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7 tips on how to age gracefully

Aging is a gift—but you can slow down its less desirable side effects with some healthy habits.

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by Curology Team
Updated on Sep 29, 2023 • 6 min read
Medically reviewed by Laura Phelan, NP-C
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by Curology Team
Updated on Sep 29, 2023 • 6 min read
Medically reviewed by Laura Phelan, NP-C
We’re here to share what we know — but don’t take it as medical advice. Talk to your medical provider if you have questions.

Aging is a natural and inevitable part of life. While the passing years bring wisdom and experience, they can also leave their mark on our physical appearance and well-being. Aging gracefully isn’t about defying this natural process but embracing it while taking steps to prioritize your overall well-being.

Curious about how you can slow down the clock? Here, Curology’s dermatology providers share 7 essential tips to help you navigate the path of graceful aging. 

Aging: It happens to all of us 

As we grow older, the renewal of cells in our body gradually slows down, leading to significant changes. If cells are not adequately renewed or replaced, the decline in their function can impact the overall performance of our organs. This decline becomes apparent as our reserves of cells diminish, resulting in visible signs of aging such as gray hair, wrinkles, and age spots.¹

How to age gracefully

Aging gracefully is a journey that takes a holistic approach to well-being. It involves nurturing various aspects of our lives, including physical activity, social connections, healthy eating, finding purpose, and engaging in intellectual pursuits.² By adopting these scientifically proven strategies, we can experience the joys of growing older with grace and vitality.

Let’s take a closer look at seven of the scientifically proven ways to enjoy healthy aging:

1. Diet

A healthy diet is essential for aging gracefully and promoting your overall well-being. Scientific research has shown that diets rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, cereals, fibers, fish, and unsaturated fats can prevent obesity, cardiovascular disease, and inflammation.³ You can improve your health by reducing red meat and ultra-processed food intake. Additionally, eating habits like Mediterranean and ketogenic diets, combined with increased consumption of vegetables and green tea catechins, have shown the potential to improve working memory and prevent cognitive decline.⁴

These dietary interventions may enhance our quality of life and can potentially increase life expectancy. By prioritizing nutrient-rich foods and making healthy nutritional choices, we can age gracefully, supporting our physical and cognitive health as we journey through life.⁵

2. Physical activity

Alongside a healthy diet, physical exercise plays a vital role in healthy aging by promoting independence, purpose, vitality, and overall quality of life. It acts as a preventive measure against various age-related conditions, including sarcopenia (muscle loss), osteoporosis (weakening of bones), and cognitive impairment, among others. A well-rounded exercise program, including daily aerobic activities, strength training, balance exercises, and flexibility exercises, can help you maintain your strength and promote healthy aging.⁶

3. Take care of your skin

Taking care of your skin is essential for maintaining its health and promoting a radiant appearance. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser twice daily to remove dirt, oil, and impurities. This helps keep your skin clean and fresh, promoting a healthy complexion. As the sun’s UV rays cause photodamage to the skin causing wrinkling and pigmentary changes, daily sunscreen (with frequent reapplication), sun avoidance, and sun protection should be used.⁷

4. Use the right skincare products: Curology Future-Proofᴿˣ

Using the right skin care products can play a significant role in maintaining youthful-looking skin. Curology Future-ProofRx is one such product that incorporates beneficial ingredients to support skin health and combat the signs of aging. Each formula is designed for your skin’s specific needs and may include ingredients such as tretinoin, azelaic acid, and niacinamide.

Tretinoin is a vitamin A derivative that stimulates collagen production and has been shown to decrease signs of aging such as wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.⁸ Azelaic acid has anti-inflammatory properties, helps prevent clogged pores, and helps fade dark spots.⁹ Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) increases collagen synthesis, reduces wrinkles and redness, and can help fight hyperpigmented areas.¹⁰ 

Curology Future-ProofRx may contain other ingredients subject to medical consultation. By incorporating powerful ingredients into your skincare routine, you can support your skin’s vitality and combat the signs of aging.

5. Stop smoking

Smoking has detrimental effects on your skin and can accelerate the aging process. Research shows that smoking raises specific enzymes called matrix metalloproteinases, which contribute to the breakdown of collagen and elastic fibers in your skin.¹¹ This collagen degradation leads to a loss of skin elasticity, causing wrinkles and sagging skin. 

6. Sleep on it

Sleep is critical in various cognitive functions, including clear thinking, vigilance, and alertness. It also contributes to memory consolidation. Insufficient sleep can negatively affect your psychological well-being, impacting your emotional and psychosocial interpretation of events and exacerbating your stress levels.¹² Aim for at least 7-10 hours of sleep per night to support your overall well-being and ensure optimal functioning.¹³

7. Keep in touch with your medical provider

Last but not least, regular health checkups can make it easier to catch and treat a disease before it can spread, which can help improve your physical and mental health. Your healthcare provider can also give you tips on life changes you may need to make to enjoy healthy aging.

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What is the secret to aging gracefully?

The secret to aging gracefully lies in taking care of yourself. This includes adopting a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition, regular exercise, adequate sleep, good skincare habits, and no smoking. Having regular medical checkups and staying connected with healthcare providers are also important.

How to age beautifully?

Aging is a beautiful process, but there are several strategies to help refine how your skin expresses your age. These include protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays and using skincare products with beneficial ingredients that nourish and support your skin’s health, such as tretinoin, azelaic acid, and vitamin B3. Ultimately, taking care of your overall well-being through healthy habits is key to aging beautifully.

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P.S. We did the homework, so you don’t have to:

  1. Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG). What happens when you age? (2020, September 10).

  2. Halaweh, H., et al. Perspectives of Older Adults on Aging Well: A Focus Group Study. J Aging Res. (2018, November 4).

  3. Leitão, C.,et al. The Effect of Nutrition on Aging-A Systematic Review Focusing on Aging-Related Biomarkers. Nutrients. (2022, January 27).

  4. Leitão, C.,et al. The Effect of Nutrition on Aging-A Systematic Review Focusing on Aging-Related Biomarkers. Nutrients. Ibid.

  5. Leitão, C.,et al. The Effect of Nutrition on Aging-A Systematic Review Focusing on Aging-Related Biomarkers. Nutrients. Ibid.

  6. Eckstrom, E., et al. Physical Activity and Healthy Aging. Clin Geriatr Med. (November 2020).

  7. Ganceviciene, R., et al. Skin Anti-Aging Strategies. Dermato Endocrinology. (2012, July 1). 

  8. Ganceviciene, R., et al. Skin Anti-Aging Strategies. Dermato Endocrinology. Ibid. 

  9. Schulte, B., et al. Azelaic Acid: Evidence-based Update on Mechanism of Action and Clinical Application. J Drugs Dermatol. (September 2015).

  10. Kawada, A., et al. Evaluation of anti-wrinkle effects of a novel cosmetic containing niacinamide. J Dermatol. (October 2008).

  11. Morita, A. Tobacco smoke causes premature skin aging. J Dermatol Sci. (December 2007).

  12. Worley, S.L. The Extraordinary Importance of Sleep: The Detrimental Effects of Inadequate Sleep on Health and Public Safety Drive an Explosion of Sleep Research. P T. (December 2018).

  13. Hirshkowitz, M., et al. National Sleep Foundation’s updated sleep duration recommendations: final report. Sleep Health. (December 2015).

Laura Phelan is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner at Curology. She earned her Masters of Science in Nursing at Benedictine University and went on to get her post-master’s certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the University of Cincinnati.

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