Society as a whole is obsessed with youth. We see young women and men on the covers of magazines, playing the lead role in big-budget movies, filling the cast of our favourite TV shows, and even as the main characters in best-selling books. As women, we dye our hair to keep the greys away, we use creams to limit the lines on our face, and we dress in ways that make us look younger. Most of us, whether we want to admit it or not, are terrified of getting old.
Of course, this isn’t all about looks. We’re scared of what being old means. We’re scared of the idea of sitting at home alone once we’ve retired. Of having nothing to do with our time. We’re afraid of our bodies becoming weak and of illnesses taking hold. We’re perhaps even more fearful of what might happen to our minds. Of the normal forgetfulness that comes with age and of the possibility of us losing our sense of self. Of more serious forgetfulness and personality changes taking hold.
There are plenty of things that we can do to keep our bodies and minds working as well as they should well into old age. Plenty of ways to take care of ourselves and give our bodies the very best chance of providing us with a long and healthy life. But, what about our looks? These are, after all, the true give away when it comes to age.
Well, fortunately, there are plenty of things that you can do to look younger, even as you start to age. Here’s a look at 10 of the best.
Stand Up Straight
Your posture plays a very big part in how you look. Poor posture can make you look overweight, unhealthy, weak and older. Slouching can make your back look hunched, giving the appearance of someone who simply cannot stand straight. It can also affect your health. Poor posture can lead to back pain, migraines, poor circulation, weaker bones, digestive issues and pain in your legs and feet.
Standing straight, makes you look taller, more confident, stronger, fitter, slimmer and younger. But, it can be easier said than done. If you’ve had poor posture for a long time, standing up straight is hard work. Spend time improving your core strength, and check and correct your posture throughout the day, sucking your tummy in, tucking your bottom in, pulling your shoulders down and back and aligning your body.
Exercise has so many benefits. It helps to improve your posture, improves your circulation, gives your physical and mental health a huge boost and makes you happier. It can also help you to look and feel younger.
Exercise, especially done outdoors in the fresh air can give your cheeks a rosy and youthful glow. It can also help to flush your body of toxins and keeps your skin tight.
Get Your Makeup Right
One mistake many women make is wearing far too much makeup. Makeup is great. It can highlight your natural features, draw attention where you want it, compliment an outfit and make you feel more confident. There’s certainly nothing wrong with a woman of any age wearing makeup if she chooses to. But, too much makeup can make you look older than you are, while also prematurely aging your skin, so you’ll look older even if you haven’t got any on.
Try to limit the amount you wear and give your face days off as often as you can. Then, always make sure you cleanse your face before you go to bed, to give it a chance to recover and restore itself.
Look at Your Eyebrows
Your eyebrows are a big part of your face. They draw people’s attention and often play a part in the first impression that people take when they look at you. Most of us have been through phases of thin, thick, pencilled it, and completely left alone. As we get older, our eyebrows and lids can start to sag. We begin to look squinty and permanently tired. Raising your eyebrows can help you to look fresh and awake. Learn more about a non-invasive procedure that could help.
Too much makeup, harsh weather conditions, heating, too much humidity, too little moisture in the air, chemicals, and pollutants are all affecting our skin, all of the time. This can leave it dry and sore, or with premature, deep lines.
Moisturising after you cleanse can help. It’ll help to keep your skin soft, youthful and strong. Moisturiser with added anti-aging properties could help, but a simple cocoa butter or a moisturiser with aloe can be just as effective when used regularly.
Drink More Water
One reason we age quickly is a lack of moisture and elasticity. Our skin becomes damaged and struggles to hold firm. It wrinkles and lines, it even starts to sag around our joints. Moisturiser helps, but drinking more water is even better. Drinking eight glasses of water every day can help to restore your skin's elasticity, keeping it line free and tight for as long as possible. It will also keep your complexion smooth and even. Giving you a youthful glow.
Get an Early Night
Sleep is another simple thing that can make you look younger and keep you healthy. Life is hard work. We’re often busy and stressed out, and this can show. Getting plenty of sleep gives your body a chance to recover and refresh itself. You’ll look and feel much better for it.
Change Your Hairstyle
Your hairstyle can easily age you. Thick bangs, dark colours, and dramatic styles can make you look older if they don’t suit your face. Speed to your stylist about the best hairstyles to keep you looking young and fresh.
Look After Your Teeth
Younger people have better teeth. Children have glowing white teeth until they start to pick up bad habits. If you want to look younger, take good care of your teeth, using a whitener, and show them off with a big smile as often as possible.
Get Old Gracefully
Remember, there’s nothing wrong with getting old, and looking older can be incredibly sexy. Look after yourself, find ways to make yourself feel sexy and confident, and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks. Enjoy growing older. It comes with experience, wisdom, and happiness.