What can we learn from longevity secrets of people over 100? First, we exclude genetics, but assume this must be in their favor. Second, we look for diet and lifestyle similarities to form a behavioral pattern for healthy aging. Third, we condense these behavioral patterns into major lifestyle themes that led to increased longevity. Here are their lifestyles.
A study(1) starts with 122 year old JEANNE CALMENT (1875-1997) who actually smoked for 96 years, but only two cigarettes a day. She poured olive oil on all her foods and applied it to her skin. She drank port wine, ate two pounds of chocolate a week and rode her bike until 100. Her cigarette habit may be too little to be significant and she may have been protected by olive oil and other antioxidants.
SARAH KNAUSS (1880-1999) was 119 years old and considered the oldest person from the United States. She worked as a manager of an insurance agency. With little accounts, we have to rely on her daughter for an explanation. “She’s a very tranquil person and nothing fazes her. That’s why she’s living this long.”
Nature’s first and best answer to anti-aging is to age gracefully; to become ever more serene and appreciative. Throughout your lifetime, your every thought shows up on your face, sending either a frowning, angry, worried message, or a smiling and compassionate message. Repeating these thoughts over the years will create a permanent display of your inner thought life. There is nothing more beautiful than a woman who is comfortable with herself and kind to others, regardless of her age.
If you’re coming into serenity late in life, or just wanting to avoid looking older than you feel, a combination of the right natural ingredients and safe active ingredients from cosmetic science can bring a new freshness to your skin and hair.
First skin objective: Glowing.
Even the oldest skin is more pleasing to the eye when it glows. Exfoliation – just the right amount – is essential. Gentle, consistent exfoliation is more effective and long-lasting, (not to mention less damaging) than aggressive, but infrequent, exfoliation.
Glycolic acid is one of the most popular alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) used to achieve a glow. It is derived from sugar cane.