Positive Ageing: How to Age Gracefully and Happily

Ageing doesn't have to mean a decline in vitality and happiness—both physical and mental. With the right attitude and lifestyle changes, you can stay healthy and really enjoy your later years. Here's how to practice positive ageing and age gracefully while still having plenty of fun.

Growing old gracefully. That is no longer a buzzword. Instead of fearing ageing, and brainwashing to fear wrinkles, a laugh line here or there. We celebrate ageing by using the term positive ageing on all our products and documentation. We are doing something different - something completely rebellious.

Positive ageing is about embracing changes in our complexions, such as wrinkles and sun spots, that come with age. It is about understanding the wisdom we gain from life experiences and accepting this growth to continue living a fulfilling life. By throwing out the anti-ageing rule book and replacing ‘anti-ageing’ with prositive-ageing, we can look beyond focussing on eliminating wrinkles or silver hair and instead focus on feeling comfortable and radiant amongst laughs and laughter lines. Positive ageing means enjoying life at any age in the skin you are in!

Instead of seeking the fountain of youth, we're celebrating the diversity of our lives and how they translate to our skin, hair, and bodies.

We’re all about making you feel confident, radiant and oh-so-happy in the skin you’re in. No matter your age. No matter your fine lines. No matter what the magazines tell us.


Why we’ve shifted the narrative

As we progress through life, it is all the more important to resist the pressures of living up to superficial standards one can find in society. We must reject unrealistic expectations about beauty and happiness that come with refusing to age naturally. This is why Positive Ageing is such an important movement to Lily Michael. We think it’s utterly important to break the beauty standards and pressure that so many of us face on a daily basis.


Lily Michael celebrates diversity of all genders, races, and ages regardless of physical appearance, wrinkles or any other external factor. Here's what Positive Ageing encourages - emphasising kindness, generosity, laughter and valuing every individual as they are. Beauty comes from within; not just looks but also the attributes that make us unique and give us joy! So let's embrace growing older gracefully and live life joyfully at every stage! Beauty is not about trying to achieve eternal youth.


Ageing gracefully and happily, is the new norm!


Ageing gracefully isn’t about ‘giving up and accepting decay’, nor is it about the idea of ‘a quick fix’ or trying to look like a 20-something.Rather, it embraces the ageing process as a pivotal and beautiful part of life’s journey. It’s about living your best life and having the physical and mental health to enjoy it. Does embracing ageing mean giving up skin care? That wouldn't be fair. Mature skin has different needs and, more specifically, different tolerance levels than younger skin.

Positive ageing is a term used to describe the process of growing older gracefully and happily. It’s about understanding and celebrating the natural changes that come with age, rather than trying to turn back the clock or wishing things were different. Having good physical health and mental wellbeing are key components to positive ageing - taking the time to look after your body and maintain your skin care routine goes a long way in helping you do this. With proper skincare, even mature skin can stay healthy, hydrated and protected, so that feeling beautiful can remain part of life's journey.


Here are some ways to embrace the ageing process:


The true key to looking and feeling AMAZING is health and happiness. Take good care of yourself, embrace your individuality and do the things you love.

  • Laugh more:Don’t dread those laugh lines - they’re proof that you’re having a good time and living a life of joy.


  • Keep active Physical activity is a key part of positive aging. Staying active can help you maintain your independence, as well as improve your physical and mental health. Exercise like walking, dancing, swimming, or yoga can help increase energy levels, reduce stress levels and prevent age-related illnesses like arthritis, heart disease and stroke. It is also important to do strength training which will help retain muscle mass which starts declining with age. Exercise lowers stress and improves sleep, skin and bone health, and mood. Not to mention, it sends out a flush of feel-good endorphins


  • Exercise and Stay Fit - Exercise is necessary to maintain mobility, strength and flexibility as we age. Regular exercise can help reduce the risk of age-related diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Make sure to include aerobic exercises such as brisk walking or swimming, strength building activities and stretching into your daily routine. This will help you stay youthful and fit in body and mind.


  • Connect with others - Relationships are essential for positive healthy aging. Connecting with family members or other people in your community allows you to share meaningful conversations and create stronger bonds throughout your life. Participating in activities such as volunteering can also help foster new relationships and give you a sense of purpose in your later years.


  • Take care of yourself - Self-care is important for overall good health throughout life but becomes even more critical when you’re getting older. Eating well-balanced meals that are low in unhealthy fats and sugars can help keep your energy up and make sure you get the nutrients necessary to stay healthy. Also don’t forget to have regular screenings for diseases such as high blood pressure, cancer or diabetes – all conditions that become more common with age. Self-care means taking care of yourself with rituals and practices that make you feel fabulous and supported. A face mask, a long bath, some journaling - whatever it may be, it’s a surefire way to keep you feeling oh-so-radiant on the inside, out


  • Stay involved - Stay engaged in life by finding activities that bring you joy and satisfaction throughout the ageing process - things like dancing, singing, playing cards or chess or taking classes on creative hobbies like drawing or photography can not only be fun but they may also stretch your brain’s capacity to learn new things which could prevent cognitive decline so common through ageing stages.


  • Mind your diet - Healthy foods and a healthy gut are the way to go when it comes to ageing gracefully. Colourful fruits and veg, nutritional superfoods, sustainable protein sources and lots of good fats enhance skin health and help your insides sing. Eating a balanced, healthy diet is key to ageing gracefully. Filling up on nutrient- and mineral-rich foods can help fight off age-related decline and give you an energy boost. Fill your plate with whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats like olive oil, avocado and nuts. Cutting back on refined sugar can help increase your energy levels and improve mental alertness throughout the day. Try to limit processed foods as much as possible. Maintain a balanced diet, focus on nutrient-rich foods, and give your body enough vitamins and minerals to stay strong and healthy. Keep in mind that it's easier for older adults to suffer from dehydration so make sure that you are drinking plenty of fluids too. Eating right will help keep your bones and joints strong which will reduce pain and inflammation throughout your body


  • Get enough sleep - Sleep is essential at any stage of our lives but it takes on an increased importance during the ageing years when getting enough restful sleep can play a major role in improving overall health as well they a sense of general wellbeing – especially since insomnia is a common complaint amongst those aged 65+. By following sleep hygiene practices – keeping consistent sleep times, avoiding naps during the day etc – seniors should set themselves up for better sleeping patterns from their night time slumber routine instead of just “putting it off” for another night when tiredness usually prevails anyway!


  • Relax as much as possible max:The effects of stress on your body can be vast. Using relaxation techniques, such as massage, meditation, breathing exercises and yoga can be great for physical, mental and emotional health and impart a nice, healthy glow to your skin (and soul!).


  • Spend Time Outdoors - Whether gardening or birdwatching, going outdoors reduces anxiety and stress levels better than being indoors does, plus there are loads more ready made places around that cater specifically for seniors out enjoying nature together such as national parks and hiking trails so oldsters have access to shared experiences readily available unlike many other hobbies limited mostly indoors due to physical mobility restrictions this generation economically classically face thanks to societal inequity !


  • Regularly Exercise your Brain and Body - Mental exercise is just as important as physical activity when it comes to maintaining good health and wellbeing in your later years. Whether you’re learning a new language, playing cards or chess, trying out a new hobby or studying history - engaging the brain regularly can help ward off age-related diseases and slow down the natural ageing process. Exercise plays an equally vital role for older adults, helping to ensure better independence and mobility. Make sure to incorporate strength, endurance, flexibility and balance exercises into your daily routine.


  • Get a hobby - hobbies can help you maintain a sense of purpose and keep you engaged throughout the course of your life. Studies show that people who engage in hobbies and leisure and social activities are happier, and live longer. To keep your body and mind in top condition as you age, it’s important to remain active and engaged. Stay socially connected and participate in meaningful activities like volunteering, attending physical classes, or joining a hobby or interest group. Staying socially active helps to maintain mental acuity, boosts energy levels and self-esteem, and keeps you connected with the community