You can’t stop* the natural aging process, but it doesn’t mean there is nothing you can do to look younger. No, this post won’t talk about expensive cosmetic procedures that celebrities swear by. You can look a lot younger in an entirely natural way and this article will show you some tips to look younger, just by changing 25 lifestyle habits.
1. Take It Easy With Heat Styling
You probably use curling irons, flat iron, or your hairdryer every day. Heat styling can damage your shiny hair and take away its “bounce” making it look dull and dead. These dull, flat strands add years to your appearance, but it’s easy to solve this problem. Give your hair some rest by avoiding heat styling at least two days every week. You’ll notice a big change in volume and quality of your hair and you’ll also see it makes you look younger.
2. Use Sunscreen Every Day
No, sunscreen isn’t just a go-to product when you’re on a beach. Do you know that 80% of wrinkles on your face are caused by sun’s harmful UV rays? Dermatologists strongly recommend using sunscreen every day, regardless of the season. What’s more, a study from Annals of Internal Medicine discovered that participants who applied SPF 3-4 days a week were less* likely to suffer from skin aging than their counterparts who didn’t. Nowadays, there are moisturizers, anti-aging creams, and other products with SPF too.
3. Use Hand Lotion
Besides the face, your hands are the most exposed parts of your body. The UV rays and other environmental factors affect your hands too, which is why they need proper care. If you aren’t using a hand lotion now, you should get one today. It would be even better* to invest in SPF hand lotion. Taking care of hands is essential for women who want to look younger, the goal is to keep them smooth and silky.
4. Wear A Nail Polish
According to a study from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the appearance of your hands reveals your true age better* than the facial skin. One way to make others perceive you younger is to paint your nails. Ideally, you should go for jewel-toned hues such as rich purple and red. If you don’t have a habit of wearing a nail polish, it is never too late.
5. Ditch Sedentary Lifestyle
A sedentary lifestyle doesn’t only lead to weight gain, it has a negative impact on your skin. That is one of many reasons why your skin looks dull and lifeless. On the other hand, regular physical activity improves* blood flow, thus allowing your skin to look its best. One study showed that exercise has a tremendous potential to reverse* skin aging. It is needless to mention that being in shape makes you look and feel younger. Regardless of your daily schedule, you can fit in 30 minutes of exercise.
6. Cut Down Sodium Intake
While your body needs salt to function properly, eating excessive amounts is only bad for you. Too much salt makes your body retain water and gives you a puffy look, particularly under your eyes. You can easily avoid the puffiness by consuming recommended daily values of salt and avoid hidden sources of sodium in your diet e.g. processed meats.
7. Put That Phone Away!
Keeping the head down when you’re texting or scrolling through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or other apps contributes to the formation of wrinkles around your neck. Why? It is because any movement you repeat over and over again etches in lines permanently. To avoid this, keep your smartphone addiction under control* by deciding to use your phone less* and keep the head up when you do use your device.
8. Rinse With Mouthwash
If you already use mouthwash, then you are on a good track. Youthful look requires healthy teeth and gums, too. Mouthwash kills bacteria and flushes away particles on and between the teeth while cleaning your gums at the same time.
9. Consume High-Protein Foods
Your body needs protein to function properly and it also helps you get a toned body, but this time we’re talking about your hair. Strong, sexy hair requires proper diet and protein maintains normal hair production. Basically, it is the building block of strong hair. You’ll be amazed how youthful you can look with gorgeous, strong locks.
10. Don’t Brush Wet Hair
One of the most common lifestyle habits (and a major mistake) is brushing wet hair. You, probably, do it all the time thinking it will be easier to style your hair if you brush it when it is wet. At this point, your strands are the weakest and brushing leads to breakage, dull, thin, and rough hair. Remember, never brush wet hair!
11. Get Enough Sleep
Evidence shows that sleep deprivation is strongly associated with skin aging. This only confirms that the beauty sleep isn’t a myth. When you sleep, the body produces* higher quantities of estrogen and progesterone which boost* the skin’s natural repair mechanisms. As a result, you wake up in the morning looking radiant. Get 6-8 hours of sleep and set a regular sleep pattern (bedtime every night at the same time, wake up every morning at the same time as well).
12. Stay Hydrated
Healthy and youthful skin needs water because it aids* digestion, flushes out toxins, repairs cells, and provides* many other benefits. Dehydrated skin ages faster and appears visibly older than the skin of a person who stays hydrated throughout the day. Carry a water bottle with you and you can, also, keep it on your desk to sip on while you’re working.
13. Have A Regular Skincare Routine
To most women, skincare routine consists of washing their face in the morning and before bedtime and that’s it. Having a regular regimen is necessary in order to clean impurities and rejuvenate your skin. Generally, the skincare routine consists of a cleanser, toner (optional), and a face cream. Repeat the same process in the morning and night. But make sure that nighttime routine features a rich anti-aging cream.
14. Start Using Face Masks
Face masks serve numerous purposes; they can help you clean your skin, tackle a certain condition, and provide anti-aging benefits. Nowadays, you don’t even have to make them yourself (unless you want to), you can just buy them at affordable prices. The selection of face masks is amazing. You can use these masks 1-2 times a week.
Exfoliating shouldn’t be confused for face masks because exfoliants are stronger* and their goal is to get rid of dead skin cells, speed up skin recovery, and tackle uneven skin complexion. Depending on your skin type, you can exfoliate 1-2 times a week. This will give your skin radiant complexion.
16. Make Diet Tweaks
Your diet consists of junk food primarily? It’s time to change that! Unhealthy food leads to weight gain, increased risk of numerous diseases, and it negatively affects your skin. On the other hand, increasing* consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, is a good way to go. For instance, produce* is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that benefit skin health.
17. Manage Stress
A study whose findings were published in the journal PLoS One discovered that stress and tiredness impact your DNA. Participants with higher stress levels had the shortest telomeres. Short telomeres cause cell damage and they die entirely, thus leading to more wrinkles. Although you can’t avoid stress, you can manage it. Here, the choice is yours, do whatever you find relaxing e.g. read, write, paint, listen to music, exercise, watch a movie, etc.
18. Improve* Your Posture
Slouching and hunching makes you look significantly older which is why you also have to improve* your posture for a more youthful look. Stand up straight, avoid hunched posture when walking or sitting and you’ll look and feel better* at the same time.
19. Quit Smoking
A growing body of evidence confirms that smoking leads to premature aging i.e. it makes you look older. It is needless to mention that smoking is harmful to your overall health as well. This unhealthy habit interferes with blood flow and deprives skin of nutrients it needs to stay youthful and healthy. Additionally, it stains your teeth and hands. With strong willpower, you can get rid of this habit successfully.
20. Practice Yoga
Yoga is relaxing, improves* your posture, helps loosen the knots of tension that you accumulate in the body, and you can do it anywhere. All you need is a yoga mat and a little bit of space. You’ve probably noticed how women who do yoga regularly a lot younger, and this is the ideal opportunity for you to do the same.
21. Cut Sugar Intake
Your body doesn’t need sugary foods and, unfortunately, added sugar is everywhere which is why you should pay attention to the labels. Excessive sugar intake leads to glycation, which speeds up skin aging process.
22. Sleep On Silk Or Satin Pillowcase
Silk, satin, and other types of slippery fabric drag less* on your skin and don’t pull it into wrinkles. Another reason to use pillowcases made of this fabric is that it will also benefit your hair. For instance, you’ll have longer-lasting blow-dries, meaning you won’t have to heat-style your hair too often.
23. Reconsider Your Hair Color
In order to take years off your appearance, you can opt for a few lighter strands around the face. The best thing about this trick is its versatility; it suits everyone, regardless of your current age or face shape.
24. Have Sex
Regular sex is important on many levels. It improves* your relationship, helps you feel closer to your partner, it’s an incredible workout, and it also helps you look younger. For example, one study found that couples who have sex regularly look up to seven years younger. So, what are you waiting for?
25. Less* is More
Makeup is an incredible tool to look younger instantly and it gives you numerous possibilities. All you have to do is to experiment to see what works for you. Ideally, you should go by the rule that the less* is more and avoid using too many products. Also, using powders can only enhance* your wrinkles so liquid versions of products are the best. Open up your eyes with mascara, use blush to make your cheeks stand out, and a lip gloss or lipstick to complete your look.
Everybody wonder* how to get younger skin, but most people think you need expensive treatments to make it happen. That’s not entirely true. By changing some lifestyle habits and introducing new ones, you can take years off your appearance.