Beauty

Finding Beauty at Any Age

Insights from local experts on achievable beauty at any age.

Finding Beauty at Any Age

Whether you’re old enough to remember when Madonna’s “Vogue” hit the MTV airwaves in 1990 or young enough to have experienced it for the first time at the Super bowl, you know that beauty’s where you find it. Inspired by Madonna’s catchy refrain and her 50-something fabulousness, we asked local experts for help in finding beauty right here in the Twin Cities.

OUR BEAUTY EXPERTS

As part of our quest for beauty at any age, we asked these local experts for insights, strategies, product ideas, and other recommendations.

Elizabeth Dehn,
editor in chief and founder of Beauty Bets, beautybets.com

Mary Flaa,
celebrity makeup artist and personal beauty consultant, flaalessmakeup.com

Mary Gail Hall,
senior artistic director, Regis Salons, regis salons.com

Pat Scherven,
aesthetician and founder of Skin Therapease, skintherapease.com

Kyle Simonson,
founder and CEOof Simonson’s Salon and Spa,simonsons.com

Woody Theis,
master stylist and educator, Juut Salonspa,juut.com

The 30s

Mary Gail Hall

Hair changes as you age,
and the changes are different for everybody. Hair
can lose its natural pigment, become increasingly dry, and even change texture, becoming coarser
or curly in areas that were straight before. To identify any changes, wash your hair with a regular moisturizing shampoo, give yourself these two easy tests, and then consult your stylist for specific recommendations.
Elasticity test: Wrap a strand of hair around your finger, then pull it between another finger and thumb. If the hair snaps easily, you could benefit from additional nourishment and protein.
Moisture test: Grab a quarter-sized bunch of hair. With your fingers, backcomb it from the ends to the scalp. If the hair tangles easily, your hair could benefit from more moisture.
Mary Gail Hall

Elizabeth Dehn

This is when skin cell regeneration slows down, leading to dull, uneven skin tone, and past damage starts to appear in the form of fine lines and sun spots. Use an anti-ager at night—I like Arcona The Solution from Spot Spa in Minneapolis, which reverses sun damage, smoothes fine lines, and provides deep exfoliation. Several times a week, depending on your skin’s sensitivity, use an at-home peel such as Kate Somerville ExfoliKate from Sephora. If you can swing it, invest in monthly facials. A good aesthetician will set you on a path to your best possible complexion.
Mary Gail Hall


Woody Theis

For the skin, the best place to start is with great skin care. I love Aveda’s Green Science line because all the ingredients are naturally derived and organic whenever possible. The three main ingredients are Moroccan argan oil, which hydrates the skin; peptides that reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines; and organic cactus to boost collagen production.
Mary Gail Hall

Mary Flaa

No matter what your age or the time of year, use sunblock every day. Update your skin-care and beauty routine every few years to accommodate changes in your skin, cover gray hairs as they appear, and whiten your teeth. As part of your makeup routine, use concealer in the inner corners under your eyes to minimize shadows and avoid heavy eyeliner all around the eyes. Use lip gloss or a light shade of lipstick, a peachy-pink blush on the apples of your cheek, and a hint of shimmer on the inner corner of your eyes
and cheekbones.
Mary Gail Hall

Pat Scherven

During your 30s, it’s time to pay attention to the needs of your skin. Being proactive and having a good skin-care regimen is essential to maintaining the healthiest skin possible. Use a rich  body lotion daily and reach for a moisturizer with vitamin C and peptides for nourishment, such as LL Regeneration Night Cream by Annemarie Borlind. In addition to using a daily sunscreen with zinc or titanium oxide and wearing protective clothing, eat a healthy, well-balanced diet that includes dark green vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains, light proteins, and plenty of water.
Mary Gail Hall

The 40s

Woody Theis

At this age, hair starts to change, requiring more shine, moisture, and a rich, vibrant customized color to complement the haircut. I love Aveda’s hair color line because it’s formulated without nitro dyes, parabens, or animal-derived ingredients. For clients who are struggling with thinning hair, I’m really excited about Aveda’s new line of invati products. The scalp revitalizer contains turmeric and ginseng, which promotes a healthy environment for the hair follicle.
Mary Gail Hall


Pat Scherven

Just as you support your body with good food,
nourishing your skin helps maintain its good health and immunity. I consider these essential oils to be particularly beneficial to the skin:
Neroli or orange blossom oil soothes mature skin and helps hormonal acne.
Lavender promotes cell regeneration, helps prevent scarring and stretch marks, and helps heal wounds.
Rose oil helps rejuvenate cells and can be used on bacterial and viral skin infections.
Rosemary boosts circulation, reduces cellulite, and decreases inflammation and dermatitis.
Mary Gail Hall

Elizabeth Dehn

Around this time, full-fledged wrinkles and hyperpigmentation often appear. Soften them at home with a prescription-strength retinol and a skin-brightening agent such as Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector. For more rapid repair and visible results, consider a series of professional laser treatments at your dermatologist’s office.
Mary Gail Hall

Kyle Simonson

In the 40s, hair may become thinner and more fragile. Nioxin Intensive Therapy Hair Booster enhances circulation and vitamin uptake in the follicle for more resilient growth. For glamorous “growth,” professionally installed hair extensions and do-it-yourself clip-in hair accessories add length, fullness, and volume.
Mary Gail Hall

The 50s

Kyle Simonson

To frame your eyes and add impact to your face, eyelash tinting darkens even the shortest lashes and gives them more volume, so they appear more lush. It’s also ideal for people with allergies to mascara or anybody who wants to wear less makeup. Brow tinting is an easy way to complement your hair color and enhance the shape and fullness of your brows.
Mary Gail Hall


Pat Scherven

To keep your skin smooth without Botox, minimize your intake of sugar and dairy products. Instead, pile up your plate with legumes, vegetables, and olive oil, which have been shown to lead to fewer wrinkles as we age. Get plenty of sleep, which refreshes your body and mind and helps to replenish your skin. Every day, drink plenty of water, which increases blood flow,
reduces toxins, and makes wrinkles less noticeable.
Mary Gail Hall

Elizabeth Dehn

In your 50s, oil production slows drastically—made worse by hormonal changes. Treat extremely dry skin to a concentrated cream or face balm that moisturizes, hydrates, and keeps skin plump and juicy. Look for products rich in natural plant oils such as coconut, shea, or avocado. Two of my favorites:Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm SPF 25andOne Love Organics Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm   
 
Mary Gail Hall

Mary Flaa

At this age, less is definitely more! Use a foundation with a reflective quality, avoid powders (or at least heavy ones), and stay away from eye shadows with lots of shimmer. Curl your eyelashes and use waterproof mascara so it stays on throughout the day. Don’t leave home without eyebrows—I get mine tattooed so they’re always helping frame my eyes!
Mary Gail Hall

Our Editors’ Picks

We asked our own panel of experts to share their favorite beauty products.

Melinda Nelson,
senior editor

I love the roses-and-leather scent of Kelly Cal`eche by Herm`es. I put it on every morning and again before I go to bed!
Mary Gail Hall

Heidi Raschke,
executive editor

Estée Lauder Double Wear Makeup hides the aftereffects of tanning with baby oil in the ‘80s.
 
Mary Gail Hall


Kara Eliason,
associate editor

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
is a must! It helps my make-up look
smooth and shine-free.
Mary Gail Hall

Maura Ryan,
director of online content

My curls and I can’t live without Nature’s Gate Herbal Daily Conditioner.
Mary Gail Hall

Stephani Bloomquist,
online assistant editor

My fave fragrances of the moment are DKNY Pure, Coach Poppy, and viktor & rolf flowerbomb.
Mary Gail Hall

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