Midlife Maintenance: How Black Middle-Aged Women Can Stay Fabulous

There is something about hitting the “Big 60” when suddenly you begin to tell yourself, “I really have to start taking better care of myself!”. We spend a lifetime taking care of others, so taking care of ourselves doesn’t become a priority. We tend to skip those TLC nights we once longed for. Black women have a different set of needs than other groups. It is essential as Black women that we understand these differences to maintain good health and overall wellness.

Here are the top 5 self-care maintenance tips to keep you feeling like the queen that you already are!

You can read about my skincare maintenance journey that now includes a dermatologist, laser and soon to begin skin peels.
  1. Practice Skincare Maintenance to keep your skin looking vibrant and youthful.

Proper skincare is crucial because it can be challenging to maintain an even skin tone as you age. Maintaining skin moisture is vital when it comes to elasticity and healthiness. Black women’s skin tends to be dry and flaky, so it needs more moisture than other skin types.

I started my year with a visit to the dermatologist for what was to be regular visits for maintenance. My main reason was to get rid of the moles. Several visits later and I am very happy with the results.

Skincare tips to remember:

To treat skin hyperpigmentation, use a serum with hydroquinone. Apply this before you put on your moisturizer or cream, and make sure to wear sunscreen every day. Use products containing ingredients such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, retinol A (vitamin A), algae extract, grape seed oil/berry extract, which helps remove acne scarring and hydrates skin cells for a healthier younger-looking appearance. But remember, not every product is meant for Black women’s skin! Test out different brands until you find what works best for your own unique complexion. Invest in a professional skin care regimen that includes daily washing, moisturizing, exfoliating, etc.

I had some hair trauma a couple of years ago and my hair has yet to recover. See my story on this link.

2. Hair maintenance is essential, especially when dealing with thinning hair as you grow older.

Our hair is our crown. So, taking care of it and ensuring its health should be a priority.
Thinning hair at times can be caused by overprocessing. To help, be sure not to dye your hair at home but go to a professional salon instead. The chemicals in blonde, red, and other unnatural colors can damage the quality of Black women’s hair, making it dryer than normal.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using shampoo, which contains silicone or glycerin because these substances make the strands less likely to tangle while washing. Lastly, invest in a quality hair mask once every two weeks for deep conditioning treatments!

3. Practice Mental Self-Care.
It is also important to take care of yourself mentally by practicing self-care and not getting too stressed out about things that are beyond your control. It would be best if you also practiced self-love. Self-love is taking time for yourself every day. Do something that makes you happy, like reading a book or watching TV in bed after work without interruptions from anyone else.
Seeking regular therapy is also a great way to manage stress and anxiety. There is a significant stigma against seeking therapy in the black community. However, since Covid-19, many individuals are changing those outlooks, stigmas, and stereotypes regarding mental health.
A midlife crisis is not a myth. In fact, 26% of Americans have experienced midlife crises. More and more women are juggling multiple roles between motherhood, work, and raising a family independently. A midlife crisis looks different for women according to what they are going through.
It is not enough to be fabulous just on the outside – the inside needs that TLC just the same.

Well, last month I made the decision to replace a tooth that I had pulled out by eating a piece of taffy. It is about a 10-month process. Right now I am on phase 2; which is getting the cap made. I started back in June.

Dental implants are more than just fixing broken teeth.

Dental implants may be necessary if you have lost teeth and cannot chew your food properly or speak clearly. However, dental implants can simulate the look and feel of natural teeth, providing more confidence than dentures. Dental implants will give you the confidence to smile, protect existing teeth, and preserve bone structure.
Caring for your dental implants is just as simple as caring for your natural teeth – brushing and flossing are essentially the same care as your natural teeth. You gain more internal stability as dental implants do not slip out of the mouth while talking or eating.
Dental implants can last a lifetime since they are not made of natural enamel. You would not have to worry about tooth decay or cavities! Although dentures are cheaper, dental implants are still an excellent investment with lifetime benefits.

Laser treatments should be embraced, not feared.
Laser hair removal is an excellent option for aging women. Black skin may require more treatments than lighter skin, but laser treatment remains one of the best options! You can expect to see results after about six sessions, and you will be seeing less hair in just two weeks!
There are many reasons why women may want or need laser hair removals, such as excessive hair growth due to genetics or a hormonal imbalance. Nevertheless, you have options not to be bothered with repetitive shaving in the shower or dealing with those annoying ingrown hairs. You can finally live your best hairless life!
Start living your best life now! Practicing self-care doesn’t stop in your 30’s. During this time of your life, your children may have grown up, you are getting closer to retirement (doing whatever your heart desires), and your melanin has a glow just waiting for you to nurture. So, tell me, what does your self-care routine look like?


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