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Taking Care of Yourself as You Grow Older

Published On May 9, 2017 | By Gerardo Sanders | Health

You’re older now and want to look and feel your best. Diet and exercise can help improve your weight, mood, and the condition of your skin. Combine them with plenty of rest, an adequate amount of water and a daily routine that consists of deep cleansers and hydrating moisturizers and you’ll retain a healthy, toner body and the appearance of beautiful skin. 

The importance of hydrating your skin

Your skin needs water to keep it soft, supple and hydrated. In addition to giving your skin a healthier appearance, a properly hydrated skin forms a protective barrier against toxins, harsh elements like extreme temperatures, the wind and exposure to the sun. Your skin contains hyaluronic acid which stores water keeping it firmer and resilient. When not enough water is present it can cause the skin to look dull and dry and bring on visible signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. Moisturizers infused with active ingredients like peptides can offer relief to many of these visible signs with repeated use. Many companies are continuously conducting research to improve your physical appearance. For instance, Dermaclara developed Silicone Fusion Technology. Using a medical grade silicone pad, that’s both breathable and flexible you can minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars and stretch marks.

Sleep and its effect on the body

Lack of sleep harms the healing process of your body. It’s ok to have an occasional restless night, but if it continues you need to make changes to correct it. There are many things that can prevent you from enjoying a good night’s sleep. It might be eating too late, drinking an alcoholic beverage, caffeine or something as simple as your sheets. Try to refrain from caffeine at least 3 to 4 hours prior to your normal bedtime and reduces or eliminate your consumption of alcohol. Many people sleep with the television on, but the flickering light can actually have the opposite effect. A dark room is a perfect environment for promoting sleep. 

Aging is a natural process that your body goes through. However, there are many ways to retain your shape and a healthier, more youthful appearance. Diet and exercise, the proper amount of sleep, lots of water and products like Dermaclara Silicone Fusion to work behind the scenes on your skin to help reduce the visible fine lines, prominent wrinkles and skin imperfections that can reveal your age. 

Keep moving

As you grow older staying active is essential on all fronts. It’s necessary for heart health, your digestive system, joints and continued mobility and for toning and retaining muscle mass. While resistive, strength-training exercise will offer the best results, doing any physical activity will help to restore lost elasticity due to age. Take a brisk walk, swim laps, take up tennis or golf. The point is to start moving and stay moving. It’s easy to reduce your level of activity when the demands on your time decrease due to the empty nest or retirement. But, now that you have all this time for you, it’s time to embrace it. Join a gym, go on a hiking or camping trip and remain active. 

Fuel your body

If you want to look and feel good you have to fuel your body with the proper foods. If you eat fast, processed foods your skin will look dull and blemished, at any age, and your body weight will continue to rise. This will affect the way you feel mentally and physically. Since it’s now much harder to lose weight than just a few years earlier, it’s important to monitor the foods you eat and to change your eating habits. Losing weight isn’t just about your caloric intake, In fact, you can take in more calories if they come from the right foods. Sticking to a diet that includes whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, fish and nuts will improve your overall health. Also, fiber, found in whole grains, is essential to maintaining your digestive system as you get older. When you eat the right foods your memory improves, you have a higher level of energy and your mood reflects it. 

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