Habits That Will Make You Age Gracefully
Are you preparing for the inevitable? Aging is coming for us all no matter what we look like or where we come from. Are you prepared to fight it or will you let it overtake you? If you do choose to accept this mission and fight, do so gracefully. Here are a few habits to aid you in your aging journey.
DRINK MORE WATER
You’ve heard this since you were kid, “drink more water!” I’m not going to tell you to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day recommended by many doctors and nutritionists, “Oh wait I think I just did!” Drinking plenty of water flushes out toxins, keeps you energized and nourishes your skin. Not drinking enough water can make you dehydrated causing the skin to become dry, thus leading to early aging.
MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE
In the modeling industry I learned very quickly that moisturizer is your friend. Serums, creams, oils and lotions should be an essential part of your daily routine. Even if you have acne prone or sensitive skin there is something on the market for you. I personally have combination skin (meaning an oily T-zone) and normal everywhere else. I just discovered Palmer’s Skin Therapy face oil and use it after my usual bedtime routine. This restorative oil has natural Cocoa Butter, Retinol (wrinkle reducer) and Vitamin C, all needed for aging skin.
Side Note: Using a moisturizer with SPF or sunscreen is also a great way to prevent wrinkles, moles and spots from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Wear shades outside to prevent wrinkles around the eyes.
EXERCISE/MOVE YOUR BODY REGULARLY
Keeping your body active has so many benefits that for me it’s a part of my lifestyle.
Increases blood flow and circulation which gives the skin a natural glow
Great for our cardiovascular health
Releasing endorphins gives you a great feeling and improves energy levels.
Feel more confident
I work out 3 times a week and if I can’t make it to the gym. I am doing jumping jacks in the living room, stretching, or following along to a workout video. I take the stairs instead of an elevator and sometimes skip every other step while doing it (yeah get that toned butt). In addition to cardio, strength training is a way to tighten the skin and strengthen your back and shoulder muscles. As we age having a strong posture becomes the focus, therefore strength training will keep you looking youthful and confident.
If you don’t have time for gym, just move your body at least 10-20 minutes a day. These small steps add up and can keep you healthy overall.