I recently got invited to a “Botox & Bagels Party,” and it sent me into a tailspin. Am I at the age where I want an entirely new arsenal to fight to age? Do I even have age marks now that I’ve blissfully not noticed, but should I? Am I missing out on something women around me are secretly doing to seem younger?
After the initial shock, and an extended look within the mirror (both literally and figuratively), I took a while to reassess my antiaging regimen.
Here’s my decision to age gracefully:
1. Sun Protection. I put sunscreen on every morning – even on cloudy workdays. And once I head to the pool with my kids during the summer, I slather it on and repeat it regularly. I wear an enormous hat and sunglasses. And I’m recuperating about sleeve cover-ups. The one area that also probably needs more protection is my hands – I wish gloves were in style!
2. Exercise. My skin glows when I’m exercising regularly, but I’ll admit – it is often really hard to seek out the time to try to do it. I keep at it, though, because I do know that I’m getting far more from exercise than glowing skin. understanding keeps my weight in restraint, which helps me avoid chronic medical conditions like high vital signs, diabetes, and arthritis that might stress my body. And, I would like to remain in shape so I’m ready to continue with my family & friends. I buy major FOMO – I don’t want to miss out on anything! and that I know the key to looking young is staying young at the bottom.
3. Alcohol. Okay, so this is often a piece ongoing on my behalf. the reality is, I prefer cocktails and wine (in moderation of course!). But, besides the taste, there aren’t many pros to alcohol. I buy puffy eyes (not good on camera!). And once I have a drink, I eat more, and that I don’t need the calories. Then, to top it off, there’s the very fact that alcohol is understood to extend your risk of cancer! That certainly won’t help my future older self. But, it’s funny, for all the stats and research that comes across my desk performing at WebMD, the factoid that stuck bent me: Jennifer Lopez avoids alcohol because it’s bad for her skin. And who doesn’t want to seem like J.Lo? I’m trying out a “dry January,” so I’ll be curious to ascertain if I notice any differences.
4. Nighttime routine. I wish I could say I do that every evening, but I’m trying! Most of the time I do get through it. getting to roll in the hay a clean, moisturized face is vital. I exploit a facial wipe to urge my makeup off, wash with a mild cleanser, smooth on moisturizer, and apply my acne medication. The retinoid for my acne does double duty reducing signs of aging, so that’s a bonus. I also floss and brush my teeth. A smile makes everyone look younger!
5. Sleep. once I don’t get enough sleep, I’m grumpy and therefore the little wrinkle between my eyebrows becomes more prominent. I learned a short time ago if I’m not sleeping enough, then my life must have an excessive amount of stress. That’s my cue to hamper reception or within the office, reassess my situation, and make adjustments. Maybe I want to face whatever has me worrying and anxious. Or, maybe I want to only say “no” to something and hand off responsibilities. Then I sleep, and that I awaken a more pleasant self with bright eyes and no eyebrow wrinkle.
Maybe you’re wondering what happened at that Botox & Bagels Party? Well, I didn’t go – it had been on a Saturday morning, and that I felt like sleeping in and twiddling with my kids. For now, that tiny wrinkle seems to return and go, so I’m not bothered by it. But I’ll reassess again during a few years.