Aging naturally has become a subject of controversy among women, as some choose to use modern medicine to help them age as they see fit, and others choose to take a more natural approach. If you are like the many women who have chosen to age as naturally as possible, it is likely important to you that you age as gracefully as possible too. The question is, how can a woman who is in her 20’s, 30’s and even 40’s help to ensure she ages gracefully? Here are nine proven ways to help work with your body to age beautifully, without the need to undergo a needle.
- Take Care of Your Skin – Your skin speaks volumes about your health and your age, and one of the biggest mistakes that women make is not protecting it from the sun. Using sunscreen on a daily basis is crucial to ensuring that you do not develop premature wrinkles, sun spots, skin lesions and skin cancer. The National Institutes of Health recommend covering up sensitive areas of skin, using sunblock and limiting hours of exposure to the sun on a daily basis. Keep in mind that this also means exposure to UV light in a tanning bed, as this can still be just as dangerous. No matter how important your summer tan is, it is not worth damaging your skin beyond repair.Another important way to take care of your skin is by thoroughly removing makeup each night and cleansing the skin before bed. Your face takes a beating each day from exposures to wind, sweat and more, allowing that to stay in your skin can cause skin conditions to flare up. So, a clean, fresh face before bed is always recommended.
- Sleep – Skimping out on hours of sleep each night not only makes you feel worn down the next day, but a prolonged lack of sleep can do a number on your health and the way you age. In fact, sleeping less than six hours per night not only can cause memory loss, heart problems and put you at an increased risk for developing diabetes, but it can also decrease your life expectancy. According to ScienceDaily, researchers have found that those who sleep less than six hours at night were 12% more likely to prematurely die than those who slept eight hours per night. That’s reason enough to go take a nap right now!
- Avoid Drugs, Alcohol & Cigarettes – It is common knowledge that the use of illicit drugs and cigarettes can do a number to your physical health, including cause respiratory problems, cause the complexion to look unhealthy, cause oral health problems, skin to sag and lead to premature wrinkles. These addictions can cause a thirty year old woman to look like she is in her forties.Alcohol in moderation might not have such severe effects on your appearance; however abuse can cause a loss of collagen, lead to skin puffiness and can result in premature wrinkles. This isn’t to say that you can’t go out on Friday night and have a drink with your girlfriends, it simply means that you might want to limit yourself.
- Eat Healthy – A healthy diet at a young age is important to your physical health as you get older. Reducing the amounts of processed foods and sugars that you consume in your 20’s and 30’s can help you to reduce your later risk of cholesterol problems and help to reduce your risk of diabetes too. There are also plenty of antioxidant-rich foods that have been found to help ease the process of aging, including fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. A good women’s multi-vitamin is also recommended to help ensure that you are getting all of the necessary vitamins and minerals you need to keep your body looking and acting its age.
- Don’t Stress – It is a common misconception that stress is simply a psychological problem that doesn’t affect our bodies. However, when under extreme amounts of stress for a prolonged period of time, the mind triggers the body to react in a number of different ways. Not only can stress lead to heart problems and high blood pressure, but it can even cause skin problems to flare up, including acne, eczema and psoriasis. While our resilient bodies are designed to take certain levels of stress, these physical symptoms are warning signs that the stressor is greatly affecting you and to find a solution.
- Exercise – You’ve heard it a million times for a million reasons, but exercise can help you to age well and stay healthy. Regular exercise, at least three times per week, not only helps you to maintain a healthy weight, but it can help you to maintain muscle strength and can help to battle osteoporosis. In women, osteoporosis is a serious problem that can affect women as early as their 40’s. A brisk walk with your dog, bike rides with friends or cardio classes at the local gym, any type of exercise is good exercise and will more than help you age well.
- Challenge Your Mind – Just as you exercise your body, you want to be sure that you aren’t neglecting your mind too. Stimulating your mind constantly has been found to help adults as they age to battle the signs of dementia, which can start to affect women in their early 60’s. According to MentalHealth.org, exercising your mind with puzzles, games, and other mind-working activities can help you to keep your mental health in peak shape too.
- Get Regular Checkups – In our 20’s and 30’s, many of us feel that we only need to see a doctor when something is wrong, or when we have time. But, making your health a priority is part of aging well, and with regular checkups it can help doctors to pinpoint potential problems early on. These regular checkups should include blood pressure, cholesterol levels, mammograms, pelvic exams and PAP smears. While many women are under the impression that a PAP smear and pelvic exam are the same, they are two different examinations which should be done regularly by a gynecologist.Just as you must make it a habit to maintain your physical health, you also should maintain your oral health as well. Dental appointments with regular cleanings are vital to ensuring that your smile doesn’t give away your age!
- Laugh it Off! – That’s right! Enjoying a good laugh, chuckle or giggle is beneficial to your health and can help you to age well. When you are with friends, watching a silly movie or playing with your pet, these are all opportunities to forget about everyday stressors and laugh at the little things. Laughing not only builds stronger relationships but can help you to forget about anger, sadness and anxiety, all of which can weigh heavily on the health of anyone.And, not to worry laughing is not responsible for causing laugh lines on your face. According to VivaWoman.net, laughing and smiling are beneficial in that they help to increase blood flow, endorphins and antioxidants to the surface of the skin.
Aging is guaranteed for all women. But, how you age is entirely up to you. Without needing to look to liposuction and fillers you can naturally help your body to age gracefully and feel great, whether you are in your 20’s or your 60’s.