Me at age 32
I get asked often what my secrets are to looking younger than I am. I don’t try to dress, act or carry myself in a younger manner, but I guess when you’re young at heart and a little eccentric you feel younger and perhaps that emulates your appearance. This doesn’t mean I got to dodge the skin obstacles those of us in our late 20’s and 30’s face. I also embrace my age. It’s important to have a healthy mindset about aging. When I was in my 20’s I was really obsessed with preventing any signs of aging. Especially since my mom looks no where near her age. I wanted to be like her a lot, but she also took really great care of her skin and health through the years. I had to learn to accept my flaws and maintain a healthy glow from the inside out with diet and a more positive outlook.
I don’t spend a dreadful time in front of the mirror prepping my skin or wearing lbs of makeup to cover my age, but with a few healthy habits I’ll share with you what I do to appear a bit more youthful.
Diet – I drink plenty of water, antioxidant loaded green tea and enjoy treats such as polyphenol-packed seaweed snacks as a part of my mostly plant based diet. I am overweight and not by any means a health nut (but I love super inspiring health nuts) but I do make an effort to make better choices. I also enjoy raw almond butter and chia seed jelly on whole wheat bread, which are loaded with healthy fats and anitioxidants. All important for a healthy heart, supple complexion and fighting free radicals which stresses out your skin.
Exercise – I have a love/hate relationship with exercise. Sometimes I love it and feel focused and consistent, then I go through periods where I hate it and want to eat pizza and play video games. When I feel like this, I go for a walk. I’ll go to my local gas station or servo station when I’m in Australia, and pick up a few healthier alternatives to snack foods. If I’m buying junky stuff, portion control babies! Exercise stimulates blood flow, which is super important for a healthy glow and collagen production.
Smoking – I was a smoker in my 20’s and am extremely happy I quit. I did develop fine lines near my mouth which started to form in my late 20’s. I’m not trying to sound preachy, but smoking is horrible for your health and less important, your vanity. Let’s be real though. Your skin is a mirror of your health. What you put into your body will show up on your skin.
Sun – When I head outdoors, I ALWAYS wear sunblock/sunscreen. I am obsessed with SkinFood’s Tomato Whitening Finisher with SPF 50. If I’m not in a makeup mood, I at least apply this to my skin. I’m either under a bright Californian sun or an aggressive Australian sun, both which can be pretty harsh if you don’t manage your skincare.
Mentality – We all struggle with body image issues from time to time. Even the girl you think is perfect and has everything going for her has issues with her appearance at some point. It’s important to remind yourself that you are beautiful, and not expected to be perfect. However, keep in mind it’s also important to take small steps daily to be healthy on the inside and out. Whether you struggle with your weight, or have scars, stretch marks, thinning hair, or whatever. Remember that your value isn’t based on how great you look. Your value is on how good you feel about yourself and how you treat yourself and others.
I like to get up and go for a walk, and make an extra healthy meal, drink a green juice or treat myself to a pedicure when I’m feeling gross and horrible. It may seem silly but once you get into the habit of this you’ll start to feel good physically and mentally.
I hope this advice helps! I’ll be writing a post on kawaii makeup tricks for your late 20’s and 30’s soon, as well as my skincare regimen since I get asked a lot what I use and what my routine is like.