Seven steps followed by women who age gracefully

These seven methods are guaranteed to make you not only look, but feel younger, too.

Seven steps to ageing gracefully

From about 25 years of age and onwards most of us aren’t thrilled by the idea of growing older. And while we’re all for embracing and owning the later years, it never hurts to keep a youthful glow about yourself or put your best face forward. 

Far from miracle creams, injections and surgery, the ‘secret’ to ageing gracefully involves much more of a common sense approach. These seven methods may not be the quick fix you were hoping for but they are guaranteed to not only help you age gracefully but make you feel younger too.  

Start at the top
One of the easier ones, getting the right haircut can go a long way to make your face look younger. Take the time to do some research or book in a consultation to talk to your hairdresser about what would work best for you. Consider your face shape and what you would like to highlight or anything you would prefer to hide. Make sure you combat any effects hormone changes can have on your hair (making it brittle or thinner) by using a nourishing shampoo and conditioner, and a brush that won’t damage it any further. 

Protect your smile
As cheesy as it sounds your smile is one of your best assets. The prettiest people are usually those who radiate joy from their faces rather than those who walk around looking like a pissed-off teenager. Over time, teeth can lose their sparkle turning yellow or grey, with some of life’s most enjoyable things – coffee and red wine ­– the biggest culprits. Talk to your dentist about the best regular teeth-whitening products to use to protect those pearly whites – and flash your best youthful smile. 

Love the skin you’re in
Make eye cream an essential part of your skin regime to combat crows feet, as the skin around your eyes is the thinnest and has very few oil glands. Peptides work wonders when it comes to stimulating collagen production and prevent fine lines. For puffiness, lines, wrinkles and dark circles, ingredients like caffeine and nicotinic acid can help to reduce these. 

Slip, slop, slap
There is nothing boring about protecting your skin and body from the effects of the sun. From pigmentation and wrinkles to skin cancer, it’s fine to enjoy some vitamin D, but make sure you apply sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays every couple of hours while you’re exposed to it. Avoid having your face directly in the sun by wearing a hat when possible, and sunglasses to stop you squinting, and make sure your make-up includes SPF. 

Inside out
As with most things in life, when it comes to your body it’s what you do on the inside that counts. A balanced diet high in fruit and vegetables will ensure you get enough antioxidants and vitamins to keep your skin looking younger. In particularly, resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant found in grapes, is known for helping prevent premature ageing. Fish is also another key staple with the Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, tuna and trout offering many anti-ageing benefits. 

Beauty sleep
Is there anything a good night’s sleep can’t fix? In case you needed an extra reason to get a good night’s Zs (read seven to nine hours) while you sleep your body releases a growth hormone that helps to restore collagen and elastin – essential for healthy and youthful skin. 

Stress less
The opposite of sleep, stress is the root of all evil when it comes to our bodies. Not only does it take a toll on our brain and mental health but too much stress can increase blood pressure, and mess with your sleeping habits, causing you to age prematurely. While not entirely avoidable, make sure you manage stress by finding an activity that keeps you grounded and calm, such as yoga, mediation or even just taking a long walk or bath. Make it a regular part of your routine. 

Do you have a trick to maintaining a youthful appearance?  

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    FrankC
    6th Apr 2018
    11:51am
    And, you left off one important thing, STOP SMOKING. You can always tell a smoker by the tone and colour of their skin, all those free radicals going wild as you smoke, and wrecking your skin.
    SuziJ
    1st Jun 2018
    10:15am
    Frank, and the massive wrinkles that smoking gives you. I have a friend who's my age and smokes. She looks several years older than me, so proving the theory that smoking really ages you.
    Puglet
    6th Apr 2018
    3:06pm
    Some of the most gracefully aged men and women don’t always meet the criteria described above. Their wisdom, humour, happiness, kindness to others and love of the planet and all it’s inhabitants make the wrinkles, the absence of Trumpian fangs, the not so fashionable hair dos etc disappear. Grandkids don’t love their grandparents because they love their pearly whites, they adore them because they feel safe, appreciated and welcome when ever they see them.

    6th Apr 2018
    3:44pm
    Your heading: "Seven steps followed by women who age gracefully" parades yet more sexism from YLC. You ignore the other half of the population. Cannot men 'grow old gracefully' too? It seems not in the feminist world of YLC. Personally, I'd prefer to grow old DISgracefully.
    Dancer
    6th Apr 2018
    4:49pm
    Yes, I'm also growing old dis-gracefully - and I'm a female! But I also try to include a little graceful ageing also ... just for good measure.
    JO
    6th Apr 2018
    7:18pm
    Enjoy THE day... is a positive attitude to approach ALL but I believe you are what you eat! do not compare, we are all vastly different find your positives and relish our Australia a great place to live and ......... die????
    Pushkin2
    7th Apr 2018
    4:14pm
    Step 1. Get the right genes.
    MD
    7th Apr 2018
    5:30pm
    Can't quite remember (a sure sign of oltimers disease) who it was that said - "old age is a shipwreck", but when it happens just make a beeline for the nearest island paradise and hope like hell the locals aren't anthropophagous AND said island is OZ.
    alinejordan
    7th Apr 2018
    5:33pm
    it would have been a lot better article (despite all of the bleeding obvious!) if the title had been about people rather than women ageing gracefully.. as if it's only a thing women have to do in order to please the ever superior male!
    Adrianus
    8th Apr 2018
    10:02am
    alinejordan, I'm just an average male but I can see that the article makes a lot of sense regardless of a person's sex.
    What do you think of the section "protect your smile?"

    My thoughts are that yes its good to have a big pearly white smile but your smile is improved when you can smile with your eyes, don't you think? Try this little exercise? Look in the mirror while keeping your mouth closed, try smiling with your eyes only? Keep trying until you succeed.


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