Five Easy Steps To A Younger Looking You
While genetics may play a role in how we age, one thing is clear: a few small tweaks can have a major impact on how you look and feel. Here’s how to turn back the clock with five simple changes to your busy lifestyle.
1. Drink more water.
Getting an adequate amount of H2O aids in digestion, circulation, absorption and even excretion. Considering your skin is 64 percent water, it makes sense that ensuring to replenish its supply would aid in maintaining your youthful glow.
The flipside? Dehydration makes your skin look dry and wrinkled. Dehydration can also make you feel (and look) sluggish.
2. Get more sleep.
Sure, getting sufficient sleep makes you feel better and well rested. But, the importance goes well beyond boosting your mood or banishing under-eye dark circles. Sleep also affects quality of life, improves memory, spurs creativity, helps maintain a healthy weight, and curbs stress.
In a 2010 study of women ages 50 to 79, more deaths occurred in women who got less than five hours or more than six and a half hours of sleep per night, says Health magazine. Meanwhile, the CDC reports that sleep problems affect 70 million Americans. In other words, it’s not unlikely that you’ve experienced insomnia or restlessness at least once in your life.
Cigarettes, which contain carbon monoxide, displaces the oxygen in your skin, while nicotine, which reduces blood flow, leaves your complexion looking dry and discolored. This is due to a loss of collagen, which naturally provides integrity, firmness and elasticity of the skin. Furthermore, cigarette smoke drains the dermis of essential nutrients, like vitamin C, which aids in protecting and repairing skin damage.
By quitting, you’ll add years to your life and see a drastic improvement in your skin’s appearance.
If you can’t kick the habit just yet, lather up with moisturizer daily. A simple over-the-counter face cream can boost hydration, as well as prevent dullness and flaking.
4. Skip the heat.
What more says youth than a head full of luscious, bouncy hair? While periodically pulling out the flat iron won’t wreak havoc on your tresses, religiously pressing your coif can lead to brittle, dry hair, split ends and breakage – leaving your mane not so much worthy of being the main attraction.
Processed hair? Try reducing the temperature and using a heat protectant to prevent the possibility of further damage.
5. Wear sunscreen daily.
A 2013 study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that people who applied SPF three or four days a week were less likely to suffer from skin aging compared to those who applied it at their discretion after a 4.5-year follow-up.
By wearing sunscreen, you’ll also aid in protecting your skin from harmful UV rays, reducing your risk of skin cancer, sun burn, and premature aging. Because, skin cancer isn’t only reserved for pale complexions – Black skin can get it, too!
Date Posted: Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 , Total Page Views: 1899