To start, think of a few of signs of aging and redefine how you feel about them. Like this:
Lines on your forehead: they're there because of all the times you've had to think hard, to be puzzled, amazed. They're there because you've found solutions and answers.
The lines around your mouth: they're there because your amazing life has made you laugh.
Stretch marks on your chest: they're there because you were pregnant, you gave life to human beings, you nurtured them for the first delicate crucial months of their lives.
Now, embrace. And then follow our five tips to hold on to that embrace.
You know its benefits, but it's close to impossible to fit it into your busy schedule, especially now that your energy levels are not as high as when you were 20 and you are feeling tired. Be creative. Ask a friend or two to make it an event. Go for walks, jogs, or if you're experiencing back pain, join a pool. Make it social. It's the perfect time for a quick catch-up with people you rarely see.
2. Talk about it
Assuming that you're all alone in this thing called aging, is not the best thing to do. As a woman in your late 30s-early 40s, you know the benefit of talking, sharing your stories, your fears. Tell your friends and loved ones how you're feeling, exchange tips and pointers, and try to laugh as much as you can. We're all in this together.
3. Eat well
Another no-brainer, you may say. But did you know that there are foods that have anti-aging properties. Here are a few:
Oatmeal: helps prevent damage to skin cells
Oranges: their high content of vitamin C helps make collagen to keep your skin supple.
Avocados: contain healthy fat that hydrate skin and help absorb nutrients.
Salmon: bursting with omega-3s which help retain your skin's moisture and stop the appearance of wrinkles.
Grapes: helps fight the effect of UV rays, while some say they slow the aging process.
4. Use the right beauty products.
Buy face creams that are age-appropriate. Try the array of Olay creams that renew your skin's surface and replenish moisture. Try using a moisturizing eye cream like Olay Regenerist Daily Treatment Eye Lifting Serum, which helps get rid of the circles, and simultaneously de-wrinkles and de-puffs your eyes instantlly. Another powerful night cream that boosts skin cell renewal to reveal smoother and tighter skin would be Olay Night Ritual. Use this regularly and wake up to younger looking skin, free of wrinkles.
5. Try to keep bad habits to a minimum
Keep your alcohol intake to a minimum, as it dehydrates and damages skin. If you smoke, maybe you can start researching ways to help you stop or cut down.
Try not to stress too much, and concentrate on feeling good, rather than obsess
about looking young. You're nearing 40, you know most of the ropes of life, you've got them wrapped around your fingertips. So pack your creams, learn your list of healthy foods, round up your friends and loved ones, and set off on your magnificent adventure.