There are some people who appear to weather the years in an inexplicably slow, graceful way; they ease into their forties and fifties with a bewitchingly youthful charisma and can fool us all into mistaking them for many years their younger. How do they do it?
Well, it’s pretty simple. No matter your age, there are a few things you can do to appear more youthful than you are. We’re not only talking skincare and products here, which we do plenty – this is more about the whole picture: face, fitness, et al. We believe that by practicing these rules, you can keep yourself looking the age that you feel – which is the most important age of all.
Maintain Radiant Skin: Your skin is one of the first things people notice about you, and one of the first things on your body to show signs of aging, stress, and dehydration. As we age, the once-oily skin we had as teenagers begins to produce less oil. Dry and dead skin cells can exacerbate the appearance of wrinkles and creases. To keep your glow going, adopt a skincare regimen packed with moisturizing ingredients. The essentials: a gentle cleanser, nutrient-rich moisturizer, and hydrating eye cream. If your skin needs a total moisture recharge, check out our full set of hydrating essentials for dry or mature skin.
Practice Perfect Posture: Having good posture not only makes you look younger, but also makes you feel better about yourself! According to recent studies, consciously improving your body language or posture may actually also improve your mood. Plus, holding yourself upright conveys confidence, strength and health, three elements of a youthful body. So by pulling your shoulders back and sitting up straight, you may actually begin to feel more confident, attractive, and youthful!
Smile: If you think your laugh lines make you look older, think again! Research published in Psychology & Aging shows that when people view images of smiling faces, they nearly always guess the age of the person in the photo as younger than in photos where the same person has a neutral expression.
Take Care of Your Hair: The hormonal changes we experience as we age can cause thinning hair, decreased scalp oil, and less strand elasticity. To keep your locks in top health, use gentle, natural hair products like a sulfate-free shampoo to prevent strand damage. Only wash hair every few days and invest in a natural boar-bristle brush to gently disperse beneficial scalp oils throughout the length of your strands. Also consider going natural at the salon by ditching bleach, permanent dye, and chemical straighteners, which compromise the integrity of hair. Nutritional supplements like biotin and silica may also be helpful in bolstering hair strength and elasticity.
Focus on Hands & Toes: We use our hands and feet more than any other body parts. Our hands are constantly exposed to sun, showing signs of sun damage long before our faces. Keep the delicate skin on your hands hydrated and protected with a natural SPF. Gently exfoliate your hands once a week to keep them soft and help promote skin cell turnover. The same goes for your feet: prevent dryness by regularly exfoliating with a pumice stone and applying a rich body lotion before bed.
Invest in Your Smile: Your teeth are precious! Keep them white, straight, and healthy with regular visits to your dentists office. Try brushing your teeth with baking soda every few days to naturally whiten them without bleach, which may cause enamel damage. Munch on natural teeth whiteners like strawberries, apples, and carrots. And dont forget the floss! Many dentists believe that flossing is actually more important than brushing. Do both to keep your pearly whites healthy.
Tone Up Your Arms: Upper body strength is something that most women need a little help with. But having strong, toned arms can help prevent back injury and make you look younger. As we age, the skin on our arms may begin to sag. Keeping your arm muscles in shape keeps the skin tight and toned. Add some push-ups and tricep kicks to your workout routine to increase definition and keep you strong!
Care For Your Eyes: The skin around our eyes is incredibly delicate and prone to dryness, sensitivity and sun damage. Treat it gently by carefully removing eye makeup with a soft cotton pad and applying a hydrating eye cream using soft, patting motions.
Get Your Beauty Sleep: The old adage is really true; sleep does make you look more beautiful! According to a recent study, women with poor sleep quality are more likely to show signs of premature skin aging such as fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and reduced elasticity. For the best sleep quality, turn off all electronic devices an hour before bed, sip on some calming chamomile tea, take a soak in a hot bath, and apply some soothing essential oils like our Aromatic Bedtime Treatment to ease your body into relaxation.
Each one of these tips requires deliberate self-care and investment in yourself and your physical and mental well-being. Self-care requires self-love, and as far as we can tell loving yourself is the true fountain of youth. Love on, natural beauties!
Author: Tata Harper Team
The team at Tata Harper Skincare is passionate about promoting a modern, health-conscious natural beauty lifestyle that’s committed to safety, honesty and sustainability.