New Year’s Resolutions for Looking Good and Aging Gracefully
January 7, 2013 - By Dr. Jules Feledy
We’ve all watched the ball drop, we’ve sung our Auld Lang Syne, and for another year, we’ve celebrated the transition over to a new calendar. And a lot of people have, of course, vowed to improve themselves with the tradition of the New Year’s Resolution. If you’re still pondering what to put on your New Year’s Resolution list, here are a few ideas for keeping yourself looking young and healthy well into your golden years.
Going on a Diet
You are what you eat, as they say! While it may be a bit cliche to resolve to go on a diet in the new year, there are more benefits than just losing a few pounds. What you eat can better prepare you to age gracefully. Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet, such as leafy greens like kale and spinach, and fruits such as raspberries and blueberries. These palatable plants are known to have anti-aging qualities.
Put That Butt Out!
You already know the myriad health issues that smoking promotes, but it can also have an adverse effect on your skin. Cigarette smoke has been shown to impact the formation of wrinkles and signs of premature aging. However, if you’re going to quit, don’t make the mistake of cutting the habit cold-turkey. Your body is just going to crash without the nicotine, and heighten your risk of falling off the wagon. Instead, make a vow to smoke fewer cigarettes a day by April, and then fewer still by August, and so on. Even if you can’t quit outright, drastically reducing the amount of cigarette smoke you’re exposed to will still positively effect your skin and your overall health.
Saving for the Big Procedure
If plastic surgery is something you’ve had your eye on (but no one left it for you under the tree), you may want to use your resolution to vow to save up the money for that tummy tuck, liposuction, or shot of Botox you’ve wanted. Instead of making something like plastic surgery a snap decision, save up for it and allow yourself to take that time to familiarize yourself with the procedure, what you can expect realistically for results, and who the best plastic surgeon for the job is. To help you do your research and find out how much you’ll need to save, contact your plastic surgeon’s office for a consultation.