The Wigwam guide to staying healthy and fabulous after 40!

The Magical Mummy looks at how to keep yourself feeling and looking your best after the big 4.0.

You know me, I like to keep it real, and after recently turning 40 and struggling with it, my truth on the subject will be no different. Ageing always causes some debate, and women and men as a consensus have very different experiences of ageing.

We all know the saying ‘silver fox’ and I’m just trying to rack my brains on a flattering female equivalent. Hmm I can think of cougar, but I’m not sure predatory animal is much of a compliment.

From personal experience hitting 40 has been hard! My twenties were all about keeping up with the latest trends and partying. My thirties slowed me down slightly but I became a sleep-deprived parent. So, it’s hardly surprising and not uncommon that the stress from the past couple of decades finally starts to make an appearance and suddenly I’m starting to notice things. My skin doesn’t look as fresh and my eye bags are deep enough to store some serious luggage, oh and I need two nanna naps a day, rather than just the one.

But age, sex, lifestyle aside all people deserve to feel nice about themselves, both internally and externally. Unfortunately, I can’t get rid of all your demons with a flurry of positive affirmations, but I can tell you (if you're interested) how to turn back the clock with some great little tips. This article isn’t just for women either, these nuggets of knowledge are for men too, because when I say we ALL deserve to feel good, I mean it.

Stay moisturised

Ever wonder how French women and men seem to age so gracefully? They're all about moisturizer and use it religiously. Find a type you love and apply it daily to your face, neck, and hands. And while you're at it, slather it on the rest of your body, too.

Lower your salt intake

Sure, salty French fries are great. But the aftermath of all that extra sodium in your body? Not so much. Too much salt in your diet can impact your skin by both sucking out moisture and giving you under-eye bags by causing you to retain water. Try and stick to the recommended daily amount of 2,300 mg—or 1 teaspoon—to keep your skin healthy and youthful.

Revamp your wardrobe

Nothing makes you feel better than chucking out old, unflattering, clothes and replacing them with new items that not only make you feel good but are a little more in style. Start with the basic pieces you wear every day like jeans, jackets, and shoes. Then start swapping out other basics, like shirts. Pretty soon you'll have a closet full of new options that will make you look 10 years younger.

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Laugh more

I love this! Laughter is good for the soul and a great stress reliever, which also helps gets rid of all that excess tension which can help prevent premature ageing. Plus, it's the perfect excuse to schedule some quality time with friends.

Find a decent hairdresser

A haircut and decent colour to cover those greys can make all the difference when it comes to looking younger. Work with someone who can help you find a cut that both looks great with your face shape and knocks a handful of years off.


Brows can thin with age, making you look older than you are. Luckily, there are a few ways to make them thick and full again. Either fake it by mastering the art of filling in your brows with an eyebrow pencil or try microblading, a semi-permanent procedure where technicians tattoo on natural-looking eyebrows, filling in any gaps and giving you a shape that suits your face.


Probably one of the quickest and easiest ways to brighten your face and give the illusion of youth, whiter teeth! Head to your dentist for regular cleanings and consider using a whitening treatment like Crest 3D white strips in-between visits to keep your gnashers looking fresh.

Eyelash extensions

You just need to look at Kris Jenner or Jane Fonda and you will see their eyelashes are fierce and full. One of the easiest ways to give your eyes a youthful lift is to try out eyelash extensions. The semi-permanent lashes can last from six to eight weeks before they fall out naturally with your regular lashes. 

Romance some Retinol

You've probably seen retinol listed in the ingredient lists of your favourite beauty products, and it can do your skin some good. Many studies have shown it's powerful effects in improving fine lines and wrinkles, making your skin look more youthful by simply using a cream.

Lay off the booze

While a glass or two of red is known for being good for your health, too much of any alcohol can have the opposite effect. A 2009 study found women who drank excess alcohol looked older than their twins who didn't. So have a little, but know your limits or that extra glass could come back to bite you.

Claire Philips

Claire Phillips
Blogger and Magical Mummy