Becoming Ageless: Awesome Ways To Defy Your Age
Aging is an undeniable process that is sure to catch up on us at some point. However, we can do some things to influence the age effects positively and hence look and feel younger, too.
Let’s take a look under the skin to see what we can do…
Besides expensive anti-aging serums, creams and procedures, there are also numerous health and care habits we can introduce to our lifestyle as some of the ways to defy our age.
Lifestyle habits such as sound and regular sleep, healthy diet, daily physical exercise, taking care of our skin and hair and using our mental capacity are the key to a youthful look and overall well-being.
Collect your ZZZs
Our body regenerates and restores its energy mainly when we are asleep. That’s why getting regular sleep is of key importance in achieving a youthful look.
Regular sleep aids in building and maintaining a vibrant and healthy body and mind. Tips for sound sleep include having a bedtime routine: go to bed approximately at the same time every evening and sleep straight for 7 to 8 hours.
Avoid surfing the net or browsing videos on your phone an hour before going to bed in order to give your brain enough time to relax and prepare itself for a snooze.
Incorporate anti-oxidants into your diet
In order to age-proof our meals, experts say that we should begin each meal with a fruit or a vegetable and a tall glass of water. Anti-oxidants and vitamins from fruits and veggies make us feel revitalized, re-energized and refreshed.
They are also crucial for fighting off the free radicals that enter our body, either as a byproduct of the body turning food into energy or from the outside environment.
These radicals can cause structural changes to our DNA as well as our cells and anti-oxidants defend our bodies from these free radicals. We can get vitamin C, E and beta-carotene from berries, sweet potatoes, broccoli and other fruits and veggies.
Eat enough fiber
Fiber is an important part of our diet as it means we can consume fewer calories every day. It helps you maintain your body weight and it fights off chronic diseases connected to aging.
How come? Well, fiber intake keeps your cholesterol and blood sugar in balance, it brings your digestive system into high gear, thus helping you get rid of toxins from your body more efficiently. Pumping up on fiber also reduces your appetite.
The recommended daily intake of fibre is between 25 and 35 grams for women and men, respectively.
Among the health tips to defy your age, hydration definitely keeps one of the top places. Water is essential for keeping your skin moist and firm, which is something we badly need when we reach a certain age.
It also has some other positive effects such as helping to improve your thinking skills and it acts as a prevention against sore muscles. For a wrinkle-free face and body, experts suggest drinking an approximate 8 glasses of water on a daily basis.
Realistically, this will depend on each person but a good 2 litres a day should be perfect for most people.
Say no to sugar and yes to protein
One of the biggest enemies of our bodies is sugar, which acts as an energy booster, but only temporarily.
The intake of sugar causes body inflammation and completely diminishes our energy. What happens is that when you feel like you need energy and you take some sugary food, you feel highly energized for a few moments and then your energy crashes.
This is true for food high in processed sugar, while it is not the case for natural sugar found in fruits. What can you do when you feel the sugar urge? You can try replacing sugary food with a lean protein snack such as chicken, tuna or tofu and you will speed up your metabolism, increase the amount of lean muscle and the number of calories your body can burn.
Having a regular workout routine can help you feel 10, 20 or even 30 years younger! Weight training and lifting essentially leads to your body generating stronger and thicker muscle fiber, which in turn strengthens your muscles making you less prone to injuries and building up your stamina.
The key is focusing on your lower body and core. You can achieve all of this if you weight lift properly with a combination of exercises. These include using a set of dumbbells, doing a combination of squats, lunges and calf-raises at a pace of two to three sets of 10 reps two to three times a week.
Try some extreme sports
A good way to look and feel younger is to try some exciting new, extreme sports. These will surely get your adrenaline flowing!
Try something that you’ve always wanted to try such as skydiving, snowboarding, bungee jumping, surfing or rock climbing. They are an ideal combination of regular exercise, adrenaline rush and learning something new – all the necessary things to feel young and not act your age!
Dancing is a perfect way to get some exercise while at the same time having fun with friends and listening to music. It will affect your both body and mind positively. If you aren’t sure about your dancing skills, you can always take up an interesting class such as a Zumba class, a salsa or a tango class and take your dancing skills up a notch. You can use dancing to dance away your stress.
Choose an eye-catching nail colour
Some of the defy-your-age beauty secrets suggest painting your nails a completely new and different colour from the one you usually use.
Bold and trendy nails attract attention to your nails while at the same time draw people’s attention away from any potential spots or wrinkles on your hands. Of course, neat and trimmed nails, along with proper hand care are never out of style and they all are signs of younger-looking hands.
If you don’t want to be too eccentric with your nail polish, then simply try some new shades of pastel colours such as bright pink, splendid purple or soft peach.
Consider minor cosmetic procedures
Cosmetic procedures such as facelift and neck lift, otoplasty, rhinoplasty, anti-wrinkle treatments and many others have become highly popular in this modern, medically-advanced age.
These minor cosmetic surgeries exist to improve and correct some of our facial or body features that we are not completely satisfied with. Why is this important? For our self-confidence, which affects all aspects of our life such as getting the right education, advancing in our careers and everything in general, it’s necessary that we feel good in our own skin.
If we feel like we have a problem regarding our looks, it will impede our self-confidence. That’s why if you don’t like your nose, consider rhinoplasty. Make sure to check out lots of rhinoplasty before and after images in order to check whether you’re up for that and whether you like the work of a certain doctor. It’s important that you do your research thoroughly.
Use products for glowing skin and grasp the power of makeup
We use makeup to cover some skin imperfections on our face and to enhance or hide some of our other facial features as well as to conceal some effects of aging.
These aging effects are usually visible below our chin, on our neck and chest. Beauty experts suggest using makeup primers that will minimize these effects. What makes us look even younger? Well, faux tan for sure. We can achieve this effect of a tanned, bronzing skin by using bronzing oils, which will hide skin imperfections such as cellulite and scars and make your veins less noticeable.
Using illuminating makeup products, with brightening ingredients in them will make your skin glow with a youthful sparkle. Don’t go to extremes, but if it’ll make you feel better about yourself, put on some makeup before you go to work.
Develop a quick makeup routine: fill in your brows, accent your lashes with a coat of waterproof mascara, apply some soft blush on your cheeks and put on a bold-coloured lipstick.
Take care of your skin
Say no-no to wrinkles
Besides the ready-made skin care products we can buy, there are also some other, more natural ways to approach the whole process of aging. You can make your own exfoliating mask and apply it to your face. You’ll need honey, cinnamon and apple cider vinegar to remove dead cells from your face.
Remember to keep your skin moist at all times, so moisturize it twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, before going to bed. Since we lose collagen as we age (which makes wrinkles on our skin), we can bring in some new collagen by exfoliating regularly.
Minimize age spots
Age spots appear on our skin as we get older. Fortunately for us, there are some ways we can make them less noticeable or disappear completely.
For example, you can use fresh lemon and rub it on your skin to make your age spots lighter. How does that work? Well, vitamin C we get from lemon prevents melatonin production.
Another key factor in protecting your skin is using proper sun-care products. Remember to apply sunscreen or to cover up whenever you’re exposed to sunlight. Even 15 minutes without protection can do damage to your skin and make it look even older than it actually is.
Take care of your hair
Revive dull hair
We owe healthy hair mainly to our diet and regular scalp massages. Beauty experts suggest eating millet for breakfast as it contains a lot of proteins essential for preventing hair loss. On the other hand, massaging argan oil into your scalp and throughout your hair will stimulate circulation, coat the hair shaft and also restore electricity and texture to your hair. Make sure that you take care of your hair, as healthy hair is can have a huge impact on how young you look.
Change your hairstyle completely
Don’t be afraid to experiment with your hairstyle. Every once in a while, people feel like changing something in their life and sometimes changing their hair colour or style is the key.
Dye your hair in a colour you’ve always wanted, do some interesting, modern highlights and get a bold, vibrant haircut – life is too short to stick with one boring hairstyle. All this experimenting with hair will make you feel like you’re young again!
Young in mind
Do something new every day
The key to keeping your mind young is constantly engaging your brain into some new activities. Maybe you can try and master something that you’ve always been afraid of, like going up on stage and performing, singing, public speaking or maybe acting.It will make you feel excited and alive!
You can even choose to learn something new or to improve some of your skills. Expand your cognitive process by learning a new language, take a cooking course or an art class. Using your brain actively is good prevention against dementia.
Focus on positive things rather than on negative ones. This is the key to feeling younger. Even though we are surrounded and faced with many negative and bad things on a daily basis, we should always try to get the best out of everything and find a reason for everything that happens to us. After all, we attract what we think.
Travel broadens the mind, famously quoted by Mark Twain. When we travel we learn something new both about ourselves and about the world around us.
Traveling is an activity that’s beneficial to us in so many aspects. Traveling alone or with a partner is truly a valuable learning experience. Take a long weekend and travel to some interesting destination you’ve dreamed of your whole life. Or simply choose an exotic destination as your next summer holiday resort, pack your swimsuits and get ready to enjoy!
In this modern-day and age, we can easily educate ourselves on the healthy habits we should incorporate into our lifestyles in order to be healthy, happy, satisfied as well as to look and feel younger both physically and mentally. Start your transformation now!