Every day we are inundated with advertisements and articles on ways we can reduce the appearance of aging on our faces and body. While the latest and greatest in creams and serums can do so much for your skin, much of the time the greatest thing you can do to reduce the appearance of aging on your body actually starts on the inside.
Obviously when you look great, your confidence is boosted and you begin to feel great too. However anti aging and self care is about more than just applying a mask to your face once a month. It’s about nourishing your body from the inside out – and this has many, many benefits for your body, including anti aging.
Having a youthful energy and body can help you feel more positive, look younger, feel more energised, and live life to your fullest. While aging is inevitable, there are some ways you can keep yourself feeling younger. So how can you effectively look after your body to help it age gracefully? Find out more below.
You probably already know of the many benefits exercise can offer you, but did you know that anti aging was one of them? Regular exercise keeps your muscles strong and mobile, aiding your mobility and core bodily functions. Strong muscles release proteins that actually slow down the aging process, which are naturally depleted as we get older. Stimulated muscles also circulate more oxygen and blood throughout your body, aiding your skin cell turnover and boosting your natural collagen production. Pretty nifty, huh?
Nourish your body with your diet
No surprises here either – but your body thrives off what you put into it. This not only means eating foods that contain vitamins, minerals and omega 3 fatty acids, but also drinking plenty of water! It’s amazing how water can affect your skin and body – from breakouts and redness, to wrinkles and dullness. Water really does give your skin and body the life it needs.
Your diet will also give you the energy you need to keep moving every day. Certain can provide your body with much needed antioxidants, energy, protection, strengthening of bodily functions and help you stay alert. It’s also important to understand how your body changes as you age, and how your diet also needs to change to accommodate this.
Get adequate sleep and rest
In a culture where being busy is celebrated, it can be hard to listen to your body when it needs a break. Not providing your body with the sleep and rest it needs, means your body doesn’t have the opportunity to recover from a busy day and can become more stressed. This in turn can have detrimental effects on your overall health, well being, and appearance.
The amount of sleep each person needs will vary, and some people may find that more frequent, shorter blocks of rest is more beneficial for them. What’s important is that you listen to your body and take note of when you feel great and when you don’t feel so great. Also consider what type of rest makes you feel best, and try your best to stick to a routine to set your body’s natural circadian rhythms properly. Your body will thank you for it!
Look after your mental health
Challenges with mental health can happen for a variety of different reasons, but what’s important is that you are aware of our own mental health and what is and isn’t good for you. Neglecting your mental health can lead to greater feelings of depression and anxiety which naturally age your body faster. Be sure to be mindful of how you’re feeling, and take care of your mental health – you can find more tips on this here.
Look after your outsides
Once you’ve got your insides sorted, it’s time to think about how you’re caring for the outside of your body. This includes protecting and nourishing your skin.
For starters, a big cause of aging in Australia is the sun. And although we all love a great summer outdoors, it can be detrimental to your health if you’re not protecting your skin properly. It’s all about being cautious, not avoiding the sun altogether. Be sure to apply sun cream (tinted moisturisers with SPF are great for the face every day), wear a hat and other protective clothing. A nice tan now won’t look the same in 30 years time!
Also avoid stripping your skin of any natural oils. This includes using harsh products on your skin (things with a high alcohol content, abrasive products, chemical peels etc.), as these will leave your skin feeling dehydrated and thin in the long run (making you appear older). Long hot showers can also strip your skin, as the heat dries your skin.
Nourishing your skin is the next most important step in anti aging for your body. While many of us use great face creams, consider what you’re using on the rest of your body too. Is your body moisturiser nourishing enough, and is your body wash gentle enough? Using something with natural essential oils will ensure your body is naturally nourished, and moisture will last throughout the day. Gently exfoliating your skin regularly will also help to stimulate skin cell turnover, and remove any surface spots and dryness to help your moisturiser penetrate your skin better.
So there you have five relatively simple ways you can reduce the effects of aging in your body. As you can see, it’s a truly holistic approach that will leave you looking and feeling your best. While it may seem like a big task to change some of your habits, start with small manageable chunks until you have a well developed routine that you’re happy with. Remember that everyone’s journey is different, and to listen to your body so you do what is right for it!