Like it or not, aging is inevitable. But some people seem to age much more gracefully than others. What’s their trick? Sadly, there’s no magic formula – when it comes to aging well and fighting the clock, there are no substitutes for a healthy and active lifestyle. But there are ways to fight the physical effects of aging so you can look your best and feel young at heart.
As you age, your skincare routine needs to evolve – you shouldn’t be using the same products you used in your 20s or 30s. Over-the-counter anti-aging products can help reduce fine lines, age spots, and wrinkles, and help keep skin moisturized and firm. Use an eye cream and an intensive treatment cream nightly. Facials and microdermabrasion treatments, which you can get at your favorite day spa or your dermatologist’s office, are also great ways to maintain – or restore – skin’s youthful appearance by improving skin tone and texture.
No matter how old (or young) you are, one thing should always be part of your skincare routine: moisturizing! Whether your skin type is oily, dry or sensitive, moisturizing is an essential component of your daily routine. When applied regularly, creams and moisturizers reduce red, flaky skin and even minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Remember to apply lotions and creams within three minutes of getting out of the shower or washing your face to trap as much moisture as possible.
Eating right – incorporating lots of fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean protein into your diet – is a foolproof way to get the essential vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants essential to daily life. To ward off the effects of aging, foods like berries, nuts, green and white teas, red wine (in moderation, of course!) and legumes all pack a nutritional punch – and are tasty to boot. Since your metabolism drastically slows from your early 30s onward, it’s more important than ever to eat well and watch your caloric intake to avoid weight gain. Reduce your intake of empty calories like soda, sweets, and greasy fast food to keep your body healthy and reduce your chances of weight gain.
Regular exercise is essential to staving off the major effects of aging and many of the diseases associated with it. This doesn’t mean you have to be a bodybuilder but you can try the best at home elliptical trainer: even 30 minutes of moderate exercise like a brisk walk or an elliptical workout counts. Regular exercise has numerous anti-aging benefits: it can reduce your risk of diabetes and associated health issues like heart disease, hypertension and stroke; can stave off memory loss; and rejuvenates your mind and body.
Also consider incorporating strength training into your workout routine: in addition to burning calories and improving your physical appearance, building muscle helps boost bone health, reducing your risk of fractures. As you age, you lose bone density and increase your risk of osteoporosis, so incorporating some light strength and resistance training can greatly offset that danger.
Aging gracefully starts from the inside out. No amount of makeup or hair dye can replace a good diet, an active lifestyle, and a well-rounded skincare regimen when it comes to fighting the key effects of aging. Remember, aging isn’t a bad thing! Maintain a positive attitude and an optimistic outlook – it’ll keep you feeling young.
Lynda Torrey is a Glamorous Moms’ guest contributor. Torrey is the Director of Research and Development for The Woodhouse Spas Corp. with offices based in Victoria, Texas. She is a licensed esthetician, massage therapist and massage therapy instructor as well as a practitioner of Ayurvedic medicine. Torrey has a diploma from The Open International University for Complementary Medicines, affiliated to the Faculty of Medical Studies, Medicina Alternativa Institute. She is a certified aromatherapist and certified trainer in microdermabrasion.