Ageing is inevitable, it’s your attitude towards the process which really defines how well you age. Having a positive and active approach towards your ageing, listening to your body and understanding you have a significant influence on the way you grow older is important.
There is a disparity between biological and chronological age, so the trick is to embrace ageing and do all you can to ensure you’re feeling your best. Essentially, your actual age doesn’t matter, how you feel should be the true indicator.
So whether you’re looking to combat the fine lines creeping in, how to stay fit, or simply to gain more energy our suggestions has something everyone can try.
Dehydrated skin exacerbates the appearance of lines and leads to the formation of more wrinkles. Combine this with slower sebum production (which naturally occurs when you get older), moisturising is more important than ever. Get one with antioxidants and an SPF for added protection.
Estee Lauder Daywear Advanced Multi-Protection Creme SPF 15 £38.80
2. Use Sun Cream
Studies have shown that over 80% of extrinsic skin ageing is due to sun exposure. It’s crucial to wear sunscreen every day to protect from the damaging, wrinkle-inducing UV rays of the sun.
3. Use An Anti-Wrinkle Serum
Anti-wrinkle serums are luxury and lightweight formulas, which give your skin a nutrient boost. They promote collagen and elastin turnover which helps to keep skin supple and reduce wrinkles.
Clarins Complete Age Control Double Serum £45.77
We need to exfoliate 1 – 2 times a week to slough away the dead skin building up on our faces. This will also help to reveal the newer, fresher skin underneath. A good exfoliator will leave you with a fresher, younger-looking complexion.
Kiehl’s Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub £25.50
5. Try A Chemical Peel
Chemical peels are essentially a more powerful exfoliator, using a chemical solution to deeply exfoliate the skin. The treatment reduces wrinkles and improves the texture and tone.
6. Try Yoga
Yoga is brilliant for helping you feel younger. It keeps you mobile, by aiding flexibility, strengthens your muscles and reduces stress.
Practising meditation is another great way to ease stress and help you stay calmer and be more mindful in general. Regular meditation helps you reduce the harmful premature ageing effects of stress.
8. Get A House Plant
A house plant can really transform a room. Studies have proven an indoor plant reduces stress, they also improve your mood and generate happiness.
9. Get Better Quality Sleep
Good quality sleep is crucial to keep you feeling and looking your best. It helps keep your mind sharp and focused while repairing your body. Ensure you’re getting 8 – 9 hours of shut-eye each night.
10. Eat More Salmon
Salmon is a powerful anti-inflammatory and one of the best superfoods you can eat. The oily fish features a high amount of EFAs which inhibits inflammation and reduces wrinkles. Salmon is also full of antioxidants for free radical protection and packed with protein!
11. Eat Colourful Veggies
The reason tomatoes, carrots and peppers are so colourful is due to carotenoids, the pigment responsible for the vibrant colouring. They are incredibly powerful antioxidants which help lower inflammation, protect from free radicals and boost the immune system.
12. Use a Neck Cream
Your Neck and decolletage need attention too! Reduce wrinkles and aid firmness with a high-quality neck cream.
Green Keratin Jasmine Green Tea Neck and Bust Cream £18.95
13. Take An Anti-Ageing Supplement
Beauty from the inside was the top health trend in 2016, which saw a boom of anti-ageing supplements. They are formulas specifically designed to boost collagen and elastin production, which in turn leads to reducing wrinkles and a more youthful appearance.
Photo courtesy of Cult Beauty.
Moon Juice Beauty Dust £25.00
14. Stay Active
Inactivity kills! Literally, a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology of 1,500 men and women aged 64 – 95 found those who sit for most of the day while doing little exercise had cells biologically 8 years older.
Make sure you do at least some physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day. It helps combats inflammation and chronic diseases while keeping you mobile and in shape.
15. Keep your Mind Stimulated
Mental inactivity can be just as detrimental as physical inactivity. The brain is adaptive, which means if it’s not stimulated it will adapt to this new low-use situation by destroying the synapses which aren’t regularly undergoing transmission.
Keep your mind stimulated by learning new things every day, reading, or exercising the brain through training apps. This is the best way to keep your mind sharp throughout life.
16. Try Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers plump up the face, which sags as we grow older. The injections also reduce the appearance of wrinkles and add firmness, giving a more youthful look. A minimally invasive procedure well worth a try if you’re considering treatments!
17. Change Your Shampoo
Ensure you’re using the best shampoo to nourish and protect your hair. Our hair withers as we age and can really contribute to how old we look, so it’s important to keep your strands shiny and vibrant.
Alterna Caviar Anti-Ageing Replenishing Moisture Shampoo £19.50
18. Update Your Wardrobe
Give your wardrobe a good look through. If you’re still unearthing garish, retro pieces from decades ago you’re long overdue for a clear out!
19. Sleep With A Copper Pillow
Sleeping with a copper pillow is clinically proven to improve the skin’s overall appearance and reduce wrinkles after just four weeks. The copper ions of the pillow are transferred to the skin when in contact and help support its self-renewal mechanism. Not bad considering it all happens when you sleep!
20. Use A Night Cream
Speaking of while you sleep, night creams nourish the skin and aid it’s natural nightly renewal. This reduces the appearance of wrinkles and makes your skin look younger and more radiant, you’ll wake up looking more youthful!
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Complex £60.00
21. Laugh More
“You stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing” – Michael Pritchard.
Laughter stimulates blood circulation, reduces stress and releases endorphins. It brightens up your mood and helps you to manage stress.
22. Whiten Your Teeth
Surveys have shown whiter teeth makes you look more attractive and younger. Try a home whitening kit to achieve a bright smile, rather than spending a fortune at the dentist, often the results are just as good.
Lovely Smile Teeth Whitening Strips £14.99
23. Use An Eye cream
If you just can’t shift those under eye bags and dark circles, while wrinkles are starting to creep in around the eyes, try an eye cream. They nourish and soothe the eyes to reduce puffiness, fight wrinkles and help you look more awake.
Dermalogica Multi- Vitamin Power Firm Cream £36.99
24. Get Enough Protein
Protein is essential for amino acids, which go into making collagen and elastin, the two structural proteins which keep your skin firm and supple. The recommendation is around 1 gram per kg of body weight.
25. Eat Less Sugar
Sugar prematurely ages you. Once ingested, sugars can damage the collagen and elastin structures, causing wrinkles and lead to skin ageing at an accelerated rate. Stick to natural sugars from fruits and vegetables and cut out refined sugar altogether!
26. Add HIIT To Your Exercise Routine
HIIT, or high-intensity interval training gives a human growth hormone boost (something which declines with age). This leads to firmer skin, fewer wrinkles and higher energy levels. Plus it’s a very efficient fat burner. Not bad considering it takes half the time of your normal workout!
27. Manage Stress
Chronic stress leads to premature ageing, damaging the telomeres on chromosomes, which appearance-wise translates to more wrinkles. Learn to manage stress, find a go-to stress buster to prepare you in times of need.
28. Cleanse Your Skin With the Foreo Luna
A new release to 2016, combining t-sonic pulsations with non-porous silicone touch points. The Luna Mini is an effective way to unclog pores, oil and dirt for healthier looking skin.
Foreo Luna Facial Cleansing Brush £85.00
29. Eat Blueberries
Blueberries are one of natures most potent antioxidants. The berry slows the ageing process by preventing free radical damage. It’s also a powerful anti-inflammatory, which is one of the causes towards skin ageing.
30. Cook with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
It’s one of the healthiest oils to cook with. Composed of, 73% monounsaturated fat, which is the ‘good’ fat which lowers cholesterol. It’s also full of omegas 3 & 6 which help plump up the skin.
31. Look After Your Lips
Look younger by keeping your lips soft and supple. Dryness makes lips look thinner so it’s important to keep moisture locked in and protect them from the elements.
Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm £9.50
32. Use a Skin-firming Body Lotion
Give your skin a boost in firmness and texture. Firming body lotions nourish the skin with proteins and vitamins to help you look more youthful.
Elemis Skin Nourishing Body Cream £30.00
33. Try Cool Sculpting
Struggling to shift those areas of stubborn fat? The older you get the more reluctant fat becomes to disappear. Coolsculpting is a non-surgical, FDA approved treatment which destroys fat via a handheld freezing device.
34. Add Strength Training To Your Exercise Routine
Strength training combats the muscle and skeletal weakness that comes with ageing and also helps with arthritis and cognitive decline. If resistance training doesn’t yet feature in your workout routine, then it needs to!
35. Drink Lemon And Baking Soda
A morning shot of freshly squeezed lemon and ½ a teaspoon of baking soda does wonders for your digestion. It helps to alkalise your stomach, remove toxins and boost energy. A great way to kickstart your day!
36. Keep Your Hair Moisturised
Use a nourishing hair masque treatment once a week to keep your strands silky and soft. Dry and dull hair can really add on the years to your appearance, so keeping your hair radiant and supple is a must.
Kerastase Resistance Therapiste Masque £29.00
37. Drink Golden Milk
A gold-coloured concoction of turmeric and coconut milk, the beverage is the latest trend in health drinks. Turmeric, also known as the ‘wonder spice’ is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that has a whole range of benefits from preventing chronic diseases to protecting against extrinsic agers.
38. Curl Your Eyelashes
To instantly make your eyes pop. Give you lashes a curl before you put on your mascara and your eyes will appear brighter and bigger.
Manicare Eyelash Curler £4.15
39. Fill Your Brows
Sparse brows come with age, and they make you look older. It’s important to keep your brow defined to frame your face and accentuate your eyes. Use a brow powder to make them look thicker. Always use a subtle colour, never go too dark, this could make them look unnatural.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo £17.00
40. Use Hand Cream
Our hands are the most susceptible to signs of ageing, considering they are constantly exposed and often neglected. As we age the fat keeping our hands looking plump disappears and our skin becomes crepey. Try an anti-ageing hand cream to improve texture, reduce wrinkles and add a bit of plumpness back.
Hand Chemistry Intense Youth Complex Cream £18.99
41. Try Laser Skin Tightening
Sagging skin occurs with age and it can obscure the facial features that make us look young. Laser skin tightening heats the collagen underneath the skin which causes the skin to contract and new collagen will continue to form over the next few months. A very effective method for those looking at non-invasive surgery!
42. Don’t Eat Before Bed
Eating before bed is associated with poorer sleep quality and sleep is crucial in determining appetite, energy levels and helping your body repair itself. This also helps you fast for longer, fasting for a 12-hour window is shown to aid weight loss.
43. Eat More Healthy Fats
Fat is one of the most important nutrients for our skin. Dietary fats help give our skin a plump and healthy, glowing appearance. Avocados, nuts, seeds and fresh fish are all rich sources of fat. Eat your way to better skin!
44. Tighten Your Skin With A Face Mask
Try a face mask to tighten and rejuvenate your skin. Use overnight for a nourishing boost and wake up with a brighter and younger looking complexion.
ThisWorks No Wrinkles Time Dose Mask £36.00
45. Make Red Wine Your Tipple of Choice
Red wine is good for you. It’s full of free-radical fighting antioxidants and resveratrol, which is said to be a strong anti-ager with anti-inflammation properties, alleviating the inflammation that contributes to premature ageing. The recommended amount to yield the anti-ageing benefits of red wine is only one glass a day, so drink moderately!
46. Eat Less Meat
Try meatless Mondays, get your protein from plants instead. They’re less calorie dense, boost your fibre intake for healthy digestion and help lower cholesterol. Studies have shown that lowering your meat consumption prevents long-term weight gain.
47. Drink Green Tea
Green tea is a great drink to help you age well. It’s full of flavanols which keep your joints supple and protected from arthritis. Plus it’s full of antioxidants! A study showed that men who regularly drank green tea aged more slowly compared to those who didn’t.
48. Stay Social
There are links between being social and how long you live, studies have shown loneliness to have a significant impact on life span. Staying socially active keeps your brain engaged and reduces Alzheimer’s risk, it also promotes happiness and relieves stress.
49. Use A Moisture Mist For Your Hair
Dry and withered hair are all signs of ageing due to sebum production slowing, meaning hair is more susceptible to dryness. Avoid this by spritzing a nourishing mist onto your hair, to aid growth and help hair look soft, supple and shiny.
Alterna Caviar Miracle Multiplying Volume Hair Mist £26.50
50. Do What Makes You Happy
Happiness is directly correlated with how we age. Although our happiness is shown to peak as we reach later life (following a U-shape trajectory) it’s important to take an active approach to happiness and pursue what makes you feel the best.
Happy people are associated with looking younger and more healthier, various studies have also shown happiness being a factor in helping you live longer.