Let’s start with one basic thing that you might not want to hear: You are going to get older. Whatever you do, whatever tricks or magical formulas you try, that’s inevitable. That doesn’t mean aging has to be difficult or painful, however. There are things you can do to ease the way.
No one really wants to experience the side effects of aging. Some of them are more superficial – grey hair and wrinkles may not be your preferred appearance, but they don’t cause actual harm. Things like arthritis and dementia, on the other hand – conditions often associated with aging – can cause a lot of pain and distress for you and your loved ones.
The thing about aging is that most of the things you can do to combat its worst excesses need to be started as early as possible. The more care you take of yourself in youth, the better for your long-term prospects. Trying to reverse the symptoms of aging after they’ve begun is a lot trickier than heading them off before they start, although many people won’t think about getting old until it becomes unavoidable.
Luckily, the most basic things you can do are the same things you should be doing to look after your health more generally. Eat right (the Mediterranean diet is notorious for aiding longevity), get plenty of exercise, and have healthy sleep habits. It’s not just physical, either; you need to take time to care for your mental health, which means trying to avoid or alleviate stressful situations.
When it comes to appearance, there are lots of things you can try. Maybe you like to dye your hair to keep the grey out. There are lots of skincare products that claim to have anti-aging properties among their benefits, though you should always be skeptical of the wildest claims. The things to look out for are retinol (a component of vitamin A) and vitamin C, which are both proven to contribute to skin health. Some people even choose to get plastic surgery.
Getting older doesn’t have to be a miserable experience. There is plenty you can do to reduce the risk of developing the more serious symptoms, and there are even ways to hide the visible signs. Just choose your products carefully and listen to the experts. You may even find some of it quite pleasant!