I’ll be the first to admit that aging sucks, but there are some great ways you can actually look and feel younger than your age, without botox or plastic surgery. The now aging Baby Boomer generation is obsessed with youthful appearance (thanks to the Media hype). Why do you think the Plastic Surgery is such a booming industry? But think about it, do you really want to look like Joan Rivers, whose had so much plastic surgery she looks like she’s been in a boxing ring and lost? She can barely smile anymore! There are so many plastic surgery nightmares that have ruined women’s lives more than enhanced them. How would you like to have breasts like Pamela Anderson at 80? Yikes, that’s a scary thought! How about all those grandmas with tatoos and piercings? Generations before us knew how to grow old gracefully (without the aid of Botox or face lifts), we could learn a lot from them.
Let’s look at what Happens to our Skin and Hair as We Age: The effects of sun exposure, smoking, diet, and heredity become evident on our skin as we get older. Stress, gravity, and obesity also affect how well skin looks. And as we age, our skin doesn’t produce new cells as quickly as it used to. Skin gradually becomes less elastic and prone to dryness. Something similar happens to the cells that give our hair its color. Hair pigment cells become less efficient at renewing themselves, which makes our hair turn gray.
Here are some great tips on how to take care of your skin, to help you look and feel 10 years younger:
Stay out of direct sunlight when the sun’s rays are the strongest (bet. 10am -4pm). If you have to be outside, wear a hat and sunscreen or an anti aging moisturizer with SPF 15 and both UVB and UVA protection. Damage to the skin from excess or unprotected sun exposure causes wrinkles and an uneven skin tone, and worst case of all skin cancer.
Eat right and hydrate.Good nutrition helps the body repair skin. Drink lots of water to keep the skin hydrated from the inside out.
Use anti-aging products. For women over 50, anti aging creams and lotions can enhance natural beauty by rejuvenating your skin. Look for products with Pentapeptides that help prompt skin cells to produce more collagen, which is the support structure that gives skin a firmer look.
If you smoke, stop. Research shows that smoking prematurely ages your skin.
Quotes on aging from some wise and famous men:
“Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul ” -Douglas MacArthur
“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years”. – Abraham Lincoln
Here are 10 of my personal tips for Growing Old Gracefully, the More or Less of it:
Stress Less, Smoke Less, Eat Less, Complain Less, Criticize Less, Smile More, Laugh More, Exercise More, Play More, Love More.