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Want To Age Gracefully? We'll Tell You How!

July 06, 2015 3 min read

We all know someone who owns their age. She looks great from head to toe and moves through the world with grace and confidence that is awe inspiring. If you want to do the same, here are some ways you can take care of your skin, hair, and body so that you will be feeling confident no matter your age!

Skip the fancy skin care routine.

You need only three things: sunscreen, retinoid, and moisturizer. Dermatologist Lance Brown, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine, says "If you use a sunscreen, retinoid, and moisturizer starting at age 20, your skin will look much younger compared to someone who didn't use them." Apply a sunscreen every morning and keep your skin looking hydrated with a moisturizer. Retinoids teach your skin to act young. The vitamin A derivative stimulates the collagen preventing fine lines.

Keep moving.

A study of older adults who exercised showed that physiologically, they functioned similarly to younger adults. Exercise keeps your insides young. What's good for your insides, is good for your outsides too. "Your skin is the largest organ in your body and the only one you can see. Anything that's good for your body is good for your skin," says Dr. Brown.

Don't hide behind makeup.

If you have wrinkles or age spots you may be tempted to cover it all up with makeup. That seldom works the way you want it to. Don't just cake it on, layer it. Start with a blurring primer to hide discolouration, then add a liquid foundation, dust the T-zone with a translucent powder and finish with a cream blush.

Tend to your hands.

Your hands and face see more sun than any other part of your body. We spend so much time worrying about our face that we can forget our hands show signs of aging too. The good news is that whatever we use on our face can be used on the hands. So, when you are done applying your retinoid to your face, add a little to your hands. Same goes for the sunscreen and moisturizer.

Exude confidence.

All women who age gracefully have confidence. The thing is, you have to toss the idea of trying to 'look' young. "Don't do anything with the idea that you're trying to look younger—that can cause big missteps in your sense of style and how you maintain your beauty routine," says Gretta Monahan, style and beauty expert and author of Style and the Successful Girl, "make your goal to be the best you can look," she says.

Revise your style.

"A lot of women struggle to get out of a style rut and they run the risk of looking like they're stuck in a time warp," says Monahan. There is no need to wear your age. Find a look that works for your life today. Maybe it is time to give up that hair style you've had since high school graduation. And it could be a simple as that -- a new 'do.

Stay up on the trends.

Being older doesn't mean you have to have an 'old' style. "Women who age gracefully don't step aside from trends because of their age," says Monahan. Pair a classic and great fitting pair of jeans with an on trend coloured funky shoe. "That gives your look that extra secret sauce. It's a great instant energy booster," she says.

Don't be afraid to embrace your grey.

Women can look striking when they go grey. You'll need a really fab hair cut to show it off (yet another good reason for a new hair style) and if you use a blue-violet based shampoo you will prevent yellowing of the hair from minerals in the water. Grey is saucy! Work it!

Get enough sleep.

Beauty sleep is a real thing. A study in the journal Clinical and Experimental Dermatology found that lack of sleep not only increases signs of aging in the face but also makes you feel less attractive. And women who get between 7-9 hours of sleep a day have skin that bounces back better after UV exposure.

Ditch the spa.

If you want to make a bigger impact on your skin, skip the facials and see a dermatologist. "We have a whole arsenal of therapies designed to prevent and reverse skin aging that can be personalized to you," says Dr. Brown. "We know these are effective and can turn the clock back years." Even if you can find the same services at a spa, it is better to see the dermatologist as they are trained medical professionals and can provide you with the safest treatments possible. What you do you do take care of yourself as you get older? What are your skin routine secrets?

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