You can’t stop the sands of time. Aging is just one of those things that is inevitable. Just because you can’t slow the trips around the sun doesn’t mean you have to look and act old. There are several things you can do to age more gracefully.
Attitude toward aging is just one way you can feel and seem younger. The way you dress has a big impact on dating yourself to a certain generation as well. Let’s not forget to take care of your skin; youthful skin and treating age spots can turn back time. Keep reading to learn the six signs of aging you don’t just have to grin and bear.
1. Reverse the Tanning Years
The world is a different place today than it was a few decades ago. Before big events like prom or a wedding, many folks might hit the tanning bed to achieve a sunkissed glow. During the warmer months, sunscreen was often an afterthought as well. And you might have been someone who laid out by the pool to catch some rays.
Today, it’s considered common knowledge that the sun and tanning beds can damage your skin. Achieving that “healthy glow” can actually be detrimental to your overall skin health and increase your risk of skin cancer. If your skin has fine lines and dark spots from those years in the sun, fear not. You can get an anti-aging treatment by way of prescription retinoid cream to help refresh your skin.
2. Say Goodbye to Under Eye Bags
As you age, you might notice the bags under your eyes darken and become puffy. This can be for a few reasons. Stress, allergies, or being overtired can be some contributing factors. But as you age, your eyelids get weaker and skin can start to sag. If you’ve gained some weight over the years, it can also rest in these areas on your face.
If you suffer from dark circles and puffy under eyes, there are several things you can do. The first and most important step is getting enough sleep. You can also try different tightening creams or eye masks. Switching to a diet with lower inflammatory foods can also help. Cold compresses can also take away that swollen appearance.
3. Touch Up Your Roots
Graying hair is a tell-tale sign of aging. Some might love that salt and pepper look, but others might feel old and hate it. And when you gray differs for everyone; some might start getting gray hair in their 20s. You might not gray until 80. Genetics plays a huge part in this and stress levels play a small part as well.
You don’t have to just accept your hair changing if you don’t want to. From home dying kits, to fancy salons, there are a ton of options out there. To start with, you could go simple and just add in highlights. Or you could dye your grays to match your hair color. Check it out and see what fits your style and budget.
4. Flash Those Pearly Whites
Our teeth can give away our age. After decades of use, they can start to take on damage. Your teeth can start to break down, yellow, and decay. Decay can also cause other health issues, like heart disease. The way your smile looks can also have a direct impact on your self-esteem.
You don’t have to just grin and bear it though. For starters, get your annual dental check-ups and cleaning. This can help keep your mouth healthy and could save you from dentures down the line. You could do prescribed or at home teeth whitening treatments as well. Don’t forget to practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly and limiting sugary foods.
5. Thinning and Excess Hair Fixes
Men can lose hair on their heads but find it growing in excess on their ears, nose, and eyebrows. Women might find their eyelashes and eyebrows thinning but have unwanted chin hairs. You can wax or trim your excess hair at home or at a salon. Laser hair removal is also an option for those who want a more permanent solution for unwanted hair.
To treat balding hair for men, there are several remedies, but do your research for a reputable one. Talking to your doctor is a good place to start. Many men go with the shaved head and full beard look. For women with thinning eyebrows and eyelashes, you can consider makeup fillers or false eyelashes.
6. Keep Your Wardrobe Fresh
Just because you’re the age your grandparents were when they started wearing polyester slacks doesn’t mean you have to. What you wear can age you, especially if you’ve been wearing the same shoes and pants you’ve had since the ‘80s. However, you also don’t have to follow all the latest trends on TikTok and Instagram to look younger.
Subtle and classic refreshes can make you look classy and current. Hairstyles that are more trendy also keep you looking younger and more spry. Find your style and one that matches the types of activities you enjoy.
Each year seems to zip by faster and faster. And while you can’t stop time, you can slow or reverse how old you look and age gracefully. Try a few of these tips to redefine what your age looks like. Just because you’re getting older, it doesn’t mean you have to look and feel old.