I have so many clients in their 50s and 60s that are truly sexy and inspiring. Working with them has taken my fear of aging and shook it out like a dirty rug. I have interviewed many of these little foxes about how they have aged so sexy, and there are common denominators! We must listen to our bodies and learn to play them like the fine instruments they are.
We now know that inflammation wreaks havoc on our poor little bodies. Inflammation is a cellular response caused by the body’s defense mechanism that also speeds up aging! Aging can be a beautiful and sexy maturation if you take control of your habits and live with awareness.
The Age Sexy Top Ten Commandments:
I. Stop smoking– this includes tobacco and various weed varietals. If you have smoked in your youth, load up on antioxidants to assist your body in it’s recovery. None of my foxy 60 year old clients are smokers.
II. Exercise– The gals that I work on that make me excited to turn 50 are all heavy exercisers. Some are champion ice skaters, a lot of Pilates junkies, and they sure don’t back down from the 60 minutes a day rule.
III. Take time for yourself– Make time to exercise, eat well, take a bath, travel, get a massage. Know when to call the calendar full.
IV. Maintenance and shameless self preservation– These gorgeous gals are in to see me often for skin resurfacing, cellulite smoothing, photo rejuvenation and medical grade skin care. They don’t think of it as anything more than maintenance. Make a budget and allow yourself a little Botox a few times a year and a resurfacing treatment once or twice a year.
V. Diet– A diet high in fruits and vegetables and low on inflammatory foods such as dairy, meat, and gluten will keep you glowing and your skin smooth well into the golden years. Drink no less than 9 glasses a day of water.
VI. Manage Stress– Take yoga, indulge in a therapist (your hair stylist doesn’t count), take lots of time to be with your friends and family, leave work at work, and cut out caffeine.
VII. Give Freely & share your blessings– Don’t just count your blessings but share them. The women I interviewed were all altruistic in one form or another. Some run charity organizations, while others leave amazing tips to their service providers (thank you very much!)
VIII. Skin Care– Tretinoin, Vitamin C, Sunscreen, Moisturizer, Obagi’s Elastiderm Eye Treatment + monthly rendezvous with your aesthetic nurse for peels and needling = Perfectly ageless skin.
IX. Sun Protection– If there was one piece of advice my sassy age-less clients would give you it is to stay out of the sun so that you don’t have to spend all the money they have had to spend to clean up the resulting mess! Sunspots age you quicker than any thing.
X. Alcohol– Practice moderation. My gals aren’t afraid to knock back a glass of bubbly every now and then, but you won’t find them nursing a hang-over.