So, I'm 45.
That's not ancient, but I definitely feel like it's a downward slide some days.
One of my daughters, somewhat frequently, falls asleep with her makeup on.
I used to be able to do that, but - well, no. I don't know that I *ever* fell asleep in my makeup. The point, though, is that I *could*. When I was younger. If I wanted to - which I didn't.
So much with the confusion.
But. As I've, ahem, matured, certain truths have become more evident to me. There are things that I just - do - to make myself look more pulled together. More presentable, less likely to need to hide behind a magazine. Here are some things I do that help me to feel more pulled together/presentable/less troll like - and I am really interested in yours.
*I'm really, really trying to drink more water. I'm not a huge water drinker, but I have discovered that if I keep a glass on my desk, I will drink by default. I know that the more water I drink, the better the kidneys function, and when the kidneys are happy, the liver is blissful, so I really need to step up the water intake. When I go out, I usually have water, and if i'm imbibing, I have water with it - just need to drink even more.
*I try to get enough sleep every night. This one has been my nemesis lately, but if I can put myself into bed at 9:30, the next day goes so much more easily.
*Exercise every day. This one is even more difficult, but I try to remind myself that I feel really amazingly fantastic when I'm done, so get off your ass and get to the gym, already, Carmen.
*Moisturize. About a year ago, I did a review for Strivectin and I became a big time believer. I use it every night before bed, extending down my neck. (Recently, I realized that my upper chest is showing some age signs - in that V area of a t shirt - and so I'm using Strivectin there as well. A little goes a LONG way, but soon enough, I'll be bathing in the stuff.) I also lotion when I get out of the shower - unless I'm FLYING out the door to get somewheres, and can't take the time - but I was appalled when I realized my legs were looking ashy. WHO gets ashy legs? Geez.
*Brows. I have heavy, thick, dark eyebrows, and last summer, after many years of getting them waxed into submission, I had them professionally shaped. While I was there, the tech told me that I really needed to fill in - I was getting sparse in a few places - and she taught me how to shape them correctly. It really makes a difference when I do my brows, so I try to do that every day.
*Lips. I am a huge lip balm addict and my husband makes fun of me for it - but whose lips are always cracking and peeled, hmmmmm? Lips get sunburned and weathered just like everything else. I keep a tube within arms reach just about everywhere I am.
*Wash my face every night and every morning. I use a charcoal soap and then a toner to really get clean, and then I put on the Strivectin - and reverse the process in the morning. No matter how tired I am, I do this. I'm anal about it. I cannot sleep if I haven't washed and moisturized my face. Occasionally, I throw a mask on there, but not that often - and I've only had a facial once.
*Dry shampoo. I wash my hair probably twice a week - maybe three times if I'm super ridic sweaty at the gym - but on the second night, I spray the dry shampoo in, let it dry and then go to sleep on it. In the morning, I wake up with rock star hair. Sometimes, I will put my hair into a sock bun in the morning, wear it all day, sleep in it and the next day I'm full of the waves.
*Floss. SO MUCH with the flossing. Especially now that I have a crown. And wear the stupid mouthguard - the one that was recommended to me 20(!!) years ago and I never wanted to wear because it wasn't sexay and I was a llll about the sexay. You know what's NOT SEXAY? Needing a crown because you grind your teeth so much that you destroyed one - and it cost over $1000 to fix.
There is, I'm sure, much more - but what are the things you do to help you feel good/look good?