So, today kicks off my BIRTHDAY WEEK! Another year, another birthday. Turning 39, again. Some days I feel my age. Most days I don’t look my age…and thanks to modern science and Botox, I will fight looking my age every step of the way. When men get older, they become more distinguished looking. Salt and pepper hair, rugged. Very James Bond-ish. But, when women get older; they just get older. NO THANK YOU.
I follow a lot of these tips, not all. I am only human, and not going to lie. I love me some junk food every now and then. When my husband reads this blog he is going to ROLL his eyes to a few of the tips. #onlyhuman
My grandmother, who’s skin never looked her age, used Oil of Olay for ever! I use it, (it has 50 spf in it now), every morning before I put on my foundation. #NotPaidToSayThat There are a lot of things we, as women can do. There are a lot of things we do because our moms, grandmothers did. But somethings we can do new, or do better. Because who doesn’t want to feel better or look better?
First, tip. Homage to my Grandmother “GaGa”….Always use sunscreen. UV rays cause an extremely big percentage of wrinkles and other signs of ageing. Use it daily on face, neck, even your ears if you have short hair. Pay special attention to protect your skin from sun damage when you go on holidays & if you are playing sports…and PUT sunscreen on those KIDDOS! It pains me to see all those summer pool and ball field photos with beat red faces and shoulders. Remember my “Take care of Yo Self” BLOG a few months ago? The Dermatologist told me that some people are just genetically predisposed and it’s NOT just people over 30. The youngest melanoma she has treated was a 17-year-old male. 17 years old!!! It can come from years of sun exposure.
Second, Keep the same weight all the time. One of my favorite actresses Christie Brinkley is the great example of woman who looks absolutely stunning and gorgeous, even though she is like 60 now.
It’s unbelievable! She shared one of the secrets of her beauty – maintain the same weight all the time. Often people have a habit of eating 3 big meals a day, but when you desire to maintain, it’s better to appropriate right habits of eating – try to eat smaller portions, but more often than only 3 times a day, (eat 5-6 smaller meals) this way you will boost your metabolism and it will be a lot easier to maintain great figure. And I’m not saying ‘skinny’…ALL shapes are beautiful! Just try to maintain the same weight, whatever it is, too much change does a number of your skin, muscles, etc. Another easy trick is to drink one glass of water before or after you eat, depending on your preference. Water will make you feel satisfied, and your body will stay very hydrated! Maintaining the same weight is harder the older we get…..trust me. #birthdayweek ;-/
3-Exfoliate your skin regularly. Exfoliation is one of the most important secrets of youthful appearance! I do this EVERY day. It has many benefits: it’s the best way to keep your skin soft and glowing, it helps to keep your pores from clogging (keeps acne under control), helps with uneven skin tone, keeps lines and wrinkles in check. It does not have to be expensive, just find what works for you. I use St. Ives Apricot scrub and it works like a charm and doesn’t make me break out.
4-Focus on Positive Things. Being happy really does have an impact on how you look! Have you noticed, maybe walking around in a store, that some people just look miserable? Well, being happy does make you look and feel younger and puts you in a good positive mood. This is why it’s so important to cultivate positive mental attitude, laugh a lot and chose to be happy.
Look at the glass half full instead of half empty, notice all the great and positive things that happen to you and be thankful for them and remember to smile often. Be a Do-er, a problem solver, someone who figures things out…not just fussed about them. This will help you stay younger looking and feeling for longer. Plus, people want to be around fun, positive people! #PurgeTheNegative
5- Eat Healthy. Stay away from processed foods. I admit, I LOVE me some drive thru every once in a while…I can’t help it! (Ok, more often than every once in a while) But, this is one of the crucial habits we have to work on in order to stay youthful for a long time. I suffer from some pretty bad ‘gastro issues’ (I know, TMI). So, we really do try to eat healthy home cooked dinners. Researches suggest that healthy diet can fend off your skin’s top enemies. So, include fruits, vegetables and fish into your diet! Eating healthy also makes you feel better. Good gas in the tank makes the car run well! (at the end of this blog, there are some food tips)
6- Beauty Sleep. Getting enough sleep regularly can help you to boost your energy levels, relief stress and keep your weight down/maintained. You have to recharge. Your body needs it. Getting at least 6-7 hours of sleep every night can help you to feel and look a lot younger than your real age. This would be great for me if I didn’t suffer from Insomnia…I think I may have found a recent solution to it. (more on that in an upcoming BLOG). If you are able to sleep…I am JEALOUS. People that can lay their heads down and be to sleep in 5, 10 minutes…..I wish, wish, wish that was me. I need a night cream that hides the fact that I haven’t had a good nights sleep since 1996. Any suggestions?
7- Get into the gym. Exercising is proved to be a great mood booster, it can help you to reduce stress and to keep your skin looking healthy. So, don’t neglect this “friend of your beauty” – sport. Now, I hate, yes hate, the gym and working out. I have tried running, yoga, walking, spin, group classes, with a trainer, without a trainer, working out with a friend, solo, weights, cardio….I just don’t like it. The last “round” of me attempting to get fit…after a few months; I threw out my back, couldn’t move for 5 days, ended up with shots in my back and an MRI. Omg, SO MUCH FUN! But, for everyone else, I think it’s a great idea. LOL (and when I finish this blog, I will, for real, get my iPad out and do a slow flow, stretching yoga session, with my dog)
8- You time. Meditate, soak in the tub, pamper, TV time, go for a walk, read a book. Whatever you need to do to decompress…do it. It is NOT selfish, you have to take care of yourself before you can help anyone else. It will relax and make you feel better.
9-The last thing ,Physical intimacy is good! Great and healthy love life can also help you to stay younger looking and younger for a long time. While doing “it” – your body cultivates the “hormone of happiness” which not only strengthens your immune system and boosts your happiness, but also helps you stay younger for longer. Some researches show that people who have happy relationship and regular satisfying intimacy look about 10 years younger than their physical age. Yes, Jonathan…I know you are laughing you butt off reading this part too! It’s my birthday week, not yours, LOL!!!!
A few heart and age helping foods...because I am ALL about two birds, one stone. The oil found in avocados works to toughen your skin while also hydrating it. Another perk? Avocados are full of monounsaturated fatty acids. This is the healthiest type of fat for the cardiovascular system because it doesn’t promote inflammation.
Foods high in water content, such as cucumbers, watermelon, apples, peaches, melons, and celery, are some of the best hydration solutions for your skin. They keep away wrinkles and therefore keep you looking fresh-faced. #SugarTownMellons #IcanEatMyWeight
Stock up, choose foods like chicken, lean beef, walnuts, chickpeas, and dried fruits. Zinc is essential for a healthy immune system, and selenium helps your skin retain its natural elasticity.
Cabbage, broccoli; are natural detoxifiers that minimize toxicities that build up in out blood stream and dull out complexion.
Eating kiwi will not only help maintain clear skin, it will also promote healthy bones. One cup peeled kiwifruit contains more vitamin C than the equivalent amount of oranges.
Rosemary is rich in phytochemical, this increased levels of ceramide in the skin which helps to retain moisture and elasticity. #GoodForCooking #GoodasADrinkGarnish
Resveratorol and flavanols. These two compounds are the good stuff in dark chocolate that promote circulation and can even protect against moderate sun damage. Just make sure to choose dark chocolate over milk, as the dark chocolate is more beneficial to your health. #IKnewIt!
Spinach has an exceptional lutein content which helps keep our eyes healthy and bright. Spinach also has tons of vitamins, including folate (vitamin B9), which aids in the production and maintenance, of new cells, including red blood cells.
Pink Grapefruit Juice for Smoother Skin Pink grapefruit gets its pink-red hue from lycopene, a carotenoid that’ll keep your skin smooth according to a study published in the European Journal of Pharmaceuticals and Biopharmaceutics. Make a mojito out of it…
Alcohol to Ward Off Alzheimer’s Disease
Drinking alcohol—moderately, which is one glass a day for women and two daily for men—may ward off dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. As we age, brain cells die, leading to gaps that slow nerve transmission within the brain and between the brain and the rest of the body. Moderate drinking appears to somehow prevent these “potholes.” (Scientists aren’t sure why.) I would like to shake those scientists hands and say “thank you!” I will pour a glass, or three, of Champagne and stay healthy! #WhatIsModeration?
I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter and drink some birthday champs for me on Good Friday!