When it comes to skin care, the first decade of the 21st century could be described as the Injectable Era. Women of all ages seeking a flawless, youthful glow turned to synthetics to find the fountain of youth. But as those women have aged, they realize that they have not found that fountain but instead harmed the integrity of their skin. People ogle them not because of their beauty but because of the work they’ve had done.
Thankfully, a new revolution in beauty has taken charge: the Graceful Aging Era. The following are six tips to maintain healthy skin and hair as you age gracefully.
Drinking plenty of water is the number one beauty secret of aestheticians across the globe. Since your body is about 60 percent water, it’s vital to constantly replace bodily fluids. Not only does water keep your body functioning and your metabolism running strong, it nourishes your skin, plumps your skin cells and flushes out impurities.
Sunscreen is one of the most important things you can put on your skin to protect it from aging. Excessive exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays damage your skin’s elastin and cause sagging skin, wrinkles and sun spots. Wear broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen every day, even if it’s raining. Reapply every few hours.
To maintain a healthy glow and smooth skin, you need to exercise. You don’t have to go to the gym and lift weights to maintain a healthy body, though. Whether you take a daily stroll around the neighborhood or prefer a rigorous spin class, get moving to keep your body (including your skin) looking younger and plumper.
Sleep is another important factor for a healthy lifestyle. Did you think you only needed six to eight hours of sleep each night? Think again. It’s not enough. The new norm is seven to nine hours a night, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
Stress can make you look 10 years older. It ages your thyroid gland, which regulates your metabolism, feeds your energy and manages the protein levels in your skin, hair and nails. You need to find ways to manage your stress levels. Try meditation, exercise or reading. Stop and take ten deep breaths when you feel overwhelmed.
It’s hard to know what ingredients are in your makeup. Some makeup companies use toxic chemicals that have long-term health concerns while others make it their first priority to use the world’s most precious ingredients to protect your skin’s vibrancy. For example, the Artistry makeup line from Amway uses the African Baobab Fruit and Norwegian fjord water as its answer to effective skin care.
For hair, whether you embrace your gray or prefer the color you were born with, be gentle on it. Use ammonia-free hair color from a professional salon (no box color, ever) and give your locks some love by using antioxidant-rich argan oil for nourishment. Moroccan oil adds shine-boosting vitamins to their formula.
Beauty starts from within. Eat a well-balanced diet to get the vitamins you need. If you’re always on the go and have a hard time doing this, supplement your diet with vitamins. The American Skin Association suggests you take Vitamin A, C and D to maintain healthy skin and hair.
Your hair depends on correct nutrition, as vitamin deficiency has been linked to hair loss. Your hair follicles lay right below the scalp and derive nutrition from your blood. Anything that affects your body, be it medication, alcohol, stress or smoking, can adversely affect the condition of your hair. Be sure to get enough biotin in your diet or take a supplement as a deficiency can cause brittle hair.
Slow the aging process by being mindful of what you put in your body, how you work your body and the products you use to keep it looking vibrant and healthy.