ageless beauty- how to look your best at every age

by team nuut

Here’s how to age naturally and more beautifully

Every year brings natural change that impacts every part of your body, from your bones, muscle and brain to your hair, skin, and nails.

None of us will look 20 when we're 40, and whilst there are no miracle cures for staving off the years, there are simple things you can do that will have you looking your best whether you are in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s or beyond.

Here are some healthy and practical daily practices to put into place for a body and face that age naturally beautifully.

Eat For Beautiful Skin

Skin is our largest body organ and shows more signs of ageing than any other. As we age, it loses its volume and youthfulness. When you reach your 30s, even if you have taken excellent care of your complexion, you may notice fine lines and wrinkles, especially around your eyes and mouth. The most important preventive measure you can take is to protect your skin from the sun, ramp up your daily antioxidant levels and maintain good levels of vitamins A, C, D, and E.

In your 40s, as collagen levels start to drop, increasing plant-based foods in your daily diet that are rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals helps to protect cells from damage. They also contain vitamins, lysine and antioxidants, which assist with the production of collagen at a cellular level that helps keep skin plump and slows down the ageing process.

Eating lots of brightly coloured organic fruits and vegetables helps boost essential vitamins, as does a daily shake made of vegan protein powder. Australian-made nuut is known as one of the best vegan protein powders because it is packed with whole foods rich in vitamin C that promotes collagen for glowing supple skin, b vitamins for cellular production, cacao that is rich in active antioxidants, and coconut oil, which is a well-known nourishing agent. Not only does a nuut a day help plump skin and increase hydration, but these valuable vitamins and nutrients also work like a natural sunscreen and help prevent skin ageing. Don't forget to increase protection by using a high-quality, broad-spectrum sunscreen daily to guard against UVA and UVB rays, which can cause photoaging and skin cancer.

Prioritise Chocolate

Studies show that epicatechin, a naturally-occurring flavonoid found in cocoa, fruits, beans, and green tea, possesses protective and potent anti-ageing qualities. Antioxidant flavonoids are popular for their anti-inflammatory effects on the cardiovascular system, and leading scientists believe they are powerful natural antiaging agents that reduce oxidative stress that, protect skin and reduce signs of ageing like fine lines, dehydration and wrinkles. A daily supplement containing cacao is essential for beautiful skin at any age. nuut protein powder from Perth is one of the best vegan protein powders for its high levels of natural cacao. Add water or plant-based milk and shake for a powerful anti-ageing skin tonic that's effective, filling and tastes delicious. Head to our recipes for some of our staff's favourite glow-getting shakes.

Include More Fat In Your Day…

…the healthy kind, that is ;) Potent omega-3 fatty acids are proven to stabilise moods and strengthen bones and are powerful anti-inflammatories that help prevent the visible signs of ageing. Boosting the body's ability to pull fat from areas like the stomach and hips to use as energy, they also help light up the skin for a radiant complexion. Aim to include at least two grams of omega-3 fatty acids daily by eating lots of nuts and seeds like flaxseed, chia seeds, and walnuts and fatty fish such as wild salmon, mackerel, tuna, herring, and sardines or take a good quality fish oil supplement.

Sip Daily Vegan Protein Shakes

Protein, a macronutrient, is one of your body's most important building blocks and is essential for producing hormones, enzymes, and other chemicals. Getting enough protein daily can be challenging, especially if you lead a busy life.

The wellness buzz about plant-based protein powders keeps getting stronger, with devotees touting it as an excellent option for hectic lifestyles. It’s also ideal for those who don't eat meat or prefer to eat more plants. Additionally, a plant-based protein powder is a perfect substitute if you are on a liquid diet for health reasons and can't tolerate dairy, which is the source of whey protein powders.

The best vegan protein powder can also help reduce the risk of chronic disease in those over 40, as well as digestive disruption and related issues that can cause bloating, an unfortunate symptom experienced at any age. Best of all, a daily plant-based protein powder shake provides your body with optimum nutrition, zero empty calories and a perfectly balanced meal-in-a-shake full of essential vitamins and nutrients that ramp up your energy levels and keep you looking your best.

Move With Purpose Daily

Whether you are 20 or 50, exercising daily, no matter how low-impact, is vital for heart health, skeletal strength, weight management and a youthful, glowing complexion. Beauty at any age is not a race to the finish line – it's a slow mindset change for a new way of living your best life every day.

For a 30-minute sweat every day, practice 5 exercises doing 20 repetitions of each and repeat 3-5 times. Or simply walk around the block, do a morning plank and cat camel stretch, park your car some distance from work, or use the stairs instead of the lift. Whatever movement you can fit in, do it because even a short burst of energy can reap huge beauty benefits. Post-workout recovery is essential to your daily exercise regime, especially for those over 45 who grapple with muscle stiffness. A post-workout nuut packed with clean, lean plant-based protein is ideal for aiding hydration, replenishing protein, fat and carbs and nourishing muscles. Need some inspiration? Check out what our nuut staffers like to add to their plant-based protein post-workout here.

Keep Your Metabolism Ticking!

nuut Perth's best-known protein powder is brimming with carefully selected whole foods that nourish your body from the inside out. Most importantly, it contains protein which helps retain muscle mass, which in turn, determines the rate of your metabolism. A high protein intake can also increase the number of calories you burn by 80–100 per day, which is essential for preventing the loss of muscle mass as we age. Every day, aim to add a source of protein to each meal and snack. It will also help crush cravings so you are less likely to overeat, making it a great way to manage your weight, which is excellent news for those in their 40s and 50s experiencing menopause.

Beauty Sleep Really Is A Thing!

Achieving good health and natural beauty is a full-body pursuit, no matter your stage of life, and studies prove that high-quality sleep is vital for regenerating skin and body. So the more sleep you get, the better you look and feel the next day. Stretching before bedtime is a great way to unwind the body for high-quality regenerative sleep. When a stretch of yoga pose is held for a period of time, our muscles move into a lenient state thanks to the Golgi tendon organs, which are the muscle fibres located in the tendons that attach muscle to bone. Simply choose any pose and hold for at least 5 minutes without moving. Focus carefully on your deep breathing while you hold the position, then climb into bed for the ultimate beauty sleep.