Some people seem to have an air about that where they seem to never age. Phrases like “aging like fine wine” are often used to describe them, as they even get better with age. You might be wondering, “what’s their secret?” and why you aren’t as lucky.
While aging is an inevitable part of life, you can take proactive steps to enhance your look as you age. There are several things you can do, and they aren’t as big of a secret as you might think. From addressing hair loss to prioritizing skin care, you might even enhance your appearance. Keep reading for tips on navigating the aging process.
1. Address Hair Changes and Loss
As people age, one of the tell tale signs is their hair. For some gray hair comes in with a vengeance. It might even impact your eyebrow color or, for men, beard color. As you slowly take on that salt and pepper look, you might consider highlights or dyes for a more youthful appearance. There’s also nothing wrong with embracing gray and white hair; choose the look you feel best with.
You might also notice changes into how much hair you have and where it is. Men may notice bushier eyebrows, long nose hairs, and ear hairs — trimmers and waxes can help tame those. At the same time those areas seem to explode in growth, you might experience a thinning hairline. To help stop the thinning and boost regrowth, you can try topical minoxidil foam. This can help you maintain that full head of hair to rock any hairstyle.
Women may start to experience rogue chin hairs and simultaneously thinning eyebrows. To address unwanted facial hair, tweezing, laser removal, and waxing are options. For those eyebrows you can always try to fill those in with eyebrow pencil. Procedures like microblading give a more permanent effect.
2. Adopt a Skincare Regimen
Like your hair, your skin can show signs of aging. Wrinkles and sunspots on your hands and face can date you. Look for products to help you address these areas. Several creams include ingredients to help lighten dark spots. Some contain hydroquinone, which disrupts melanin production, and others contain retinol, which increases skin cell turnover.
For wrinkles, look for creams and serums that contain hydrating properties and boost skin elasticity. Retinoids can help there too, and so can vitamin A. Adopt a daily regimen that includes cleanser and moisturizer too. While it might sound trite, consistency is key in many aspects of health and appearance.
While you’re trying to heal your skin, don’t add more damage. Sun damage can lead to those spots and wrinkles you’re trying to mitigate. Be sure to take care to wear sunscreen when out and about. Light weight, long sleeve shirts and hats can be helpful to protect you against the sun as well.
3. Embrace a Healthy Lifestyle
Just like your skincare routine, it’s important to get into the practice of a consistent health routine. What you put into your body has a way of influencing your appearance over time. Too much fast food with few fruits and veggies can be made obvious by your complexion and your waistline. Lack of proper vitamins can impact bone density, hair follicle growth, and your skin tone. Not drinking enough water can also noticeably affect your skin, leading to more prominent wrinkles and fine lines.
To look your best as you age, work on proper nutrition and getting a well balanced diet. Try to get in the recommended servings of proteins, fruits, and vegetables each day and take vitamins when needed. Eating better and drinking enough water can help you live longer, feel better, and look better.
A healthy diet can also decrease the needs for different medications that tend to crop up as people age. For example, reducing your red meat consumption and exploring lean protein options can ease tension on your cardiovascular system. Lifestyle changes can help you stay away from diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, and more.
4. Keep Moving
It’s no secret that bone and muscle density decrease over age. Having both occur can make falls all the more detrimental and mobility can suffer. Keep a pep in your step by adding consistent exercise to your daily habits. Try to get in a daily walk and some light weight lifting a few times a week. This can strengthen your muscles and keep your joints strong.
Walking in nature can also be a fantastic way to boost your mental health. Studies have shown, just a few hours spent outside can have an impressive impact on improving happiness. If you walk with others, as a social activity, it can improve your connectedness, which is important for aging adults too.
Feeling good physically and also mentally about yourself can have a huge impact on your outward appearance. Having that confidence and happiness about you radiates out to others. As people age, lots of changes happen to their body. If you can work on a few areas you have control of, you can enhance how you look and feel about yourself.
Take Care of Yourself
No matter how old you say you are, your physical appearance can really show your age. Take care of yourself to help slow that process and keep people guessing. Prioritize a daily skin routine, exercise, and healthy eating, and take care of the signs of aging you don’t want showing. As an added bonus, adopting some of these changes can help you improve your health overall. Wouldn’t it be great to be around longer with your loved ones and look and feel great at the same time?