Staying beautiful as you age doesn’t have to involve expensive eye creams, cosmetics or spa treatments. There are simple, easy ways to maintain beauty as you age—and many are good for your health, as well:
Smile Yes—just smile! Smiling instantly makes anyone look more attractive. Studies show that people who force themselves to smile more actually do become happier over time. Even better, a good smile will get other people smiling right back at you. A smile also lifts the apples of the cheeks and engages the muscles surrounding the jaw, which helps to fight the appearance of sagging jowls on the sides of your face.
Hydrate Healthy, supple skin is possible at any age if you hydrate both inside and out. Try to drink half your bodyweight in ounces each day. If you weigh 120 pounds, for example, try to drink 60 ounces of water a day. Staying hydrated will help your skin regenerate faster, revealing healthier, brighter skin. However, just drinking water will not do the trick. Invest in a light moisturizer (with sun protection) for the daytime and a heavier one for the nighttime. You’ll be looking younger in no time.
Sleep Well The phrase “beauty rest” isn’t just a cliché. Getting enough sleep can actually brighten both your mood and your looks. Try to sleep no less than eight hours, but no more than that, either. Too much sleep or too little can make you look tired and haggard. Also, try to get comfortable sleeping on your back, if you don’t already. Sleeping on your face can actually lead to extra creases in your skin. Over time, those wrinkles will become permanent.
Brighten Your Teeth A bright, white movie star smile can make anyone look younger. Use extra-whitening toothpaste at least twice a day for two minutes, as well as a two-hour whitening treatment (such as Crest White Strips) at least twice a year. For those who wear dentures, use a whitening, polishing rinse on your dentures at night.
Exercise Often The benefits of exercise are endless, but one major perks is that positively impacts the way you carry yourself. Exercise tends to give people a boost in confidence and mood. Other benefits include a trimmer figure and added mobility.