Look and feel great as you get older
We all want to look great as we age. Here are some tips to help you take care of your skin, hair, and body, and give yourself some confidence no matter how many birthday candles are on your cake.
Skip the fancy skincare routine
Cut through the anti-aging aisle and focus on applying SPF every morning, along with keeping cells plump and hydrated with moisturiser.
Get a move on
Whatever your motivation to work out— feeling good, blowing off stress, losing weight — you can add one more to the list: staying young. In a study on older adults, those who exercised functioned physiologically similar to younger people.
Exercise keeps you young on the inside and the outside. Anything that’s good for your body is good for your skin. Whatever you love doing— whether that’s running, spinning, or lifting— keep on doing it.
Don’t hide behind make-up
If you have wrinkles, brown spots, and bags, you’re probably tempted to slap on a thick coat of foundation and powder all over your face. Unfortunately makeup can’t completely cover aging. Don’t cake it on, but rather build it by layering to disguise the signs of discolouration and hyperpigmentation. Top it off with a liquid foundation (it doesn’t settle into lines like heavier cream formulations, which is best for mature skin), dust your T-zone with translucent powder, and finish with a cream blush for a youthful, healthy glow.
Tend to your hands
Your face and hands are two body parts that get the most sun. But since you’re busy slathering on moisturisers and anti-aging products on your face, your complexion may look young while your hands betray that with brown spots and wrinkles. The same exact products you use for your face can go on your hands, so when you use a night lotion, rub a small amount to the backs of your hands. After slathering on a good SPF moisturiser in the morning, do the same for your hands.
Women who age gracefully have something big in common: confidence. Don’t do anything with the idea that you’re trying to look younger — make your goal to be the best you can look. It can pay off down the line with people who have more positive beliefs about aging living 7.5 years longer than those with more downtrodden attitudes.
Revise your style
Do you still sport the same long hair you wore for prom? Have you avoided changing your style since you got your first job? Don’t get stuck in a time warp it sends to the world — and yourself about your age. Find a new style that works for your life today. The right cut can pay off in other ways.
Stay up with the latest trends
Being a certain age doesn’t mean you have to morph into an older style. Women who age gracefully don’t step aside from trends because of their age. Wear a classic and great fitting jean (that doesn’t have to be on trend) with an of-the-moment funky colour shoe or accessory. It will give your look that extra secret spice, not to mention, a boost to your confidence and self-esteem.
Embrace your greys
Women can look stunning when they go grey and a super sharp sophisticated cut will
really show it off.
Catch enough zzz’s
It’s not called beauty sleep for nothing. Poor quality sleep not only increases the visible signs of aging around your face, but also makes you feel less attractive.
Research shows that compared to those who get less than 5 hours of sleep, women who clock 7 to 9 hours had skin that bounces back better from UV light exposure.
This means sleep in addition to sunscren can help your skin naturally ward off the damaging effects of the sun, slowing down the aging process.