It doesn’t really matter how old you are, one thing is for sure and that is the fact that you are not getting any younger. Gravity eventually comes for everyone of us and no one is getting out of this world alive. Aging is a beautiful thing that people should be proud of. Not everyone gets the privilege to age but unfortunately, some people are scared to get older. For some women, mentioning their age out loud is forbidden because they want to be considered young. Aging does come with a few surprises, some of which you may have never known until you actually started getting older. For some people, some of the things I’ll mention are expected while some may be surprising but the goal of this blog post is to help you embrace the aging process by giving you tips to stay youthful much longer and to age beautifully.
So lets face it, some of the consequences of aging can be quite harsh while some are much milder. For example, sagging skin is nothing compared to weak joints, arthritis and memory issues. However, I will focus on some of the milder results of aging. Some of the harsher consequences of aging like memory loss, stiff joints, degenerative health conditions and severe disease may be beyond ones control while some may be alleviated or avoided by making healthier choices at a younger age. I will not be able to address these conditions since I am neither a doctor nor a medical practitioner. The milder results of aging like sagging skin, wrinkles, hair loss and more will be addressed in this article.
One of the early surprises of aging is the emergence of fine lines and wrinkles in places you never thought possible. In your late teens and early twenties, you probably enjoyed flexible skin that bounced back pretty quickly after being traumatized in the sun, winter and other harsh weather conditions. However, you will find that as you near your late thirties, it is not easy for your skin to bounce back as quickly as before. The results of any harsh treatments by you will begin to stare you in the face. Crows feet, smile lines, frown lines, forehead crease etc will begin to become slightly more visible every day. This is a result of the loss of collagen in the skin leading to less flexibility. In order to deal with the emergence of wrinkles, you will need an inside out approach. First, you will need to boost your intake of healthy and nutritious foods. Some people start taking collagen peptides which has been found to increase skin elasticity by replenishing the naturally produced collagen in the body. The beauty products you use will also need to be updated as you age because of the changing demands of your skin and hair. Natural products are much better and recommended for the overall health of your body. Moreover, they provide all you need for healthy skin and hair. In the next sections, I will recommend reliable natural products that you can use to obtain a youthful appearance for as long as possible.
Natural products for youthful skin: The skin is the first testament to your age. Some of the more commonly neglected areas of the skin that reveal age include the back of your ears, elbows, hands and knees. You may have not shown as much care to these areas in your earlier years but as you age, that will have to change. The back of the ears is more commonly neglected in women of color. We are so caught up in different hairstyles, braids, twists etc that we forget to apply same product we use for our face and neck to the back of the ears. Unhealthy practices like failure to moisturize your skin, not using sun block, applying layers of make up on the skin daily and not cleansing properly afterwards, sleeping on rough fabric, using chemical laden skin care products and cosmetics, not changing out your make up and more speed up the aging of your skin and needs to be discontinued.
Incorporating pure oils and herbs that nourish the skin from the inside and out will be a safe insurance against premature aging. Protecting your skin from the elements is an important step. Making sure your skin stays moisturized and well cleansed, sleeping on a silk pillow case, changing out your cosmetics regularly are also critical. Some of the oils and natural butters that work wonders on the skin include: rosemary oil, black seed oil, tamanu butter, shea nut butter, cupuacu butter, mango butter and many more. Infusing your oils with pure herbs like basil, rosemary, hibiscus will give your skin care regimen a boost that will ensure young glowing skin. An important tip is to focus on oils and butters that prevent inflammation and eradicate free radicals. Vitamin E is a known skin protector that you will need in your beauty arsenal.
Natural products for youthful hair: Your hair is your natural beauty accessory. I don’t know anyone that looks better without hair. Its every woman’s crowning glory indeed. Unfortunately, as you age, it loses its vibrancy and life. Hair loss is one obvious effect of aging. The loss of collagen caused by aging also affects the health of your hair and in some people this translates to unhealthy follicles ultimately resulting in hair loss. Furthermore, many young people do not realize that they have scalp diseases that need to be addressed. Early detection of some major scalp inflammation conditions is critical to avoid significant hair loss. Most people only realize this when it is too late and they are left with unsightly bald spots and thin hair. It is important to start incorporating natural products (oils and butters) at an early age to ensure a healthy and well nourished scalp.
Infusing oils with herbs known to promote hair growth and healthy follicles will be a good place to start. Our virgin hair massage oil contains unrefined organic oils that promote a healthy disease free scalp. Your hair care regimen needs to be more robust as you age. Oils like black cumin seed oil, rosemary oil, black castor oil, are known to promote healthy scalp. Your hair care regimen doesn’t necessarily need to be too extensive and time consuming, it only needs to include scalp care as well as hair care. Focusing solely on hair growth and hair styling neglects the most important aspect of hair care which is scalp care. If your roots are unhealthy, there can be no healthy hair growth. Your regimen should include regular scalp massage, deep conditioning treatments and thorough moisturizing steps for your hair. Scalp problems like dandruff, dermatitis, alopecia, CCCA and more must be immediately addressed to prevent irreversible hair loss in the future.
I hope you find these tips helpful and together we can all look as beautiful and youthful as we would like for as long as possible. Always remember, it is a blessing to age and your sagging skin is a gift that reminds you of how long you have been around as well as how much wisdom you have accrued over the years.