There is a difference between aging and aging gracefully. You can see it in the skin and demeanor of your favorite celebrities. Women like Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren and Halle Berry make the process of getting older look glamourous, not like something to dread. While there may not be a way to stop time completely or freeze your face in its 20s, there are five things you can do to accept your age with more grace and look your best long into your mature years.
1. Protect Your Skin
Above all else, you need to protect your skin from environmental factors that can cause premature aging. This means arming yourself with an arsenal of sunscreens, moisturizers and a healthy diet to keep your skin in its best condition.
Put down the wine, keep away from cigarettes and stay mindful of your time in the sun. Stick to self-tanner if you want a deeper glow and cover yourself with protective clothing and a good SPF. The earlier you start taking care of your skin, the better off your complexion will be in the long run!
2. Care for Your Skin Right Now
To keep your skin in top shape as you age and into the future, you need to start caring for it right away:
- Use gentle, medical-grade skin care products that won’t irritate your skin.
- Wash your face without scrubbing too hard to remove dirt, oil, dead skin and environmental pollutants.
- Avoid anything too harsh or any product that causes your skin to sting.
- Use a soothing moisturizer to help your skin retain its natural firmness and texture.
Remember, it’s much easier to proactively care for your skin starting today than undo damage that’s been done through years of neglect.
3. Consider BOTOX® & Injectable Fillers
BOTOX® and injectable fillers can’t stop the aging process itself, but they can certainly help minimize the appearance of aging along the way. These types of anti-aging treatments are most common in women who are beginning to notice deepening lines and wrinkles between the ages of 35 and 50. BOTOX® and injectable fillers can be used to refresh your appearance without looking “done.”
4. Schedule a Facelift Consultation
If you’ve noticed your face taking on a saggy look around the jawline, it might be time to schedule a consultation for a facelift. A facelift can help correct age-related drooping and jowling around the neck and jaw, taking as much as a decade off your appearance by addressing concerns that med spa treatments can’t quite resolve. Today’s facelift surgeons focus on ensuring natural-looking results using more advanced techniques than ever, so you don’t have to worry about that dreaded “wind tunnel” look.
Be sure you keep taking care of your skin post-facelift to ensure long-lasting results.
Facelifts are most common among women between the ages of 51 and 64, when sagging skin becomes more apparent and our faces can look more tired.
5. Don’t Forget about Your Eyes
They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. Your soul is beautiful and you want that reflected on your face, no matter your age, so don’t close the blinds! If your eyelids are drooping or sagging down in front of your eyes, as often happens with age, consider scheduling a consultation for eyelid surgery. Eyelid surgery can refresh your appearance by removing excess skin and fat that can help you look tired and older than you feel.