Looking your best as you approach your 50th birthday requires adapting to the changes experienced by your skin and body over the years. Make-up techniques for women will require subtle and more natural colours to prevent exacerbating the depth of fine lines, while clothing and hairstyles for both men and women need to be adapted to their current body shape and lifestyle.
A commitment to optimum nutrition, regular exercise and adaptation to changes will ensure that you look your best at any age.
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Exercise regularly to tone muscles, release stress, lose unwanted pounds and help your skin defy gravity. Exercise helps you sweat impurities, unclogs pores, and stimulates blood flow throughout the body, which makes skin glow and gives it a youthful appearance.
Buy new clothes that flatter your body shape and are suitable for your age group and lifestyle. "Ask Men" magazine advises older men to choose classic, timeless looks rather than dressing in styles that are geared toward younger men. The same rule applies to women approaching 50.
Find a hairstyle that enhances your best facial features and requires little processing to make it look good. Constant use of hairspray or gels weighs down the hair and makes it look dull and lifeless. You'll look younger if your hair is shiny and full of body.
Moisturise your skin daily after showering to keep skin soft and fill in fine lines.
Eat balanced meals and drink water to flush out toxins. MayoClinic.com recommends eating antioxidant-rich foods to keep the body and skin healthy.
Have your teeth professionally whitened and follow up with regular cleanings. White teeth are a sign of youth and health.
Tips and warnings
- Make the time to take care of yourself.
- Socialise to keep your mind and social skills sharp.
- Spend less time doing sedentary activities to keep your muscles working and the blood pumping.
- Consider getting tested for vitamin deficiency and bone density once a year to adjust your diet according to your body's requirements.
- Consult with your dentist about whitening products and when to use them. Some whitening products will thin out the teeth's natural enamel and cause painful sensitivity to hot and cold.
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