Look and feel great as you get older

Central Otago Mirror - - AGING GRACEFULLY -

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.

Ex­ude con­fi­dence

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.

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