People are often surprised when they find out my age. I turned 50 this year, but I’m often mistaken for ten years younger. A lot of it has to do with good genes, but most of it is how I take care of myself. People seem to place a lot of emphasis on looking younger, which is why many people turn to plastic surgery. If you’d like to stay looking younger for longer, here are some tips for doing so.
First and foremost, don’t smoke. Smoking creates wrinkles, both around your mouth and around your eyes, plus the effects of smoking dry out your skin. Just don’t do it. I have not ever even tried smoking.
Shun the sun. You don’t necessarily have to avoid all sun exposure, because you need Vitamin D, but going outside just for the purpose of tanning will age you. When you do have to be outside, make sure you put on a lotion with an SPF of 15 or higher. Make sure you put it on all exposed skin, even on the backs of your hands. If you’re going to be out driving, the backs of your hands will be in the sun most, and people often forget that part of their body. Wear sunglasses when you’re outside to protect your eyes and the sensitive skin around your eyes.
Apply moisturizing lotion after you shower, and after you wash your face. My husband teases me about the amount of lotion I have in the bathroom. I have my SPF 15 body lotion, my SPF 15 facial lotion, and moisturizing lotion with Shea butter in it for when I need extra moisture (living at 6,035 feet is very drying). Again, don’t forget your neck and the backs of your hands. Another place that most women don’t think about is their chest. If you have a blouse that has a scoop or V-neck, make sure you put SPF 15 or higher on your chest, and don’t forget to moisturize that area as well.
Drink water. 8-10 8 oz glasses a day will keep you hydrated and that will keep your skin soft and also help you feel full longer, thereby avoiding eating things you shouldn’t.
Exercise regularly. Staying fit and at a healthy weight keep you from gaining and then losing and having your skin become wrinkled and sagging.
Smile. Nothing makes a face look older than a frown. Smiling may cause a few lines, but wouldn’t you rather have laugh lines than frown lines? Frowning makes your whole face droop, giving it an older appearance.
Do something you enjoy doing once a day. Read, draw, write, indulge in some chocolate (but not too much!)-something that takes your mind off the cares of the day for a little while will help you feel better and if you’re not worrying, you’ll look better.
Lastly, have fun. Playing keeps you young, so find something you like to do, whether it’s roller skating, tennis, coloring in a coloring book with your children, or getting down on the floor and playing with your children. If you don’t have kids, don’t let that stop you from playing. Get your significant other to play balloon soccer with you in the living room. Turn on the music and dance as you make dinner. It’s okay to have fun at any age!
Staying young looking shouldn’t be a priority, but if you stay healthy, you will look younger and feel better without even trying.