More people than ever are striving to hold on to their youth. Yet, in an increasingly unhealthy world, many people are aging much less gracefully than they could. Part of the problem is our fast paced lives and our unhealthy living and eating habits. In an effort to reverse the effects of these habits and attempt to turn back the hands of time, many have decided to go under the knife to stay looking young. However, there are certain things you can do to keep looking young without the pain and cost of plastic surgery. Here are five things you can do that can take years off of you and even reverse some of the signs of aging that your face and body may already be showing.
1. Keeping Fit
Nothing holds off the hands of time than physical activity and proper diet. Many people feel like they need to run marathons in order to be fit, but in reality, low impact exercises like taking a swim or a brisk walk a few times a week can really make a difference in your body. Eating right is also part of staying fit. Again, this doesn’t mean that you need to stop eating the things you love, but finding healthy alternatives to substitute for your favorites once in a while, as well as learning proper portion control, can go a long way to keeping you in top form.
Also many foods naturally have anti-aging properties. Most fruits and vegetables are loaded with phytonutrients and antioxidants that our bodies use to fight the free radicals that cause aging and disease. Adding super foods like berries and fish to your diet can help keep you looking young, and feeling young.
2. Healthy Skin
Your skin is probably the first thing that starts to show signs of aging. Taking good care of it by keeping it moisturized and using sunblock is really one of the best things you can do to keep looking young. Many adults make the mistake of continuing to care for their skin in the same way that they did when they were teenagers. However, as you age, the properties of your skin start to change. So, even if you had very oily, acne prone skin when you were in high-school, your skin is probably not producing that amount of oil anymore, so washing your face often and using astringents may be drying out your skin and stripping it of valuable moisture. Everyone’s skin is different, of course, which is why visiting a dermatologist is the best way to learn how to properly care for your skin.
3. Proper Sleep
So many people underestimate the power of proper sleep. When you sleep, your body has a chance to repair itself and regenerate. However, most people nowadays are chronically sleep deprived. This causes a host of problems including increased amounts of stress, lack of energy, lower immunity and so on. Experts recommend an average of 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night, but in reality, most people are lucky to sleep for even six hours a night. Although getting enough sleep can be very challenging, managing your time better so that you can get to sleep earlier is well worth the benefits of getting proper sleep
4. Proper Application Of Makeup
This one is for the ladies, of course. Many women don’t realize that the way that they used to wear their makeup and what looked attractive when they were younger can actually make them look older now. Applying makeup to your lower lids for example, may only enhance any dark circles or eye bags. Too much foundation can also make you look aged, as it has a nasty habit of collecting in any fine lines or wrinkles and drawing attention to them. Using an alternative, like tinted moisturizer, can look much better. Reevaluating your makeup habits once in a while is a good practice that will help you avoid any missteps that can make you look older.
While smiling may increase the occurrence of crow’s-feet around your eyes, crow’s-feet are definitely preferable to worry-lines. Having a good attitude and smiling often will not only make you look better (everyone looks better when they smile), it also gives you a younger “presence” or aura that people can “feel”. Taking good care of your smile is important, as it will give you confidence and help you not to feel self-conscious about smiling, so that you can smile spontaneously and be your natural happy you.
Stacey Cavalari currently writes for AccessRx.com, an online facilitator for Viagra, Cialis and Levitra online. Stacey uses her research scientist skills to cover and uncover big pharma news she shares on the AccessRx Health Blog.