Some claim that giving up alcohol also does wonders for the skin by keeping it better hydrated and affecting the blood vessels less.
Health experts recommend that adults get seven to nine hours of sleep every night for optimum brain function and body health. A side benefit of getting enough sleep is that it does wonders for your face and skin. Skin makes collagen when you sleep, which plumps the skin and lessens wrinkles and lines. Sleep also leaves you with glowing skin and less puffy eyes—the treasures of youth.
Know which fats are good, which fats are bad and which ones are in-between. Trans fats are the worst and should be avoided. The other fats are good for the skin, especially those high in omega-3 fatty acids (think nuts and salmon). In addition to cutting out highly processed trans fats, you might want to reduce overall food intake by way of intermittent fasting, which some experts say slows the signs of aging.
The use of testosterone to combat aging has been on trend for a few years, but health experts worry about overuse. Introducing hormones for non-medical reasons can have larger health consequences. Be selective about these powerful medicines.
Not all supplements claiming to slow aging work, but there are some that show promise, including vitamin C, polypodium leucotomos extract, vitamin E, glucosamine and coenzyme Q10.
Free, with no side effects and generally a good idea no matter what your goals, studies show that staying positive keeps you looking (and feeling) younger. A recent study out of Yale University found that those who didn't gripe about aging had a greater chance of living longer than those who expressed dread and negativity about it. Mindset is everything for staying young.
Work, especially as we get older, is a secret weapon against aging. Having a regular job keeps you on schedule and energized, exposes you to people with whom you can have a social connection, and, if you like your work, can give you a sense of satisfaction. Without work, and no daily engagement to replace it with, the aging process may accelerate, due to loneliness, depression or lack of focus and purpose.
Eyes get red as we age, so keeping them from getting red is a strategy for reversing aging. The redness comes from a lack of moisture and also sun exposure. Keep yourself and your eyes well-hydrated, and wear sunglasses when you go outside.
Eyes start to droop as we get older. It's a natural part of aging. But some makeup techniques—or surgery for extreme cases—can lessen the effects of hooded eyes and make you look younger.
Aging, sun exposure, genetics: Experts aren't sure why we sometimes develop dark spots, but there are lots of different ways to minimize them (or even make them disappear). Spots on your face, neck and hands definitely show signs of aging, so getting rid of them may make you look younger.
The quickest way to start looking older is to not pay attention to wrinkles. Wearing sunscreen years before you're even thinking about wrinkles is one way to put a down payment on reversing aging in the future. Continuing to wear sunscreen, adjusting your moisturizer to your skin's needs through the years, using concealers and other makeup techniques to minimize lines and sometimes even going in for surgery are all ways to stop or reverse the telltale signs that you're getting older.
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