How to ‘Grow Old Gracefully’ – Our Top Five
You use wrinkle reducers, night creams, day creams and sunscreen, but those pesky lines are still hanging around. Obviously most of us can’t afford Botox, Restylane, Juvederm and the like. If you can, good for you, but for the rest of us there are some ways to know if we are going to age gracefully or not.
Look at Your Parents
If Mom and Dad have aged well, there’s a good chance you will too. First degree relatives give you the strongest sense of how you will age because genetics direct your cellular functions that have an impact on your appearance. You also have to factor in environment. Smoking, excessive unprotected sun exposure, lack of exercise and poor diet all can contribute to premature aging, regardless of genetics, so try and kick the habit, reach for healthy snacks, take 10 minutes for a brisk walk and use sun block.
A Baby Face
Angular, chiseled features are often glamorized, but it’s the round-faced among us who will reap the most aging benefits. Large round eyes, round cheeks, a large forehead, small jaw and short round nose plus features lower down on the face are considered angelic by scientists. When viewed next to younger test subjects with more sharp features, those with rounded features tended to look more youthful and will likely keep looking younger longer. There are some tricks you can do with makeup that will give you softer, more rounded features. Click HERE.
Think Meryl Streep on this one. The high cheekbones create the shape of an upside down triangle of youth and dermatologists refer to it as the greatest subconscious indicator that a person is young. With age, our features tend to sag (thank you gravity) and make that triangle bottom heavy and can make you look old before your time. If you have high cheekbones, that triangle won’t droop as much. Again, there are makeup tips you can use to trick the eye into looking like you have high cheekbones. For a video, click HERE.
Strong Teeth and Bones
In the same way that high cheekbones give good facial structure, a full set of teeth and a strong bite can provide age-defying benefits. It gives that appearance of an upside down triangle. With time, teeth can wear down and move inward, giving the impression of a sunken look. It gives the appearance of thinner lips and wrinkling around mouth and cheek area. If your teeth are straight and square, you will have a sharper, more defined jawline, providing good facial feature support. Same with a strong skeletal structure, so try and do weight bearing exercises and get plenty of calcium. Who knows? It may make you smarter in the process.
Lush locks are an evolutionary sign of health. A diet rich in biotin (Swiss chard, carrots, strawberries and cauliflower) and protein (walnuts, eggs, milk and fish) are necessary to grow healthy hair. We subconsciously view nice hair as a sign of youth and vitality. It can even play into who we vote for. America hasn’t elected a bald or balding president since Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. Four years later, it was John F. Kennedy, the young man from Massachusetts with the white teeth, glowing bronze skin and thick, full head of hair that we elected president. If you don’t like fruits and vegetables, taking a B vitamin will also work and if you hate swallowing pills, there are shampoos that help grow hair. I’m a big fan of Nioxin.