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Boomer Dating – Advice and Tips for Single Boomers, Dating After 50: Things Are Different and It’s a Hairy Topic

For single Boomers,  I hear from both men and women about being overlooked at cocktail parties and in public.

One of the things I have learned from Reading Body Language and Persuasion Expert, Kevin Hogan, is to display physical congruency to be our most attractive.  There are a number of evolutionary reasons for why both men and women find youthfulness attractive for physical chemistry.  To build on my lessons about Relationship Success from last week, that is just the Attraction Phase, where we are talking about chemistry.  For full relationships to develop, we will need something more.  However, we do want to look our best to foster chemistry.  Including looking youthful, not young per se.  Youthful.

Yes, let me trot out my top Numbero Uno care:  Serious Sunscreen.  I have Irish heritage.  I was always sunburning even with sunscreen as a child.  The best way to avoid wrinkles and raisin dry skin is to apply SPF 35, 40 or 50 sunscreen daily.  Just apply it to your face after you moisturize your skin after you wash it each day.  It’s just like layer two your moisturizer.  It is ESSENTIAL.  Smile and laugh lines will always look beautiful and handsome.  Skin care won’t.

The other thing about aging is a hairy topic and it’s probably not the hair you are thinking of…..

Your face and ears.

I first heard it from Comedian Jeff Foxworthy of the “You Might Be a Red Neck If….” fame.  Hysterically funny man.  One of his recordings, he started to tweak on men that the hair is no longer growing out of their skulls, but it is still growing.  Just out of your nose and ears.  Ha. Ha.  Well, it’s true.  That and eyebrows which start to resemble the horned owl.

Nose Hair trimmers

Ear Hair trimmers

Have your barber trim your eyebrows, too.

Now, gentlemen, least you feel pained or insulted that I singled you out, sigh.  Not the case.  Just, I’m working up to it.

Ladies, we will need to do this, too.

If you have one of those fabulous magnifying mirrors, you may be startled and stunned to a rude awakening that after all these years of not having to bleach or wax your upper lip that now after 40 to see … you have a few dark hairs there.  It is SO RUDE!  How can this be! Sigh.  It just is.  Waxing is the best.  And while we are at it with the waxing….

Have your facialist wax the first 1/4 inch inner part of your nose.  Your hair there is often darker now and sort of has cow licks.  The hairs there are sticking out a little.  That is what I mean about CONGRUENCY.  Young people don’t have the cow licks.  Over 40.  Do.  Even when you are doing a number other things to create your best you look, the nose hair things create an incongruency in your look.  It is infinitesimal.  Do this every 2-4 weeks.  And ladies eyebrows aren’t becoming horned owls, however, cow licks are there.  Use your cuticle scissors to keep them groomed.  Also a light eyebrow wax (Chanel’s eyebrow palette comes with it.) keeps the hair in place.  Just neatly groomed, soft. Not harsh and overly perfect looking.

I know.  It’s a hairy topic.  But I had to tell you.  I just didn’t want to start the week on it.

When you do these things, indeed, you LOOK your best, and when you look your best, you FEEL great, don’t you?  And THAT is always attractive.

Happy Dating and Relationships,

April Braswell

Letting Go and Moving On: Divorce and Grief Recovery

{ 21 comments… add one }
  • JJ Jalopy April 22, 2009, 12:24 PM

    Cool! I never realized all the places I might have hair!

    I learn so much stuff from this awesome blog! 🙂

    JJ Jalopy.

  • Bob Kaufer April 22, 2009, 12:48 PM

    I don’t really know what to say, hah a lawyer that is speechless.

    Bob Kaufer

  • Yann Vernier April 22, 2009, 12:55 PM

    Wow, what an unglamourous topic for an awesome dating expert like you. I suppose it needs to be explained to some people who don’t realize self-care is not just for themselves – but also to make the best possible impression on anyone they meet.

  • Anthony Lemme April 22, 2009, 2:15 PM

    Well, you had to go there sometime…I’d rather hear from you ahead of time than a date. It is so true. I’ve had to tell more than a few guy friends to trim their eyebrows so as not to scare off the ladies.


  • Christian Haller April 22, 2009, 2:23 PM

    Not my favorite topic but necessary none the less I suppose.
    Christian Haller

  • Lynn Lane April 22, 2009, 2:59 PM

    Thanks, I trim weekly.

    Lynn Lane

  • Pam Schulz April 22, 2009, 3:35 PM

    You know you’ve reached middle age when… Good list of reminders.


  • Don Shepherd April 22, 2009, 4:47 PM

    Hair is such a touchy subject. no matter how bad that nose hair on your date is bothering you… don’t pull it out!

    Don Shepherd

  • mark mallen April 22, 2009, 6:09 PM

    April, I once saw a guy with so much nose hair that it protruded about a half inch from each nose. Shortly after, I purchased my first nose hair trimmer. thanks for the re-reminder. where did I put those tweezers? Mark

  • jc mackenzie April 22, 2009, 7:01 PM

    In a way, I’m lucky-no one has seen my ears since 1969!

    Great post, filing all this useful information.


  • Duane Cunningham April 22, 2009, 9:04 PM

    Hi April,

    Now that was down right practical advice for us guys and the gals!

    Thanks for the tips!


  • Darryl Pace April 22, 2009, 11:46 PM

    Ah, April! What a great post on nose hair, horned owl eye brows, and female upper lip hair! It is a needed reminder as we grow older.

    Health, Fitness — Darryl Pace
    Fitness Product Review

  • Lisa McLellan April 23, 2009, 8:58 AM

    OMG, you are hysterical. Though I know you were being realistic, it is still so funny. I do love hairy men, but the hair definitely can’t be coming out of the nose or ears and the eyebrows need to be under control too! hahhaha Great tips here for both men and women. You are truly a leader in your field!

    Lisa McLellan, Babysitting Services – Babysitters, Nannies, and Au-pairs

  • John Ho April 23, 2009, 8:26 AM

    I once read that applying apple cider vinegar can remove crows’ lines & wrinkles!

    Make sure your sunscreen does not have harmful chemicals in it! To have enough sun light directly on or skins is crucial to generate enough vitamin D.

    John Ho

  • Sonya Lenzo April 23, 2009, 9:20 AM

    Maybe as I grow older I will just stay home and pull the covers over my head. too many parts that need to be covered up, groomed, improved….where is the swimsuit section with long sleeves anyway?????

  • Mitchell Rehaume April 23, 2009, 11:32 AM

    Hi April,

    Interesting post. It didn’t realize you could do certain things to look younger. I’ll make sure I double up on my sun screen and clip my ear hair 🙂


  • Pat Becker April 23, 2009, 12:06 PM

    So much maintenance, it never ends. Great hairy advice beyond the usual dying and cutting.


  • jc mackenzie April 23, 2009, 5:19 PM

    Stopped in to say hi


  • Steve Chambers April 24, 2009, 6:56 AM

    Manscaping is an important grooming habit. It is the trend to try to appear younger.

    Steve Chambers, The Sales Expert

  • David Power April 24, 2009, 6:10 PM

    April you are an encyclopedia on romance love and dating…thank you!!!

    David Power

  • Dora March 16, 2011, 7:36 PM

    Classy and elegant need to still be the tone for singles at any age, don’t you think?

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