.

 

How to Perform

 

  1. Pucker your lips and leading with your mouth, stretch your lower face to one side, as far over as possible.
  2. Turn your head to that side and raise your chin to a 45 degree angle (you should feel the stretch in your neck)
  3. Hold for 10 seconds, relax, and then do the same for the other side.
  4. Repeat 3 times each day, as part of your practice.
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Exercise 4 – Neck Tightener

 

Targets: Loose skin around the neck and jawline

Since skin around the neck is thinner, it is often one of the first areas to show signs of aging. This simple exercise works to strengthen neck muscles and improve circulation in this area.

 

How to Perform

 

  1. Place fingertips on your collar bone, tilt your head backwards and pucker your lips.
  2. After two deep breaths, move your lower jaw forward to increase the stretch for a further two breaths.
  3. Once your breaths are complete, relax bring your head back to center and repeat three more times.
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Exercise 5 – Forehead Smoother

 

Targets: Forehead lines

This is my favorite exercise to end on as it smooths forehead lines and relaxes your forehead muscles – a lot of tension can be stored here.

 

How to Perform

 

  1. Making two fists, place them together in the center of your forehead.
  2. Begin to apply pressure using your index and middle finger knuckles.
  3. Maintaining the pressure, steadily drag your fist out from the center of your forehead, ending at your temples.
  4. Repeat this five times to end your face yoga practice for the day.

Giggles aside, I think there could be something to this.  Are you going to try these 5 face yoga exercises to combat the signs of aging?

 

If you want to find out more, head over to the Face Yoga Method. They offer guidance and some more face yoga exercises to try.

 

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DIY: The Ultimate Face and Body Oil

DIY: The Ultimate Face and Body Oil

Today on the Style Beyond Age blog we´re creating DIY the ultimate face and body oil. 

We’re all doing a little more DIY lately. From Dinner to entertaining to spa days, we have all have been asked to stay at home and do it all ourselves. Honestly, these last few weeks have been a refreshing change from our fast-paced, easy-access world that we live in. But we have all been missing the conveniences and joy of everyday life. Today, I’m going to share with you the recipe to my all-time favorite “Do It Yourself” face and body oil, which brings me joy every day!

 

I have always been an advocate of face and body oils. Regular old moisturizers have never really done it for me. They are filled with stabilizers to help their shelf-life and texture, along with a host of other ingredients that I don’t want to put on my most precious organ, my skin.

Make Your Own DIY Ultimate Face & Body Oil

 

Women have been making and using oils to moisturize their bodies for centuries. Applying body oil while you’re still wet helps seal in the moisture. Use this potion daily for ultra-hydrated and super glowy skin.

Uses: 

  • Press into body and face

  • Add to bath to help retain moisture

  • Makeup refresh; pat a little oil onto the skin over makeup to enliven your face and freshen your whole look.

I mix up the following ingredients in equal parts. This healing oil is a concentrated and potent formula; a little bit goes a long way! You can use it in the morning, at night, or both for dramatic results.

 

Rule of thumb, for every 1 ounce of oil you add 12 drops of essential oil. If you have sensitive skin, I suggest cutting the drops from 12 to 6 per 1 ounce. Make sure your oils are cold-pressed and organic. I love a combination of rose and lavender essential oils, but you can mix up your scent. I prepare my body using the Microdermamitt and then apply.

Benefits of Ingredients 

 

 

  • Jojoba seed oil: Jojoba is a healing and moisturizing oil that cleans and clears the skin penetrating deep into the tissues with molecules small enough to pass the dermal barrier. It is an unsurpassed skin conditioner as it contains no triglycerides, and it is shelf-stable, unlike coconut, almond, and grape seed oils. Jojoba also creates an environment unsuitable for infection and fungus.

 

  • Apricot seed oil: This oil is rich in fatty acids and vitamins A C & E the three most important vitamins for combating free radicals in the skin from the effects of pollution and other environmental factors. It is full of antioxidants and is used in traditional Chinese medicine for inflammation, one of the primary reasons for skin distress and deterioration. As with Jojoba, apricot seed oil absorbs quickly into the skin, and it’s never greasy.

 

  • Avocado oil: This oil is packed with vitamins and other collagen-building amino acids. It will soothe and heal broken skin and increase epidermal elasticity for a firmer, more youthful appearance.

 

  • Rosehip seed oil: This is a superstar extract, rich with vitamins and will correct dark spots, reduce fine lines, treat eczema, and resolve scar tissue. It is anti-inflammatory and repairs the skin surface while restoring elasticity and protecting from environmental damage.

 

  • Pomegranate seed oil: Pomegranate is extremely high in Punicic acid which has been shown to significantly inhibit invasion of membranes by cancer cells. Although each of the critical fatty acids works synergistically in the pomegranate, which is why we use only the whole seed, punicic acid is the star is proven to have positive effects on several forms of cancer and all types of inflammation. Full of antioxidants that fight skin aging, this oil is also a potent source of Ellagic acid, another powerful anti-inflammatory.

 

  • Borage seed oil: This oil has the highest concentration of gamma-linolenic acid found anywhere in nature. It will improve or resolve eczema, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis. It will also address inflammation acute or chronic and heal dry, scaly skin with one application. The oil treats skin injuries and environmental damage, and it plays a crucial role in restoring the intracellular moisture barrier, which is the reason behind dry and damaged skin.

 

  • Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil: This oil is a miracle oil for reversing wrinkles, smoothing and firming skin texture, and diminishing age spots. This oil is also an effective treatment for rosacea, irritation, sunburn, and more. It is packed with vitamin C and fatty acids; this oil is a transformative and healing gift. Only the seed should be used since the berry does not possess these qualities.

 

  • Hyaluronic acid: A natural component of young skin, hyaluronic acid acts as a sponge that holds moisture within your tissue. Replenishing hyaluronic acid helps plump and firm the skin and give it flexibility and strength. It also creates a smooth barrier as it draws moisture from the air and seals it in to create a silky hydrating finish.

 

  • Coleus Forskohlii: Coleus is an aromatic herb that is antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-magnetic, and anti-inflammatory. It inhibits the growth of skin pathogens and prevents infection. It is both milder and more effective than Tea tree oil.

Essential oils:

 

 

  • Lemon essential oil is the ultimate skin lightener and brighter, it also helps to tighten sagging skin, and it can even help regulate oil production.

 

  • Orange essential oil is an effective anti-aging oil that increases collagen and blood flow, also an excellent antiseptic for oily skin types.

 

  • Lemongrass essential oil is a natural antiseptic and astringent; it can be tolerated on all skin types; leaves skin more even, brighter and glowing.

 

  • Lavender essential oil is an all-around great pic for an essential oil to use on your skin. It is calming, gentle, and nourishing. Lavender oil can reduce the appearance of blemishes and give your skin a youthful glow. The oil can also help you if you are prone to skin irritation or sunburns.

 

  • Tea tree essential oil is nature’s little miracle. Use this remedy on bug bites or small breakouts. This oil is a natural anti-microbial, so it kills bacteria that could cause acne fungus and even dandruff.

 

  • Rose essential oil is a multi-purpose essential oil that can help nourish, hydrate, and heal your skin. Roses have been used for thousands of years to help moisturize and support the appearance of healthy, youthful-looking skin. Rose is the most valuable oil because it is distilled from the rose petal to release a delicate flower oil through steam gently.
Glass bottles to store your body oil: You´ve made your own face and body oil at home, so we need somewhere to store it. These small glass bottles work great as they can be cleaned and reused.

If You Prefer  

 

 

If doing-it-yourself doesn’t suit your needs, check out these oils instead.

DIY Ultimate Face and Body Oil 

 

I hope you´ve enjoyed this share. Let me know which combinations you try in the comments.

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How to Boost Your Immune System Naturally

How to Boost Your Immune System Naturally

The world is gripped by a pandemic and we´re all doing our part to stay healthy and flatten the curve. Prevention is better than cure, so let´s talk about how we can boost our immune system naturally. Who´s with me?

 

Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System

 

I am not a healthcare professional (thank you to those that are), but as time is something we have more of recently, I´ve been researching and looking for ways we can boost our immune system naturally. What we eat, how we spend our time and our mindset, all play a part in strengthening ours body´s defenses.

Here are the tips I discovered along the way…

Eat Well

 

Food is our fuel and eating the right food can help to strengthen our immune systems. Here are the key foods experts recommend and why:

 

Citrus Fruits

 

Citrus fruits are a great source of vitamin C, which is said to increase the production of the infection-fighting white blood cells. Our bodies don´t store or produce vitamin C naturally, so we need to obtain in through our diets. Luckily for us, it´s quite easy to do, as there are a wide variety of citrus fruits that are high in vitamin C. These include grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, satsumas, lemons and limes. A hot lemon water in the morning, a fruit Buddha bowl for breakfast, or a zingy lime dressing on a salad; tasty and healthy!

Spinach

 

Spinach is another great source of vitamin C and it´s packed full of antioxidants. These beauties help to fight infections and are great friends to our immune system. Like most green vegetables, spinach retains the most nutrients when it is cooked as little as possible. You can enjoy it raw in it a morning smoothie or green salad. If you prefer spinach cooked, try it with fish or a poached egg. Just wilt it lightly as this enhances the vitamin A levels and ensures you still receive maximum goodness.

 

Broccoli

 

This is one vegetable that is supercharged with vitamins and minerals. Broccoli contains vitamins A, C and E as well as antioxidants and fiber. To keep all of  it´s nutrients intact, cook it as little as possible, or better yet, enjoy it raw in a crunchy salad.

 

Garlic

 

Garlic is said to have many benefits for good health. Its immune-boosting properties come from a high concentration of sulfur-rich compounds. They think it also lowers blood pressure and helps to maintain healthy arteries. Garlic is found in cuisines around the world and can be worked into most meals, so it´s easy to reap the benefits.

 

Ginger

 

Ginger has long been used for medicinal purposes. Its benefits include reduced inflammation, lower cholesterol and reduced feelings of nausea. It packs a punch, but it is also very versatile. Add it to a morning smoothie, sip a ginger tea or create a simple stir fry.

Almonds

 

Almonds are packed full of vitamin E and although this normally takes a back seat to vitamin C, it is still crucial to maintaining a healthy immune system. Nuts are also packed full of healthy fats and make a great snack. A half-cup serving of almonds, provides almost all of your daily recommended amount of vitamin E.

 

Green Tea

 

Green team is packed with antioxidants and specifically EGCG, which has been shown to enhance immune function. Enjoy regularly to help you stay in tip top shape.

Rest to be at Your Best

 

Our body needs time to rest, repair and recuperate and it does that while we sleep. Advice recommends we have at least seven hours each night to give our body time to do it´s thing. If you find yourself struggling to sleep, regular exercise, a healthy diet and reducing stress can help you to have a more peaceful night.

Find Positive Ways to Pass the Time

 

Have you already enjoyed a Netflix binge watching session? Yes, me too! Netflix has been a great way to relax and pass the time, but sitting on the couch all day isn´t necessarily great for our soul or state of mind. We don´t have to stop the series binges, but incorporating other activities into the day can have some great benefits to our mental health and our immune system.

Here are some suggestions I came across that I found useful:

Zoom with Family

Staying connected with loved ones, when we can´t actually meet, hug or touch each other, is so important. Zoom allows you to get the whole gang together. Enjoy a casual call with friends, or take it to the next level with a pre-arranged quiz or games night.

 

Laughter is the Best Medicine

I was pleasantly surprised by this one, as it turns out laughter really is the best medicine. It boosts your mood and can also increase the levels of antibodies in the mucus of your nose and mouth. It sounds icky, but as this is an entry point for many germs, laughter is a great form of defense. 

 

Exercise Little and Often

 

With movement restrictions in place all around the world, we have to get a little creative when it comes to exercise. Little and often works well. Try for 30 minutes, 5 days a week and you´ll reap the benefits. Exercise not only helps to maintain a healthy body weight, it also boosts your immune system and mental health.

Avoid Stress and Additional Anxiety

 

Stress and anxiety have a negative impact on our immune systems, so if you find yourself feeling anxious after watching the news or scrolling through social media then make an effort to switch off. Take a few days away from the media and instead use the time connect with friends. They´ll pick you up in no time and may be feeling the same way too.

I hope you found this share helpful.

Stay healthy. Stay happy. Stay safe.

Manage Mental Health with these 10 “Me Time” Tips

Manage Mental Health with these 10 “Me Time” Tips

At Style Beyond Age we´re firm believer that “Me Time” and mental health go hand in hand, so today on the blog we´re sharing how to manage mental health with these 10 “Me Time” tips

After a few midnight musings, I’ve realized its unhealthy to get too wrapped up in the media machine. Instead, let´s treat ourselves and manage mental health with these 10 “Me Time” tips. We can use this time to nurture ourselves, both mentally and physically and maybe make a few lifestyle improvements along the way, although that isn´t my main aim here. This is all about managing our mental health and giving ourselves some TLC.  “Me time” also doesn´t need to mean more isolation and deep thinking; it´s about doing the things that make us feel good.

Here are some of the ways I´ll be taking care of myself and monitoring my mental health along the way.

Manage Mental Health with these 10 “Me Time” Tips 

1 – Rest to Feel Your Best

 

A good day starts with a good night’s sleep. We should all be getting seven hours or more each night. If sleep is something you struggle with, experiment with a few drops of essential oil on your pillow or added to a bath before bed, lavender works great.

 

2 – Get Outside

 

Being outside in nature is incredibly soothing. With movement restrictions in place, we´re a bit limited, but a walk around the garden, out with the dog or yoga on the terrace are all ways we can still enjoy the outdoors. The benefits include reduced anxiety and stress, as well as improved physical and mental wellbeing, which are all currently welcome.

 

3 – Unplug from the Media 

 

Take some “Me Time” and really enjoy it. Turn off the news, put down your phone and stop scrolling. Just sit back, relax, enjoy yourself and those around you. You could read a few chapters of your book, enjoy a calming meditation, play games together; whatever gives you the good feels; do it!

4 – Take an Epsom Salt Bath

 

An Epsom Salt bath soothes many woes; from eliminating dry skin and inflammation to encouraging detoxification and relaxation. For an extra treat I recommend adding a splash of lavender essential oil. It´s total bliss!

 

5 – Continue your Skincare Routine  

 

When our skin feels good, we feel good. Treat yourself to a relaxing face mask and leave yourself with a soft and glowing complexion. You could amp up the enjoyment with a home face massage too. A good hand care regime is also needed, with all this hand washing. Find out what products I´m using to ward off dry hands here. 

 

6 – Make Staying Active a Priority

 

Staying active offers so many benefits. It helps to keep us strong, healthy, flexible and can ease the menopause monster. Gyms might be closed, but we can still join an online class, train in the garden, or watch some of the many free classes available on video platforms like YouTube.

7 – Connect with Your Favorites

 

Family and friends bring with them all the good feels. Make the effort and time to enjoy the company of those you love the most, and do it as often as possible. Video calls and online meeting services like Zoom, make staying connected simple.

 

8 – Enjoy feeling Sexy

 

Sexy is an attitude rather than a look. Be confident, enjoy your body, have fun and your personal style of sexy will shine through.

 

9 – Say No when it suits You

 

Learn to say “no” when something doesn´t serve you. Toxicity is like poison. Let go of it and allow yourself to thrive.

 

10 – Self-Monitor through Meditation

 

I recognize the benefits of meditation, but I can´t say it came to me naturally. I´ve never been one to sit still for too long. Meditation is about more than that though. It´s your time to check in with yourself. It allows us to manage our mindset. Notice how your feeling, the peaks and troughs, and act.

 

Manage Mental Health with these 10 “Me Time” Tips 

 

Shut out the noise and allow some serenity in.  Good health isn´t just physical. Our souls need TLC too.

Now go treat yourself and manage mental health with these 10 “Me Time” tips.

Stay safe. Stay home. Stay healthy.

5 Alternative Hand Washing Soundtracks & Hand Care Tips

5 Alternative Hand Washing Soundtracks & Hand Care Tips

Regularly washing our hands is a hot topic of conversation everywhere right now. We must all do what we can to stay safe and take personal responsibility to protect those most at risk at during time. But, that´s not to say we can´t enjoy ourselves at the same time. Enjoy these 5 Alternative hand washing soundtracks and hand care tips

 

We are all concerned, we are all affected, we all want to beat this thing, but we also need a bit of light-hearted fun. So, are you ready to get your dancing shoes on? I do joke, but if like me, you´re fed up of singing “Happy Birthday” to yourself every time you wash your hands then this is just what you need.

5 Handwashing Soundtracks That are NOT Happy Birthday

 

Here are 5 alternative tracks that you can sing, hum or dance along with to ensure you´re washing your hands for the advised amount of time – around 20 seconds – and have some fun whilst you´re doing it.

Helpful Hints from me

 

Use warm water (above 25 degrees)

After washing, ensure to dry your hands thoroughly.

To prevent your hands from drying out, keep them well moisturized. The thicker the better as it helps to prevent cracks and germs love to lurk there.

These are the products I´ve been using:

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
Aveda Hand Relief Moisturizing Cream 
Gena Green Tea Hot Manicure Lotion 
They are all really great!

Hear the music (in your head) and dance like no one’s watching!

Stay safe and sane.

I´m off to polish some silver in my ball gown – just because – but more on that later!

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Skincare Giveaway: Would you like to feature on Style Beyond Age? Bringing you skincare for all three stages of the menopause, brought to us by Pause. It´s a skincare line created for us women over 50. Nominate yourself or a friend, before the deadline for a chance to win.

 

Finally, skincare for all three stages of the menopause is here, and it´s brought to us by Pause. Would you like to give it a try?

Pause are kind enough to have gifted me some products, and I would like to pass their kindness on to you. I´ll be selecting one lady to trial and review this fabulous range of skincare products for women in all three stages of the menopause.

These products have been created specifically to equalize and combat the imbalances our body and skin face at this stage of our lives.

 

Skincare Giveaway – Women in Menopause 

 

The lucky lady will receive the following Pause Skincare items:

4-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Treatment

Collagen Boosting Moisturizer

Hydrating Cleanser

Hot Flash Cooling Mist

Facia Stimulating Tool

 

If you´re selected as the Style Beyond Age tester, you will receive the Pause skincare products free of charge through the post. I´ll ask you to trial them for one month before filling us all in on the benefits and changes you noticed for a special blog feature.

Who am I Looking For

On this occasion, I´m looking for women in the US only, due to postage so apologies if this doesn´t include you.

You should be in one of the three stages of menopause, and just in case you aren´t sure, there´s a quick outline below.

I also hope to share photos via my Instagram feed so please ensure you are comfortable with this when applying.

At the end of the testing period, we will ask you to answer a few questions, that will appear on a blog feature.

Want to make a nomination? We accept those too. If you´d like to nominate a fabulous female in your life, then contact me by DM or leave the name under the post on my Instagram

Which stage are you at?

 

Premenopause

At this stage estrogen fluctuations and symptoms are at their most intense. On average, it begins 7 – 10 years before the menopause.

 

Menopause

The menopause is officially 12 months after the last day of your last period. If you´ve made it, the sweats are over – welcome! But guess what, after all of that it only lasts a day.

 

Post Menopause

Post menopause is all the time that follows the 1 day that is the menopause. It´s the final phase and lasts the rest of our lives.

How To Apply

The application process is simple. It´s all done through Instagram. Just send me the name of your nomination, whether that´s yourself or a fellow female in your life. You can do this by commenting below the photo on my Instagram feed or if you´d prefer, you can send me a DM (direct message) with name of your nomination. The winner will be drawn, at random, live on my Instagram Stories on Saturday March 21, and I´ll reach out to let them know they have won, and request their mailing details.

Would you love to give them a try?
Enter now. They could be yours.

 

Enter now:

Pause Skincare Giveaway

Make your nomination through my Instagram 

Specifically designed for women going through the menopause.

Product Information

 

Learn more about Pause Skincare and what makes it totally different…

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Body Skincare Tips: Get Your Glow Back for Spring

Body Skincare Tips: Get Your Glow Back for Spring

At Style Beyond Age we love a good glove, so today we´re sharing body skincare tips to get your glow back for Spring. We all take care of our face, after all it’s the first thing people see, but how are we taking care of the skin on the rest of your body? Enjoy our summer body skincare tips.

Our skin is our largest organ, and it needs a bit of TLC to keep us looking, and feeling, our best.

If you are at all like me, you reach for lotions or creams (perhaps you don’t even know the difference between the two) and you use whatever is handy. I’ve been guilty of that for decades!

With spring quickly approaching its time to start reconsidering how we take care of those delicate areas on the rest of our bodies.

Skincare Tips

We have heard a lot lately about crepey skin and there are many products that address that condition. Crepe Erase, Emepelle are some prime examples of how science has improved in this area. However, for complete, innovative skincare there is a two-prong system that is worth looking into.

The Two-Prong Approach

Just as exfoliating your face is important to the efficacy of your products, exfoliating your body is equally important. We´ve got to put in the preparation if we want the best results!

To exfoliate, I use a variety of products in all price ranges, from the cost-effective St Ives Apricot Scrub which is a firm favorite of mine, to a lemon sugar and oil scrub that I concoct myself. I´ve included my recipe here if you want to give it a try.

Skincare From the Experts

There are also clinical products developed by experts. I have been using the RéVive Supérieur Body System for a while now. Developed by Dr Gregory Brown, a successful plastic surgeon, who realized that many of his patients simply wanted to rejuvenate lackluster skin. The RéVive formulation works to increase skin renewal, improve elasticity and reduce the signs of aging. If you´re looking to get your glow back, I highly recommend! The two-pronged system is said to firm, moisturize and smooth the skin. It delivers proven results and will help you welcome in spring in style.

Consistent Skincare Routine

Whatever you do and whichever products you choose consistency is key. Make your largest organ a priority in your daily routine and get that glow!

Body Skincare Tips to get your Glow Back

 

With spring quickly approaching the sleeves and pant legs are shortening with the season; it´s time to get our skin summer ready.  We hope you enjoyed these body skincare tips to get your glow back.

Until the next time…

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DIY Natural Face Mask Recipe

DIY Natural Face Mask Recipe

There isn’t much that a face mask followed by a warm shower can´t solve; and this DIY natural face mask recipe is a good one.

We´re in that limbo period between Christmas and New Year. There has been food, parties, dancing, and more food, and now it’s our chance to recoup and recharge.

 

 

DIY Natural Face Mask Recipe 

This DIY natural recipe is a great skin and body booster. I’ve tried and tested many homemade concoctions but this is a firm favorite and it´s created from simple ingredients that can be found in your kitchen, or your friends kitchen, should you be staying away for the holidays.

Natural Face Mask Recipe

1 tablespoon of natural yogurt

1 tablespoon of honey

1 teaspoon of Turmeric powder

Recipe Note: Turmeric can be replaced with Cacao for similar effects

 

Simply add the ingredients to a small bowl, mix and apply evenly to the face or body.

Allow it to work on the skin for 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

How it Works

This natural face mask puts the glow back into dull skin and each ingredient offers its own benefits.

The lactic acid contained in the yoghurt helps to remove surface cells and results in a smoother and brighter completion.

Honey is natures moisture magnet. It will rejuvenate your skin leaving it feeling soft and elastic.

Turmeric is effective a combating pigmentation and evening out the skin tone. This could also be replaced with Cacao which gives your skin a fabulous natural glow.

DIY Face Mask Recipe 

 

It really is that simple and a great substitute when you´re away from home or on the run (A.K.A. Not at the #shechateau)

 

I finished it off with my go to rejuvenating moisturizer by Perricone MD.

Presto. On the run perfect!

 

 

I hope you´ve enjoyed this self-care share. Give it a try and let me know how you get along.

Love Sonia x

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DIY Winter Solstice Cleansing Ritual

DIY Winter Solstice Cleansing Ritual

Join Style Beyond Age this December 21 for our DIY Winter Solstice Cleansing Ritual. For a long time, I didn’t think much about 21 December. It was a cold, dark day in the run up to Christmas, but I now realize this dark cold day is the perfect opportunity for growth and cleansing.

 

Winter Solstice Traditions

The 21 December marks the Winter Solstice, an event that is celebrated by many different cultures in a variety of ways. From welcoming in the sunrise on a mountain top, to dancing, gift-giving and celebrating the triumph of light over dark.

When you break it down, everyone is essentially seeking to center themselves, rid themselves of old energy and make room for the good fortune that is said to arrive with the rising sun.

 

The DIY Cleanse

This year I´m going to be ushering in the Winter Solstice by partaking in a simple, yet effective DIY Solstice Cleansing Ritual. It´s something we can all do at home, so I´m inviting you to join me. Follow these six simple steps to get ready to welcome the good vibes that 2020 will bring.

 

 

Step 1: Light a Candle

Settle yourself in a dim room, turn off all electrical equipment to avoid distractions and light a candle. This symbolic act of bringing light to the darkness will help to focus your mind and illuminate your space.

 

 

 

Step 2: Breathe

Controlled, intentional breathing helps to alleviate stress and relax your body. Spending just five minutes on this simple exercise can release toxins, expel bad energy and invigorate your whole nervous system. I also like to gather a few of my favorite crystals and meditate on what I want to invite into my world.

Step 3: Cleanse your Space

Now you´re relaxed and ready to receive, we can begin cleansing our space. I do this by smudging; the act of burning sage or palo santo to clear and cultivate the energy of your home.

A bundle of sage is said to boost your inner clarity and wisdom, whilst banishing negative energy. A stick of palo santo is said to encourage grounding, cleansing and good fortune for the New Year. Whichever you choose, it´s all about welcoming in good energy and dispelling negative ones.

Step 4: Exfoliate

Now that your room is cleared and cleansed, it´s time to clean and cleanse ourselves. I start by dry brushing my whole body. This removes any dry, dead skin and encourages new cell growth, leaving you feel invigorated and energized.

Step 5: Wash Away

After exfoliating, take a warm shower to remove any remaining dead cells and symbolically wash away all that doesn’t serve you.

 

 

 

Step 6: Moisturize

To finish off the cleansing process, treat your body to some sustenance and moisturize yourself all over. I also like to add a drop of essential oils and massage them into the bottom of my feet, so the benefits are felt as its absorbed into the bloodstream.

And Relax!

We´re finished. These six simple steps are the perfect way to relax, cleanse and welcome the rising sun with all the positive energy that it brings.

I hope you enjoy this DIY Winter Solstice Cleansing Ritual. From me to you, I wish you the best possible for the New Year.

 

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Why I Quit Coconut Oil As A Moisturizer

Why I Quit Coconut Oil As A Moisturizer

I first met Dr. Alina Sholar while I was in Austin this winter. It was time for a little touch up (if you know what I mean) and she was recommended to me by a beautiful Instagram friend who lives in the area. Dr. Alina is a plastic surgeon with an artistic bent and a keen eye. I was excited to hear what she had to say about the composition of my face. Everybody has a slightly different way of looking at things, and I am always awed by the artistic skill of the great aestheticians and when you get a chance to have a plastic surgeon look at your face all the better. I also spent some time on her blog and ran across an article on coconut oils as moisturizers. I have never been a fan for two reasons. One, I don’t like smelling like a fruit salad and two, it was too messy for me to use.
It turns out my instincts were correct. Here is the science on the subject graciously allowed as a repost by Dr. Alina Sholar. Visit her if you are in Austin. You will love her. I did!

For Goodness Sakes! No More Coconut Oil!

The use of coconut oil as “skincare” is an all-out raging trend. An internet search for ‘coconut oil for skin care’ returns thousands of results that declare coconut oil a miracle for cleansing, moisturizing and healing the skin.

🚫🚫🚫 This couldn’t be further from the scientific truth. 🚫🚫🚫

Skincare science says:

* Coconut oil disrupts the skin’s natural barrier function and can promote aging.

* Coconut oil does not provide hydration. Because oil and water do not mix- in fact, they repel one another – coconut oil cannot deliver water (hydration) to the skin whatsoever.

 

* Coconut oil is rated 4-5 out of 5 on the comedogenic scale, meaning it is a high offender of the cause occlusion, clogged pores, pimples, blackheads, milia or whiteheads.

*Coconuts are considered a tree nut so if you are already sensitive to any type of nut or have an allergy, coconut oil could cause an allergic or inflammatory reaction.

*Coconut oil used on the face has been linked to an increase in contact dermatitis.

*Coconut oil has no natural vitamin or mineral content that serves the skin.  It’s fats flying solo.

👉🏼 The bottom line is this: don’t simply let current trends influence your skincare. Go with the science instead. . .