Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Forget Botox: 25 Healthy Celebrity Anti-Aging Secrets

Guest writer Kelly Sonora from sent this to me. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

While some celebrities depend on plastic surgery and botox to look young well beyond their actual youth, other stars embrace aging and rely on more natural remedies and healthy treatments to keep their skin, bodies and attitude young. Check out these fail-proof ways to stay youthful without doing anything drastic.

These lifestyle tips will help keep you stay active, engaged and healthy as long as you can.

  1. Maintain a healthy weight: Being overweight drains energy, so stay in good health and at a sensible weight for your shape in order to keep up with the younger crowd.

  2. Exercise: Stars have to stay in top shape for their movie roles and magazine covers. Exercise boosts energy, keeps your muscles and bones strong, and helps you maintain a youthful figure. The Washington Post even reports that "physically active people have cells that look younger on a molecular level than those of couch potatoes."

  3. Eat for your bikini body: Popular celebrity diets center around lean proteins, eating several small meals a day, and watching calories. While drastic calorie restriction diets haven’t been proven to lengthen life in humans, eating healthy foods that are low in fat and cholesterol is.

  4. Wear sunscreen: Now that fake tans are gaining popularity, celebrities don’t have to lie out in the sun to get their glowing complexion. Wearing sunscreen is a must when you want to prevent wrinkles and damaging sunburns, like Amy Adams does.

  5. Drink lots of water: Keeping your body and skin hydrated contributes to a glowing, clear and young-looking complexion. It’s also a favorite beauty and anti-aging treatment of celebrities like Eva Mendes.

  6. Challenge yourself: In order to stay in the spotlight, celebrities have to reinvent themselves and challenge themselves in creative ways. By challenging yourself, you can remain more connected to society and flex your brain power at the same time, both key ingredients to slowing down the aging process.

  7. Travel: Another way to keep your brain active and engaged is to travel. Celebrities have the budget to travel to expensive resorts and exotic locations, but even taking a day trip to a nearby town will do the trick.

  8. Find time to relax: Stress contributes to wrinkles and poor health, so find time to relax by taking time off or saving for early retirement.

  9. Surround yourself with younger people: Halle Berry credits her youthful-looking skin and outlook on life to her much younger boyfriend. Gabriel Aubrey is 10 years her junior, and other stars like Demi Moore have also benefited from younger mates who keep them feeling and looking like a teenager.

  10. Be honest with yourself: Stars like Cindy Crawford are embracing their aging bodies, even if that means admitting they have cellulite. Accepting your age and the little imperfections that go along with it will help you feel more liberated and carefree.

  11. Stay social: Celebrities have packed social lives, which helps keep brain function sharp and makes you feel like you still live an exciting, fulfilling life.

  12. Pursue religion: If your childhood religion isn’t fulfilling, explore other religions or spiritual paths, like Buddhism or even yoga. Christy Turlington is a strong proponent of the yogi lifestyle, and at 40 years old, she maintains a successful modeling career and is still considered one of the most beautiful women in the world.

  13. Make an effort: If you don’t even make an effort to look your best, you’ll look way older than you really are. While you don’t need to primp as much as a celebrity on the red carpet, pay attention to the basic grooming and health habits that contribute to looking and feeling young.

Specific Treatments and Prevention

Here you can learn about celebrity treatments like acai berry wrinkle cream, microdermabrasion, eye masks and good dental hygiene to stay young.

  1. Sleep on your back: Heather Locklear suggests sleeping on your back, rather than your stomach, to avoid getting wrinkles. Celebrity Beauty Buzz reports that sleeping on your stomach with your face in your pillow contributes to wrinkles over time.

  2. Color your hair: Don’t fry your hair, but when it starts to turn gray or lose its natural sheen, get some highlights to keep your look vibrant.

  3. Drink red wine: Drink red wine with your dinner to relax and unwind, and also to help slow the aging process. Resveratrol is the ingredient in red wine that is attributed to anti-aging power and helps body tissue remain healthy and strong.

  4. Microdermabrasion: This skin cleansing treatment is popular with celebrities like Cindy Crawford. If you have clogged pores, sun damaged skin, age spots, very oily skin or wrinkles, microdermabrasion can help smooth out and clarify your complexion.

  5. Sugar Acai Age Delay Body Cream: Stars like Charlize Theron are huge fans of this Amazon body cream that makes skin firmer. Oprah is also a fan of the benefits of the acai berry, which contains 10 times more antioxidants than red grapes, plus dietary fiber, monounsaturated fats and essential amino acids.

  6. Start anti-aging treatments early: Even young stars are photographed at the spa and purchasing anti-wrinkle creams. The trick to preventing physical aging signs is by starting early. Use wrinkle creams in your 20s, and always use sunscreen.

  7. Wash your face before you go to bed: Letting make-up, especially eye make-up, settle into your skin overnight builds up oil, the potential for acne, and even the gunk that contributes to wrinkles and inflammation. Wash your face like Ashanti before going to bed.

  8. Pay attention to your teeth: Bright, white teeth convey the message that you haven’t had enough time to stain them with coffee or red wine. Use white strips, floss, get teeth cleanings, and consider getting a professional whitening job to help your teeth look whiter.

  9. Buy new beauty products: Throw out old beauty products if they’re over one-year old, or less for mascara. These products may breed micro-organisms that can cause infections, so treat yourself to new make-up every so often.

  10. Use an eye mask: Celebrity Beauty Buzz reports that thirty-nine year-old volleyball player Gabrielle Reece uses the Guinot Masque Yeux Instant Eye-Mask "to moisturize her tired eyes." Even if you don’t indulge in this pricey product, whip up your own eye mask or treatment to get the same effect.

  11. Wear stockings and French lingerie: Nigella Lawson tells Esquire that she depends on stockings and French schoolgirl socks to make her feel sexy and young.

  12. Add shimmer to your make-up routine: Splendicity reveals that adding a small amount of bronzer and shimmer eyeshadow in the right places can help your complexion look more vibrant and supple. Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez and Debra Messing all use shimmer to add more definition to their faces.

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