Well it isn’t surprising that there are some age-reversal techniques that are promoted more strongly in the media. It’s as if every time we turn a corner there is a cream, treatment or procedure that promises a more youthful appearance. Naturally these all involve spending money. This leads many of us to focus on these efforts, with thousands upon thousands of dollars spent on making our skin look younger. There are other elements that are harder to monetize, that are just as significant in the aging process. They are less promoted, and may therefore be neglected or forgotten. Here they are!
Good Posture, A Strong Back and Core
People that stand up straight look younger, they also age better because their body is strong and healthy. This means that they have better movement and stay active for longer. There is so much that can be said about a woman as she walks away from you. With her face ‘out of the picture’ we are left to deduce her age by the way she holds herself and of course the quality of her hair which we will come to in the point below. We all know that as our female hormones decrease, it becomes much harder to maintain a small waist, with many women suffering from the infamous tire around their midriff. This doesn’t mean you can’t have a strong core and back, that will keep you looking tall and healthy, and additionally will allow you to look so much better in your clothes.
Healthy Glossy Hair
As we age a couple of things happen to our hair. Firstly, the hair follicles themselves age which means that less hair will be growing, which creates a thinner head of hair. Add to that the fact that even the hair that is still growing actually changes in texture and color. The hair itself becomes thinner in texture and losses much of its pigmentation. Lastly, there is the element of wear and tear, after decades of hair color and blow dries, your hair can start looking brittle and frizzy. Hair also doesn’t grow as long as it used to, which means that your hair may sticking out in places where it is unable to grow any further, like around the hairline. It is at times like these that your hair needs support in the form of vitamins and amino acids for better hair growth, fatty acids to help with moisture and frizz, in addition to conditioning treatments that will restore lustre and shine.
Bushy Eyebrows Are Youthful
To think that we spent hundreds of hours plucking our eyebrows in the Eighties and Nineties is quite sinful. One of the most important signs of youth are healthy, bushy eyebrows. And I say bushy because thickly tattooed eyebrows don’t count. Preserving our youth has a lot to do with maintaining how our brows looked in previous years. Trying to compensate with dark black ink doesn’t help at all actually. They look angry and quite severe, where youthfulness has a lot to do with softness. Your best friend will always be a powdery eyebrow crayon in the color closest to your natural hair. Fill in any sparse areas and extend the brow as far as you can without it looking too obvious. There are a variety of eyebrow thickening serums on the market that are certainly worth a try as well. Some people swear by castor oil which is known to strength and thicken hair in general.
A Cheerful Disposition
Nothing says youthful quite like a cheerful disposition. A pleasant, joyful character that takes things lightly is not only a blessing but a clear sign of youthfulness. They say that as we age we become less tolerant and it’s true.. I actually call it jadedness. You just can’t take the bull anymore, and it shows. Perhaps a more appealing way to understand all the bull is to accept the fact that you can’t change it, and go about your business anyway.. Instead of looking so irked all the time. I find that people that start to look angry all the time are giving off the silent message, “I see through your bull..” No need!
Eyelashes Are Also A Window to Your Soul
If your eyelashes aren’t what they use to be, then you are not alone. Over the years a couple of things happen, firstly the usual and understandable wear and tear due to all the mascara, false lashes etc. In addition to that, with age we lose moisture in our lashes which results in increased breakage. So even if you haven’t lost any lashes, you may have lost volume and pigment. Lastly your lashes may have lost their natural curl which actually helps to open the eye. The good news is that there are a variety of serums that strengthen the lashes, also you could opt for a lash tint or curl, two procedures that really add beauty and youthfulness to your look. There are some that swear by lash extensions, and although we are sure they do add beauty, they will only exasperate the situation in the future, as they tend to put a strain and eventually damage your own lashes. As for natural remedies, again many swear by castor oil, olive oil and also coconut oil. Swipe a saturated cotton bud along your lash line daily, you will see results in a couple of weeks.
Moisture is one of the most important elements in our youth, something we take for granted. Our skin is plump and healthy, with an even tone, and our hair is shiny. As we age, we lose moisture, this leads to the breakages that we mentioned in hair and lashes. It also created an uneven skin tone, where skin loses elasticity in different parts of the face at different times. Our skin will also start looking more wrinkled and dry. Hylauronic acid which our body produces naturally is an ingredient that can help add moisture to our skin, as it allows us to retain more moisture. Also including a supplement such as hydrolysed collagen will also help to keep skin soft and supple. The vitamins that we get through our food can also be helpful. Opt for foods rich in beta-carotene and anti-oxidants to help maintain a youthful appearance. Another thing you can do is place a humidifier in the room where you sleep. This will help keep your skin hydrated while you sleep.
Un-Bloated Your Face
Its not the most attractive of analogies, but if you were to think of your body as a toilet.. In our early years, the flushing system in our bodies is super. Circulation is at its best, so oxygen is transported to the various parts of the body in an ideal fashion. Additionally, our flushing system is on turbo so we are able to remove toxins from our body with ease. Like with anything, with age these processes slow down, which means that we are getting less oxygenation and our flushing system is slower and less effective. This means that our faces may look puffy, because not all the toxins have been flushed out effectively, plus the fact that we are getting less oxygenation. Additionally, one of the most important elements that we lose with age is undisturbed sleep. We may sleep but we are more likely to wake up a couple of times, this will also affect our bodily functions leading to more puffiness. One of the best remedies is a manual flushing, such as a facial massage or even colonic irrigation which many people swear by to clear our system resulting in more vibrant skin, brighter eyes, less bloating and puffiness.
Don’t Forget Your Neck
Often times, we are so focused on caring for our skin that we forget to extend that love and attention to our necks. The neck has the most delicate skin in the whole body, and will therefore age easily. Protect it with sunscreen of course, additionally enrich it with hyaluronic acid and vitamin C which will help maintain its vitality and youthful appearance. You should also think about how your facial expressions and exercise routine affect the aging of your neck. Many people that engage in high intensity training tend to unconsciously strain the muscles of the neck, causing vertical or horizontal lines or wrinkles. These wrinkles can be managed with botox shots that release the muscles causing the strain on the neck’s skin. We wish we could give you a couple of manual techniques to alleviate the problem, but there aren’t that many that are actually effective. The best way to help your neck is by using a retinol cream that will help uncover younger skin. Also a laser treatment on the neck will encourage the production of collagen which will increase elasticity and plumpness of the skin.