About Face: How to Look your Best at any Age

If you’re one of the lucky ones you get the opportunity to grow old. And if you’re one of the wise ones you choose to grow old gracefully. I find that growing old gracefully has everything to do with attitude and very little to do with looks. It’s about embracing life and living it to the fullest no matter where you are number-wise. Growing older is one thing, looking it is another thing altogether!

A little effort goes a long way in the beauty department. To look your best:

  • Eat healthy. Fill up on antioxidant and nutrient rich fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
  • Stay active. Experts recommend a few hours of aerobic exercise and 2-3 days of strength training weekly.
  • Treat topically. Anti-aging topical treatments like Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids (AHA & BHA) can lessen fine lines, Vitamin A derivatives (tretinoin and retinol) will help build collagen and thicken the skin, Vitamin C will improve skin tone and texture and Vitamin E moisturizes and heals.
  • Protect daily with sunscreen. Look at the ingredient list and choose a product containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to make sure you’re getting broad spectrum protection from both the UVA and UVB rays.

There’s also much that can be done in a doctor’s office. To educate yourself on the latest anti-aging options available I highly recommend The Face of the Future, Look Natural, Not Plastic: A Less-Invasive Approach to Enhance Your Beauty And Reverse Facial Aging, by Andrew A. Jacono, MD, FACS, an interesting and informative read on the latest facial rejuvenating procedures, from non-invasive to surgical treatments. This book demystifies topical treatments, peels, injectables, lasers, energy-based tightening treatments, face-lifts and numerous other procedures. You’ll also find how to get the most from your skin care regimen, advice on choosing a doctor, what does and doesn’t work, before and after photos  and so much more.

For more info. on Dr. Jacono, click here.

2 Responses to "About Face: How to Look your Best at any Age"

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  1. Gisele

    May 3, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Of course I’m familiar with the suggestion to wear sunscreen, but do have a concern that involves skin care use in general.

    Naturally most skin care lines want you to use their products in combination, but is there really any problem with mixing and matching? I ask because the line I’m currently testing in trial sizes doesn’t have a moisturizer with SPF. Should I for day wear switch its fairly rich moisturizer for a lighter-weight one from another line with SPF? Especially if I do wear makeup, I’m hesitant to layer yet another product over serum and moisturizer before applying makeup.

    I’m 54, have skin in quite good condition (thanks mostly to genes), but it’s fair (burns readily) and increasingly sensitive and prone to redness and even eczema.

    I love this site and look forward to the daily post in my inbox!

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    • Nancy

      May 4, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      Hi Gisele…great question! Keep your eyes open for an upcoming post where I’ll go into more detail on the do’s and don’t’s of this subject…but to answer your question, yes, if your line doesn’t have a moisturizer with SPF in it, it’s perfectly fine to substitute with one from another line. xoxoNancy

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