Looking Good In Later Years


I recently went to the Valley to visit my son and my new daughter-in-law. I was sitting in the bathroom with my daughter-in-law Jenny visiting with her as she was getting ready for the day. I watched as Jenny strategically rolled her long, coal black hair over a 4-inch diameter hair brush high above her head, then used her other arm to hold the blow dryer and gently blow dry the curl into place. The result was a luscious silken soft curl that fell just below her shoulder. Next she applied eyeliner and dark eye shadow that resulted in alluring, sexy eyes. Jenny, a natural beauty anyway, looked stunning. So, on my way home I found myself stopping at Walgreens where I purchased a 4-inch diameter hairbrush, liquid eyeliner and an eyelash curler.

As I prepared for work the next day, I was determined to try out my new look. After two arm reaches with the brush over my head I experienced an arm cramp. After two more tries I realized that I no longer had the stamina or coordination to endure this hairstyle attempt.

Hopefully, I thought, there may still be a chance for sexy, alluring eyes. After 20 minutes and a box of Q-tips I found that I could not make a straight line with my new liquid eyeliner. I looked more like a raccoon than anything close to alluring. Discouraged, I reminded myself that there was still hope because Lynda Murphy would be at the Senior Circle that week with her presentation of Nifty over Fifty.

If you missed Lynda, don’t be discouraged, she will be back next year, but in the meantime, here are some highlights of her presentation. But be prepared — if you are going to be nifty over fifty, you may have to make some changes.


Photo courtesy of the Payson Senior Circle

Senior Circle adviser Christy VanderMolen contemplates a change in hairstyle with the use of a couple of the wigs available at the Senior Circle. There will be a wig sale taking place beginning Nov. 1.

Hairstyles that may make you look older:

• Wearing hair too long

• Hair parted in the middle

• Bangs too long

• Bangs too short

• Tight, curly hairstyle

• Gray hair (try a light blonde or light brown) — however, there are exceptions. Clairol.com has a color wheel and you can actually upload your picture and try different hairstyles and colors.

Make up tips:

• Get rid of the dark lipstick, lighter colors are better

• Go easy on the lipstick

• No raccoon eyes, light shadows are better

• Go easy on the blush

• Use a little of your blush just above the eyelid to brighten your eyes

• Less make up is better

Care for the face:

• The most expensive is not the best — Cetaphil has a fantastic cleanser and moisturizer for both body and face

• Be sure to exfoliate your face 2-3 times a week to get rid of dead skin

• Try a dab of preparation H just under the eyes to eliminate puffiness

• Prescription strength Retinal A is the only cream that will eliminate wrinkles

• Drink lots of water to help keep skin supple

Women’s faces age 6-1/2 years faster than men’s due to loss of estrogen.

Tips on clothing:

• Boat and square necklines will make you look older

• Layered necklaces are in — try 3-4 strands of different lengths

• Camel and jewel colors are in this fall and animal prints are still in

• Get rid of the pencil skirts

• A nice, dark pair of blue jeans will take off 10 years

Of course there are always exceptions; everyone ages differently. Maybe these tips will help you in making a move to that new hairdo or color or help you to make that final move in getting rid of that ruby red lipstick. Most important is that you are not fully dressed without your smile.

If you are thinking of making a change, here’s your chance! If you are thinking of making a change and want to try out a new hairstyle, the Senior Circle has an abundance of new and gently used wigs for sale. The wigs will be on sale from Nov. 1 until they are sold. This does not include the newer wigs, which are reserved for our cancer closet. All proceeds of the wig sale will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

For the men

The men’s health talk Lunch and Learn is at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 10. There will be brats, beans and potato salad and Hart Hintze, chief of nursing at Payson Regional Medical Center, will be the guest speaker. Women are also welcome. Reservations are requested. Call the Senior Circle at (928) 972-9290.

Holiday potluck

A Thanksgiving feast is planned for Wednesday, Nov. 17. The Circle will provide the turkey, members are asked to bring the sides. Please sign up by calling (928) 472-9290.


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