Hi, my lovelies!
Aging is inevitable, you can’t turn back the clock or slow down time. However, you can age gracefully by taking great care of yourself. There is no need for you to look tired, haggard, and wrinkled. You have some gray hairs and you are now in middle age. So what?
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You can be fit, healthy and look great at any age! Below are the top 5 tips to keep you healthy and vibrant.
1. Stay Hydrated –
Drinking plenty of water, herbal teas, coconut water, and eating fruits with a high water content is crucial for staying healthy and maintaining the function of every system in our body.
Your skin’s cells need water in addition to oil in order to remain plump and healthy. As your skin becomes dehydrated the natural moisture barrier begins to erode. Dehydrated skin can appear flaky, rough, dull, and crepey or wrinkled. It can also lead to an overproduction of sebum.
Some people mistakenly think that they have oily skin because of this when it is actually just dehydrated. This is why it is key to maintain the hydration levels of your skin for a smooth youthful glow.
2. Protect Your Skin –
Overexposure to UV rays causes skin damage, premature aging, skin discoloration and may even lead to skin cancer. Regular sun exposure can be healthy. The sun does help provide us with much needed Vitamin D. But getting too much sun resulting in a burnt complexion is not good.
The Ultraviolet light in natural daylight can damage the fibers in your skin. These fibers are collagen and elastin. Damage and/or lose collagen and elastin and your skin begins to wrinkle, sag and stretch.
Too much sun also causes uneven skin tone or age spots, enlarged pores, and broken capillaries. Another condition caused by too much sun is Actinic Keratosis (Solar Keratosis). This causes red, brown or skin-colored crusty patches of skin to develop on your face, head, neck, hands and other parts of your body.
Not only is this not at all attractive it is very hard to get rid of and in some cases can turn into squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer. So preventing sun damage is key to aging beautifully and gracefully.
3. Eat Anti-Aging Foods –
A healthy diet is key to feeling and looking your best at any age. Foods that are high in nutrients like antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats help boost our immune systems, fight free-radicals, and reduce inflammation. Your skin needs vitamins and antioxidants just like the rest of your body. Some key nutrients for a healthy smooth and glowing complexion include:
Vitamin A – Best age fighter. This has been clinically shown to reduce wrinkles, fade brown spots and discoloration, and smooth roughness.
B Vitamins – Reduce redness and boost hydration. Vitamin B3, in particular, has been proven to Increase production of ceramides (a type of lipid found in the cell membrane of cells) and fatty acids, two key components of your skin’s outer protective barrier.
Vitamin C – Helps prevent and reduce sun spots. Improves skin texture and promotes a clear even complexion. Firms the skin as well.
Vitamin E – For moisture, UV protection and to ease dryness. Neutralizes free-radicals and defends against damage.
Vitamin K – For clear bright eyes and to prevent and reduce dark circles.
4. Exercise –
Staying active is even more important as we get older. Reasons to get moving include –
Helps you maintain or lose weight. Metabolism naturally slows with age, maintaining a healthy weight can be a challenge. Exercise helps increase metabolism and builds muscle mass, helping to burn more calories.
Reduces the impact of illness and chronic disease. People who exercise tend to have improved immune and digestive function, better blood pressure and bone density, and a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis, and certain cancers.
Enhances mobility, flexibility, and balance. Exercise improves your strength, flexibility, and posture, which in turn will help with balance, coordination, and reducing the risk of falls. Strength training also helps alleviate the symptoms of chronic conditions such as arthritis.
It’s important to find physical activities that you actually enjoy doing whether it’s walking, jogging, biking, playing tennis or roller skating. If you hate running, for example, the chances of you sticking with it are very slim.
So, again choose activities you find enjoyable and are willing to do and make them a daily routine.
5. Get Enough Sleep and Manage Stress –
This is nothing new, but it never hurts to be reminded. Lack of sleep and chronic stress can lead to conditions like insomnia, impaired immune system, and digestive disorders. Not only are these conditions unpleasant they can also lead to weight gain or even heart disease.
Lack of sleep and stress also wreak havoc on your appearance. Dark circles, puffiness, wrinkles, and worry lines. Having a good night time routine, getting at least 8 hours of sleep and managing stress levels is important.