They say life begins at forty. This saying means that you have enough skills and experiences that will get you through life by the time you reach the said age. According to research, during this age, most adults have already accomplished much in life, so they are happier and more satisfied.
With experience also comes evident signs of skin aging such as sunspots, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. As you grow older, your skin loses the same elasticity it had when you are younger. However, with proper skincare, you can retain or bring back your skin’s natural shine and prevent wrinkles.
Check out these tips to retain a youthful glow beyond the age of forty.
1. Get Enough Beauty Rest
It is no secret that getting enough sleep helps restore youthful looks. As you sleep, your body heals its tissues and organs, particularly your skin. Increased blood flow to your skin helps rebuild its collagen and repairs damage caused by UV exposure. That is why lack of sleep could make you constantly seem tired and older.
Other benefits of getting enough beauty sleep are cancer prevention, weight loss management, and stress reduction. As you get older, the more it is crucial that you stick to your beauty sleep routine. As much as possible, aim for an eight-hour sleep every night.
2. Eat Right
What we ingest also plays a crucial role in our skincare. As you hit the 40-year old mark, having a healthy diet becomes more important if you want to maintain a youthful glow. Include in your diet food rich in antioxidants as it helps fight signs of skin aging. These foods include nuts and seeds, blueberries, dark chocolate, and green tea.
Detoxifying your body is also necessary to make your skin glow. Schedule a weekly detox diet with fruits and vegetables. Herbal teas are also good for detoxification. Consider as well cutting back on drinking and smoking if you want to look younger in your forties.
3. Exercise Regularly
Physicians would agree that regular exercise is essential for your overall health, no matter your age. As you get older, not only does your appearance start to deteriorate, but you will also start to experience several health issues, such as cardiovascular problems, musculoskeletal pains, and dementia.
To prevent or reduce these problems, doctors recommend regular exercise as part of your routine. A moderate and regular exercise improves blood circulation and boosts your immune system, which further helps give you a more youthful glow.
Anti-aging facial exercise is also helpful to give your face a younger look. It helps minimize, if not prevent, wrinkles, double chin, and sagging cheek muscles. Consider doing it every day. It only takes a few minutes of your time, and you will eventually see its benefit.
4. Take Skin Cleansing Seriously
A skincare routine is part of the plan to achieve a youthful look in your forties. Remember that your beauty regimen twenty or ten years ago may not work now that you are older.
For one, sunscreens and moisturizers during the day are a must more than ever. Your skin tends to dry up much faster as you get old, and prolonged exposure to sunlight could cause sunspots. At night, opt to use retinol serum for your skin. Drink plenty of water as well to keep your skin hydrated.
Secondly, cleanse your skin regularly by washing your face at least twice a day ━ or more after sweating heavily ━ with a mild cleanser. Use clean, hydrating face cream after regular washing to keep the moisture tucked on your skin.
5. Take Care of Your Body
At the age of forty, there are many considerations you have to keep in mind to maintain a youthful look. Beyond your skincare regimen, regular workout, healthy diet, and enough sleep, you also need to take the right steps to look better in other aspects of your life.
Starting with your appearance, consider using less makeup and sticking with more natural colors. The darker and more makeup you use, the older you look. Opt to dye your hair to hide the gray strands that are starting to appear. Dress properly, visit your dentist regularly, and do not forget to smile.
Having an optimistic view of life also adds to your youthful glow. No matter how much you try, your thoughts would manifest themselves in your looks. Try to have a more positive outlook. Join book clubs, community activities, and meet new people. Essentially, get involved in healthy activities.
The aging process can be challenging. But with help and the right perspective, you can overcome these challenges along the way. Welcome your forties with a bang. After all, age is just a number.