Do you want to know how to stop aging naturally and make your face look younger? It really is possible but there is some effort needed and the lifestyle does definitely reflect on your skin, hair and overall impression.
How to stop aging naturally
There might be more tips and tricks but I’m just sharing my personal tips what I use and they work. I will also share a story of a lady I saw being interviewed on a news channel a few months ago that blew my mind. She looked about 20 years younger if not more. So keep reading!
1. Have regular workout or walk
This is the number one advice I can give you. It is very visible on the skin if you do have a regular workout or not. Not necessarily a workout in the gym; it might be one hour walk or jogging but it has to be regular. I don’t go to gym anymore as I don’t have any within my reach but I go for a walk with my dog twice a day and I try to have my morning walk about 40 minutes long. When the weather is nice, it is even more than one hour.
When I get back home, I can see how refreshed my skin looks and it is almost as if it took a few years of me in an instant, compared to the look in the mirror when I get up.
Our skin, brain and all cells need oxygen. So moving is not only good for us to have proper weight but also to have beautiful and shiny skin.
2. Get enough sleep plus beauty nap
The necessary hours of sleep are different for everyone. Some people are good with just 6 hours, some need more. It is important to find out how many hours your body needs and adjust your routine to it. I personally need between 7 and 8 hours and if I don’t have them, I feel tired.
Whenever it is possible for me, I have a beauty nap which is about 10 to 15 minutes sleep in the afternoon. It is not every day, only when I have time and I am at home.
Be careful that you don’t have a nap that would be longer than one hour because you would feel more tired after that.
10 to 15 minutes will refresh your mind, give you more energy and you will see positive effects on your skin.
3. Keep your skin hydrated day and night
Use a good moisturizing cream day and night and even during the day when you feel your skin feels dry. If you don’t have your skin hydrated enough, small wrinkles occur and they deepen in time. So it is essential to take care of enough moisture in your skin.
Especially in winter when the heating is on and the skin has to cope with changes of temperatures inside and outside, it gets dehydrated easily. I have to put a moisturizing cream on my face during the day, too.
4. Drink enough water
Just to be sure, I’m not recommending to you to that drink gallons of water. That would be too much and would dilute minerals in your body. But another common extreme is to drink only when we are thirsty and that is not good either. Our body consists of water and we have to provide it with it.
So if you want to have hydrated and plump skin, make sure to drink enough. Have a glass of water first thing in the morning and then some more before lunch. Your skin needs it.
5. Avoid age accelerators
It is a well-known fact that some things accelerate aging and if we want to stop aging, in other words, want to have our skin looking young as long as possible, we should avoid them.
Even though I am a non-smoker, I have nothing against smokers (my boyfriend is a smoker). But for some reason, life-long smoking affects the skin of women much more than men. I have seen it on many women. At the age of 30 or 40 there are no visible signs of whether you are a smoker or non-smoker. You can look perfect at that age if you take care of your skin.
But at a certain age, I think between 50 and 60, it is as if some limit breaks. Deep wrinkles appear everywhere on the face. Even on cheeks which is not a normal place for wrinkles to be at. Normally there are wrinkles around the eyes and on the forehead, but cheeks and chin are speared. Not for female smokers though. It really is a killer of good-looking skin.
My observations are confirmed by doctors as well. I like facts and explanation how things work.
J. Taylor Hays, M.D. from Mayo Clinic answers the question of how does smoking lead to wrinkles with this explanation:
The nicotine in cigarettes causes narrowing of the blood vessels in the outermost layers of your skin. This impairs blood flow to your skin. With less blood flow, your skin doesn’t get as much oxygen and important nutrients, such as vitamin A.
Many of the more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke also damage collagen and elastin, which are fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity. As a result, skin begins to sag and wrinkle prematurely because of smoking.
In addition, repeated exposure to the heat from burning cigarettes and the facial expressions you make when smoking — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — may contribute to wrinkles.”
It makes sense, don’t you think?
Alcohol causes aging more than we often realise. It causes inflammation and changes the hormonal environment in the skin. Histamin that dilates blood capillaries is released and results in redness of the skin. This redness can then become a permanent sign.
The worst alcohol drinks are supposed to be mixed drinks and cocktails as they contain a lot of sugar, in addition to the alcohol content.
What happens in our body when we drink alcohol?
Dr. Amy Spizuoco of Greenwich Village Dermatology in NYC believes that alcohol enlarges the pores leading to blackheads and whiteheads. If it is not properly treated, it can cause inflamed skin papules or cystic acne, causing permanent scarring.
Another thing is that alcohol consumption can affect sleep and dehydrate your body. All these effects of alcohol negatively reflect on our skin.
However, red wine in moderation won’t harm your skin. Or a small beer after lunch. Your eyes will shine more bright 🙂
If you want to stop aging naturally, sugar is your worst enemy. It breaks down collagen and as we know, collagen is depleted with age anyway. So why supporting the decrease by eating sugar?
I know, chocolate tastes so nice… Chocolate and ice cream are my biggest temptations. It really is hard for me to avoid it completely. But sugar has such a bad effect on our skin that we should at least try!
Now here’s the story promised in the beginning. I watched a video with a lady who was interviewed on some news channel so it wasn’t a fake or anything modified with some special software. It was a real woman. If I remember it well she said she stopped eating sugar about 29 years ago and she has been having protein in every meal.
If you are interested what she actually eats, she said she was having it to eggs, salmon and other sources of protein in every meal in order to maintain the blood sugar level all day and prevent cravings.
The woman was 70 and she didn’t look older than 45! She had almost no wrinkles at all. Her look was so healthy, shiny and pretty that I couldn’t believe my eyes!
I actually went to look for this lady on YouTube now when I was writing this article. I wanted to show you. And here she is:
When I saw this video, I really decided to cut down on sugar as much as I can. I’ve been eating low carb for many years but as I said, chocolate and ice cream (that contain plain sugar) are my Achilles heel. But I’m much better now and getting to the point to be sugar free soon!
So those are the 5 tips how to stop aging naturally:
- Stay away from age accelerators (cigarettes, alcohol and sugar)
- Drink enough water, green tea and herbal tea
- Keep your skin hydrated with a good moisturizer
- Get enough sleep
- Exercise or walk in the countryside
Incorporate these tips in your everyday life and your skin will look good even at the age of 50, 60 or 70. People will start asking if you had a plastic surgery or found a fountain of youth.
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