Ageless beauty has officially arrived and wrinkles are now seen as a badge of honour, rather than something to hide. Getting older isn’t the way it used to be – thanks to a vast wealth of health, medical and beauty knowledge out there now, we’re all looking fabulous and feeling more fantastic as each decade ticks by.
There’s a whole army of women who are busy spearheading a revolution in the way we see ageing and rocking their age.
We recently profiled several Instagram stars who are at the forefront of the ageless beauty revolution, but at the A-list end of the spectrum, we have Halle Berry (50), Elizabeth Hurley (52), Cindy Crawford (51), Christie Brinkley (63) and others (like Helen Mirren) all providing rock solid proof that getting older is more fun, and looks better than being young. (Especially if you were young in the eighties and partial to aerobics, lycra bodysuits and leg-warmers, thanks to Jane Fonda, or sported a corkscrew perm with a full can of hairspray added to it each day).
We decided to have a look at the lifestyle tips these fabulous women swear by to look and feel great…
Courteney Cox and Cindy Crawford are both big fans of Pilates for retaining their core muscle strength and in turn their fabulous figures. As we get older we can find our energy levels tend to drop but this doesn’t mean we should stop exercising. Instead of doing as much exercise as you can it is better to do the right exercise for your body. Pilates gives you the ability to build lean muscle tissue throughout the body, thus enabling us to burn calories even when we’ve finished our exercise session. Perfect for those who want to exercise effectively without running out of stamina.
To keep her energised and looking radiant on set all day, Halle Berry always starts her day with a protein shake. She includes plenty of green vegetables such as spinach, which is rich in iron, to make sure she keeps her energy levels are supported throughout the day. Try this recipe if you want one that tastes good, rather than green and mean.
Christie Brinkley, 63, has revealed that one of the golden rules of her diet is to eat a range of different coloured fruit and vegetables throughout the day. Shona Wilkinson, who is a nutritionist, explains why we should be eating a rainbow of fruit and vegetables ourselves, ‘’You need to consume a wide variety of foods daily in order to provide yourself with all of the vitamins, minerals & phytonutrients necessary for optimum functioning. Aim to consume a rainbow of variety of fruit and vegetables per day, ideally between 8-12 servings. Include some raw foods in these servings daily as they are full of enzyme activity.”
Halle Berry and Davina McCall have both spoken about how they have gone sugar free in order to improve their diets as they hit their fifties. They both make sure the only sugars in their diet are natural ones.
Sugar can play a huge part in the premature ageing process, affecting your teeth, skin, weight and, as well as causing wrinkles via a process known as glycation, can even be linked to memory loss and Alzheimer’s. If you’re trying to stave off the effects of ageing, it is worth either reducing or cutting sugar out of your diet. Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading Women’s Natural Health Expert and author of Natural Alternatives to Sugar, explains how we can replace sugar with naturally sweet alternatives: “You can add sweetness to foods in other ways. For example, you could add carrots, raisins, dates, figs or bananas as natural sweeteners. Many people now make wonderful cakes from naturally sweet vegetables such as beetroot and carrot.”
Sometimes it’s not just about what you eat but also when you eat. Liz Hurley swears by eating the majority of her calorie intake early in the day and only eating lightly in the evening – meaning she burns off her calories throughout the day. (A trick that Cameron Diaz also swears by). This is easy to do: Start the day with a huge omelette, with piles of green veg, or salad, then have a chicken, tuna, or salmon salad for lunch and vegetable soup for dinner. You have so much energy that you don’t make excuses to hit the gym, and you’re honestly too full up to snack. It’s way better than starving yourself all day then having a large dinner, which your body spends all night trying to digest.
To maintain her toned physique, and her everlasting legs, Elle MacPherson swears by barefoot running on the beach. Although not all of us may have the opportunity to hit the beach every day as part of our exercise routine, it can easily be done in the garden or at the local park.
Liz Hurley is known for her love of lemon-infused hot water for staying in shape, and she’s definitely on to something. Shona Wilkinson from Superfood UK explains, “Lemons are great to add to a glass of water and are often recommended for helping digestion. This is due to lemons helping the liver produce bile which helps keep food moving through the digestive tract. Lemon water stimulates the liver which is responsible for flushing out toxins”.
Try replacing your normal cup of tea or coffee with a cup of lemon and hot water for a natural daily detox.