It seems that celebrities have tapped into a secret code for graceful aging. We see movie stars well into their 50s and 60s still looking incredible.
Aging like a celebrity comes down to a few pillars of health: exercise, stress management, quality skincare, and nutrition.
This article will offer tips on how you can, at least to some extent, replicate these results for yourself.
Get the Right Amount of Exercise
Cardio and strength training not only keeps our physical body toned, but it keeps our cells healthy and strong.
Cardio encourages the body to make new cells, which can help skin elasticity and can clear skin impurities.
As people age, muscle mass and bone density tend to decrease, leaving people a bit more flabby and weak. However, resistance exercise can to some extent fight against physiology, keeping muscles and bones strong.
It’s recommended that adults aim for at least 150 minutes weekly of moderate-intensity exercise that includes both cardio and resistance training (1).
Avoid overtraining as the body needs adequate rest and recovery to heal. More is not always better, and it’s important to listen to your body to avoid injury.
Step Up Your Recovery Routine
Focusing on your exercise recovery routine is just as important – if not more important – than the exercise itself.
Without proper recovery, the body will not be able to perform at its best.
To recover properly after exercise, ensuring adequate sleep is one of the best things you can do.
Adults need at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
Collagen is produced during sleep, which is why getting enough sleep can improve collagen status, leaving skin plump, youthful, and glowing. Research suggests that getting more sleep can help people look healthier and more attractive.
Getting regular massages is another pillar to recovery that can help you age like a celebrity. Massages increase circulation, improve muscle tone, and boost skin elasticity.
If you have access to a sauna, regular use can take your wellness routine to the next level. Heat therapy can help remove dead skin cells, leaving skin bright and youthful.
Some studies suggest that saunas can improve metabolic function by increasing insulin sensitivity, leading to improved muscle mass and reduced body fat (2).
Stress management is a key pillar for wellness. Stress impacts almost every aspect of our being including disrupting gut health, suppressing the immune system, and negatively impacting the appearance of skin.
Because of the gut-brain connection, a stressed mind can send signals to the gut, which causes bacterial imbalances and inflammation.
However, the gut-brain connection works the other way too, meaning the gut can send signals back to the brain. Nourishing the gut with fiber, anti-inflammatory foods, and healthy bacteria such as probiotics can send signals back to the brain and ease stress and anxiety.
Other ways to manage stress are to practice mindfulness or meditation and find ways to connect with nature.
Supplements are a great way to provide your body with nourishment that might be difficult to get from food alone.
When it comes to aging, there are a few special supplements that should be considered.
For one, taking a daily zinc supplement may be beneficial. Zinc encourages collagen production which leads to plumper, more elastic, and glowy skin (3).
In addition to zinc which can support collagen production, taking a collagen supplement is also a great idea for anti-aging. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and leads to more youthful skin, stronger bones, improved gut health, and healthier hair and nails (4).
Vitamin D is another important supplement to consider as it can help cells stay healthy, and can slow down the formation of wrinkles.
However, before blindly reaching for vitamin D the next time you’re at the store, it’s important to get your vitamin D levels tested to see if a supplement is right for you. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning it’s stored in fat cells, and it is possible to overdo it if you take too much.
Elevate Your Skincare Routine
There are many wellness routine habits that can benefit your skin health. Exercise, sleep, stress management, optimizing gut health, and collagen supplements can all help reduce wrinkles and improve the appearance of skin.
There are also products that you can incorporate into your AM and PM skincare routine to take your skin to the next level.
Always cleanse your face in the morning and evening with a gentle cleanser. During the day, wear a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 20 to protect your skin from the sun.
In the evening, choose a high-quality moisturizer and perhaps an evening serum. Choose products with natural ingredients and without harsh chemicals.
Focus on the Right Nutrition
Without good nutrition, the body is unable to carry out all necessary functions. One of the best things people can do nutritionally is to strive for a diet that is high in fiber, complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
Aim to get a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Eating the rainbow is important to provide the body with a variety of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which keeps the body strong and youthful.
Include plenty of foods with anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids such as nuts and seeds, olive oil, and fatty fish.
While no food is off limits and all foods can fit into a healthy diet, reducing the intake of processed foods and those high in added sugar can be helpful for healthy aging.
To age like a celebrity, there are many things to take into consideration. Keep your body active with regular cardio and resistance exercise, but be sure to set aside time for necessary rest and recovery.
You may even consider adding therapeutic massages and sauna therapy to optimize your recovery routine.
Find ways to better manage stress, as a stressed mind leads to a stressed body. It’s also important to follow a nutrient-dense, balanced diet, which may include supplements such as zinc, collagen, and vitamin D.