One morning when I was brushing my teeth in front of the mirror almost took me by surprise when I saw the real me without makeup. My looks seemed unpleasant and not as youthful as I was in my thirties. I went on with brushing my teeth and after finishing grinned on the mirror. My teeth were not pleasant either, it was clear that I was losing the milky white color I had in my youthful years. Guess the yellowness was from the many years of smoking and indulging in wine for most of my adult years. Missing out on my exercise routine and poor practice of basic beauty tips was not favoring me either. My smile lines, dull skin, bulging tummy, saddlebags and underarm flabbiness could tell it all. The feeling that age is cropping on you is quite scary but with the many anti-aging procedures and techniques today, I knew I could turn things around and slow the aging clock. Here are several healthy choices that I’ve adapted and they seem to be working for me as I feel and look great.
Balancing my busy work schedule and workout routine was challenging but I knew I had to exercise more to tone my lax muscles underneath my wrinkling skin, and probably make some changes related to my skin care. At 40, I was fit enough to take cardiovascular exercises. Biking or swimming for 20 minutes thrice per week has seen me lose considerable amounts of fat on my tummy, thighs and arms. My muscles are firmer and skin on them seems tighter. I also do strength exercises for 10 minutes daily to stay fit. With the help of my exercise instructor, I can safely workout several muscle groups for a general good look.
Keen makeup use
Now let’s go over some of the changes I realised I had to make related to my skin care routine. Putting more makeup is not the trick to looking young. Makeup however hides unpleasant age spots. For an elegant yet young look, consider using foundations that deflect light. This has worked for me better than glimmer makeup that has unnatural look for an older woman of my age. Pulling out white hair strands is not advisable as it spoils the hair follicle. Doing some hair color to conceal your white strands is not a bad idea. Improvement on my haircut was a good trick that took years off may face. If you choose to have a new hair cut, ensure that your hairdresser balances out your head, face and body to maintain proportion.
A few trips to my dentist’s office have improved the yellowness on my teeth. If your teeth are badly off like worn-out or shortened, consider having permanent solutions such as veneers since bleaching and whitening toothpastes are only temporary solutions. A white, sweet smile looks good on women of all ages.
Surgery and harsh wrinkle-treatments were not an option for my aging skin. I considered incorporating non-ablative methods to improve my nasolabial folds. Laser treatment improved my smile lines and I’ve been using a dermaroller. Both laser and the derma roller help regenerate collagen for skin elasticity. I also started using skin care products with wrinkle-smoothing and fine line plumbing effect such as alpha-hydroxy acid-based serums and moisturizers with hyaluronic acid.
After improving the fine lines around my mouth, I stopped smoking and the results still look amazing. My skin is also more radiant compared to my smoking years. Smoking adds years on your general look considering the numerous carcinogens it has. The sun’s ultra-violet rays age the skin quickly. I use sunscreen with SPF 30 whenever I have to expose my skin to the sun. After cutting down on sugars, caffeine and dairy products, I feel great and look young. Following this healthy choice, being confidence and keeping up good posture adds up to the seemingly never ending youthfulness.