In our youth-obsessed culture, it often seems like there’s a war on aging. With multi-billion-dollar industries aiming to fight the signs of aging and sending women the wrong messages about getting older, we can easily forget the beauty of growing older. Aging is inevitable, and the alternative isn’t ideal. At Sacred Mama Organics®, we view aging as an important reminder of how lucky we are to live at such a beautiful time on such a beautiful planet.
Below, we’re sharing 5 tips on how to age with intention and own your beauty in our youth-inspired culture.
How to Own Your Beauty and Age Gracefully
1. View Aging Positively
When we’re constantly saturated with the “younger is better” ideal, it’s easy to see why so many people begin to experience negative, shameful feelings around the topic of aging. But to age gracefully and confidently in your skin, it’s vital to maintain a positive outlook on getting older.
According to a study by Yale University, those who viewed aging positively lived 7.5 years longer than those who approached it with a negative attitude. Not only that, maintaining a positive outlook on aging increases your overall happiness and satisfaction with life – and what’s better than that?
So instead of words like “shame” or “embarrassment” popping up in your mind when you think of getting older, rewrite those old beliefs and embrace themes of radiance, confidence, grace, power, and acceptance. Some ways we love to do this are through powerful positive affirmations and learning to live in the present, making the most of each moment.
2. Love Your Body as It Changes
It’s no secret that our bodies change continuously throughout our lives, and it can often be difficult (especially for women) to learn to feel happy and confident in their body as it ages and experiences changes. Embodiment practice is one way you can begin to feel more connected to the strength and beauty of your body and focus less on judgment.
3. Nourish Your Skin
Your skin changes as you age, and so should your skincare routine. To nourish your skin and feel like your most radiant self, prioritize moisturizing, restorative natural skincare products packed with beneficial antioxidants and barrier strengthening ingredients like fatty acids and ceramides. Face oils, like our Superfood Beauty Oil, support mature skin with nutrient-rich superfoods, deeply hydrate and condition the skin, and improve overall skin texture and elasticity.
4. Cultivate Gratitude
One of our favorite tips for living and aging with intention? Practice gratitude. Everyone can do this simple practice daily to transform how they view and experience life’s pleasures. Whether you take 1 minute or 15 minutes, spend some time thinking or writing down things you’re grateful for. Skincare is also a great way to slow down and show your skin gratitude, an appreciation for all it does and has done.
5. Be Mindful of What You Watch and Follow
From social media to magazines to Hollywood, society’s beauty pressures are everywhere, and it’s easy to get swept up in them. Instead of watching or looking at images and messages that make you feel bad about yourself or force you to compare yourself against unrealistic expectations, spend your attention on things and people that do make you feel good.
Follow those people and brands who embrace the beauty of aging and self-love. Spend time with loved ones. And nourish your mind, body, and spirit with things that fill you with joy.