As we age, it's important to maintain beauty and wellbeing boosts that allow us to look and feel our best. However, many shy away from the concept of 'anti-ageing' in fear that maturing gracefully equals a plethora of pricey skincare and procedures.
This isn't the case and so we approached numerous beauty and wellbeing experts to give us their top tips on fast-tracking your way to gracious ageing. Here are some easy yet natural ways to look your best at all ages...
The new nightcap
'Get a skin-boosting cocktail of antioxidants and omega 3s by eating a couple of walnuts before bed,' says dermatologist Dr Murad. 'Omega 3 regulates the neurotransmitters involved in sleep management. Sleep is crucial for your skin to renew and repair itself.'
A spoonful of…
'Chywanaprash tonic jam contains a blend of antioxidant-rich amla fruit, honey, sesame oil and herbs that strengthens the immune system, as well as helping to repair and protect skin,' says ayurvedic practitioner Sebastian Pole. Pukka Golden Preserve, £8.99, is based on a traditional Ayurvedic recipe. It's delicious on toast or stirred into porridge.
Miso for breakfast
'I start the day with a bowl of miso soup,' says facialist Sarah Chapman. 'It improves digestion and helps to detoxify and alkalise the system, promoting glowing skin. Adding a small amount of ginger gives it a real zing and boosts my energy levels, too.'
Seaweed is the new kale
'Seaweed is a versatile ingredient that can be added to everything from popcorn to stews, and also makes a great alternative to salt,' says author of Cook Yourself Young Elizabeth Peyton-Jones. 'It's rich in skin-friendly essential minerals and also helps to regulate thyroid function.'
Even a mini meditation of 15 minutes a day can help to protect our chromosomes against ageing. A study at a US Buddhist retreat found that meditating regularly promoted younger-looking skin and had long-term positive health benefits, thanks to lower stress levels. There are lots of how-to apps online, or look out for the next best thing from the States, where mass meditations are currently overtaking happy hour as the latest social trend.
Chia seeds have long been a health hero, but now beauty brands are exploring the anti-ageing benefits of their oil. Rich in skin-plumping omega fatty acids, the oil is also anti-inflammatory and packed full of antioxidants to protect and repair.
The magic mineral
Depleted magnesium levels can lead to sleeplessness, aching joints and anxiety, but the latest thinking has also linked magnesium deficiency to rapid ageing, resulting in shorter telomeres and an increase in free radical damage. 'Absorption through the skin is an effective and easy way to increase your magnesium levels,' says Westlab Chief Pharmacist Karen Davis.'For the best results, use around 250g in a warm bath two to three times a week.'
The new 5:2
'Vegetarians have a longer life expectancy and fewer health issues,' says Reto Frei, co-founder of London-based vegetarian restaurant Tibits. 'Try having one or two meat-free days a week. If you're a meat eater, that's not so big a change that you'll feel overwhelmed.'
Bouncing is back
Not only is rebounding on a mini trampoline great fun, it's also a low-impact exercise that provides a cardiovascular workout as beneficial as running. It activates all the muscles within your body as they adjust to the increased gravitational pull, but with minimal stress to joints. 'We're including rebounding classes in our ART (Age Related Training) workshops,' says Louise Day, Champneys Tring Fitness and Wellbeing Director.
De-age your smile
'Eaten directly after highly coloured foods, cheese and celery contain compounds that can stop tooth discoloration,' says Rebecca Douglas, Senior Nutritionist at Champneys. Dentist Dr Uchenna Okoye recommends snacking on strawberries to brighten and whiten teeth, as they contain a natural enzyme that gently removes stains.
Having multiple interests in life is good for you, says a report in the Journal of Happiness Studies. Researchers found that participants with two or more passions had a greater sense of wellbeing and happiness, compared with those who had only one or none at all.
The anti-ageing workout for your face
'Regularly exercising facial muscles can tone and tighten the skin, and boost blood circulation and collagen production,' says Inge Theron, founder of the Face Gym. 'I use our Face Ball, which we use in our pro treatments, for 10 minutes a day to sculpt and lift my cheeks, but even massaging in your night cream for five minutes will make a difference.'
If it works for Gwyneth…
Devotees claim that the Ayurvedic technique of oil pulling leads to a glowing, blemish-free complexion, as well as improved dental health and better digestion, all key to looking more youthful. It involves swilling a tablespoon of coconut oil around the mouth for up to 20 minutes before spitting it out. If you're keen to try it, there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube.
Lift some weights
According to personal trainer Dalton Wong, founder of Twenty Two Training, we lose half a pound of muscle every year from the age of 30. This affects metabolic rate and leads to increased fat stores. 'Strength training reverses muscle ageing and boosts metabolism by up to 30%. Leaner muscles mean you burn extra calories long after you've finished exercising,' says Dalton.