5 Secrets on How to Stay Young

How to Stay YoungWith our new youth-obsessed culture, women are going to great lengths to look like they did in their 20s.  While it isn’t possible to reverse time, there are a few ways you can keep yourself looking young without having to resort to drastic measures like Botox or plastic surgery.

Eating right
When choosing foods to keep yourself looking young, you want to go for things rich in antioxidants.  Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which are one of the causes of wrinkles and other visible signs of aging.  Antioxidant rich food is becoming a more widely discussed topic among health professionals and nutrition experts everywhere.  Not only do they slow signs of aging, they also help protect your body against diseases like heart disease, cancer, and high blood pressure.  Some great antioxidant-rich foods are: berries, green tea, broccoli, tomatoes, garlic, spinach, carrots, soy, and whole grains.  Eat these foods and drink 8-10 glasses of water a day to noticeably make your skin look younger.

Protect yourself from the sun
Protecting yourself from sun damage is an integral part of keeping your skin young.  In the short-term, excessive sun exposure only causes sunburn, and maybe a few freckles.  In the long run however, sun exposure can cause wrinkles, lines, and brown age spots.  It can also cause skin cancer.  If you plan on being out in the sun for an extended period of time, wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 to 30.  Look for sunscreens rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and E.  These vitamins help reduce sun damage.

Get enough sleep
Many women underestimate the power of getting enough sleep.  Lack of sleep can cause puffy circles under the eyes the next day, and after extended periods of not getting enough sleep, more of the stress hormone, cortisol, is released.  This reduces the amount of collagen in your skin and can lead to wrinkles and other visible signs of aging.  The amount of sleep you need depends on your body, so you may have to experiment a while to see how many hours makes you feel best.

Take care of your skin
Skin care is especially important as we age.  Exfoliation is one of the best things you can do for your skin, because it removes dead skin cells and boosts radiance and softness.  Many cleansers contain exfoliating beads.  You can also use a simple sea salt scrub to exfoliate your skin, just don’t rub too hard.  It’s important to remove things like sweat, dirt, and makeup before exfoliation.  You should be using a facial wipe or gentle soap to remove those things every night before bed anyway.

Avoid toxins
Avoiding toxins goes hand-in-hand with all the other secrets to stay young.  Smoking not only increases your risk of lung cancer, it also makes your skin age a lot faster than it would without smoking.  The same goes for drinking or any other kind of drug.  Areas with high levels of pollution have a lot of toxins just in the air.  As you age, consider making lifestyle changes like quitting smoking or moving to a nearby but less polluted location.

With these secrets, you can look and feel younger without having to go through stressful procedures or buying expensive products.  It’s easy, so start making changes today!

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