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HEALTHY AGING FOR WOMEN AND MEN BY THE DECADE

As we go through life there are many things that we encounter that take us off track and divert our attention away from some of the most important things that we can do which is to take care of ourselves.  Yes, there used to be an adage that said the “Golden Years”, but as I have found out for myself, your years are only “Golden” if you put health as your top priority.

Your life experiences make you an expert at handling change. Starting a new job, moving to a different city, the birth of a child. All events that transform your life and shape you are about change. For women and men, healthy aging is the next challenge to conquer.

But everyone ages differently. Women go through a specific ageing process called menopause. And while every woman will experience it, not everyone is aware of what to expect.

Men go through hormonal changes with age, too. It’s not the same as what women deal with, though. (You can read the facts about male menopause below.)

No matter what’s ahead, when you understand how your body changes as you age, you will feel ready to march into each new year and decade with confidence. And preparing for healthy ageing now can help ease your body into each subsequent phase of life. Whatever your age, there are steps you can take now to get on track for healthy ageing.

To tackle what’s coming with age, let’s break up adulthood into some of the key concerns during different decades of life. This is by no means a comprehensive list—a whole book would be needed for that. But you’ll read about what to expect in terms of hormonal changes with age and some of the other physical changes you might encounter. Learn tips about how to handle what might be coming your way.

You’re never too old to learn about your body. And you can never start paying attention to healthy habits too early. So, no matter your age now is the time to start down the road to healthy ageing. The choices you make throughout your life are the key to enjoying every minute of it.

Get Active to Prepare Properly in Your Twenties and Thirties

Your twenties and thirties are a great time to develop healthy habits that’ll last throughout your life. Start exercising on a regular basis as soon as possible. Partner up with a family member or friend and get fit for the future together.

One concern for women and men is a loss of strength and bone density later in life. That’s why your younger years are a great time to strengthen your muscles and bones, armouring your body through regular physical activity.

Getting in shape now might seem premature, but it’s never too early to start. As you age, some activities will become more challenging. So, start working out now to help maintain your independence when you are older.

Think about activities like shopping, gardening, and hiking. Muscle and bone loss could make these difficult. Lifting groceries, pushing a wheelbarrow, and climbing stairs are all things you will want the freedom to do in the future. That’s why you need to stay active in your twenties and thirties—so you can keep doing the things you want to with the people you love.

Exercises like walking, swimming, hiking, yoga, and dancing are great ways to get in or stay in shape. Adding weight-bearing exercises is also important to preserve muscle and bone.

All you need is 30 minutes of activity each day. And many of these suggestions can be done with a partner. Build up your stamina and set your body up for comfortable ageing by keeping physically fit.

Fortifying Health in Your Forties

Working out during the week is a good start on the road to healthy ageing. And a diet of healthful foods can make the trip even smoother. These habits set you up for wellness in your next decade of life. That way when your forties roll around you can meet any ageing challenge head-on.

Ageing skin will be one of the first symptoms you tackle.

By your forties, the skin that has served you so well can start to show signs of wear. All the fun in the sun, smiling and laughing you’ve done shows up in the form of wrinkles. Both women and men can expect to get wrinkles. Here’s why they show up and how you can minimize their appearance.

The wrinkles around your eyes and mouth come as the result of intrinsic and extrinsic ageing. Intrinsic ageing is what happens when your body naturally starts to produce less and less of the proteins that keep skin bouncy and firm—collagen and elastin. This intrinsic ageing process actually starts before your forties. In fact, after age 20, your skin produces one percent less collagen each year. So, by your forties, you’ve probably noticed a difference in your skin’s appearance.

Extrinsic ageing also changes the look of your skin. This form of ageing accounts for the damage that comes from outside your body. That can include things like tobacco and pollution.

You’ll notice extrinsic ageing when your skin looks splotchy and uneven in texture. Radiation from the sun is one of the biggest contributors to extrinsic ageing. Responsible sun exposure is healthy (15-30 minutes per day). But excess sunlight damages your skin and is the source of most of your wrinkles.

To prepare yourself for the age-associated changes in your skin, sunscreen and sun-obscuring clothing (long shirts, pants, and hat) is your primary defence. Sunscreen protects your skin from damage and should be used every day. For maximum skin protection, try to use sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30-35.

If you want to avoid the appearance of wrinkles, try adding an antioxidant-rich serum and moisturizer to your skincare regimen. Antioxidants are great at reducing the appearance of redness. They can help even out your skin tone and give your skin a healthy glow. While moisturizers help give a more youthful appearance by helping retain moisture in the top layers of the skin and protecting from outside elements that can contribute to skin dryness.

A lot of revitalizing skincare products are formulated with vitamin A, collagen, peptides, and a variety of antioxidants. All these ingredients work to maintain your skin’s healthy appearance and slow the development of fine lines and wrinkles. You might find that using an advanced skincare line like USANA Celavive helps your skin look and feel its best.

Add antioxidants to your diet, too. Your ageing skin will thank you. So will your brain. Your forties are for fortifying your body for healthy ageing. And it’s smart to look ahead and consider the health of your brain. A diet rich in antioxidants is great for your mind and can help keep you sharp. (More on that later.)

Don’t sweat your changing skin. Everyone experiences wrinkles. But you can help your skin retain its healthy look and elasticity with sun protection and proper skincare.

Healthy Aging in Your Fifties: Hormonal Changes and You

For women, the most noticeable changes of ageing come about in your fifties. Menopause begins around age 50 in most women. This final shift in estrogen hormone production can happen quickly, so be on the lookout for some of the symptoms. Estrogen is the hormone that controls a woman’s menstrual cycles.

Menopause signals the end of a woman’s reproductive years. This is the point in life when the ovaries have stopped releasing eggs and estrogen production declines significantly. When menopause begins, monthly periods become irregular and eventually stop. These hormonal changes eventually cause a loss of fertility.

Changes in regular menstrual cycles might be the first symptom of the start of menopause. But your body will also experience other changes when menopause begins. Symptoms include hot flashes, mood changes, dry skin, and poor sleep to name a few. Becoming aware of these future changes can help you plan to keep yourself comfortable.

Consuming foods rich in phytoestrogens (like soy), daytime physical activity, and breathing exercises at night can help improve your sleep if it’s interrupted by menopause. Another good idea is limiting caffeine intake to the beginning of the day. That way you won’t be wide-eyed and jittery when it is time for bed.

Investing in a good skin care regimen can help with dryness caused by menopause. Moisturizers and creams formulated for mature skin can help your body preserve moisture and brighten your complexion’s appearance.

And remember, while many of these hormonal changes might seem dramatic, their side effects won’t last forever. Always keep in mind that menopause is a normal part of ageing. Most women transition out of menopause within about five years and see a reduction in most menopausal symptoms over time.

A Word About Male Menopause

You might be wondering if there is an equivalent hormonal ageing process for men. While there is no distinct man-opause (male menopause), men do experience hormonal changes as they age.

All men will see a reduction in testosterone with age. But this change is gradual and not as marked as estrogen’s changes in women.

Symptoms of reduced testosterone include a loss of muscle mass and decreased energy. Some men may experience mood changes, decreases in strength, and sex drive to name a few. The physical symptoms can be alleviated with regular exercise. And changes in mood can be addressed with mindfulness, emotional support, and help from a trusted healthcare provider.

Mentally and More—Staying Fit in Your Sixties and Beyond

The previous decades have been preparing you for healthy ageing with habits like regular exercise, a healthy diet, and proper skin care. In your sixties, you have the chance to work on perhaps your most important organ of all—your brain. And keeping your brain in good shape will make ageing a more enjoyable process.

Stimulating your mind can help you stay sharp as the years go on. As you settle into your sixties and beyond, forgetfulness might be on your brain. A small amount of cognitive decline is expected as you age. Luckily, there is a lot you can do to keep your wits about you well into the future.

Engaging in activities that challenge your mind and memory are great ways to stay in mental shape. Studies have shown that adults who practiced cognitive stimulation through active learning saw less cognitive decline later in life. These include: playing musical instruments, taking classes (cooking to math), learning a new language, writing/journaling, memory games, talking with friends, actively working on hand-eye coordination, and practicing a new sport.

What kinds of things can you work on to keep your mind sharp? Learn. Learn. Learn! Reading, writing, and studying a new language are all excellent ways to keep your brain learning. You might even find that these activities are fun.

Playing card and board games are great for your brain, as well. Try to play with others as much as possible. This is a great time for being with family and friends. What’s more fun than playing games and making memories with those you love?

Another way to protect your memory is by eating a diet rich in antioxidants. Current research suggests that cognitive decline and brain ageing is caused by oxidative damage. Free radicals gnaw away at neurons. Antioxidants target free radicals and help protect your brain cells.

You can find a lot of antioxidants in berries. Strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries are great sources. Put them on your breakfast cereal. Eat them as a snack. However, you do it, incorporating antioxidants into your diet can support your ageing brain.

Also add other brain-supporting nutrients to your diet. That includes B vitamins, fish oil, vitamin D, and, vitamin E.

Don’t spend your sixties and beyond worrying about your memory. Activate your brain by learning new things and engaging with your favourite people. Talk, read, write, and learn as often as you can. Keep up a healthy diet with lots of antioxidants and other brain nutrients.

A Healthy Life, No Matter The Age

Living well doesn’t stop just because you get older. At any age, you can have a healthy and happy lifestyle. By preparing for healthy ageing in your youth, these transitions can become more comfortable and manageable.

Start healthy habits like a good diet and regular exercise today to keep your body strong for when you get older. Take time to care for your skin and get ready for some of the hormonal changes coming your way. And keep your mind sharp by continuing to learn all the time.

You might think that age is just a number. And you would be right. You can embrace that number (no matter how high) knowing you are prepared for healthy ageing.

The fact of the matter is I have spent the last 8 years of my life focusing on my health. As hard as is, I too am human and slip from my commitments but each time find it easier and easier to hop back on the wagon. I know now how it feels to be healthy and I want to keep striving to, control and maintain my health, because if I don’t care, who will?

If you are interested in making the rest of your life, the best of your life, join us anytime to walk your path to health.  USANA products can be purchased at the below link.   We are also available anytime to have a discovery call and find out more about you.

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Many Thanks to Sydney Sprouse

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Boost Your Confidence with 4 Summer Skincare Tips

4 Summer Skincare Tips: Summer StuffYour Instagram feed is bursting with sunbathers, pool parties, and warm hiking trails. Snapping plenty of summertime selfies is great until you’re too self-conscious to post anything because your skin looks like a juicy tomato instead of a radiant glow.

Radiant and Protected Is the Ultimate Skin Goal

As you enjoy summer days, your skin can suffer from too much sun exposure. Skin damage appears as discoloration, a change in texture, and even blisters or dark blemishes. Our skin protects us, but it’s a fragile barrier we need to nourish.

Although a sun-kissed glow makes skipping makeup a breeze, it doesn’t mean you should get lax with your skincare routine. Soak in these four summer skincare tips to keep you glowing and help you maintain your beautiful selfie skin.

The Good, The Bad, and The Sunshine Vitamin

Sunshine can feel invigorating and brighten your mood thanks to the powerful vitamins in its rays. Vitamin D enriches our bodies with so much goodness there’s a reason it’s called the sunshine vitamin.

That being said, your skin can easily get burned, flushed, and irritated from the dangerous side effects of the sun. Going on a date, or giving a presentation at work, with your face peeling or flaking is sure to make anyone self-conscious. There’s even an increased risk of skin problems, and possibly skin diseases, if your skin is exposed to too much sun over the years.

4 Summer Skincare Tips: Lady with hat

Make sure you’re using a moisturizer in your summer skincare regimen with at least a 15 SPF to keep your skin moisturized and protected each day. The skin on your lips is ultra-sensitive to the sunshine, so pick up a chapstick or lip balm made with UV protection to keep them kissable. If you use a product with a higher SPF, you won’t need to reapply it as often.

Get Shady to Save Your Skin

I have very fair skin that freckles rather than tans. Just 15 minutes outside with my skin unprotected, and I get sunburned. If you forgot to apply sunscreen before heading out the door, there are several hideouts for your skin if you’re caught outside without UV protection.

Keep your skin glowing while still enjoying the fresh air.

  • Keep a wide brim hat or baseball cap in your trunk
  • Choose umbrella-covered seating
  • Host a dinner party under your covered patio
  • Wear light-weight, breathable cotton long-sleeved shirts

Your skin can keep its summer glow if you’re careful about how long it’s in the sunshine.

Hello Hydration, Goodbye Lackluster Skin

4 Summer Skincare Tips: Water Bottle

No one wants to look like a dry piece of coral at the beach. While you’re out enjoying the long summer days, remember to keep hydrated . Your skin loses moisture more quickly when there’s a heat wave. If your skin loses moisture, it’s bound to look older and lackluster.
It can become so dried out and flaky you may want to hide behind oversized sunglasses and a scarf all day.

Drinking plenty of water is easier than you think. Pack plenty of H2O to take to with you on summer activities. Throw a few water bottles in your beach bag or pack a small cooler the next time you spend the afternoon soaking in sun rays. By staying hydrated, you’ll have more energy to enjoy the day—and look good doing it.

Get Summer Strong

Summer is the perfect time to change your daily workout scenery. Go for a jog around the neighborhood, bike to the park, or hit up your local tennis or basketball court. I love going to my local water aerobics class to exercise outside. Your skin will probably sweat a little more in the higher temperatures. I always joke with my friends that I “sparkle” May through July. But if you’re drinking extra water as a part of your new, outside summer skincare routine, you’ll likely keep your supple summer glow.

4 Summer Skincare Tips Infographic Get #SkinConfident

Rub in your SPF, drop some lemon in your water bottle, grab your tennis racket, and take on this summer with simple skincare tips to keep you glowing. By taking care of your skin, your body will shine with vitamin D and you’ll rock this summer with stellar confidence.

Snap all those selfies! Show off your summer skincare tips for glowing skin in the comments or send us a pic via USANA social.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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Which Celavive Regimen Is Best for Your Skin?

Finding out what type of skin you have is the first step to caring for it. Luckily, all you need to do to discover your skin’s personality is answer a few simple questions. Take a quick look at this questionnaire to figure out what your skin needs. After all, you’re unique, and your skin is too. Which Celavive Regimen Is Best for Your Skin?

 

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Celavive®: 5 Steps to Beautiful Skin

Let’s face it, not all skincare lines are created equal and neither is our skin. My skin has gone through plenty of harsh cleansers, swampy-smelling masks, and layer upon layer of concealing makeup. I even used to carry around tissues to blot the oil off my skin throughout the day.

But now, I have a skin secret I can’t keep quiet about. I’ve said goodbye to worrying about an oil-ridden complexion after just one month of personalizing my skincare routine with Celavive® product.

Celavive Product Line

I’m a sharer, so I want to let you in on my skin success story in hopes you can share in the limelight. I’ll walk you through how to use each product and what makes each product unique.

Pro Tip: If you’re worried about your skin’s reaction to a new skincare product, do a spot test first. Apply just a bit of the product to your neck or cheek and see if it causes any kind of irritation.

Celavive: Go Beyond What You See

Here’s what sets the Celavive skincare line apart from the rest: it’s formulated with USANA’s InCelligence Technology® and/or Olivol™, which target your individual beauty needs. These products are specifically designed for your skin type: dry/sensitive or combination/oily. The entire line of Celavive skincare products has been dermatologically tested and is paraben free, so you can feel confident about what you’re using on your face. Like with all of USANA’s products, there’s scientific research at the foundation of these creams, gels, and cleansers that focuses on nourishing our skin in unique ways.

Celavive Face Wash

Check out USANA’s dermatologist, Dr. Jennifer Lee taking a closer look at the science behind what makes Celavive skincare so unique and powerful.

Step by Step

 1. Bare-Faced Beauty

How To: On a cotton round, apply three or four drops of Conditioning Makeup Remover and gently wipe off your makeup. This product doesn’t leave an oily residue or irritate your eyes. Not only does the makeup remover dissolve long-wear and waterproof makeup, it also moisturizes and pre-cleanses your complexion.

Celavive Model

2. Cleanse

Wash away the day and defeat impurities at the same time. Whether I’m washing off day-old makeup or desperately willing myself to wake up after hitting the snooze button, I’ve come to love washing my face. Using this cleanser helps me focus on me for a few moments and gets me back in touch with taking care of myself.

The Creamy Foam Cleanser is perfect for my combination, oily skin, and my mom loves using the Gentle Milk Cleanser that rehydrates her dry, sensitive skin. Both these cleansers have been clinically shown to provide up to 24 hours of rich hydration to your skin after just one application.

Lather Up, Love

Celavive Love

How To: Dampen your face with warm water and apply just a pea-size amount of Creamy Foam Cleanser, or two pumps of Gentle Milk Cleanser, on your fingertips. Gently rub the cleanser in a circular motion over your face. Be kind to those cheekbones. No need to use any elbow grease, these products are cleaning powerhouses. Rinse your face clean and lightly pat dry with a soft washcloth.

3.  Tone

Before Celavive, I always associated toner with a harsh chemical smell and a slight burning sensation. None of that describes Perfecting Toner. This toner brings my skin to perfect peace by balancing the pH levels and gently purifying my complexion. It’s just pore-fect.

Ready, Sweep, Tone

Celavive product

How To: On a cotton round, apply three or four drops and sweep it over your face. This product is pretty concentrated, so no need to completely soak your cotton pad. Don’t rinse this off—your skin will absorb it quickly. Thanks to the Perfecting Toner, your skin is more receptive for the next Celavive products you’ll use.

Pro Tip: If you’re worried about how your skin will react to new products, try switching out one product at a time. If you’re looking for products to cleanse your skin, I’d say a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer are a must. If you’re looking to specifically target visible signs of skin aging, then make sure you try the Vitalizing Serum, Hydrating Eye Essence, and Protective Night Cream or Gel.

4. Enhance

Here’s the fun part of the Celavive Regimen that’s hyper-focused on enhancing your inner beauty. Treat your skin to some rejuvenation. Both the Vitalizing Serum and Hydrating Eye Essence feature the Celavive ingredient complex that strengthens the skin matrix and creates dramatically younger-looking skin.

Vitalize Your Good Side

How To: Apply two or three pumps of the Vitalizing Serum evenly across your face and neck in an upward and outward movement. I love the sweet, earthy smell of this serum. Also, I usually wait a few seconds for it to really soak into my skin before moving on.

Celavive Vitalizing Serum

Eye Spy

How to: This molded, metal applicator makes application a breeze. Massage a bit of the Hydrating Eye Essence around your eyes and pat your fingertips across the area to help it soak in. I split it up between my eyes, laugh lines, and that bit between my eyebrows that crinkles when I squint. Cover all the bases.

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5. Hydrate

If there’s one skin tip that’s been driven into my head since middle school, it’s the importance of moisturizer. I live in the dry, desert air of Utah, so I’m used to the harsh winters leaving my complexion flaky, dull, and uncomfortable. Olivol™ (the star of these moisturizers) channels botanicals like olive, apple, and watermelon fruit extracts to provide rich hydration— apple-y it liberally. It’s the final step in your regimen before you head out the door to conquer the day.

Seize the Day

How To: Apply one or two pumps of Protective Day Cream or a pearl-sized amount of Protective Day Lotion across your forehead, cheeks, nose, chin, and neck. Smooth it out across your face in an upward and outward motion. Now, your skin is hydrated and ready to take on the day.

Pro Tip: Hydration is great for your overall health. If you’re drinking enough water throughout the day, your body will feel beautified and your skin will glow. After all, our skin is our first line of defense. I’ve made it a habit to keep the water bottle at my desk full at all times.

Hey, Sleepy Head

Celavive Hey, Sleepy HeadHow To: Much like you did with your moisturizer this morning, apply a pearl-sized amount of Protective Night Cream or Gel across your entire face and smooth it in and upward and outward motion.  The natural botanicals and powerful peptides moisturize and revitalize your skin while you score some beauty rest.

Celavive Confidence

Celavive makes it easy for me to skip out on foundation every day now. Let’s make this the year of being confident in our own skin. Upgrade your makeup bag with some Celavive products and show off that gorgeous face.

We are happy to announce this Celavive will be available for sale February 2nd. Follow the link in our bios for connect with shopping.