Growing older isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative. However, feeling older is not a requirement of aging. There are many ways to prevent premature aging of the skin, from diet and lifestyle adjustments to topical preparations. Without resorting to surgery, how can you stay looking and feeling youthful the longest?
Youthful Skin, Hair, and Nails
You’ll lose collagen as you grow older, causing your skin to lack much of the elasticity it once had. However, your body is continually renewing your skin, as well as your hair and nails. You can look your best by ensuring that dead, brittle cells don’t mask the newer, younger-looking cells.
- Gently exfoliate your skin weekly
- Use a night cream for moisture, and a daytime moisturizer with broad-spectrum sunscreen
- Trim your hair regularly to get rid of lifeless, dull and split ends
- Oil your nails and cuticles after showering using plain olive or coconut oil
Additionally, be sure to stay hydrated. Your skin will look dull and slack if its cells don’t have sufficient water to keep them plump and fresh.
Getting a full night’s sleep is half the battle. The other half is a healthy diet and plenty of water. As we age, making smart dietary choices can be easier than getting good quality sleep. Many people, particularly women approaching menopause, may find they have trouble falling or staying asleep as they get older.
Lack of sufficient rest can begin a cycle in which your lack of sleep actually makes it harder for your body to maintain a healthy hormonal balance. Improper hormone balance can then cause sleep disturbances, furthering the cycle. Many people find that restoring balance with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, provides a more restful sleep than resorting to over-the-counter or prescription sleep aids.
Growing older is mandatory—looking and feeling older is optional.