5. Red Wine
If you’re like me, you were glad to see this one on the list. Isn’t it great when the things that give us pleasure are also healthy for us? Red wine is that. Just like the grapes it’s made from, red wine is packed with antioxidants and has been proven to boost the “good” cholesterol and contribute to overall heart health. But before you go for a third glass of pinot, slow down. These studies only consider moderate drinkers, that’s less than two glasses, about four nights a week.
In his book, The Blue Zone Solution, Dan Buettner describes the villages and towns where the citizens live the longest as “Blue Zones.” They include Okinawa, Japan; Ikaria, Greece; Loma Linda, California; Sardinia, Italy; and Nicoya, Costa Rica. While aging well consists of a variety of social and environmental factors, there are some unanimous things across the board. One of those: beans. Beans are a trifecta of health benefits. They have very high fiber and protein content with very low fat and carbs. Plus beans are inexpensive and easy to prepare. Trying making your own bean dips with a food processor.
If dryness is the biggest culprit of early aging, then moisture is certainly the answer. While topical creams can moisturize from the outside, good ol’ h20 is what’s needed internally. Adequate hydration improves almost every bodily function, including digestion, circulation, and temperature regulation. It keeps organs healthy and flushes toxins. It fights fatigue and improves mental focus. In terms of beauty, water is paramount. It keeps skin fresh and healthy and promotes weight loss. A healthy person needs anywhere between 30-50 ounces per day, according to this Harvard article.
2. Rethink Your Makeup
I’m an advocate for women expressing themselves; however, they choose, especially when it comes to how they look. However, ask any makeup artist worth their salt, and they will tell you, from a mere aesthetic perspective, some makeup techniques unquestionably exaggerate age. For one, caking on foundation will just settle into lines and make them more obvious instead of less so. Heavy shadows and liners will make eyes look smaller and more sunken rather than youthful and bright. Matte lipsticks will dry out lips if not combined with a little balm or chapstick first. When in doubt, keep makeup simple and light to achieve a timeless look.
Twenty years ago, people who practiced yoga were of the more alternative and perhaps of counter-cultural influences. Now, yoga has a much broader and different following. It has gone from being hippie and weird to commonplace and mainstream. Why? Because it works. Yoga offers a variety of mental, physical, and emotional benefits for all walks of life, but can especially be beneficial to women over 40. Yoga increases blood flow through the practice of asana (poses), and inversions (upside-down poses) are especially thought to counter sagging skin by reversing gravity. How’s that for a cheaper facelift?