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Beauty is bone deepBEAUTY TIPS FROM DAYLE

"BEAUTY IS BONE DEEP AGE DEFYING TIPS

By Dayle Haddon, renowned model and author of
The Five Principles of Ageless Living and Ageless Beauty

TIPS

Honor your body. Create energy and strength for your best health.

There’s no reason that most of us can’t have a strong, healthy body as we age. The quality of life ahead of us depends on how we take care of our body today.

The foundation:

  • Eat well. I don’t like to think of healthy eating in terms of denying myself, but in terms of nourishing myself. Look at what you can add to your diet that is healthy and still satisfying, instead of what you need to take away.
  • Supporting bone health is important to our overall health at every age. Bone mass peaks around age 30, so focusing on bone health as early as possible is important. For many women, it’s important to take a calcium supplement. I take Citracal—it’s calcium citrate—a different kind of calcium that’s highly soluble and easy to absorb. It can also be taken with or without food and is gentle on your digestive system.
  • Keep moving. Engage in exercises such as walking, running, yoga and Pilates. I love taking walks in Central Park and even jumping on a mini-trampoline. Find activities that you are able to do and enjoy so you look forward to them.
  • Get enough rest. Never underestimate the restorative power of a good night’s sleep and the effect it can have on our health and wellbeing. People usually sleep best in a cool, dark environment. I swear by a soft eye mask that my mom made especially for me.

Look your best. Present your true self by taking care of the outside.

Looking your best is looking like you feel good—and feeling like you look good.

The foundation:

  • The easiest way to improve your appearance and one of my favorite “beauty secrets” is improving your posture. Simply standing up straight can make it seem like you’ve taken a good ten years off your age and five pounds off your body. Women can lose an average of up to ½ inch of height each decade—a total of 2–3 inches between ages 30–70—and increase their chance of hip fracture. I want them to know that moderate lifelong exercise can actually help cut their height loss in half.
  • Beautiful skin is possible at any age. Clear, vibrant skin can radiate health and vitality our whole life. My three-step daily skin routine includes cleansing and toning, nourishing and protecting.
    • Choose creamy, liquid cleansers that won’t strip the skin of natural oils.
    • Because our skin becomes drier as we age, it’s important to tone with products that are alcohol-free. Look for ingredients such as rose water which is rich in antioxidants and strengthens skin cells.
    • Especially as we age, it’s essential to moisturize all year long. Besides using lotions during the day and at night, I apply a moisturizing face mask once a week. When the weather is cold or dry, use a humidifier to “moisturize” your home since indoor heating can rob your skin of moisture.
    • Staying out of the sun and using sunscreen is the best way to safeguard our complexion. I wear SPF 30 or above every day, year-round, and protect myself under hats and sunglasses.
  • Find the right hair color and cut that flatters the shape of your face and color of your skin. I don’t try to replicate the dark black hair of my youth anymore; instead, I use a dark brown color with some subtle highlights around my face. Top colorists I’ve talked to recommend coloring the hair “band” around the face a shade or two lighter than the rest of your hair so it blends into your skin subtly.

Nurture your spirit. Take time for yourself and develop your inner life.

It’s important to put aside time to make an inner connection with ourselves. Find your own moments of calm and make that time a precious part of your everyday life.

The foundation:

  • Meditation has changed how I view just about everything. When I meditate, I feel I have a much calmer and clearer viewpoint during even my most stressful moments.
  • Do what you love. Whether it’s gardening, yoga or volunteering, dedicate time each day to whatever makes you happy.
  • I often take what I call an “enchanted bath” to help ease my mind. I add 25 drops of aromatic oils like Roman Chamomile, Lavender Oil and Sweet Almond Oil to my bath and put on relaxing music while I soak.

Discover your wisdom. Draw on your experience and know that you are wise.

Aging means we’ve had the chance to accumulate many experiences. Whether joy or sadness, embrace your wisdom and cherish it.

The foundation:

  • I believe journaling is a great way to tap into wisdom. Writing down our thoughts and feelings invites us to take a step back and be conscious of what we’re truly thinking and feeling.
  • The best way to recharge and keep ourselves young is to continue to learn and grow. Learn a new language, read a book, take a painting class or make plans to travel to a new place.

Stay connected. Reach out to family, friends and community.

Our links to family, friends and the community are important for our overall sense of wellbeing since they give us the opportunity to be ourselves. I believe staying connected can add years to our lives.

The foundation:

  • Add a personal touch. I think it’s important, no matter how busy we are, to fold personal touches into our contact with others. Whether it’s a handwritten note to say hello, a postcard to a dear friend or simply a phone call, personal touches let others know that we care.
  • Create your own celebrations in life. I always like to think of new reasons to celebrate and stay connected with people. Don’t just wait for an occasion to reconnect—celebrate the beginning of a season or completing a big project, or make an impromptu visit to a friend.
  • Pay it forward. When we volunteer, we pass on to others what has been given to us. Volunteering connects us with new people and often times an entire community.

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Some thoughts
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beauty from
Dayle Haddon

Dayle Haddon

While I have a lifetime of tips to help you look your best, I want to encourage women to believe that true beauty radiates from a deep, inner place. I’m dedicated to taking care of my body from the inside out. That’s why I’m partnering with Bayer HealthCare’s Citracal, to help women understand inner strength as the foundation of beauty throughout life and especially as a woman ages. For me, midlife beauty is not so much about tricks of the trade as it is about harmony, health, energy, enthusiasm and a strong sense of self. Here are my five principles of ageless living, which include both physical and emotional aspects of beauty, to help women remain vital, strong and soulful at any age and some of the things I can’t live without.


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