Candi Randolph Midlife Blogger

Five Indispensable Essentials for Women Over 50

Last Updated on September 19, 2023 by Candi Randolph

There is a saying that ‘getting older is not for the faint of heart’. I can relate to that as it pertains to the changes my body is going through. It does things I don’t want it to do, and refuses to cooperate when I fully expect it to do my bidding. What’s up with that?

Overall I have absolutely no complaints. My life is abundant and I have enjoyed good health, so I keep these annoyances in perspective. For me, living a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, has helped me to stay active and feeling pretty doggone good.

Some days are more challenging than others for sure, especially if I decide to get whiny about the aging process that I have no control over. You know, the changing body shape, the sagging, wrinkled skin on my arms (my grandson seems to enjoy pointing it out to me regularly), the wrinkles on the face, the belly fat, the unwanted additional sprinkle that happens after I pee…and other absolutely normal things that we all experience.

So I put overt, conscious effort, every single day, into remaining grateful for all of the wonderful things that are a part of my life. I also work hard to keep my aging body fit and strong, because I know that a healthy lifestyle will help my live longer.

All that said, there are a few essentials, ladies personal items specifically, that I have found to be indispensable as I travel through midlife, and I think they’re the best health and beauty products around. A couple of them are a wee bit personal, but are worth sharing. Perhaps these little life-savers these items will be helpful to you, too.

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Ladies Personal Items: My Five Indispensable Essentials

ladies personal items - 5 indispensable essentials for women over 50

1 | Leak-Proof underwear

Yep. I’m going to talk about it…leak proof underwear and why we need it….here goes.

There are some things that we just don’t talk about with everyone, and one of those topics as women in midlife is that annoying but uncontrollable little tinkle in our panties that occurs at the most inopportune times. Most of you know exactly what I am referring to. If you don’t, that’s awesome, and frankly I’m a bit jealous. But for the rest, read on.

We experience these little annoyances at different times. For me, it’s just after I take a potty break. It’s just a little tinkle in the panties. Not much, but enough to be really, really annoying.

Other women may have a more, shall we say, enthusiastic emitting of the tinkle, at other really annoying and inopportune times. A good laugh can cause a little leak, or a bit of coughing, even a sneeze. Seriously, is there ever a good time?

I’ve experimented with several different brands of leak-proof underwear. And of course, there’s always the little throwaway pads that come in a zillion different sizes and absorbencies. But when we use them, we’re contributing to the mass of garbage that is thrown into landfills. I’m trying to avoid that whenever possible.

Over the last few years I’ve worn several different brands of leak-proof underwear, even though my leaks are minimal. This protection is number one on my list of ladies personal items, out of necessity!


Recently I was gifted a pair of Zorbies, a relatively new line of products for both men and women, to handle incontinence as well as coverage for periods. And, they offer a choice between built-in protection, or underwear that will hold a replaceable pad. I agreed to try a pair of Zorbies Moderate Classic Style panty in return for an honest review, which is what I am documenting here. The opinions stated here are my own.

I checked out the Zorbies website before agreeing to try them, and one thing that I immediately noticed was the color as well as the style. They are all black, and the panty offers full coverage by design, which is different than other brands I’ve tried. They are not offering a pretty panty, although there’s nothing wrong with the style of Zorbies, but instead are offering the protection and absorbency that folks who experience incontinence are searching for.

ladies personal items: zorbies incontinence underwear

Zorbies are designed to hold up to 12 teaspoons of fluid, which is more than most other similar products. They accomplish this by including a discreet front and back panel for additional peace of mind.

What did I think of Zorbies? Here are a few thoughts based on wearing them, washing them, and wearing them again:

  • the first thing I noticed was the weight of the panty. I could literally feel that this panty was heavier than the typical ladies underwear, and to be honest I was a little concerned that it would feel heavy and bulky when I put the panty on. It was not. I felt comfortable and not at all like I was wearing fat, bulky, incontinence underwear, if you know what I mean.
  • I don’t have a big leakage problem, so the Zorbies panty I wore never felt full, odorous, or otherwise uncomfortable. But keep in mind, they are constructed to hold up to 12 ounces of fluid. That’s quite a lot!
  • the washing/drying instructions have to be followed as indicated. This means that after the Zorbies are washed on a delicate cycle, they are dried twice – 2 cycles. This is needed to ensure that the entire panty is completely dry.

Would I recommend Zorbies? Yes, particularly if you are a woman who experiences regular incontinence. They are definitely constructed to protect. Learn more about Zorbies for Women.

Speax (formerly Icon Undies)

I have also worn Icon Undies, now called Speax. I bought several pair and have worn them quite regularly. They are very comfortable to wear, stylish (as panties go), the protection is discreetly constructed (they use the magic wicking material that absorbs and dries really quickly), and they wash up really well.

I always wash on the delicate cycle/cold wash and dry with the least amount of heat, so that has helped them retain their construction and magic ability to make the tinkle disappear.

A few months ago I decided to give another brand of leak-proof underwear a try, and purchased one pair. Similar in cost to Icon Undies, I was quite disappointed in the look and the feel of them, both in the cut and the material. They remain in the underwear drawer, unused and unwanted.

Since my original purchase, Icon/Speax has expanded their product line in both colors offered and styles of panties. You might want to check out the High Waist Brief.

2 | Jammies to keep me cool at night

Do you find yourself getting a little sweaty sometimes, particularly at night when you’re trying to sleep? Even if menopause is behind you, there is still the tendency to have warm moments throughout the day and night…I prefer to think of it as ‘glowing’. But no matter what you call it, sleep can be hard to come by when you’re overly warm. That’s where the second ladies personal item comes in.

Cool Jams Pajamas Wicking Sleepwear

My go-to PJ’s to minimize this issue are Cool Jams. The fabric used for these jammies is very similar to the wicking material in the undies mentioned above. It magically absorbs the sweat and moves it to top of the fabric, then dries very quickly.

I like the tank top/capri pant set that you see here…it’s my style. Even though it’s just little ole’ me at night with no one else living in my home, I still like to look and feel good.

There are many other styles and colors available for both men and women at varying stages of life. It might be worth a look. Check out what Cool Jams has to offer, and stay cooler at night.

3 | A face moisturizer that really works

Next on the list of ladies personal items, those indispensable essentials for women over 50, is a highly effective face moisturizer. In fact, a moisturizer that works a bit of magic when it comes to smoothing and tightening the pesky lines and wrinkles.

I’m a huge fan of the natural face lift, and if you read my blog you’re probably familiar with Facial Magic. The results I’ve experienced are pretty amazing.

I want to apply a product that will  keep the results of that program as fresh and youthful as possible, so I’ve been on a quest of sorts to find the best moisturizer…over the counter, online…been there, done that.

My search has taken me far and wide, my friend. In my dreams of the perfect moisturizer for my aging skin, it would include a line of skin care products that would be formulated just for me…just for my skin. And these products would work. And they would be cruelty-free. And they would be environmentally friendly.

I know, that’s a big ask. But you know what? I found Proven Skin Care, and it actually fulfills all of my wants, wishes, and dreams. I’ve been using Proven for almost a year now, so I know what the products are like and if they deliver what they promise. They do.

Proven skin care is literally formulated for me, based on my skin, where I live, the climate, the humidity, the seasons, and my lifestyle. It is quite amazing. Learn more about Proven Skin Care and why I love this system.

4 | Something for the aches and pains

One of the most annoying signs of aging for me are the aches and joint pain that occur as we get older. I have very little to complain about in this arena, but when my neck and back are stiff and ache, or my wrist gets very tired and sore after a day at the computer, my go-to pain reliever is Salonpas. I was provided with a sample package of these topical analgesic products, and am so pleased with how quickly the pain and ache is relieved.

I’ve not had an opportunity to try all of the products sent to me yet, but I can tell you that any type of joint pain is covered, with everything from the Salonpas Lidocaine Plus Pain Relieving Cream to the Gel-Patch, to the Jet Spray. There is even a Salonpas Pain Relieving Gel-Patch Hot.

5 | Staying regular…

My list of indispensable essentials, those ladies personal items, wouldn’t be complete without discussing another personal, but ever-present issue that most of us encounter as we age, and that is regularity. May as well talk about that one, too.

I’ve needed a bit of assistance in this area for quite a while now, and while I’ve tried different remedies in the past, the winner hands-down is what I faithfully use every day – Provitalize from better body co. It can provide relief for many symptoms that we feel as women in midlife, including bloating, hot flashes, night sweats, and more.

My goal is to use natural products when possible, and Provitalize fits the criteria very well. It can also be used for weight loss and to eliminate bloating.

Provitalize has a unique probiotic blend of ingredients for all stages of menopause. It helps relieve occasional bloat and constipation, promotes a healthy gut, and supports management of abdominal fat. As you can see, it is formulated specifically for women like us.

So if you need a bit of help in this area, check out Provitalize.

Ladies Personal Items: Conclusion

So there you have it. My ladies personal items, those indispensable essentials for women over 50, the best health and wellness products I’ve found. We need to be honest with ourselves and acknowledge that our bodies have changed, and will continue to change, as the years go by.

For me, this is part of the self-care that I deserve to give myself. It’s all part of a healthy lifestyle: the personal, intimate essentials like those discussed here, and the wise choices I should make as I travel through midlife.

I’m sure there are other challenges I haven’t covered, and a number of products that do a great job helping us to be more comfortable as we age.

What works best for you? Are you willing to share your thoughts on these sometimes sensitive issues? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks!

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