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Keeping it Together: The Guide to Aging Gracefully

As you get older, it's even more important to actively work to stay healthy and young—both physically and at heart. Here, my personal insight into aging gracefully.

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Keeping it Together: The Guide to Aging Gracefully

Your Size

My entire life has been a struggle with weight. I like chocolate, french fries and late night pizza. In my 40s, I have discovered that you must increase your exercise regimen and decrease your food intake, unless you are genetically blessed.

This is so much easier said than done.

Drink water, skip the soda—even diet soda! Sugar-free gum has become a best friend, along with my trainer and a great deal of willpower. My family history of high blood pressure and diabetes haunt me, because these are clubs I do not want to join. I exercise seven days a week obsessively and at 5’6” am 133 pounds, wanting to be 120. I am sort of at peace but not really. At a size four or six I know I need to calm down. But I will not!

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Your Face

This needs critical self-assessment. If you cannot be objective, consult a board-certified dermatologist. The best time to fight frown lines, hair on the chin, dark circles and a sagging face is early. Simple techniques like not rubbing your eyes, wearing an SPF 30 sunblock daily, not losing and gaining a lot of weight constantly and using moisturizers, anti-aging serums, lasers for hair removal or a little Botox® can go a long way. Fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse and Sculptra) add volume to a sagging face and can make one look years younger.

Understand though, that one person’s face ages very differently from the next. Do not over-pluck your eyebrows or pick at your pimples. Focus on your strengths in your physical appearance and highlight them. And get more sleep—you will feel and look better rested.

Your Style

Update yourself. Dark lip liner and shag haircuts are no longer in style. Again, if you cannot be objective, seek help from a stylist, or just an honest friend. Go through your closet once every six months and give extra things to Goodwill. Concentrate on looking classic and timeless, not trendy and soon-to-be-outdated. If the outfit does not fit, do not wear it! Glasses, shoes, handbags and even workout clothes should not look like antiques (even if they are).

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