If 40 is indeed the new 30, then let’s embrace aging gracefully. Today, modern women have more resources than ever to look their best and thrive. But with the internet screaming at you to sell products and subscribe to services, it’s easy to get confused by all the noise. While many opinions differ on the subject, there are some universal, no-gimmick truths when it comes to the subject of age. Read ahead for the Best Anti-Aging Secrets for Women:
10. Avoid Refined Sugar
The warnings about sugar are becoming a hot topic. Some conspiracy articles are even suggesting that sugar companies are deliberately hiding info on the white stuff, making it seem safer than it really is for consumers. In any case, we know that sugar is a no-no if you are trying to lose weight, but other than adding pounds, it could also be adding years. Excess sugar in the bloodstream can attach to proteins and form “advanced glycation end products.” These harmful new molecules strip your body’s natural ability to maintain collagen fibers, which are well known to be your best friend when it comes to anti-aging. Whether it’s in the form of cookies, candy, bread, ketchup, or juice, it doesn’t matter. Sugar is sugar, and it’s best avoided.
9. Care for Your Hands
While so many women lament the fine lines and wrinkles that appear in on their faces, some overlook the same problems happening on their hands. In fact, the skin on hands is thin and sensitive, making it very susceptible to age spots and wrinkles. It also lacks fat, which helps keep skin looking young. Combine that with almost constant sun exposure, and you’ve got a dead give away about how many candles will be on your next birthday cake. Instead, care for your hands. As a general rule, any special treatment you give your face should also include your hands. Rub extra anti-aging cream on them every time you use it, and do the same with sunscreen.
8. Protect Your Eyes
Eyes are not only windows to the soul, but sometimes the revealers of age. Because of the thin skin surrounding eyes, they are especially prone to puffiness and age spots. And because eyes crease every time you laugh, smile, squint or even blink, they are especially susceptible to lines and wrinkles. But you can fight back: Wear sunglasses every time you set foot outside or drive, not a fashion accessory but an absolute necessity. Also, invest in night cream and use it religiously. Tea bags or cucumber can provide some temporary relief from puffiness, as can hemorrhoid cream. (Sounds truly bizarre but works wonders).
7. Eat Berries as Snacks and Desserts
Berries are anti-aging powerhouses. For one, they contain crucial antioxidants that have been shown to reduce the risk of cancer and other serious illnesses. Berries are also low in sugar and high in fiber, a perfect combination for cleansing the body from the inside and filtering away toxins and free radicals. To get your daily fix, toss blueberries over greek yogurt, or blend a mixture of strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and almond milk for a perfect morning smoothie.Related: 10 Foods That Help You Poop
6. Keep Hair Full and Vibrant
While so much energy and, let’s face it, cash, goes into anti-aging products for the face and skin, often women overlook their hair as an age-giveaway. Modern women stand divided when it comes to grays, as some react with immediate dye jobs at the sight of one offense strand, and others embrace the elegance of silver locks. While the color is beautiful either way, keep it vibrant and full as the years roll on, when hair generally gets thinner and finer than before. One great tip is to avoid drying your hair with cotton towels right out of the shower. The hundreds of loops in cotton will attach to hair and cause breakage.
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?