How to Age Gracefully Throughout Your Life

A Decade-By-Decade Approach to Looking Younger

One of the biggest follies of youth is the belief in personal immortality. Nothing can touch us and nothing can hurt us.

We live life as we want: worshipping the sun, staying up late, drinking, partying, smoking, and basically abusing our bodies from the inside out.

Unfortunately, by the time that we realize the damage that we’re doing, much of it is already done, and we’re left to clean up the mess that we made of ourselves!

Not to worry though – if you’re here to find out what you can do now that you’ve grown up a bit, much of it’s fixable. However, if you’re reading this and you’re still in your 20’s or 30’s, FABULOUS! If you start being a teensy bit responsible now, you’ll look young for decades to come!

We’re going to break down your beauty routine by decade so that you can maintain a youthful appearance throughout your life.

When You’re In Your 20’s

In many ways, your 20’s are the hardest years for your body physically. In addition to environmental toxins and free radicals that will take their toll throughout your life, you’re also abusing yourself in ways that won’t show up for a few decades.

You’re tanning, probably drinking, smoking, and partying it up, losing sleep, stressing about school and money, and having babies. Some symptoms that you may notice immediately include puffiness and dark circles around your eyes, dull skin, and a general feeling of lethargy. Those are sure signs that your body’s taking a beating.

Your 20’s really take a toll on your body that shows up later in life in the form of sun damage and wrinkles, so you need to counteract some of that damage if you can.

Use sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection in it to protect you from sun damage. Anthelios is awesome! Also, eat plenty of fresh, dark or brightly-colored vegetables in order to get antioxidants that can destroy free radicals before they destroy you. Exercise regularly and drink plenty of water. Quit smoking now before you form an addiction that will next to impossible to break later in life!

When You’re in Your 30’s

Unless you have amazing genetics or have taken exceptionally good care of yourself, you’re probably going to start noticing a few gray hairs and fine lines as you progress through your 30’s. You’re transitioning out of young adulthood and are probably acting a bit more maturely. You’re probably not partying as much, but kids and your career may keep you from taking care of yourself as well as you should.

Don’t use life as an excuse for letting yourself go! You still need to be eating plenty of antioxidant-rich foods, exercising, and sleeping enough. You also need to start exfoliating well because your body is going to slow down production of elastin and collagen and your skin regenerates slower, too.

All of these are reasons to exfoliate regularly to keep old cells sloughed off so that new ones can surface. Plus we already know that exfoliating stimulates collagen production, which will help you avoid a saggy, wrinkled face.

Your 30’s are also the years when you should start aggressively fighting wrinkles. Use of retinols, peptides, and collagen/elastin stimulants should start toward the middle of your 30’s so that you can get a handle on wrinkles before they get ahead of you.

When You’re In Your 40’s

Now you’re probably going to start to notice serious changes, and none of them are for the good! Your skin is going to start thinning and you’re still producing less collagen and elastin. You’re also producing fewer hormones so you may start to notice “granny hairs” on your chin, sagging cheeks, and dull skin.

Eating well, exercising, and getting plenty of rest is just as important as ever. Continue to exfoliate well and use your sunscreen, retinol and peptides. Consider adding products with hyaluronic acid that can help you retain moisture. Taking steps to increase collagen production is still important, and you may want to take a look at some of the facial exercises that we touch on in our article, Facial Exercises.

When You’re In Your 50’s and Beyond

This is a rough decade for your skin, your mind, and your body because that drop in hormone production that started in your 40’s is in full swing in your 50’s. Your skin’s going to be drier and your hair isn’t going to be as full and lustrous as it’s been up til now. Your skin will start thinning and the free radical damage from throughout your life is going to become more apparent in the form of dull skin, age spots, and wrinkles.

Continue to exfoliate, eat well, and use your anti-aging moisturizers and products. Also, consider adding products that are super-hydrating such as ceramides.

Getting older is a natural part of life, but there’s no reason that you have to look your age! If you take care of yourself and really focus on keeping your youthful appearance, there’s no reason why you can’t look a decade younger than you are throughout your entire life! Eat well, live well, and be well!

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