Growing older, and being older, does not, and should not mean going without some of the “pampering” things of life.
OK, so you’re not too sure whether the little teenage beauty therapist will faint when you take off your coat and a little bit more, for a spot of massage. If she hasn’t seen anything like your figure until now, then she will certainly be able to form an opinion on what an older woman can look like, and hopefully she’ll gain a new appreciation of women growing older – it’s all education for her, and it’s all enjoyment for you. But a massage is good. There are so many different massages to choose from – facial, head, shoulders, back, legs and arms, full. Your choice.
Take your courage in your hands and wander into a shop that sells Beauty products – and don’t kid yourself that you shouldn’t “waste” money on things like this. I love the Body Shop, the products are great, and the staff has always been most helpful and respectful to my enquiries and needs. Spend some time there, get advice and try out some different products for your skin – it takes a while for us to realise that our skin tones and textures have changed over the years, so the makeup we need has changed too. Try out a different colour lipstick – you will be amazed at the difference it makes – not only to your looks but to how you feel about yourself. As regards lipstick always use a lip liner – our lips need to be defined especially as we grow older.
Manicures and pedicures – what’s stopping you? This idea of sitting on a large padded chair vibrating to soft music (to lessen your fear or of the unknown) and soaking your feet in an aromatherapy perfumed bath before having the most wonderful foot massage, and then choosing a colour to paint the nails, has to be experienced to be believed. Don’t be bashful, don’t be shy, be outrageous – choose a brilliant, vibrant, sexy colour polish. Do it as often as possible, as often as practical and as often as you can afford it.
Think about changing your hairstyle. Find out a good hairdresser (if you don’t already have one) who understands your hair and the style that will suit you. Have a soft colour added. Go for it!
Growing older does not mean growing decrepit – worn out, fallen into disrepair or ruin. Yes, we may be a little slower, we may take twice as long to think of a word, we may have to wear dentures, hearing aids, use a walking stick or walking frame, but we deserve the right to be taken seriously, to be revered and respected.