Aging gracefully. That’s the best we can hope for, I’m afraid. Because the truth is, we are all aging, and there is no way to stop aging. At least we’re all in the same boat, right!
Since today is my 58th birthday, I thought it a perfect day to talk about everything we can do to age well. Aging gracefully: How to look younger at 50+
And without further ado, let’s get down to business.
The aging process
The aging process is a complex and multi-faceted phenomenon that can be divided into several distinct stages.
The first stage of aging is typically considered to be the period during which your body starts to show some signs of wear and tear. This may include things like increased wrinkles, thinning hair, eye strain, and weakened joints. Sounds familar. 🙂
The next stage in the aging process is usually marked by a significant reduction in physical activity levels, coupled with weight gain as a result of a decrease in muscle mass.
At this point in time, aches and pains become more frequent as well, and memory also tends to start fading slightly.
Nevertheless, there are ways to slow down these effects of aging and even look younger than ever at 50 or beyond.
We hear about anti-aging- but I’m not too fond of that term. I prefer Pro-aging.
What is pro-aging?
Pro-aging is the act of accepting, embracing, and celebrating the aging process. It is a shift in thinking from negative and destructive attitudes towards aging to positive and constructive ones.
Pro-aging promotes self-acceptance, healthful living, and positive attitudes towards aging.
What does it mean to age gracefully?
What does it mean to age gracefully? It means different things to different people, but for most of us, it boils down to two things: how we look, and how we feel.
Aging gracefully meaning.
Aging gracefully means to grow older with grace.
It’s about living the best life possible. Could aging with grace be like a bottle of win, cheese,e or an old oak? They all get better with age with the proper care and so can we.
Looking good as we age is the icing on the cake!
Aging gracefully: How to look younger at 50
Aging gracefully is something that many people aspire to as they get older. However, there are many different factors that can influence how one ages, including diet, lifestyle, and overall well-being.
At the same time, there are also things that we can do proactively to look and feel younger as we age.
In case you haven’t heard: DON’T SMOKE.
Please, please, please. Research shows that smoking prematurely ages your skin. Smoking is also expensive! Just think of all the fun things you can do with the money you will save once you kick the habit!
Not to mention, it can kill you. So there’s that.
Want to age well? Wear sunscreen everyday!
Sunscreen is the number one anti-aging product on the planet.
I didn’t start wearing sunscreen until I hit 40. Then I had an epiphany and decided to get my *hit together and jump on the wear sunscreen bandwagon. The evidence and data are undeniable, people.
The sun not only causes cancers, but it will age your skin like an old handbag if you are not careful!
Just do it. Wear sunscreen! Apply sunscreen with a 50 SPF every day without fail. No excuses.
Apply it to your face, the tops of your hands, and your decolletage every day, no matter if you think you will be in the sun.
Believe it or not, you get sun even while inside through the windows.
If you’re going to be outside for long periods, put the dang sunscreen everywhere the sun shines, consider wearing long sleeves and a hat!
And don’t forget to reapply the sunscreen often!
Aging Gracefully= Skincare for mature skin
If we want to age gracefully, we need to take good care of yourselves and our skin.
If I could tell my 20-year-old self a thing or two- One of the things would be to put a little bit more time, effort, and money into your skincare.
Good skincare takes a lot of effort, time (and money!), but the results are worth it!
Sure, sometimes it would be easier to just hit the sheets without doing my nighttime routine but I would regret it in the morning. And in the morning-sure! It’s easy to get busy with the day and skip a few steps. But sister!
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Visit your dermatologist on the reg.
Have your entire body checked for skin cancer. If there are changes that worry you, call your doctor right away. Older, fair-skinned people are at high risk and must have a yearly check.
And remember: IF IT GROWS, IT GOES! So if something is growing, insist on having it removed. Doctors can be wrong.
Use retinoid creams for younger-looking skin
Retin A is a long-standing holy grail in skincare.
Retin A fights dull skin and wrinkles. It’s also great for acne. Pimples AND wrinkles?! WHISKEY, TANGO, FOXTROT!
I use retinoid cream all over my body! It has helped with the whole creapy skin thing.
Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize.
Dry skin looks older. Period. Am I right? Well, moisturized skin looks better and younger! Full stop.
Use good quality moisturizing soaps and lotions. Please make sure they are emollient! Another great way to increase the moisture in your skin is to run a humidifier in your bedroom.
If you live in a dry climate as I do, consider increasing the humidity in your home. The humidity is so good for your skin that your plant babies will love it!
Managing stress is vital.
Stress can be a killer. And will put on the years faster than just about anything. I have had seasons when I could see how the stress on my face and how aged me seemingly overnight. REALLY.
My husband once went through a super stressful time, and soon after-and, a big gray patch of hair appeared on the back of his head. Overnight! True story!
My top ten de-stress tactics for women over 40+
- Practice gratitude
- Meditate: There’s an app for that!
- Do Yoga or go for a walk
- Get some fresh air and a little vitamin D!
- Journal (I love morning pages)
- Limit the news
- Call a friend
- Less Screen time
- Get some sleep!
- Get crafty!
Drink a ton of water everyday!
When talking about aging gracefully, water is key! I mean, unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard how important drinking enough water is. Right?!
I know I have. The thing is, even though I know it, I still struggle with getting enough water consistently. Sound familiar?
Staying hydrated helps our entire system run better and hydrates skin from the inside out—hydrated skin= younger-looking skin.
How much water? At least 1/2 your body weight in ounces per day.
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Here are a few ways to help get enough water every day:
- Please drink a full glass of water first thing in the morning
- Buy a large water jug with time stamps on it
- Set a timer on your phone. Drink 8 ounces every hour
- Limit other beverages such as soda, iced tea, and even coffee
- Eat water-rich foods (fruits and veggies)
Move your body: Excerise regulary to age well
When it comes to aging well, the key is to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.
This can be achieved by making exercise a regular part of your routine. For middle-aged women, there are a variety of exercises that have been shown to excel at helping you feel your best as you get older.
Some effective options include strength training, which helps to build muscle mass and improve bone density. Additionally, activities like yoga, Pilates, and tai chi are all excellent choices for developing flexibility and balance.
Ativites and excersise for midlife women
- Strength training
- Tai Chi
By regularly engaging in these types of exercises, you can help ensure that your body stays strong and resilient as you age.
So if you want to age well and enjoy life into old age, make sure to stay active and give your body the physical stimulation it needs!
Eat a healthy diet + Pro-aging foods
To age well and stay young and healthy, it is important to eat a balanced and nutritious diet.
This involves incorporating plenty of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and protein into your daily meals. Eating these foods provides your body with the fuel it needs to function at its best, while also helping to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Additionally, making healthy eating choices can help you maintain a healthy weight by reducing the number of calories you consume each day.
If you want to feel your best and look younger at any age, eat a healthy diet!
Pro-aging food choices
When it comes to pro-aging, there are certain foods that can help to fight the effects of aging, both internally and externally.
Here are some of the best pro-aging foods to add to your diet:
- Green tea– Green tea is packed with antioxidants, which help to protect cells from damage.
- Blueberries– Blueberries are another great source of antioxidants, as well as anti-inflammatory compounds.
- Tomatoes-Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that has been shown to reduce the risk of some types of cancer.
- Olive oil– is high in healthy monounsaturated fats and antioxidants, both of which are important for maintaining healthy skin.
- Fish– Fish like salmon and tuna are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties.
- Avocados- Avacados are a great source of healthy fats and vitamins A, E, and C, all of which are important for maintaining youthful skin.
- Eggs– Eggs are rich in protein and other nutrients that help to support collagen production.
Take Supplements for women over 50
When it comes to our health and aging gracefully, it’s imperative to make sure you’re taking everything that your body needs to stay healthy, strong, and vital.
Trust me when I say not all supplements are equal. You got to do your homework. I am constantly educating myself on the latest and greatest vitamins and supplements.
I take what I believe are the best supplements for women over 50. And I am continually educating myself on the latest and the greatest.
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Collagen Peptides are the bomb for skin, hair, nails and even your joints!
Collagen is a significant component of your skin. It plays a role in strengthening skin plus may benefit elasticity and hydration. And is a vital component of aging gracefully
As we age, our bodies produce less Collagen, and less Collagen leads to dry skin and the formation of wrinkles — no Bueno.
I put two scoops of Collagen in my coffee every morning. It doesn’t change the taste, and it’s an easy way to make sure I’m taking it every day!
Botox! My favorite way to look younger at 50!
I’ve been on the botox train since my early 40s. I only wish I had started sooner! As a result, I’ve got some severe thinking wrinkles & deep creases on my forehead, and I mean serious.
And those pesky 11’s! Not a good look. Botox is by far my favorite anti-aging treatment.
The bummer is expensive, and it only lasts about three months. Still-I, do I find a way to get it done because it’s just that important to me.
Get your beauty sleep!
When I hit 40, sleep started to be a challenge for me. So finally, my doctor prescribed Ambien about ten years ago (during what I call a rough patch).
I thought I would only need the sleeping pills to get me up through a few weeks, but sadly I became addicted and could not sleep without them. It took me two years to get myself off of Ambien.
Kicking the sleeping pills was more difficult than I would have ever imagined. And I would not wish that experience on anyone.
If you have trouble sleeping, I beg you to try everything under the sun before taking sleeping pills.
Want to get better beauty sleep?
- Limit the news and all negativity like the plaque
- Develop a bedtime routine and stick to it
- Go to bed at the same time every night
- Make your room as dark and as cool as possible
- Limit screen time before bed and use blue light glasses
- Take melatonin and magnesium every night
- Do sleep meditation or listen to a bedtime story
Always be learning.
We should always be learning and never stop learning! We are so lucky to live in a time when we can hop on google and learn how to do just about anything!
It’s never too late to learn how to do something new or learn about something new!
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Play Games and Do Puzzles
Sounds easy enough!
Playing chess, doing the crossword, or even a jigsaw puzzle will keep your brain active. A good friend told me about four years ago about cryptograms, and I’ve been doing them ever since!
I think they help keep my brain clicking, and they are fun too!
We don’t have to let our minds and bodies go down without a fight!
Aging Gracefully: How to Look Younger at 50+
Aging gracefully is possible for anyone, no matter their age. To age with grace is to do your best by taking the best care of yourself possible.
While we can’t stop time, there are ways to look younger at 50 and beyond. What do you think? Comment below with your favorite pro-aging tips!
Until next time,