Aging doesn’t mean you’re not beautiful—quite the opposite—but it might mean you opt for a beauty routine with fewer frills. Here are some classic and simple beauty ideas that will age as gracefully as you do.
Increase consumption of aloe vera
Aloe contains lots of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes. Because it has high levels of polysaccharides, it also has a lubricating effect on joints and skin. Polysaccharides also help maintain stable blood sugar and healthy digestive, immune, nervous, and cardiovascular systems. Consuming animal proteins such as dairy and meat increase the acid load in the body, meaning the calcium in your bones is being used to neutralize acid. This calcium loss can weaken bones, putting you at greater risk of fracture.
Make sure your moisturizer packs a punch
Your body produces lower levels of hormones as you age, so pick an herbal moisturizer that will support your skin during and after menopause. Skin becomes finer and more prone to lines with age, so while a consistent and moisturizing skincare routine can make your skin appear more plump and dewy, lines are no cause for worry—they show a long life well lived!
Tanning increases risk of skin cancer and ages the skin more quickly. If you do soak up some rays, use a sunscreen with a high SPF and use a vitamin-enriched moisturizer afterward.
Reach for products with plumping ingredients
Skin tends to dry as we get older, so skip cleansers that strip skin of its natural oils. Creamier cleansers and products like serums and face masks can help replace oil in the skin and leave your skin looking bouncy and fresh. Making sure you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables will also help protect your skin.
Cosmetic acupuncture is an alternative to Botox and other procedures designed to reduce signs of aging. Cosmetic acupuncture isn’t an injection, though; it improves blood circulation, which stimulates skin cells, causes collagen and elastin production, and tightens facial tissue.
Experiment with makeup
Defining your brows, wearing mascara, and putting on a lip or cheek color are simple things that will make you look polished and give your features a pop.
Trim your brows
Trimming brows can help reduce the appearance of gray hairs and gives you a groomed, polished look. If you choose to fill in your brows, try soft shades that accentuate your hair and eye colors rather than extremely dark colors, which can make you appear older.
Wear lash extensions or false eyelashes
Eyelashes naturally thin with age, but beauty stores carry false lashes that range from natural to dramatic and glamorous. Paying attention to care advice can help you get the most mileage out of cosmetic lashes.
Add color to your life
If you don’t like the amount of gray hair you’re seeing, try out a new hair color. Hair changes both color and texture as you age, so consult your stylist—they can help you maintain your hair and understand how to work with hair that has changed density and texture.
Take care of your teeth
Thorough dentistry can help keep your pearly whites, well, pearly white for a long time. Veneers are another option if you lack confidence in your smile. Veneers are permanent, and cover your teeth to fix permanent flaws such as shortened and worn down teeth.
Maintain a healthy diet
Foods high in phytoestrogens such as legumes, GMO-free soy, red clover tea, and ground flaxseeds help to combat lower levels of estrogen. Diets high in fruits, vegetables, poultry, and fish also help reduce risk of cardiovascular disease.