Five ways to REALLY look younger.
More and more, people find themselves disappointed by creams and cosmetics.
Most of these products make promises they simply can't keep.
Clinical research shows that substances applied to the surface of the skin are ONLY able to:
- moisturize it
- protect it against the sun and environmental damage
- camouflage flaws.
What they CAN’T do is make structural changes (like eliminating fine lines and wrinkles, improving tone and texture, making skin more luminous) that turn back the hands of time.
The only way to improve the surface of your skin, its underlying structure and your overall health is to work from within your body, not merely on its surface.
Here are five things you can do that trigger physical and chemical activity that will genuinely improve your appearance, not just camouflage it.
1. Reduce stress.
We get it: Lowering stress is easier said than done.
However, studies show that stress causes significant physiological changes that speed the aging process.
It raises adrenaline and cortisol levels. These hormones are known to increase blood pressure and make the heart beat faster. Consistently high levels of these two substances can have a negative impact on physical and emotional health — and cause the body to age.
One of the most effective ways to prevent this is to block out time every day to be quiet and think about what‘s stressing you out. Then take steps to slowly reduce or eliminate the stressors in your life.
You owe it to yourself. Doing things like solving a workplace issue, realigning responsibilities at home or simplifying your commute to work could go a long way toward lowering stress and creating a younger and more vital you.
Extra points: Add meditation, yoga or some form of repetitive exercise to your schedule (such as running or swimming) a few times a week. It’s a good way to stop thinking about the things that create anxiety, refresh your mind and realign your thinking patterns.
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2. Exercise regularly.
It may seem as if exercise is the solution to everything. That's because it's true.
Exercise helps you lose fat and build muscle, which contributes to a more youthful body shape and form. It also encourages better sleep, which eliminates the appearance of tiredness and fatigue.
In addition, aerobic activity gets more oxygen into your blood, which makes you look and feel more vital and energized.
Stretching improves flexibility and balance exercises aid in coordination. Taken together, these will help you walk into a room feeling more stable and confident, two traits that are clear indicators of youth.
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3. Eat more red and green food. (Not just during the holidays.)
Vitamin K—which is found in kale and other rich green vegetables—helps blood coagulate. This reduces the visible signs of bruising and other skin discolorations that result from internal bleeding and broken blood vessels, issues that become more common as people age.
The lucopene found in tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables, along with things like asparagus, protect the skin from sun damage, one of the leading causes of aging.
4. Cut the sweets.
Donuts in the break room. Dessert after dinner. Sweet sodas for an energy lift. The temptation to eat sugar is everywhere!
This is one temptation worth passing on, especially as you get older.
Research has shown that sugar in the diet leads to premature aging. One study from the Leiden Longevity Study Group found that increases in blood sugar in people ages 50-70 made them appear anywhere between five and seven months older than they really are.
Another study published in the British Journal of Dermatology found that a diet high in sugar leads to the breakdown of collagen and elastin in your skin, which will make it look less firm and attractive. It also affects the quality of the collagen your body produces. More fragile tyes of collagen make your skin susceptible to sun damage, which causes wrinkles.
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5. Sleep more. And regularly.
Many people believe they can make up for the sleep they miss all week on the weekend. False!
Scientists have proven that it’s actually impossible to “catch up” on sleep.
Studies show that too little — and irregular — sleep can cause premature signs of aging, including uneven skin texture and fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, tiredness makes everyone look older.
Start out simple: Make it a point to go to bed five minutes earlier every night for a week. Extend this until you reach your ideal bedtime.
Then take it to the next level and make sure you get up at the same time every morning, including on weekends. (Aim to get a consistent seven to eight hours of sound sleep every night.)
A regular sleep schedule will leave you feeling — and looking — younger and more refreshed.
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