Everyone wants to look younger, and often to go to great lengths to achieve this, but are those expensive treatments and serums really worth it?
Some of them do work very well, but you might also want to look for products that are more natural and less toxic for your skin. The last thing you want to do is do more harm than good in the long run.
While it is good to embrace the natural aging process, the following lifestyle changes and natural remedies can help you age gracefully and in the healthiest way possible.
Drink Plenty of Water
Yes – we are going to start with drinking more water. It may seem like whenever you read health tips, it starts with drinking more water, but that is only because it is essential inside and out.
Not drinking enough water every day can drastically impact your skin, and not in a good way. The amount of water you need to drink often varies based on where you read about it. Some experts recommend drinking half your body weight in ounces, while others tell you to aim for at least 8 glasses a day.
This is really a personal preference and based on how much water you think you need. Naturally, if you are sweating a lot or need to flush out toxins, more water is best. However, if you feel like you are sloshing around because you are doing nothing but drinking gallons a day, it is probably a little too much for you.
The best rule of thumb is to drink water when you feel thirsty, and choose it over other drinks like juice and soda.
If you already don't smoke, great! You just made this step a lot easier for yourself. However, if you do smoke, it's time to quit or at least cut back. Smoking less can help reduce your chances of developing heart disease, lung cancer, and rapidly aging skin. This is because smoking increases the appearance of wrinkles due to repetitive facial movement.
When you smoke on a regular basis, it often speeds up the aging process, so the best thing you can do for your skin is start cutting back now. Talk to your doctor if you need help quitting, as there are many options available.
Get Regular Exercise
Another good lifestyle habit that can do wonders for your skin and overall anti-aging is to move your body and get the blood flowing.
Regularly exercising and keeping a record of your weight can prevent you from developing chronic health conditions and aging skin. If you exercise every day you can help reduce your symptoms of skin aging, according to Research from McMaster University in Canada. Set aside half an hour every day to go for a run, do yoga, or head to the gym for a workout.
Even on days when you’re too busy to make it to the gym, you can always take the dog out for a longer walk in the evening or do some simple yoga in your bedroom when you wake up in the morning. There are a lot of fun and easy ways to sneak in more exercise during the day.
Reduce Your Sugar Intake
According to a 2010 study, researchers found a direct link between dietary sugars and advanced glycation end products. This means that if you consume more sugar, you're at a higher risk of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Although if you consume sugar, it doesn't mean you are guaranteed to develop these conditions, it's important to enjoy sugar in limited quantities.
Don’t worry so much about natural sugars, like what you find in fresh fruits and vegetables. Instead, focus on reducing artificial or added sugar, such as in candy, baked goods, and processed foods. Start reading labels so you can become familiar with how much sugar is in each thing you eat or drink.
If you aren’t sure about the exact amount to have each day, talk to your doctor or a nutritionist for recommendations.
Lower Your Stress
Stressful settings can take a serious toll on your mental and physical health. However, keep in mind that stress affects everyone differently. In fact, recent research studies have found that stress can impact people at the cellular level.
Certain types of psychological stress can even wear down a person's body, such as their skin, and make it age quicker than most. However, you can prevent this from happening to you by destressing your life using yoga and meditation.
Here are some easy stress relief methods to try:
- Getting more exercise during the day, especially relaxing activities like yoga
- Writing in a journal on a daily basis
- Spending time with friends and loved ones
- Using essential oils in a diffuser to relax
- Taking relaxing baths or spending time with pets who tend to lower your stress levels
Consume More Protein
It's important that you are eating the proper amount of protein every day. This will help prevent food cravings, help you lose weight, and improve your skin health. According to Keri Gans, RD, protein can help you both build and maintain muscle mass, which people usually lose when they age. By making this small diet change, you can improve the health of your hair, nails, and skin.
Like all dietary changes, it is recommended that you discuss these changes with a doctor before doing anything drastic.
Eat Less Salt
There's no doubt that foods high in sodium make you retain more water, but leave you feeling bloated. At the same time, salty foods can make your face look puffier than normal, especially under your eyes. To prevent this from happening, you should work on eating less food with salt in it, and instead use lemon, chili peppers, fresh herbs, etc.
To season food, choose spices and herbs instead of excessive salt
Avoid processed or frozen foods as they often are loaded with sodium
Don’t use canned food unless it has a low amount of sodium
Putting on sunscreen every day is one of the best anti-aging tricks there is. One study from 2013 found that people who wore sunblock at least three or four days a week exhibited fewer signs of aging four and a half years later than those who didn't wear sunscreen.
Continued exposure to the sun can lead to wrinkles and discoloration in the form of dark spots on your face and hands. Even daily UV rays you come into contact with can damage your skin and cause you to age faster. Sunscreen isn't just for the beach; it should be a part of your everyday routine.
Cut Down on the Alcohol
Alcohol is naturally dehydrating, so think twice before grabbing another drink at the bar. When your skin is dehydrated, it will look dry, dull, sallow, and crepey. You should be especially careful when drinking white wine. This drink is acidic, which means it can damage your teeth's enamel and make them more susceptible to stains.
You don’t need to quit completely, unless you want to for other health reasons, but cutting back to just social or occasion drinking is ideal.
Wash Your Face Before Bed
Washing your face before you go to sleep is crucial for the health of your skin. You must wash off all of the makeup, dirt, and oils that have gathered on your face throughout the day. In fact, falling to wash your face at the end of the night actually inhibits your skin's ability to regenerate overnight. Plus, you won't wake up with clogged pores.
Make sure you choose your face products wisely, looking more for products with natural ingredients instead of toxic and harsh chemicals. Always read the label when choosing a face cleanser.
Get a Good Night's Sleep
Sleep is an essential and often overlooked part of your regular skincare routine. It is so incredibly important because it helps the body and the skin to regenerate. Getting the recommended eight hours of sleep every night will help your skin cells rebuild. Plus, it will also prevent dark under-eye circles.
Everyone wants to look younger but few people are willing to put in the effort. With a few lifestyle changes and a better diet, you can continue to look young for a long time to come. By taking advantage of the tips above, you can prevent the signs of aging naturally. From your skin to your teeth, you will be looking younger in no time at all.
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