Aching joints, breathless walks, and wrinkles can mean that you’ve earned your battle scars in surviving life’s journey, the evidence of wisdom and grace that can only come with age. You can wear it proud! However, when people start mistaking you for older, and even you yourself are finding it difficult to move for somebody your age, your aging body and fine lines are nothing more than a sign that you’ve been seriously neglecting your health.
While the natural aging process does make you look and feel older year after year, many of the creases and painful movements you are developing could well just be your own doing. You may not be able to travel back in time to undo your crusty movements and erase those fine lines but, you can commit today to give your body and skin the TLC that they deserve.
The good news is that there are many things you can still do today to slow down and even reverse signs of aging.
Your diet is a major factor that defines the body and the skin you’re in. Like it or not, you are what you eat. Jazz up your diet by adding in more fish, fruits, and veggies. It won’t only make you healthier but will definitely make your skin look younger too.
Fish is a natural source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids which are vital to cell repair and keeping your heart healthy. These two are also essential building blocks of healthy skin. Salmon, tuna, and trout are your best sources for omega-3.
Make fruits and vegetables your primary source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help cells fight the damaging effects of free radicals, protecting cells from tearing and damage.
Avoid alcohol, sweets, and salty foods which dehydrate cells and also cause your skin to become dry. Skip the soda and reach for water, lots of it, throughout the day.
You can magnify the anti-aging effects of a healthy diet when you combine it with regular physical activity.
Regularly working out improves* blood circulation, sending oxygen and essential nutrients throughout the body to keep every cell well-nourished. Healthy blood circulation fuels body processes that include cell repair.
Your weekly workout ideally should look like this:
- 20 to 30 minutes of cardio, three to four times weekly.
- 20 to 30 minutes of weight training three to four times a week for all major muscles of your body. If you’ve been doing reps of the same weight training exercises for a while, your muscles may no longer be responding. It’s time to try another routine.
- If you’re a big fan of yoga, keep at it to help tone your muscles. Do it at least twice a week, ideally on days when you’re not lifting weights.
Make time to put more stress on your body to strengthen it. With natural aging, metabolism slows down, making exercising all the more important. If you can’t find time to hit the gym, move more – walk more often, do tasking household chores or, wash your car by yourself. Keep your heart pumping!
Anti-Aging Skin Care Tips
As soon as you hit your 20s, skin aging begins. From then and onwards to your senior years, there are four steps that you must take to keep your skin looking younger for longer.
- Exfoliate Regularly: How often depends on your skin type and the exfoliation technique you use. Exfoliating stimulates the surfacing of new skin by scraping away old and dead top layer of your skin.
- Cleanse at Least Twice Daily: One in the morning, and once again before going to bed. If you have oily skin, you may have to wash your face more often. Always choose facial wash over ordinary soaps. Facial wash are especially formulated to keep skin hydrated.
- Tone to Tighten Skin and Keep Pores Tiny Favor natural, organic toners over alcohol-based ones to get natural antioxidants to work their magic* on your skin, most especially if you have sensitive skin.
- End your beauty regimen by moisturizing all the way from your face down to your toes. When skin has high moisture content, it is more elastic and less prone to wrinkling. Go for creams that contain active ingredients that boost* collagen production and repair like alpha-hydroxyl acids (AHA), peptides, hyaluronic acid, and retinol.
Fillers. This procedure is perhaps the most availed of procedure, made famous by Botox. Fillers lift and tighten skin by filling sagging areas with formulations like Botox or hyaluronic acid through injection. Visible results are immediate but, expect down time of at least three days.
Fractional laser treatment. This procedure works on very small areas of the skin and penetrates deep into the dermis, the second layer of the skin, to stimulate collagen production and eliminate* dead skin cells. Possible side effects include swelling, scarring, and hyperpigmentation.
Red Light Therapy. Also known as Red LED (Light Emitting Diode), this procedure uses a carefully calibrated combination of visible and invisible light to penetrate deep into the skin and very precisely work on damaged skin cells only. Red LED stimulates damaged skin cells to convert the light emitted by the laser into chemical energy which, in turn, fuels and speeds up collagen production and skin repair process. Its deep and intense healing benefits have been found to ease painful joints and long-term injuries as well.
Coenzyme Q10. CoQ10 literally powers up cells to help keep them functioning normally. Oral intake helps prevent heart disease and blood clots, and helps normalize blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It is also a popular ingredient of many anti-aging creams.
Omega-3 fatty acids or fish oil. Omega-3 is not only good for your skin but also for your heart. It also helps lower cholesterol levels. Supplementing with fish oil becomes particularly important as you age because, despite its many benefits, the body cannot produce Omega-3.
Flavonoids. Flavonoids are natural pigments found in plants that aid in the normal functioning of many body processes. Several of these flavonoids are available as supplements. Hesperidin and diosmin are particularly helpful in keeping veins and blood healthy, and promote normal blood circulation.
In this modern day and age, we are blessed with technologies that more and more, help us defy aging. Use science to your advantage to live optimally and look fabulous throughout your retirement years. Nevertheless, fighting body and skin aging still begins by embracing a healthier lifestyle: eating healthy, exercising regularly, drinking moderately, and quitting smoking.