Every Stage of a Woman’s Life | Beauty to Pain

Before looking at different routines for beauty, let’s take a look at the four ages of woman or female development stages.

  1. Young beauty
  2. Teen talk
  3. The twenties and thirties
  4. The age of maturity

Beauty is ageless. And it’s never too early to begin to think about it since it involves looking after your health and your body, your skin and your hair.

Young beauty

Your daughter will stand a much better chance of growing up with a good skin and pretty hair if you give some thought to the type of food she gets. With fewer sweets and chocolates, suet puddings and heavy fry-ups; more eggs, milk, cheese, fish, meat, green vegetables and fresh fruit, you will be laying the foundation of health and beauty. An adequate amount of sleep is also important.

Fine young skin can easily become chapped in cold weather after youngsters have enjoyed an exhilarating snowball fight or just dashed home from school in the pouring rain! A touch of Nivea smoothed on for protection is a wise move. Hair, too, needs care. Regular cutting by a really good hair dresser, washing with a mild shampoo, and brushing with a good bristle brush will keep it healthy. If you wish to curl your daughter’s hair, don’t leave curlers in overnight, as this can sometimes damage delicate young hair.

Hygiene is important, too. A daily bath with a little dusting powder afterwards (baby’s talc will do fine and has a light delicate fragrance); then, as she reaches her teens, the addition to her bath-time accessories of a little deodorant. Mouth hygiene means regular visits to the dentist, and care to see that teeth are cleaned at least twice a day after, nor before the goodnight drink of milk.

Foot care must never be neglected–the right size of shoe (not hand-me-downs from an older sister) as well as the right style of shoe (straps or lace-ups are usually the best) and socks that are not too small. If there seems to be the slightest sign of foot trouble, such as fallen arches, do seek expert advice immediately.

Some nice quotes on beauty

“Sometimes people are beautiful.
Not in looks.
Not in what they say.
Just in what they are.”

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”

“All little girls should be told they are pretty, even if they aren’t.”

“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.”

“What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful.”

Teen talk

The teens are exciting years. They’re a time of change, time to explore and enjoy a whole new world. Exciting—but sometimes bewildering and even frightening.

Because of so many changes, physical as well as emotional, there may be side effects of change—skin that erupts at a moment’s notice in a crop of unwelcome blemishes, a figure that becomes a too-round sum, and teenage tantrums.

How to lose puppy fat on belly

Puppy fat is only a phase, but it’s not a welcome one, and it doesn’t help just to be told that it will go. It will, of course; but what does help more is advice with a system of sensible eating. Lots of protein, fruit and vegetables; little carbohydrate. A well-fitting bra to give support to a young bosom, a girdle to help keep the tummy taut (a trained assistant in a good department store will advise here), and plenty of exercise, whether it’s walking, cycling, tennis or hockey because firm muscles are the best foundation for a good figure. You just have to face the fact that this is also the age when the odd spot of trouble may appear. If spots appear in large numbers and spread to the back and shoulders, then it is wise to seek the advice of a doctor. But occasional spots can be tackled at home. A look at diet is again the first essential. Spots are encouraged by too many fatty, greasy foods; they are banished by eating plenty of fruit and vegetables. Plenty of sleep is required during these growing years and plenty of fresh air. A tendency to dandruff should also be watched, because dandruff falling on the face and shoulders can cause spots. (Watch the way the hair is cut if there is dandruff; a fringe, for instance, will not be good for the skin.) Treat the hair with a good medicated shampoo like Vosene or Loxene; stronger measures need a preparation like Selsun. Cleanliness is most important in spot checks. Everything that touches the face must be spotlessly clean. That goes for fingers and face flannels too (though I am a firm believer that flannels should never be used unless they are boiled daily). Use cotton wool once only and use it instead of a powder puff, taking a fresh piece every time you powder.

How to take care of your face to avoid pimples

Cleanse the skin thoroughly with a cleansing lotion as well as soap and water. Use a medicated soap (Pond’s Flawless is good). Massage the lather into the skin with your fingertips in a circular movement, rinse, pat dry, then splash the face with cold water. Dry spots with a medicated cream like Clearasil, dab painful spots with TCP, using a clean piece of cotton wool for each spot. Never squeeze spots. Black-heads can he removed with an extractor. The lightest possible make-up is all that a young skin requires. And if it is blemished skin or inclined to spottiness, avoid greasy creams. It’s also wise to use a medicated make-up.

Choose from the ranges of Innoxa, Revlon, Max Factor, Rose Laird and Dorothy Gray. Some of these firms have medicated cleansing pads and ‘disguise’ sticks too. Yardley have a Beauty Club for young girls between the ages of thirteen and twenty. For a membership fee, they receive advice on beauty problems, samples of make-up and new Yardley products which are suitable for teenagers. Some firms give lectures in schools and clubs—Yardley, Elizabeth Arden, Cyclax, Beauty Counselors of London, and Revlon. Most of these charge a small fee to help cover expenses. Personal hygiene requires a daily bath and regular use of a good antiperspirant cum deodorant; and both talc and a depilatory or dainty ladies’ razor are musts in the beauty box. Regular visits to the dentist, regular toothbrush drill, a deodorizing mouth spray or tablets such as Amplex are all extremely important extras. Nothing makes you nicer to know than an aura of freshness.

This is the time to learn that menstruation brings the need for a little extra attention to hygiene (and if menstruation also brings discomfort of any kind in its wake, then your wise doctor can do much to alleviate this). Extra deodorant aid is given with Femfresh dusting powder, or Femfresh specially impregnated cloths in individual sachets. The finishing touch to all this could be cologne or toilet water. Solid fragrance sticks are easy to carry and wonder-fully refreshing, especially in hot weather. Try those made by Lentheric or Coty.

The twenties and thirties

There’s a gay ring to the twenties and thirties. And so there should be. Out of the moods and miseries that occasionally beset the teens, it’s time to enjoy the fun and zing of fashion and beauty trends, and to live life to the full, with all the added confidence that the years bring. While you try the latest gimmicks and trends, don’t neglect skin care. Whatever style you are putting on, it will look so much better on a healthy, smooth skin. And if the twenties bring marriage and pregnancy, your beauty routine will have to be planned accordingly. No husband likes to see a wife who droops around the house in a shabby housecoat with curlers in full view at noon, so make sure you always look neatly dressed at home. If you must wear curlers in bed, cover them with a pretty cap or scarf. Better still, invest in a small hairdryer (they make the most welcome Christmas presents, tell your husband!) so you can set your hair and dry it quickly at a convenient time during the day.

Many women feel their best and look their best during pregnancy. Wise ones conscientiously follow their doctors, instructions about their diet, as well as the relaxation, antenatal and post-natal exercises they are taught at the clinics, (Such exercises at this time should always be gentle ones) Maternity foundations and good bras are vital at this time and should be regarded as an investment, not money thrown away.

The condition of your hair is probably good before the baby is born, but it may go rather dry and limp afterwards. Enriched shampoos and hair conditioners should be used at home during pregnancy to guard against this. Always have your hair well cut by your hairdresser, and remember that perms may not always take after you have had your baby. Don’t over brush your hair after your baby is born. A skilled ‘hairdresser’s advice on hair care is invaluable at this time.

Care to be taken after normal delivery

Falling hair is a common problem after pregnancy. Eat plenty of eggs, liver, fish, green vegetables and fruit. Massage scalp with olive oil, and avoid perming or bleaching. The problem should right itself after about six months. Keep the skin of your body soft and supple with plenty of bath oil superfatted soap, and rub a little cream over thighs, stomach and bosom to help prevent stretch marks. Baby oil will work well here.

Your nails may cause a little trouble during pregnancy. And if there is any serious nail trouble, this should be treated by your doctor. If your skin has deteriorated, it will probably take about Six Months to get back to normal. Change your beauty routine to suit the way your skin has gone dry or greasy.

A smaller bosom is another frequent complaint after the birth of a baby, and again time can put this right. So wait patiently. Wear a padded bra if you need to until the condition rights itself; you may also find that a well-fitting bra worn night and day for a few months after the baby is born is a help.

Between twenty-five and forty will start taking precautions against the onslaught of time. This means watching the scales, beginning to cut down, just a little, on the amount of carbohydrate in your diet. Don’t overdo it; it’s just a question of being determined to eat sensibly.

Skin needs a little more thought when it comes to moisturizing and nourishing, because the skin tends to get dryer from twenty-five onwards. Watch the throat—it’s one of the first age-betrayers. Bleaching masks, stimulating creams and nourishing creams are splendid aids, and should be used regularly. Hair colorant can be used experimentally, not just to change the color of your hair, but to emphasize and bring out the natural color. Thinning hair needs a conditioner. Incipient varicose veins are the occupational hazard of this age group if you are involved in work that requires you to stand a lot—or sit a lot on chairs that are placed so close to the desk that pressure of either discourages circulation. Prevention is better than cure, so watch out for constipation and when you can, sit with your legs propped up on a chair. If varicose veins are definitely present, your doctor should he consulted.

The age of maturity

The forties onwards are tranquil years which should bring poise and serenity—two of the most attractive qualities any woman can possess. It’s the time when you will put on a little more weight—but, again, you can keep it down to a minimum with sensible eating. Rest is as important as exercise; posture plays an important part in the way you look; tolerance and warmth are important features of your personality. Skin needs pampering and nourishing, and this is the age when hormone creams really come into their own. Keep all make-up light. Hair rinses can hide the grey if you want to, but grey hair with a glint of silver is very soft and flattering. Short hairstyles usually look best, and the lines of the style should sweep upwards for a pretty look. A young outlook shows in the expression on your face and the way you walk. So keep a lively eye on life and look as though you were walking on air. (In practical terms, this is where frequent visits to the chiropodist will be worthwhile!) Any difficulties with the menopause can be eased by the doctor, and he should certainly be consulted, because there is so much new thinking and so many new drugs today that can do a great deal to prevent or ease any distress.

What happens during menopause and when does this occur

What the menopause means

It’s doubtful if any subject has inspired more misunderstanding or more nonsensical old wives’ tales than ‘The Change of Life’. This is not a particularly accurate name given to the time when menstruation ceases. The name implies a drastic and abrupt alteration in one’s way of life, particularly in personal relationships and sexual activity. But nothing could be further from the truth. At and after menopause you will still be the same person, merely with an alteration in your reproductive functions. Sometimes the change occurs gradually, sometimes abruptly. Most women (at least 80 per cent) go through menopause without any difficulties at all, quite free from symptoms. In fact, the old wives’ tales do a lot of harm by leading women to expect trouble when none exists! Those who do have symptoms develop them because alteration in the glandular balance of the body produces certain mild changes in the circulation. The notorious hot flushes result from this glandular disturbance. Another result may be a feeling of tension—especially a sensation of fullness in the head. Although most women manage to live with these sensations for a few months (after which they tend to disappear, leaving them quite comfortable again), but a few women do require treatment to alleviate the discomfort.

Early menopause treatment

One thing that alarms most women is the irregularity of their periods about this time. Some are lucky and go on menstruating quite regularly until the end, the individual losses becoming scantier. When this happens, they are often spared uncomfortable symptoms. In others, menstruation becomes irregular, and, after two or three months without a period, one may appear unexpectedly. The period itself is no different from any other, though there may be a little more pre-menstrual tiredness, tension or discomfort than usual. Also, in some cases, the actual amount of loss may be greater, and this, too, can be a nuisance, though it’s not important.

There is an increased tendency to backache during the menopausal months. This is due partly to an increase in weight which may occur at this time, or a slight slackness of ligaments and mild muscle pains caused by the glandular disturbance. This backache is not usually severe, but it can be treated if necessary. And, in every case, it will disappear when ‘the change’ is over. Perhaps the most important symptoms of the menopause are the emotional ones. These are sometimes due to the vast amount of nonsense talked about ‘the change’, which frightens perfectly healthy women into the belief that they must expect symptoms. The physical changes previously mentioned—the change in circulation especially, which produces a feeling of tension or fullness in the head—do produce an increased anxiety and irritability (similar to the usual pre-menstrual irritability, though more prolonged). And this is often accompanied by a mild feeling of depression. As a rule, these emotional changes are not severe and not too difficult to live with. The important thing is to see them for what they are a passing phase.

A few women, however, experience emotional symptoms—as well as hot flushes or backache—which are sufficiently severe to justify a visit to the family doctor. Do not hesitate to see him if you are uncomfortable, anxious or depressed, because he really can help you. A mild sedative is usually sufficient for those who are made uncomfortable by hot flushes or anxiety. Only in the more severe cases is glandular treatment needed. This becomes necessary if the hot flushes are severe enough to cause exhaustion by interfering drastically with sleep, or if they occur so frequently during the day as to embarrass you during your normal social or business activities.

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Irregular periods treatment

The treatment itself consists merely of a course of tablets (usually only two a day). It may be given in repeated courses of about six weeks, followed by two or three weeks without treatment. The length of treatment varies individually from three months to one year. If the periods are very irregular, you may be asked to take the tablets at regular intervals, following the rhythm of normal periods. You will then be told to take the tablets daily except for the first five days of each month. If you have intolerable hot flushes, heavy, irregular losses or severe backache, you may be referred by the family doctor to a hospital outpatients’ clinic, though in most cases he is well qualified to deal with the trouble himself. Also, if symptoms of anxiety or depression become intense, it may be wise to have these assessed by a specialist. And if emotional help should be needed, a psychiatrist has many different medicinal weapons up his sleeve nowadays, which can soon make you feel yourself again. One frequent question a doctor is asked is whether previous health influences menopause. In a way, it does. The sensitive ‘blushing maiden’ in her teens or early twenties may later become the type who is most troubled by hot flushes at menopause. An emotional person is more likely to develop symptoms of anxiety or depression. And the woman who for years has been subject to backache is more likely to suffer a flare-up of this during ‘the change’. Women whose periods cause little trouble and who are quite regular are less likely to develop menopausal symptoms later on. If you have gone through ‘the change of life’ in the usual way, with complete cessation of periods for several months or a year, and suddenly start bleeding again, it is wise to visit your doctor—especially if the bleeding is prolonged, unlike a normal period. In most cases, the cause is an innocent one; but, in a few cases, the cause may be something that requires prompt attention, and the more promptly it is dealt with, the better. Never be afraid to seek advice if something unusual occurs. Great harm is done by the short-sighted attitude of being afraid to go to the doctor in case he finds something wrong. Finally, a word about The Pill. This, of course, abolishes (or, to be more accurate, delays) menstruation by preventing ovulation (the monthly liberation of the female egg, or ovum). It does not alter sexual activity in any way. Some people believe that taking The Pill over a long period of time may slightly delay menopause. There is as yet little convincing evidence of this.

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