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I just finished reading “The Woman’s Wakeup: How To Shake Up Your Looks, Life, And Love After 50” by Lois Joy Johnson. The book is a quick read, filled with over 50 beauty tips and much, much more. And, while it’s clear Johnson is catering to women over 50, much of the content is applicable for younger women as well.
Pick a page at random and you’re sure to find a quotable quip to remind that you really can be cool and charismatic after 50.
Personal stories abound.
This isn’t one woman’s tale. Johnson breaks up her own voice with reflections and advice from her accomplished friends.
Johnson tackles—and even celebrates—the messy stuff, like divorce, online dating and menopause.
Johnson’s resume is impressive. She was founding editor of MORE Magazine and the beauty and fashion director for over 10 years.
And the best part: the book is actionable.
Johnson delivers real, straightforward advice that you can actually implement today. To give you a taste of what I mean by that, here are a few of Johnson’s gems.
Over 50 Beauty Tips and More
Get a silk pillowcase and shoot for at least seven hours of sleep nightly. Silk minimizes stress on your skin and hair—plus it feels great too! Note that if you routinely have trouble sleeping, you’ll need to take more drastic action. A new mattress might be in order or, if stress is keeping you up, try meditating.
During sleep, skin cells repair and rejuvenate, your body temperature drops, and hormonal changes push blood flow to the skin, so serious night treatments like retinol helps to boost collagen and speed up cell turnover. Two that get rave reviews are RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum and RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream.
Dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman and Lois Joy Johnson
Never wear a suit. You’re not a CIA agent, right? Go for a tailored dress instead. Sheaths, shifts and ‘fit and flare’ (fitted above the waist and A-line below) dresses should be your go-to.
Listen to yourself and the younger ladies around you. I got a chuckle out of this piece of advice: “Stop saying “I know I sound like a broken record.” Yeah, that dates you, especially when you’re around people who’ve never seen a record.
Other topics Johnson covers are resume-writing, traveling alone, making and keeping friends, dating, dressing for your body type, standing out and even cosmetic surgery.
You can pick up a paper copy of The Woman’s Wakeup on Amazon, or get the eBook on Books-A-Million. I’d recommend grabbing a copy and using it as a handbook, with your favorite pages tagged for easy reference.
As a Southern California transplant now living in the Midwest, Catherine has turned layering into an art form and accepted that UGGs actually do have a place in the stylish lady's wardrobe. She's been featured in Woman's World Magazine, DrLaura.com, Refinery29, Wellness.com and has made appearances on ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis, KCAL9 Los Angeles, Fox19 Cincinnati, WGN TV Chicago and WCPO TV Cincinnati.
Thanks for stopping by! I'm Catherine, your Budget Fashionista style editor. I'm a bargain shopper at heart, as I love nice things but hate paying for them! I'm also a personal finance writer who's been featured on USA Today and MSN Money.