PLAN AHEAD TO AGE WELL
No one likes to get older. The good news is that at every stage, it’s possible to prevent lifestyle-related health and beauty damage by educating yourself and instituting some easy changes into your routine. These low-to-no-cost tips can make a real difference in aging well.
SAVE YOUR SKIN AND PERHAPS YOUR LIFE
It’s never too late to adopt healthy beauty habits, but getting a jump on it earlier is better to mitigate the biggest robber of skin resiliency: the sun. Simply using sunscreen is an important preventive measure. Even those late to the sun-prevention game can reverse skin damage by using potent topicals like retinol or having a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon use highly focused lasers that obliterate precancerous red and brown spots.
FIGHT GRAVITY WITH EXERCISE
Experts will tell you: Don’t sleep on your face! Sleeping on your stomach will accelerate visible aging. The connective tissue and collagen in your face will not spring back as they did in your youth. Exercise is an antidote to gravitational forces, according to Prevention magazine. Muscles under the skin are firmed up — even in your face — when you use free weights and combine that with healthy aerobic activity like walking, elliptical workouts, dance classes, or running. Exercising core muscles and larger muscles in your lower body with targeted floor exercises will also make you look younger.
FIGURE OUT A DAILY SKIN CARE PLAN
Your skin is your biggest organ. Occasional use of sunscreen and other skin care isn’t enough. Exfoliation is vital to do every other night, at minimum. Topical retinoids and products with glycolic acid also help melt away dead skin cells and brighten a complexion. Everyday Health urges people to know their skin types to make the best skincare plan. Acne-prone people should combine physical scrubs with topical treatments that hasten the turnover of the skin.