Yes, age is just a number. But whether you’re in your mid-20s or just entered your 40s, we can all agree it’s natural to want to preserve your youth and do what you can to look your best (no matter how many trips around the sun you’ve joyfully experienced). While nothing can truly halt the aging process, there are things you can do to slow down the appearance of aging. From the foods you eat to your daily routines—keeping your body in its best condition is one of the healthiest habits you can do for yourself. Luckily, these practices also have anti-aging benefits. Read on to learn six ways to naturally conserve your youthfulness.
As our in-house nutritionist, Cara Clark, recently shared, “They weren’t kidding when they said that we lose collagen and muscle in our 30s. While there are so many amazing foods and some of the best supplements I’ve ever seen on the market for finding the fountain of youth, you still have to meet your basic health needs for them to work. My go-to foods and supplements for anti-aging are collagen peptides and bone broth, seeds and seed butter, wild-caught salmon, berries, omega-3 fatty acids, acetyl-L-carnitine, and zinc.”
Getting Consistent Massages
Kourt shared with us that her massage therapist, Sophie Lonsinger, believes the top anti-aging things you can do for your body are getting a massage once a week and working out regularly. “Massage can help bring out your natural beauty. Getting a good massage decreases lymphatic buildup and increases oxygen with vibrant blood flow to your skin cells. Specific techniques that accelerate lymph flow can help improve circulation, reduce inflammation, promote detoxifying in your cells, and improve skin texture. All of the kneading and stroking gently removes the top layer of dead skin cells. Your skin is naturally exfoliated with massage, and it helps stimulate the oil glands to balance oil production. This results in an improvement in skin condition and skin regeneration, which naturally helps give you a healthy, youthful glow,” Sophie explains.
Three out of four Americans are dehydrated … let that stat sink in. As we’ve already reminded you, being properly hydrated can increase lean muscle, prevent jet lag, burn more calories, enhance mental clarity, and reduce signs of aging. So be sure to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day (or more) and reap the anti-aging benefits.
Our in-house fitness expert, Amanda Lee, shares, “The three areas that I feel are most affected by gravity as we age are the rear, arms, and breasts. It’s important to stay consistent and include as much variety as possible in your workouts to keep your figure in its tightest form. Just like our faces, other parts of our body begin to fall as we age. Starting in our 30s, the body loses muscle mass and tone, causing overall less firmness. Skin cell turnover and collagen production also begin to slow down around this age, resulting in less bounciness in our skin.” Learn the moves to beat gravity at its own game here.
Regular use of a body scrub while you shower helps to remove dead skin cells, which results in softer, smoother, and healthier skin (read: brighter, younger-looking skin). Our favorite at-home scrub only requires three ingredients and can also reduce the appearance of cellulite. Here’s the full recipe and step-by-step instructions.
When you’re lacking sleep, your body can’t function at its prime. Who wants to feel (and look) sluggish? Try your best to get a proper seven to nine hours of sleep so you can not only feel rested but also reduce the risk of early aging caused by poor sleeping habits.