I can honestly say that my skin looks better now than it ever has in my life. Sometimes I feel like I’m reverse aging! Here are the lifestyle choices I’ve made that show how to have great skin at any age.
How to Have Great Skin at Any Age
When I was growing up, I was taught to never ask a grown woman her age. Ever. However, I get asked my age on a regular basis, at least once a week. I do have long hair and wear short shorts. But I also have grown children, grand children, and regular hot flashes. So, I get that there is a disconnect between my unwrinkled skin and the obvious clues that I am no 40-year old.
I think a big reason that I don’t look my age is my skin. I won’t pretend that I have the skin of a 20 or even 30-year-old. I don’t. I spent way too many years abusing it in the sun. Still, I don’t have wrinkles and it’s holding up pretty darn well. As a result, I’ll get asked what I do to keep my skin looking good. I am always willing to share what has worked.
The truth is, I’ve spent my adult life doing things to keep my skin in good shape. It’s harder to fix damaged skin than it is to not damage it in the first place. Really, the earlier you begin, the better off you’ll be. Trust me on this one.
Getting Older is Wonderful…
Getting older is wonderful in some ways but it’s humbling in others. Looking and feeling your best makes it somewhat easier. I know people say that looks aren’t everything and every day I see women who have given up in that respect. It’s a personal decision.
I have no intention of ever giving up. I want to look and feel my best at any age and having good skin is definitely a part of that.
Fair warning—keeping your skin looking youthful is more of a lifestyle than a quick fix. It requires a commitment to eating right, exercising, avoiding excessive sun, and using decent products.
Finally, here is my list of EVERYTHING I do to keep my skin in good shape. No invasive procedures required! Just a sense of humor and an open mind. I’ve also included links to my favorite books, my favorite products, and my lazy-girl recipe for bone broth.
Avoid Sugar and Foods That Act Like Sugar
I call this my #1 Skin care secret. Sugar and foods like sugar cause inflammation and inflammation damages your skin. When I’ve had a few days of indulging in these kinds of foods, I can see it immediately in my skin. My color and texture don’t look so good.
Avoiding sugar and foods that act like sugar in your body gives you two-fold benefits. Not only does your skin look better but it’s good for your body as well! Here’s a PDF of foods that are sugar or act like sugar in your body.
It might seem like this is impossible to do and maybe it’s not the easiest thing in the beginning. But once you eliminate these kinds of foods, you find so much variety in the rest of the food world. And as I’ll talk about next, that variety is exactly the kinds of food your skin loves.
Eat Real Food
My idea of real food is meats, eggs, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats. I eat these things 90% of the time. A couple of times a week, I may have rice, popcorn, or tortilla chips. These are not great foods for the skin and I’m not recommending them. I’m just pointing out that I sometimes go for not so great choices, but I try to keep them to a minimum.
When you remove filler foods like pasta and rice from your daily meals, you start to appreciate how good real food tastes.
One of the problems people have with eating meats and vegetables is that we’ve been convinced that we need to eat the leanest meats and that our vegetables can only be steamed to be healthy.
Neither of these things are bad by themselves but when it’s the only way you eat your meat and vegetables, it can be a dreary prospect. Eat real food cooked, prepared, and served in a variety of ways with generous amounts of healthy fats.
Bonus: How to Enjoy Real Foods
If you eat meat, eat a variety of different meats including the fatty ones. In addition, use liberal quantities of olive oil, coconut oil, and butter in the cooking and dressing of foods.
Food tastes great and I never ever feel deprived because I don’t eat sugar and foods that act like sugar. Real food that is cooked and served with plenty of fat tastes amazing!
Variety is key. Eat as many colors of the rainbow as you can. I eat raw vegetables and fruits and I liked cooked ones. I like them roasted, sautéed, and steamed. It’s all good in the vegetable world. The more the merrier.
Before I was eating real food, I was lucky if I managed to eat a couple of vegetables a day. And I didn’t have much variety. Now I eat vegetables with every meal and I enjoy lots of variety.
Your taste buds and your brain will adjust!
I didn’t invent this stuff. I did my first Whole 30 a few years ago and I’ve never gone back to eating the Standard American Diet. And I don’t miss it!
Moving your body is good for your skin. Humans are meant to be in motion. However, the way most of us work, we do not get in as much movement as is optimum. So, you have to work at it.
I like exercise that gets my heart rate up, my breathing deeper, but that also promotes relaxation. I don’t believe exercise should be punishment—I believe it should be nourishing.
Exercise is good for you skin because it promotes circulation that allows nutrients and oxygen to be carried to your skin cells and waste products to be removed. There is also some research that indicates that reducing stress also helps the skin.
But there does seem to be strong indications that exercise improves skin at a cellular level. Studies show the skin of an exerciser can look younger at a cellular level.
Use Quality Products
I have only used one source of products for 15 years. To say I’m a dedicated user would be an understatement. I started using Suzanne Somers products back in my early forties and I still love them to this day. I’ve included additional information at bottom of post if you’re interested in hearing more.
I use her cleansers, toner, moisturizers, serums, eye cream, some makeup, and the best lip balm out there.
They smell divine. They are organic. Best of all, they work great.
All that being said, you have to find products that you like and believe in. And use them! Keep your skin clean, moisturized, and nourished.
I added bone broth to my daily diet about six months ago. Here’s the post where I write about it, Is Bone Broth Better Than Botox? It is not a quick fix and it is a pain to make. To tell you the truth, it feels a little weird boiling up a pot of bones every week. This isn’t a one-hour task—it takes over 24 hours!
But I’ve seen the value to having this in my diet. My nails are strong. My skin stays soft. I have not been sick this entire time. My skin looks (to me) plumper. As in my cheek area looks nice and filled in.
I’m obviously sold on this since I make it every week and I’ve found a place to get good quality bones for a good price (Sprouts). I have my system down for making and storing it. Sure, I’d like to just be able to buy a gallon a week but that isn’t feasible. So, I whip up my brew every week and drink a cup or two daily. Recipe at the end of post.
My skin seems to agree that it’s good stuff.
How to Have Great Skin at Any Age
To have great skin at any age, you have to take care of it by limiting inflammatory foods, eating real food, exercising, and using good products. It’s a good feeling to be older and looking my best. After three years of eating a real food diet my skin looks better now that it ever has in my life.
No kidding. As in I think it looks better now than it did in my teens, 20’s, 30’s, or 40’s. It didn’t happen overnight, but it did happen and I couldn’t be happier with the results.
It’s an amazing feeling to feel like I have some control over how aging is affecting my skin. Now don’t get me wrong, I have daughters that are in their 20’s and 30’s. I don’t have their skin! But I am not complaining. I feel like I am doing the best I can and it shows.
Keep doing your best–it will show!
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Love taking care of your skin? Here are a couple of other posts that I wrote on the subject.
More About Suzanne Somers Skin Care
I’ve been using her products for almost 15 years. Except for one bar soap, these are the only products I use on my body or face. I can’t even imagine using anything else.
They can be pricey but I work around that. Once you join her mailing list, you get a notice when things are on sale. Her sales go from 25% to even 45% off. And once or twice a year, she offers a gift card promotion where you buy one gift card and get one for free. I combine that awesome offer with sales and I can stay stocked up.
Plus, she has some products bundled in sets that bring the price down too. To get started, I highly recommend the basic set that includes cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. And seriously get those lip balms. When I very occasionally give those as gifts to my kids, I tell them to not lose them or they won’t get any more. I’m not lying about that.
I’ve recently become an affiliate (see full disclosure here) but I’d tell you about these either way. I think with my discounts that they aren’t any more than other quality products.
Into a 12-quart stock pot with heavy bottom, add:
- 5–7 lbs. beef soup bones. The cleaner the better. Include knuckle bones or pig’s feet (totally gross but effective) to get extra gelatin.
- 2 stalks of celery
- 1 onion peeled and quartered
- 2–3 carrots
- 10 peppercorns
- 1 ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ cup of cider vinegar
- Water to cover
I throw everything into the pot at once and bring to a simmer then let it simmer for 24 hours. Then I let it cool until it’s easy to handle. That can be several hours. I don’t roast bones or skim. This is Lazy Girl bone broth! 24 hours takes care of everything.
I remove the big stuff then strain into wide-mouth quart size canning jars. I allow the fat to remain at this point. It will seal the broth in the jar. Then I remove it when I’m ready to open that jar for consumption.
Sometimes I freeze the jars. You can freeze wide mouth glass jars but not the small mouth ones. But I usually consume everything within the week. As long as there is plenty of fat on top, they keep well in the fridge.
Drink a cup or two a day.
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I'm a former counselor, career services leader, and college advisor. Now I coach and write at My Think Big Life promoting health and personal growth.