Baby boomers, that legendary generation and moving force in the market place is leaving a mark through extraordinary amounts of disposable income allocated towards the anti-aging process. With increasing numbers, the over 40 population is flocking to gyms, dermatologists and plastic surgery centers in search of a youthful appearance.
In order to achieve both a fit physique as well as a young and vivacious look, a baby boomer must give equal attention to improving and/or enhancing the physique and skin care. Yes, there is some truth to the old cliché, "Beauty is only skin deep, but ugliness cuts clear to the bone." However, mature adults recognize that attractiveness is enhanced by personality and intelligence, but reduced by ill manners and idiocy. Yet, blemish-free healthy skin is a universal component of beauty.
Check out the young and vivacious look of babyboomer Diane Fields.
The concept of healthy skin representing beauty is born out of studies in psychological studies that investigate what humans consider beautiful. Both environmental and genetic predispositions for certain characteristics of the opposite sex have been documented by researchers. Healthy skin is a sign of good health and therefore those with healthy skin are more attractive as potential reproductive partners.
Like it or not, beauty is defined by the market place. For instance, there is a continuing growth in the expenditure by consumers on skin care products.
By 1999 nearly 40% of baby boomers spent more money on skin care than ever before. Even consumers under 30 have realized that in order to look younger they must pay more attention to protecting their skin by spending more on preventative measures to reduce photo damage. Just in the United States, one can see the rise in billions of dollars spent each year on skin care products.
But, is all of this spending on skin care products necessary to redefine the aging process? The experts say no. Exercise, sound nutrition and resistance training is the key to healthy skin and a youthful appearance.
(Revenues Are In Millions Of Dollars At The Retail Level)
Compound Annual Growth Rate, 1995 - 2000 = 14.5%
Source: Feedback Research Services
Healthy skin is smooth, with no breaks in the surface. It is thin, exfoliated to remove useless cells and allows light to reflect off the red blood vessels beneath which creates a healthy, youthful glow.
So how can you maximize the health and attractiveness of your own skin? Continue to follow our advice on exercise, resistance training and nutrition because these factors directly lead to youthful, age-defying skin. Dr. Laurence Kirwan, Medical Director of the Dermis Center states, "Aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercises raise our metabolic rate and improve the complexion."
Baby Boomer Guide To Redefining Age With Youthful Skin
- Establish a regular routine for cardiovascular exercise and resistance training. Get a workout program here.
- Pay attention to nutrition: A balanced diet of lean meats and fish, vegetables, fruits and adequate liquids promotes healthy, clear skin. Avoid refined carbohydrates. Eliminate junk foods full of sugar, fat, and salt.
- Stay out of the Sun! The No. 1 product that prevents wrinkles and sun damage is sunscreen. Use SPR-15 or higher sunscreen whenever you do go in the sun. Sunlight exposure temporarily tightens skin, dehydrates it and reduces elasticity, and this reduced elasticity is responsible for premature aging in the form of wrinkles! Stay away from tanning beds too!
They are worse than natural sunlight for increased wrinkles and skin cancer! In addition, always wear sunglasses to protect your vision as well as protect the skin around your eyes from premature wrinkling.
- Eliminate drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol to give your skin the best chance to stay healthy and youthful looking.
- Avoid moisturizers! Don't believe the myth that moisturizers are necessary. Moisturizers remain in the surface of the skin, creating a layer of cream that prevents pores and sweat glands from functioning in an effective and efficient manner. Bacteria and toxins are unable to be expelled by the body, which leads to an increase of a bumpy complexion.
In addition, moisturizers slow down natural exfoliating processes which results in a thick lack-luster complexion. According to Dr. Kirwan, "The habitual use of facial moisturizing creams and lotions is not only unnecessary; they could be doing skin more harm than good. Not only that, used continuously over time, they could actually speed up the skin's aging process."
- Use high quality supplements on a daily basis. Multi-vitamins, super-antioxidants, glutamine and BCAAs are part of our daily routine to maintain a youthful appearance.
- Get plenty of sleep. Remember baby boomers, our recovery times are longer now as compared to our youth of decades ago. To continue the youthful appearance allow for adequate amounts of recovery time and sleep.
Diane Fields, Member. Legendary Fitness, LLC.
Richard Baldwin, Member. Legendary Physique, LLC.
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The advice given in this column should not be viewed as a substitute for professional medical services. Before undertaking any exercise or nutrition program, Legendary Fitness, LLC advises all to undergo a thorough medical examination and get permission from their personal physician.