There is a fine line between aging gracefully and trying desperately to look younger. You know what I mean. Helen Mirren, Sandra Bullock and Halle Berry are aging gracefully. What’s the key on how to look and feel younger? Here are 10 ways to look younger. These are proven suggestions that will show results in just days!
(1.) Ditch the alcohol – temporarily anyway!
I know…easier said than done. Studies show that drinking regularly, and most women tend to drink a little more than they admit to, can wreck havoc on your face, not to mention every other part of your body. Broken blood vessels, dehydration, blood shot eyes and wrinkles are the result of partying a bit too much. Dry bars are springing up all over the world as women are realizing that sober really is the new sexy!
If you think that your drinking may be a problem, here is a great resource: www.womenforsobriety.org. Also, a book that is getting rave reviews is This Naked Mind by Annie Grace.
(2.) Wear less makeup!
The New York Times wrote an article awhile back suggesting that “the no makeup look was the new beauty standard”. Well, I disagree. I think enhancing what mother nature gave us is perfectly fine and makes us feel more beautiful. That being said, as we get a little up there in years, less is definitely more. The most important thing to remember is to ALWAYS use a good moisturizer, sunscreen, and eye cream before applying any makeup and after cleansing at night before bed (and never go to bed with your makeup on).
The most important thing to remember is to ALWAYS use a good moisturizer, sunscreen, and eye cream before applying any makeup and after cleansing at night before bed (and never go to bed with your makeup on).
This is not about impressing anyone, it’s about you feeling more confident! I’ve had women tell me that they simply don’t wear makeup because they just don’t know how. These days there are so many great You Tube videos that will guide you.
It doesn’t need to be complicated. A little of the best makeup foundation, a tiny touch of blush, concealer where needed, a good brow pencil, a shade of lipstick that makes you happy and you could be good to go!
If you want a little drama, adding shadow (no sparkly or glittery shadows after 40 please!), a little liner (no black as it is too harsh on anyone past about 35) and some mascara.
(3.) Eat Clean
So many clients complain to me about feeling bloated. We do know that there is a big push to not eat grains any longer and for good reason. The grains of today are a sad competitor to the grains of 100 years ago. This doesn’t mean you can’t eat them at all (unless you have Celiacs of course!). Just try to limit them.
They are not essential to your diet and you will automatically lose weight if you cut back on them. The big plus in restricting them? You lose the bloat:-)
Eat organic whenever possible. If your finances are tight, try shopping from the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 list. The DD list tells you which food items absorb the toxic pesticides that can’t be washed away. The C15 list which foods are safe to buy non-organic.
These printable lists are compliments of the Environmental Working Group.
Make sure you are taking high-quality supplements as there are so many essential nutrients that we are not getting in our food. Most Americans are deficient in Vitamin D3 and studies show that cancer patients typically have very low levels of this vitamin. Optimizing your vitamin D levels may help you prevent cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, infections, mental health conditions, and more.
Approximately 80% of Americans are also deficient in Magnesium and it is a crucially important mineral. It creates energy in your body, helps to activate muscles and nerves and is a precursor for neurotransmitters like serotonin. Bonus: Magnesium helps you sleep!
The jury is out right now concerning women and calcium supplements. Please talk to your personal physician for recommendations.
It’s important to take a good Omega 3 to help prevent heart trouble, stroke and mental decline.
A good multi-vitamin ensures that you receive all of the other essentials you need to stay healthy. In my opinion, Metagenics is the best supplement manufacturer on the planet. Their lab undergoes rigorous inspections and I do believe it is the cleanest environment anywhere. Click the link to see their amazing products. https://dsabino.metagenics.com/
(4.) Social Connections
Our world is becoming more isolated by the day. Social media IS the new social life. It’s important to keep our face to face connections and friendships. Meeting a friend for a cup of tea is good for our souls and helps to keep us young at heart! Take a class, check out www.meetup.com or join a woman’s group at church. It’s a great way to make new friends!
(5.) Music, Dancing, and Movement
I noticed as my mom got to be about 50, there wasn’t any more music in our house. One day I asked her why and she said there was no particular reason. She just got caught up in the day to day. Sometimes when I need to lift my mood, I will turn the music up and dance around the room! It’s fabulous exercise and if you’re feeling blue, it will perk you right up. Don’t lose that child-like quality of just having fun on the spur of the moment! Taking dance classes is another great idea to keep in shape! Did you know that growth (youth!) hormones are released when you do squats or leg presses or a weight-bearing exercise for that matter? Using a rowing machine is the BEST as it works all of your muscles at once:-) Treadmills are my next favorite as I love walking. If you think you don’t have time to exercise, try a recumbent workstation bike! Balance pads are super important for strengthening your core and work a multitude of muscles to keep us strong!
Tuning out the outside world and the non-stop inner talk in your mind is an important practice to get into daily. There are many great apps for your phone that are free that can assist you. I just read this book about newsman Dan Harris’s nationally televised panic attack and what he did to effectively tame the voice in his head. It is a scientific fact that people who regularly meditate, release significantly lower doses of cortisol, a stress hormone. A persistent release of cortisol can lead to all kinds of health issues. Very insightful read…
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story
If you’re like me, you remember Glamour magazine’s “Do’s and Dont’s” when it came to what to wear and more importantly, what not to wear. There comes a day when short skirts and spandex just don’t look great anymore. Again, if we force the issue and try to look 25 again, it shows that we are trying to look 25 again. We can dress stylishly as we get older, but with an air of elegance and grace.
Here’s a classic look that never goes out of style and is good for any age:
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