As women, many of us find it all too easy to criticize ourselves or at the very least, not appreciate our finer points. By the time you reach 40, it’s time to recognize what works for your 40-year-old body and wear it with pride.
Perspective is a beautiful thing. By the time we enter a new decade, we realize what we wasted time disliking during the previous ten years.
Here are four things you should embrace and wear over 40:
You heard that right. At 40, you need to wear that wrinkle you have or imagine you have, with delight. You know, the one that shows up on the side of your eye or mouth when you smile. The one you’re not too crazy about. In 10 years, you’re going to look back and wonder why you wasted time disliking it because now, it has several new sisters etched into your face. Appreciate your smooth complexion because trust me, by 60 there’ll be a virtual road map of them on your face.
Yup. Appreciate what you weigh now. Most women lament over that pesky 5-10 pounds they need to lose to have their clothes fit best. If you’re at a healthy weight and that’s all you need to lose, skip the worry. At 40, you’re not likely to have entered menopause, which will wreak havoc on your metabolism. Your waistline will begin to expand, simply from breathing. But by menopause, you’ll look back and wish that losing ten pounds would change the shape of your body the way it could at 40.
No matter the “season” you’ve been typed, your skin has a glow and luminosity at 40, which allows you to wear stronger colors. Our hair and eye colors begin to fade as we age, which makes it easier for intense colors to overpower us. Sure, you can add extra makeup in your 50’s to balance those strong colors, but at 40, a smile and a slip of lipstick will do it.
Trust me, this one is critical. The sun damage you allow your skin to get now will show up as never-ending problems later. Sunscreen not only prevents wrinkles, but it also prevents skin cancers and nasty looking growths you’ll need to have removed and biopsied later. The older you get, the more often these nasty things crop up on your skin. Prevent them now by wearing sunscreen on every exposed body part, even on cloudy days.
These are just some of the things I wish I knew at 40.
No matter what you wear, be sure you choose what makes you feel confident.