Our reflections don’t seem to change from day to day, but suddenly – one day- we realize we look a little different. A little more tired, pale, wrinkly – generally older. The truth? While the hands of time will always turn, there are things you can do to keep your incredible looks no matter what your age.
There’s an undeniable science to aging – it’s not something we can avoid. The good news is there’s no one-size-fits-all way to HOW we look while we do it. Our lifestyles play a huge role in what we look like. Everything ranging from the foods we eat to sun from sun exposure or habits like smoking can influence the process. So what can we do to maintain great looking skin, a healthy weight, and luxurious hair? Here are some things to consider.
Looking Great In Your 20s
Most people mature but don’t visibly age – at least not negatively – in their 20s. This is a great time to do some preventative work to make sure you can keep your lovely skin, hair, and nails well into your 30s. The biggest concern for those in the latter half of their 20s is a decrease in the creation of collagen – the incredible protein that keeps our skin tight and free of wrinkles.
Considerations for your 20s:
- Alter your eating habits. Start to cut out sugars, liquors, and processed foods – all things that decrease collagen production. Eat more nutritious foods like greens, vitamin-C, and berries. Water is critical to the look of your skin, too.
- Wear sunscreen and use moisturizer. If you’re only going to use one or the other in your 20s, make it the sunscreen. It’ll offer a little bit of moisturization and help protect your skin from cancer-causing UV rays.
- Consider taking supplements like multivitamins or collagen. The best defense is a good offense.
Looking Amazing In Your 30s
You may not realize it at first, but age starts to sneak up on you in your 30s. Your digest starts to slow a little, the pounds creep on if you aren’t diligent about your diet, and collagen production continues to slow.
Considerations for your 30s:
- Don’t ignore fine lines. Become more diligent about using sunscreen, moisturizing regularly, and developing a healthy skincare routine. Look for items that contain coQ10, vitamin C, collagen, and other nutrients.
- Get some rest. Slow down and stop running yourself ragged. Stress plays a huge role in the way your skin ages. Consider practicing meditation, yoga, or other mindfulness techniques. Aim for a solid 8 hours of sleep per night and take naps when necessary. Keep your stress hormone (cortisol) down will help to keep your weight in line, too.
- Give turmeric a shot. You can get it in supplement form, but you can also get it as a powder or a root to use in cooking. The curcumin in turmeric will help your skin protect itself from free radicals and can contribute to better general skin hydration.
Looking Fantastic In Your 40s
As women enter their 40s, hormonal issues come into bigger play. Estrogen decreases, progesterone levels plunge, and many begin heading towards menopause. It’s important to keep up by eating well, getting plenty of rest, and moderating our diets.
Consideration for your 40s:
- Keep your weight in check. Hormonal fluctuations will make it harder to lose weight. It’s important to eat nourishing foods and pay attention to the ones your body responds to in a negative manner. Constantly fluctuating up and down in weight can contribute to wrinkles, too.
- Focus even more on rest, and talk to your doctor if you think you may need a supplement. Low progesterone and high cortisol levels can significantly disrupt your sleep cycle. Look into the benefits of melatonin as a natural sleep aid.
- Address skin issues, like sun or age spots. Areas that weren’t as visible will darken as you age. You can stay on top of them by using skin peels, vitamin C based products, or skin lightening products (if really necessary)
Looking Incredible In Your 50s
Wrinkles and sunspots tend to become more noticeable in your 50s, darkening and looking even more pronounced as your hair color greys. During this decade, many experience even more collagen loss, lower keratin, and even more hormonal fluctuations.
Considerations for your 50s:
- Take special care of your hair. It may be time for a keratin treatment or a biotin supplement to keep your hair thicker.
- Look into stem cell therapy, especially plant-based. Topical treatments may slow the skin’s maturation cycle. Products contained in shampoos and conditioners can add an extra layer to hair health as well.
Finally, embrace aging. It’s a natural part of the life process. You’re a wonderful, delicate, beautiful human being. Value yourself and your life experiences. You have a lot to share with the world.