If you’re over 50, you may be interested in the latest techniques to fight aging. Yes, there are innovations in cosmetic surgery that can do wonders. But, some of the simplest ways to stay youthful may be more the ability to “roll with the times” rather than trying to recreate who you were, what you looked like, or what you did when you were younger. To become an ageless wonder, here are a few things you might want to consider:
1. Rethink your makeup. You’ve seen ladies of a “certain age” who construct a completely false looking face out of makeup everyday in an attempt to look like they may have when they were younger. The result, however, is almost always the opposite. Painted on darker eyebrows, too thick pancake makeup and dark outlined lips only serves to make you look much older. As you age, think softer makeup, especially around the eyes, neutral colors, facial makeup that blends with your now-paler skin tone to create a soft, more youthful, natural look.
2. Hair color. Natural gray hair is great if you’re comfortable with it. But if you want to color your hair, instead of matching the tone of what your hair color was when you were younger, go for a softer, 2 shades lighter, golden, or neutral tone, version of it. It’s much more flattering and gives a more youthful appearance. And though it might be fun and frivolous for a party, you’ll probably want to let your grandkids sport the artsy rainbow streaks and ‘ombre’ tones.
3. Fashion. What looks great on younger people doesn’t always work when you’re older. Best to go with fashionable, classic styles/lines, with just a dash of contemporary flair in an accessory to update the look.
4. Watch Your Salt and Sugar. Ever notice how you eat a lot of salty popcorn or nuts at night and wake up the next morning with bigger-than ever bags under your eyes and feeling under the weather? That’s the result of too much salt intake that retains water and makes you feel sluggish. Plus, it can up your blood pressure which doesn’t help your heart any. Similarly, too much sugar can have the same effect. It can hold water in, raise your blood pressure as well as your blood sugar levels and make you feel sluggish.
5. Stay Optimistic. Ever been around older people who are always complaining and appear to be older? Ever notice how older people who are always smiling and upbeat seem younger? It’s true. The more optimistic and positive you are, the younger you seem. You even have a lighter, more youthful walk. Try to stay positive, no matter what life throws at you.
6. Move More. Studies show that people age faster when they’re sitting several hours a day, especially watching television. Make a point to break up sitting times with movement times – even if it’s just to clean your house, or go for a quick 20 minute walk, jump on your rebounder for 10 minutes, ride your bicycle, or mow the lawn.
7. Manage Stress. Nothing ages anyone more than stress. Stress produces hormones that create inflammation in your body that wreaks havoc on every organ and can lead to disease. Find ways to cope with, and hopefully solve, whatever is stressing you out – exercise more, meditate, call a friend, get out and go to a movie, whatever it takes.
Making an effort to maintain your appearance as you get older in a natural, less complicated manner can go a long way at keeping them guessing about your age. But staying youthful involves more than just maintaining a young appearance. It also means being involved in activities that make you happy and you’re passionate about, staying flexible and avoiding negativity, learning new things, surrounding yourself with friends and family you love, and learning how to prevent and/or deal with stress.