At one point or another, you have thought wistfully about the skin, hair or body you had when you were young. Aging is an inevitable experience of life, but there are ways to age gracefully. While there is no proverbial fountain of youth, there are changes you can make to your daily routine that help you look and feel younger. Below, learn the top 5 tips and tricks that will help you stay forever young.
Refine Your Diet
The people of Okinawa, Japan live the longest out of all citizens on Earth. Experts have long studied the diets and lifestyles these individuals lead to discover their secrets of seemingly eternal youth. To fight age, you need to do so from the inside out. Changing the types, and amounts, of food that you consume can help you feel more youthful. Always eat at least the daily recommended fruits and vegetables and add good fats, such as those from nuts, into your diet as well.
Drink More Water
Any expert on health and beauty will tell you to follow this guideline. Your body is composed of anywhere from 55% to 75% water, other individual parts are made of more water, so it makes sense that to function at an optimal level you need to consume water. Often, the face is one of the first areas to show age with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. When you drink an appropriate amount of water, your skin appears youthful, glowing and plump, which naturally softens the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Beyond improving your appearance, water helps to keep you energized, lubricates bones and joints and improves your brain function.
Practice Proper Skin Care
Maintaining a good skin care regimen is an excellent way to help your body feel as soft and look as glowing as it did when you were young. Exfoliate skin two to three times a week to remove any dead skin cells from the surface and to stimulate circulation. Wear moisturizer and use body lotion regularly. Keeping your skin from drying out significantly helps you to look younger. Finally, apply sunscreen before you go outside, every single time you go outside. It may seem excessive, especially in the dark winter months, but the damage done by the sun’s UV rays occur no matter what the season is. Combat the harmful rays by wearing a sunscreen or finding a moisturizer with a good level of SPF in it.
Get Your Beauty Sleep
You have a busy life and it seems you can never find enough hours in the day to accomplish everything, let alone sleep an appropriate amount. However, it is important to get quality sleep each night. A good night’s sleep does more than energize you for your day ahead, it also aids weight loss and helps to keep your stress levels down. Experts recommend avoiding your technological devices, such as tablets, phones, computers and televisions for 20 minutes prior to your bedtime. A general guideline is to aim for six to eight hours of sleep each night.
Regular exercise in a recommendation for all people, not just those wanting to lose weight or look younger. Exercise helps to maintain muscle tone, reduce stress, shed pounds, build strong and healthy bones and increase brain power. In fact, it is thought that the simple act of walking for ten minutes a day can lessen your chance of developing Alzheimer’s.
You can’t stop the aging process, but you can practice healthy habits that keep you looking and feeling young, longer. Remember, though your skin may not be as tight as it once was, your hair doesn’t look as shiny or you suddenly aren’t as flexible, aging does have its advantages. Embrace the aging process and enjoy seeing the world from a healthy new perspective.