As we get older, we often believe that we have to kiss our good looks goodbye. Good news! This isn’t the case at all. While youth is often associated with being beautiful, you do not have to be in your twenties, thirties, or even your forties to look amazing. At any time you can begin incorporating new, healthy habits into your everyday routine so you can improve not only how you look, but how you feel.
In fact, many of the below pointers could help you to slow down the ageing process, helping you to look younger for longer. Just remember, though, if you take anything away from this post, let it be that your age does not define your beauty or your worth!
Now, let’s get on to the 12 ways you can actually improve how you look with age:
- Start Working Out As Soon As Possible
If you don’t currently work out, see if there’s a class you can join and try going there twice a week. You can try other ways of working out as you see fit, and incorporate more sessions if you would like to. Some people love how weight lifting makes them feel, and others just love yoga. Whatever it is, make sure you do it because you genuinely enjoy it. Don’t just do it for how you will look, but how you feel. It’ll make the biggest difference to your mindset and your enjoyment of whatever it is!
2. Quit Your Bad Habits
Be honest with yourself – what are your bad habits? Maybe you smoke. Maybe you drink more often than you should. Perhaps you eat take out most days of the week. Make it your mission to eliminate these bad habits one at a time. You know the dangers of habits like smoking, so we won’t go into that.
Just think of how much better you’ll look and feel, how proud your family and loved ones will be of you, and the quality of life you stand to have as you get older!
3. Drink 2 Litres Of Water Per Day Minimum
Water is essential to looking and feeling awesome. You will often be able to tell if you’re not drinking enough water, as your complexion won’t look good and you’ll get headaches. You can ensure you drink enough water each day by carrying a 2.2 litre jug with you everywhere you go. You could even invest in a water filter. Keep it somewhere you can see it and remind yourself to drink from it.
It can be hard to get used to in the beginning, but pretty soon, you’ll wonder how you ever went without drinking that much water. You’d be surprised at how much energy drinking enough water can give you too!
4. Get Plenty Of Micronutrients Into Your DietMake sure you’re treating your body to some yummy micronutrients. These are the nutrients you find in foods like broccoli, bananas, and other healthy foods. Eat as much vegetables as you want each day, and include a couple of portions of fruit, too. Your diet does not have to be perfect – what’s the point if we can’t enjoy cake or a cookie every now and again? Just make sure you make moderation your goal, and make smart choices where possible.
5. Be Vigilant With Your Skincare Routine
As we age, we have to be a little more vigilant with our skincare. It’s crazy how younger people can get away without skincare for so long, but sooner or later, we all realize that we have to start using it. To start with, keep it simple if you struggle to stay in a routine. Just cleanse, tone, and moisturise until you’re in a good routine. You can then add more steps as you see fit, like eye creams and serums. Ensure they are right for your skin type, and that you read reviews first to ensure you’re not wasting your hard earned cash. Skincare doesn’t have to be expensive to work.
You might even want to include skincare for a targeted issue eventually, like Jowl treatments. Many people get jowls as they age, but there are definitely ways to remedy them!
6. Make Sure Your Makeup Routine Changes As You Age
Makeup is extremely powerful. It can enhance our best features, or disguise them. It’s important to remember the makeup that once suited you years ago is unlikely to be the makeup that suits you now. There are so many amazing tutorials on YouTube for all ages, so you can find a style that suits you more as you get older. For example, heavy eyeliner can often look wrong on a more mature face, as it makes the eyes look smaller. It can also be harder to apply due to changes in the eyelids!
You likely want to make your makeup routine a little lighter. If you once wore black mascara, try brown. If you loved a hot pink lip, try something a little more muted. You can still have a lot of fun with makeup and find awesome styles that suit you.
7. Get Rid Of Or Reduce The Things That Stress You Out
We all have things that add to the stress in our lives. The key is to learn to manage stress, and know when it’s time to eliminate or reduce the things stressing us out. For example, if work is causing you a lot of stress, you might want to ask for a reduction in your workload. If having too much on your plate is stressing you out, then don’t be afraid to ask for help, and find ways to rearrange so you’re not doing so much every single day.
Stress can be a huge factor in how we look and feel, so getting it under control is a must.
8. Maintain A Good Posture
Good posture will ensure you look great as you age. Standing up straight can take pounds off the frame instantly. Not only that, it helps us to look more confident. It’s also better for the health of our bones and muscles! Bad posture can cause permanent back and neck issues that are difficult to fix.
If you sit down a lot, make sure you get up and walk around every so often so you’re not always hunched over. Practice keeping your core tight and shoulders back as you sit. There are also accessories you can use to improve your posture.
9. Revise Your Clothing Style If Needed
How we dress is very personal to us, but you might like to revise your clothing style if your current choices just don’t feel like ‘you’ anymore. See if you can have a session with a personal stylist at your favourite store and get a feel for what they recommend.
10. Have Your Hair Done
Hair also needs to change as we age. A slightly different color may complement you better, while a change in cut could accentuate your features.
11. Whiten Your Teeth
Teeth can become more susceptible to things like stains, cracks and chips as we age. Visit the dentist regularly, and consider professional whitening treatments to enhance your smile.
12. Be Happy!
Maintaining a positive attitude is one of the best things you can possibly do for your life. Not only will you look better with a smile on your face, you’ll likely be in a better mood, too. Science has proven that forcing a smile when we are in a bad mood can actually trick the brain. Try it!