Want to look good in your 30s and 40s? It starts with making
some positive changes by the time you
reach your mid to late 20s. Of course it’s never to late to make positive
changes, it just helps to get a head start to look your best as you age.
1. Eat Right
Make sure your diet is rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, which are high in beneficial phytochemicals that protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals. This means they protect the skin against premature aging. DON’T Overeat. Research has now confirmed that overeating wreaks havoc with the genomes that prevent aging. So, just like Confucius says, eat slowly, chew every mouthful carefully, and never eat while watching TV or sitting in front of a computer.
By now, most are familiar with some of the tricks
professional make-up artists use to reduce the appearance of redness in the
eyes and to brighten them with the use of highlighting, but you may not know
you can do the same with your lips. As we age, our lips shrink in size, but by
strategically placing a light, shimmery highlight on the cupid’s bow and the
centre of your lower lip, you’ll have full-looking lips in no time. DON’T Go
for fillers. You can achieve luscious lips with strategic make-up.
3. Cleanse twice at night
Cleansing your face should be part of your morning and
evening routine, but at night you should do it twice – the first time will
remove make-up and the second time will remove grime and pollutants, leaving it
hydrated. Also, don’t use chemical-based make-up, but instead choose a mineral
4. Drink 1.5 to two liters of fresh, pure water every day
Replenish and hydrate the skin from the inside. This does
not include juices, coffee, teas, or fruit intake. DON’T Expect water-based
products to hydrate the skin, as the body is waterproof. (Showering and
swimming would be impossible if your skin could absorb water; you would bloat
and puff up.) Water-based products can age the skin, as water does its natural
thing and evaporates, leaving skin drier than before.
5.Use all-natural hair products
Marriage, babies and a boost in career can often lead to a
busier life, with less time to spend where it is needed most – including your
hair. It is important to use all-natural treatments including protein to
maintain hair’s condition. It will help restore, hydrate and give shine by
using it for just five minutes, twice a week under the shower.
DON’T Let life get in the way of nourishing your hair – now
you are leaving your early twenties it is less productive and can’t withstand
what it could.
6. Shape your eyebrows
Shape to perfection by refining the length and thickness of
your natural brows. DON’T Expose too much of the bone which is the part
underneath the brows and closer to the nose. As we age, the skin between the
eyes and the brows can make it look saggy and wrinkly.
7. Enjoy regular microdermabrasion treatments
By the time your late twenties arrive, cell turnover is
starting to slow down and environmental damage from smoke, pollution and
sunlight are starting to take their toll. Regular microdermabrasion treatments
are a fantastic way of treating degenerated skin cell turnover. This will also
assist in lessening the signs of aging by removing superficial fine lines and
wrinkles caused by dehydration.
DON’T Let it all go! Your late twenties, thirties and
forties are busy years, but remember to take time out for yourself and nurture
your skin, not least because stress is one of the most aging things. It may be
as simple as a half-hour bubble bath and face mask once a week.
8. Have monthly facials to keep the skin clean and
Also visit your dermatologist once a year for a full body
scan to check for any signs of precancerous cells. Your skincare kit should
comprise the correct eye cream for day and night, cleanser, toner, and
moisturizer. DON’T Use a cleanser without alpha or beta hydroxy, as these will
promote cell renewal.
9. Consider professional bleaching
Teeth tend to yellow over the years as tiny cracks in the
enamel soak up stains from coffee, tea, wine, tobacco and food dyes.
Fortunately, these age-related stains bleach away very well and bleaching is
easy. You’ll either wear a mould with gel for three hours daily for two weeks
at home ($150 to $500 upper or lower), or can undertake in-office power
bleaching with a stronger peroxide solution that’s activated for 45 minutes
under a high-intensity light ($600 to $1,000). DON’T Buy into over-the-counter
bleaching products, which can be too abrasive on teeth and too harsh on gums,
with questionable effectiveness.
10. Eat fish
Consume cold water fish such as salmon containing essential
fatty acids to increase your skin’s healthy glow. One serving a day is all you
need. DON’T Skip this important skin saver just because you don’t like fish.
You can also use fish oils, or eat seeds and nuts.