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In today’s youth obsessed culture, 40 is now considered the new 20 and 50 is considered the new 30. So what does “middle aged” really mean? For many of us, being “middle aged” means being at least 60 or over, which makes no sense when you factor in the average life expectancy for women in Australia is around 85. So, for the sake of this article we’ll imagine “middle age” is in the 40 to 50 year old (and beyond) bracket.
Every day we are inundated with media images of women like Jane Fonda who is now in her 70s, Cher, who is in her late 60s and other well known celebrities who seem to have defied the ageing process. We would be fools to believe they’ve done it without a lot of medical intervention, but it’s their attitude to themselves and their life that gets noticed.It’syour attitude to life that makes you feel and look young, so here’s what you can do to make yourself feel at least 20 years younger.
Make Time for Your Partner
When asked what kept her looking so young, actor Elizabeth Taylor frequently answered “Love”. What she in fact meant was making love, and lots of it. The act of lovemaking has often been cited as an elixir of youth and the scientists back it up with their…ahem…research. After all, it raises your pulse rate, pumping more blood around your body; it involves a degree of aerobic exercise,and heck, it’s just plain fun, which has got to be good for your mental health. To add a new youthful sparkle, why not be a little Naughty But Nice? You’re never too old for toys!
One of the reasons we live longer than our ancestors is because we have so much nutritious and healthy food available to us. Following a fresh, nutritious diet is the keystone of looking and feeling younger. The other major keystone is drinking water, and gallons of it! Water keeps our bodies, and more importantly our skin, hydrated and therefore moist and plump. An ardent exponent for drinking water, just have a look at Elle McPherson’s skin as she approaches 50.
Look After Your Skin
Treat yourself to a facial at least once a month. Your face is the first thing people notice about you, so why not make it the best face you can? A good beauty therapist will use products designed for your skin type to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize and make you feel like a new woman. A facial is not just good for how you look; it doubles as a treat to make you feel fabulous as well, so how much better can it get?
Update Your Wardrobe
We’ve all seen it – 50 year old women who look like they’re waiting for the local Nursing Home bus and 50 year old women who look stunning. It’s all in the clothes you wear and how you wear them.If you are totally clueless, look online for a stylist in your area or visit the local boutique. Many of the large department stores have stylists in store that will help you.If you love clothes, define your style and then own it. Nothing will make you feel 20 years younger than a compliment about how good you look!
Don’t take life too seriously. Heck, you haven’t got an eternity to spend bemoaning your lot in life, so get over it and move on. It’s a scientific fact that happy people suffer from less illnesses and live longer, so what have you got to lose by putting a smile on your dial?