12 Tips on Agelessness from Molly Ringwald

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If you drink, learn moderation. If you can't moderate, quit.
If you smoke, quit. Your kids will thank you one day. (Not to mention your skin and lungs.)
Find the time to work out. You need to schedule your workouts just as rigorously as you schedule your children's extra-curricular activities.
Commit to wearing a sunscreen. If you don't like the way they feel, then mix them half/half with your moisturizer in the morning.
Find the time to meditate for at least five minutes a day. Call it anything you like (call it prayer, if you like). The point is to take out at least five minutes where you focus on yourself and your best intentions. Life is easier to tackle when you are truly centered.
Dress for your body now. Not the body that you had, or wish you had. When you lose weight, treat yourself to a new pair of jeans. Don't buy them before as incentive. It doesn't work; it only makes you feel discouraged.
Skip the highly pigmented matte lipsticks -- they age you. Go for colored lip balms or stains. They are more flattering.
Take the time to find one thing that you have always wanted to do and take a class. (Yoga, language, gardening.) Don't assume because you are older you can't learn something new. The brain is incredibly plastic and challenging it will get your neurons firing and keeps your brain young!
Limit the amount of time you spend in front of the television and/or computer. It's a waste of time and keeps you from accomplishing what is really important to you.
Commit to drinking more water than you think you can. A lot of time that we think we are hungry, we are actually thirsty.
Date a younger man! Marry the younger man... (Optional: have three kids with younger man :)
Be happy. Make it a priority. 

Molly Ringwald has starred in numerous films, including The Pick-Up Artist, For Keeps, Fresh Horses, Betsy’s Wedding, Cindy Sherman’s directorial debut Office Killer, Billy Bob Thornton’s short film Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade, and the now-iconic coming-of-age movies Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink.

In 1992, Ms. Ringwald moved to Paris and acted in such foreign films as Tous Les Jours Dimanches, Enfants de Salaud, and Jean-Luc Godard’s King Lear. Her television credits include the critically-acclaimed comedy series Townies, Stephen King’s The Stand, and the Emmy-nominated Allison Gertz Story.

Her theater credits include playing the legendary Sally Bowles in the Broadway production of Cabaret; the Tony-nominated Broadway production of Enchanted April; and the London production of When Harry Met Sally. She recently starred in a national theater tour of the Bob Fosse musical Sweet Charity.

She can currently be seen starring in the breakout hit The Secret Life of the American Teenager, as well as in bookstores across the country with her debut book Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family, and Finding the Perfect Lipstick.

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