When asked about getting older, actress Kate Winslet said, “Confidence comes with age, and looking beautiful comes from the confidence someone has in themselves.”
Feeling more confident is something most of us look forward to as we get older. Wrinkles, age spots, and achy joints? Not so much.
We may not have found the Fountain of Youth, but that doesn’t mean we can’t combat some of the natural effects of aging. All you need is the right anti-aging advice to keep you looking and feeling youthful!
Here’s a roundup of anti-aging tips from Vail’s best estheticians and massage therapists.
1. Harness the Power of Vitamin A
It’s never too soon to start using retinoids, also known as the prescription-strength version of Vitamin A. Retinol can do wonders for maintaining your skin’s youthful appearance, including:
- Evening skin tone and texture
- Stimulating collagen production
- Reducing fine lines and wrinkles
- Boosting skin cell turnover
Look for products that contain retinol and slowly introduce them into your skincare routine. Expect to see visible results within 8-12 weeks of regular use.
2. Revamp Your Diet
We’ve heard we need to “eat healthier” a million times, but what does that mean in the context of aging? Here are some specific anti-aging tips regarding your diet:
- Boost your intake of Vitamin C
- Eat more healthy fats and fermented foods
- Reduce (or eliminate) sugar and processed foods
- Increase your protein intake to build strong collagen
- Stay hydrated by drinking a minimum of two liters of water per day
Bonus tip: Skip the straw! Researchers have found that regularly drinking out of a straw can cause premature lines and wrinkles to form around your mouth.
3. Level Up Your Sunscreen Routine
You can’t do much about those sunburns you got as a kid, but you can prevent further sun damage now.
Use skincare products that feature at least 30 SPF. Choose a moisturizing sunscreen cream over a spray or gel that could dry out your skin.
Most importantly, use sunscreen every day — even on cloudy days and during the winter months.
4. Don’t Forget Your Hands
We spend a lot of time slathering products on our faces, but it’s easy to overlook the other area of our body that’s most prone to premature aging.
The truth is that our hands are the first part of our body that betray our age. Just like the skin under our eyes, the skin on our hands is fragile, thin, and prone to wrinkles and age spots.
Keep your hands looking younger with a good routine of exfoliating, moisturizing, and (you guessed it) using SPF on your hands every day. You can also ask your manicurist not to cut your cuticles, as the repeated trauma can damage the skin over time.
Bonus tip: If you live somewhere very sunny (like beautiful Colorado), invest in a pair of lightweight driving gloves to protect your hands from sun exposure in the car.
5. Prioritize Self-Care
Everyone looks a few years older when they haven’t had enough time to rest. You may not be able to eliminate stress in your life, but you can find healthy ways to deal with it.
Adopt a solid self-care routine that includes time to refresh yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Spend more time in nature, keep your mind and body active, and try to get at least eight hours of sleep each night.
Just like your car needs routine oil changes, your body also needs “tune-ups” to keep it looking and performing at its peak.
Look & Feel Your Best With These Anti-Aging Tips
There’s more to maintaining your health (and your youthful good looks) than diet and exercise alone. Try some of the anti-aging tips listed above to look and feel great for many years to come!
Are you ready to put some of these tips into practice? Our team at Apres Massage & Facial is ready to provide you with the best spa services in the Vail Valley.
Click here to view our spa packages designed to nourish your body, skin, and soul. Or, to learn more, give us a call anytime at 970-445-2114.