The desire to look young and vibrant is common for most people in their 30s and older. Even if you haven’t reached this age yet, you may find yourself thinking about how you can preserve your youthful look. This is evident in the strong demand for anti-aging products and services.
While we won’t discourage you from using regular beauty products, we want to put an emphasis on a more holistic approach when it comes to maintaining your looks. While aging is natural and we can’t prevent it, we do have power over the manner in which we age. Read on to learn about some natural methods you can implement in order to keep your youthful appearance.
Be Gentle On Your Skin
Like other organs in your body, your skin serves many functions. Your skin helps protect your body from the elements. It also helps regulate body temperature, and it allows for the sense of touch. It’s important to take good care of your skin to ensure that it looks its best and that it functions well.
As a general rule, stick to gentle anti-aging skin care products. Aggressive anti-aging skin products may produce effects much quicker, but they may take a heavy toll on your skin. It’s also important to stay hydrated.
This doesn’t mean that non-surgical cosmetic treatments are out of the question to improve the look of wrinkles and sagging. In fact, non-invasive cosmetic treatments, such as dermal fillers and Botox® reduce signs of aging, giving you a more youthful look and help you feel vibrant and vital.
Regular exercise not only helps lower your risk for diseases and keeps your body in top shape, but it also helps improve other aspects of health such as the quality of your sleep, your bone health, and even your mood. In fact, you don’t really need to perform strenuous exercises to reap the benefits. Even something as simple as walking, swimming, cycling, and dancing will all help you age well.
Smoking is especially harmful to your body and it has been proven to cause premature aging. Wrinkles, stained teeth, yellow nails, and other physical signs are nothing compared to the damage that occurs to your lungs as a result of smoking, so it’s best to quit as soon as you can. Plus, your wallet will thank you – the average amount a smoker spends on cigarettes is almost $2,300 per year!
Discover New Hobbies
It’s also important to mind the psychological aspect of aging. Happy people tend to not only age better, but they also age differently. Finding new hobbies as you age helps you find engagement as well as purpose. This also applies to returning to old hobbies that you didn’t have the time to dedicate to in earlier times of your life.
Manage Your Stress Level
There are many ways that you can manage your stress levels, whether it’s through practicing yoga, exercising, talking to a professional, or even simply taking a time-out to reconnect with your inner voice. Even something like going to your dermatologist and getting a skin treatment can help with managing stress. If it matters to you, and if it helps calm your mind, then it counts.
Nurture Your Relationships
Another way to help you age gracefully is by spending time with your friends and family. Meaningful relationships drastically improve mental and physical health. Pets count toward maintaining and nurturing relationships, and they also yield the same effect.
Likewise, if there’s a relationship that’s no longer a benefit to you, or worse, has become toxic, it’s time to rethink whether you need it in your life. Not only do meaningful relationships grant a person a sense of security and belonging, but also a feeling of self-acceptance.
There’s so much more to aging gracefully than just looking the part. In fact, the way a person ages is merely a by-product of a series of long-term lifestyle decisions. The simplest way to age gracefully is to simply enjoy life and live it with purpose. A meaningful life is not defined by what you have and by who you know, but rather, it is defined by what you can give and what you know.
As the old adage goes, age is just a number. There’s no cream, serum, lotion or potion that can replace a youthful outlook on life. So stay active, take care of yourself and your relationships, and get rid of anything that’s not helping you lead a more fulfilled and purposeful life. And remember – a grey streak in your hair is becoming a huge trend, so rock it proudly!