These days, people find beauty and looking younger top priority. You only have to turn on the television or open a magazine to see or hear someone getting some sort of plastic surgery.
Does plastic surgery make them feel better or even look younger?
There can be many people who turn to surgery and live happily with their choices but for others it can go drastically wrong and in my own opinion make things worse and do more harm than good.
The realisation is that you do not need to go through such drastic actions to look younger and healthier. You can help to slow down the process naturally.
You just need to be ready and motivated to do so.
Being happy and secure in yourself is most important. Ageing eventually catches up with us all but you can grow old gracefully so embrace the natural process of life.
There are a few signs of early ageing. Early ageing is unlike natural ageing and sometimes can be something to be concerned about . It is not just looking older but it is feeling older. A few signs to look for are :-
So what can you do about it ?
Here are my suggestions and tips to help.
1. Stop Stressing
Stress can effect you not just mentally but physically too. I you feel stressed you are more than likely looking it too.
Stress can make anxiety levels peak and those anxiety levels can harm your immune system.
When the immune system slows down, the ageing process speeds up.
This is what causes problems like depression, high blood pressure, obesity and frequent illnesses.
Stress can also be a cause to start bad habits which are a bad way of dealing with anxiety such as smoking, large alcohol consumption and comfort eating. Try not to stress out .
Figure out what the cause of the stress is and how to deal with your feelings when it arises more calmly. So next time the children spill paint on your cream carpet or the dog chews your favourite pair of shoes , just say to yourself
'' Things are not as bad as they may seem , I can deal with this calmly''
Try using these methods to de-stress:-
2.You are consuming too many toxins.
Beauty products , food, drink and house hold cleaning products all carry toxins and some of them can be extremely harmful such as
These are just a few that have been found to cause health problems such as Cancer, birth defects , chromic illnesses and others.
I can see you now, running around the house checking all the ingredients on the labels on your bottles and tubs but do not worry , it is easy to change and make things better for your health for your products to become toxic free .
Start with cleaning products , throw away those nasty chemicals that are in your family home and look for alternatives such as natural or organic.
If you are feeling extra organic then you could use some of these organic and natural products for cleaning the home and probably save some pennies in doing so:-
There are a lot more and even tomato ketchup and bread has its use for house hold cleaning.
There are a lot of brands out there that are organic, natural and green and the same goes for beauty products. Try buying organic , you will feel the difference and even see a significant improvement in your health and complexion with that one simple step.
3. Your wardrobe.
People say what you wear reflects your age. It can tell people a lot about you by the way your dress.
Dressing your age has to be my most appropriate tip.
Wearing your nan's hand me down vintage floral dress may look good on some but mostly terrible on most people , the same goes for the 50 year old mum who shops in the teenagers section in New Look for those ripped skinny jeans.It does not make you look younger but in fact enhace the fact you are trying to look younger.
Buying clothes that are a perfect fit for your shape and personality is a must , just wear what is appropriate.
4.Stop the poor diet and eat well.
Filling your diet with junk food and artificial foods can make you look older before your time and that is because every part of your body is effected by what you eat. Food can improve or decrease the appearance of your imune system, your skin and of course your weight.
Don't go mad and start dieting , just follow some simple rules.
5. Dem bones.
Aches and pains are definately something we recognise with growing older.Looking after your joints and bones is important. My doctors prescribed me with high calcium milk and water because I had very low levels . My mum used to tell me to drink milk to make my bones stronger so I used to imagine myself waking and wobbling around like jelly if I had not had my shot of creamy goodness.
Exercise is an obvious option to help strengthen them and of course maintains your weight to a healthy state.
Theres nothing more enjoyable than a lovely steamy bath and followed by a massage to wind down and relax but also help your bones and joints.
6. Stop sitting around
The dreaded word '' Exercise is something of a harsh word to some, me in particular but exercise plays a huge role in how well you age.
Joint movement and muscle mass needs to be maintained through regular exercise. It will help you be more flexible and keep that dangerous belly fat from building up , saving you from that discomfort later on in life x
We all know how exercise is good for you , so make sure you do it properly . Just keep these four things in mind
Having a variety of sports or fitness routines are the best way to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
Yoga, pilates and Thai chi are excellent for anti ageing and don't have to be in a gym , you can do these at home.
You get soo many benefits :-
7. You're not sleeping
This is something which I struggle to deal with , always have , for instance last night I was still running around at 1am doing the laundry and had to be up for 7am with the children for school.
It is said that too much sleep or too little can be harmful and in fact you are meant to sleep for around 7-9 hours only each night.
Sleeping more than 9 hours can have dyer consequences and has been proven to actually shorten your life span and energy levels .
My bedtime is regular but my timing is terrible .
8.Face lifts do not make you look better.
At some stage in our lives we will all have wrinkles, sagging jowls and that dreadful turkey neck. We see a lot of celebrities in particular turning to surgery to get that face lift when they become aware and self concious of wrinkles and dropping. I often think they make people look worse, you can tell by the unatural look of the tight skin and unatural stiffness but I think it makes them look worse.
9. Bad habits.
We all know that smoking and drinking high percentages of alcohol is bad for you and it can carry so many complications and be dangerous to your health.
Smoking to relieve stress will cause you more stress because the nicotine in your system is thriving for more of those nasty chemicals from the cigarette. If you don't get that nicotine your blood pressure will rise and then not only will you feel stressed but you will also look stressed.
Alcohol in small doses is not so much a problem . It is binge drinking, drinking every day however that can have drastic consequences not only for your looks but for your health too.
Alcohol depletes Vitamin A which is important for skin/cell regeneration. So if you are drinking a lot of alcohol then you will be losing your collagen which leads to wrinkles and dry skin.
10. Take care of your teeth.
Our teeth are one of our main accessories. Everyone notices them when you talk and smile so taking care of them should be a priority.
As we get older , our teeth and gums start to become weaker, stained and lose enamel .
Chemicals and bacteria form up in the mouth which can cause gum disease, cavities and staining so you need to brush and floss regular to avoid this.
Smoking and caffeine are well known for harming our teeth so cutting down or even better stopping is the best option.
'' An apple a day, keeps the dentist at bay''
You should not over do it with acidic fruits like apples and oranges though as eating too much can do more harm than good and strip the enamel and rot your teeth.
11.Cellulite just wont leave me alone.
Cellulite is very common especially around the belly and the top thigh area.
It is not just larger people who are effected and at some point we will more than likely come across it .
There are a lot of beauty products out there that claim to reduce or rid cellulite but infact very rarely work at all.
Again diet and exercise helps the skins elasticity become more subtle .
These are 3 home remedies you could try to help reduce cellulite:-
12.Listen to your body.
The problem with todays society is that we spend too much time rushing around and helping others , sometimes forgetting to eat or sleep just to please others whether that is in work , friends or family or even neighbours. You need to remember to always make time for yourself and listen to your body giving you signals that you need something .
The key to feeling young is to take care of yourself mentally, physically and emotionally. You will feel better for it and if you feel better , you will look better.
So there we have it , what mistakes are you making ?
Start adjusting your lifestyle for the better of your health and appearance in a natural way. Stay young inside and out no matter the age .