A Guide to Healthy, Natural Aging For Every Stage in LifeBy Dr Dunner March 13, 2018
They always say hindsight is 20/20, so given what you know now about aging - is there anything you would change about your lifestyle in your 20s. Healthy aging can start with skincare routines and visits to the dermatologist, but it doesn’t have to. Healthy aging is not only about looking great as you get older, but feeling great too.
You only need 3 skin care products.
Ditch the anti-aging serums and creams for three things: sunscreen, retinol, and moisturizer. Starting these in your 20s will make your skin look much younger than someone who didn’t use them, and your future-self will be eternally grateful for this. SPF every morning will protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays and moisturizer each day will keep cells plump, hydrated, and happy. Retinoid is as close to magic as anti-aging gets, stimulating collagen that prevents fine lines and wrinkles.
Helping (your) hands
Your face and hands get the most sun out of all your body parts. While your face may seem younger, your hands can give away your age with wrinkles and sunspots. Whatever skincare routine you use for face - do the same for your hands too.
Working out helps you stay and feel young. Whether you like running, swimming, or spinning, make sure you keep doing it. The release of endorphins make you feel great and the exercise is good for your skin.
Know the latest trends
Just because you turn 40 doesn’t mean it’s ok to start wearing mom jeans with that same sweater with too much pillage you’ve had for the past 10 years. When you look good, you feel good. Invest in a classic and flattering jean and collect statement pieces to pair them with. Don’t let your age determine your style, but rather let your style defy your age.
Get your beauty rest
Beauty sleep is not a myth. When you sleep, your body releases a growth hormone that helps restore collagen and elastin. But getting enough sleep as you get older can be difficult, and can increase your risk of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Furthermore, studies show there is a connection between insomnia and accelerated age of the brain. Getting enough sleep should not be treated like a luxury, but instead a need - just as you need enough nutrients and water.
Exercise your mind
Just because your body ages doesn’t mean your brain has to, too. Studies have found that people who frequently engage in mentally stimulating activities can slow (and, yes, even reverse) mental decline. People nearing the age of retirement have the perfect opportunity to continue education or take on something new that stimulates the brain.