They say ‘Gravity always wins’ – That is true, your skin starts to sag, you lose the tight shape of your jaw, your eyes start to look droopy and the basic elasticity is just not the same. And we all know that when one starts aging the first thing that gets affected is the face and the body comes later. There is a whole industry that is making millions selling off beauty products that promise your youth back. From lotions, creams, botox to plastic surgery – you name it all. It is not about short-term solutions in life, it’s all about consistency. From the inside and outside completely.
SECRET #1: EAT HEALTHY FATS
People think that completely cutting fat is essential for a perfect waistline. However, this is a total misconception. EFA (Essential Fatty Acids) are very important for your body, you can’t achieve health with depriving your body of any sort of nutrition. The cell membranes in the skin are built better if there is Omega 3s and Omega 6s present in your diet. If you deprive your skin from these healthy fats, you make your skin more susceptible to blemishes, inflammation and dryness. A balanced diet is one of the most essential keys, so do not forget to take fish, flax seeds, walnuts, eggs etc.
SECRET #2: EXERCISE MORE FREQUENTLY
We all know the unending benefits of exercise but what we did not know is that research shows that exercise affects our DNA – the research entailed how the root cause is the length of telomere determines the life of chromosome deterioration. So the longer your telomere is the slowly you will age. And that’s how exercise helps you in staying way younger than other people, especially with unhealthy lifestyles. A person who exercises 15-16 mins per week comes out to be 10 years older than someone who exercises 30 mins a day. And that does not mean that you drag your feet slowly on that treadmill for 30 mins, it means switch it up. High intensity exercises are the healthiest and make you achieve what you want to.
SECRET #3: HYDRATION IS KEY
Although the skin is the largest organ we humans have, but our body does not see it as a vital organ. Other organs are more important so when you drink water, it needs to go to your other organs to fuel them up before it goes to your skin. So you want to keep yourself hydrated. All our skin types have different levels of water retention also. An average body requires about 8oz of glasses in 24 hours. If you want to aid this process, add some coconut water in your drinking routine. It helps you get electrolyte potassium, calcium, magnesium and zinc. It also has effects that are anti-aging. So if you want your skin looking younger and elastic, keep it hydrated.
SECRET #4: ENJOY YOUR MERLOT
This might come as a surprise for you, but having a glass of wine a day or two aids your anti-aging. Wine actually has properties that help your age slower, like antioxidants and resveratrol. These two things boost the speed and energy of cell production. It also helps from different sorts of diseases taking over your body and your skin getting affected inevitably. So don’t hold back, and have some fun – let lose.
SECRET #5: EAT MORE SUPER-FRUITS
Like I have mentioned before, it is very important what you are eating as it is affecting your mental and physical health. One should not deprive the body of nutrition. There is a reason people uses phrases like ‘you are what you eat’. So fruits are another source of anti-oxidants. Besides anti-oxidants super fruits also have fiber in them, it’s packed with vitamins and minerals. This also helps you stay safe from disease and keep you looking younger.
SECRET #6: TRADE COFFEE FOR TEA
We all love coffee, especially it’s a necessity for us modern people to have that kick of energy and keeps us awake and working. However, that is exactly what our skin does not need. The more relaxed and well slept you are, the healthier you will be along with your skin. So replacing coffee with chamomile tea, or any other herbal tea will keep you more relaxed and that will help your skin be younger and suppler. In all the other teas, green tea is the best when it comes to anti-aging.
SECRET #7: KNOW WHAT TO PUT ON YOUR SKIN
It is never a good idea to put all sorts of skin products on your face. Different functions, different brands and all sorts of skin products to get the perfect look that you looking for. There are so many sources to figure this out from, there is the media, then research and then your friends and how their experiences have been. Plethora of options and indecisiveness. Your skin only needs 5 different kinds of nourishment. Retinol, Vitamin C, lipoic acid, and madecassol. These things include Vitamin A and different properties. If someone tells, you that you need more than these is just making a fool out of you for some sort of advantage to their business.
SECRET #8: SLEEP MORE, STRESS LESS
So we all know how lack of sleep can trigger all sorts of problems, from exhaustion, irritability, to affecting your ability to concentrate. Your skin is the first thing that starts showing signs when it is not rested properly. Sleep in other words is a healing process, and if you keep depriving yourself of this process – you are just being unfair to your skin and body. Tissue repair, hormone release, relaxing of facial muscles leads to removing fine lines from your face are all the things that happen with sleep. When you are lying down you are also making your skin rest as it’s not up against gravity now. Rejuvenate yourself!!
SECRET #9: BAN SUGAR FROM YOUR DIET
If you have been ignoring the size of your waistline then just look at your skin, a lot of blame is to be put on sugar. Especially the most refined and white kind of sugar. Sugar in your body causes protein fibers to get hard and malformed. This eventually leads to tissue damage and inflammation in the skin. It is the cause of many other things like Alzheimer’s and cataracts. Sugar attacks the collagen and elastin in your skin the most out of all the things that consequently leads to weaker and paler skin.
SECRET #10: RECOGNIZE PORTION CONTROL
What the aging process also brings the slowing down of your metabolism. And the best way to keep your metabolism fast is to control your meal portions. That certainly does not mean that you start starving yourself, or eat very little. It means that instead of eating 3 meals a day which are large, have 6 meals a day that are half the original portion. That will kick your metabolism in and make it run faster than it naturally should be running.
SECRET #11: QUIT SMOKING
If all the horrible things that happen from smoking don’t freak you out than maybe your looks will help you do it, after all ‘vanity insanity’. However, what you really need to know is that besides lung cancer it will also speed up your aging process by ten folds. Your skin will start to show wrinkles prematurely. The real reason is the nicotine in the cigarette, and it isn’t just affecting your lungs or skin, but it is also harming your hair, arms, fingers and teeth. Nicotine narrows the blood vessels in the most superficial layer of your skin. Not just that tobacco also has chemicals that damage your skin on its own.
SECRET #12: TAKE A PAGE OUT OF NATURE’S BOOK
Before industries had taken over, our healer was the nature. Herbs and plants were our medicine and they cured everything from a cold to cancer. Even in today’s date medicines and chemicals are taken out of plants. However, it is not the same anymore. As common sense would have it, some herbs have anti-aging elements in them. One of the most effecting things out there are herbs, not skin care products that give you a false promise. And it is also very important to know that one should chose a fresh herb in comparison to a dry one as it has more nutrition in it. Some herbs we can name are marjoram, oregano, basil, thyme and sage.
SECRET #13: CHANGE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH TIME
Our lifestyles are such that we have a schedule for everything, and this lifestyle is driving us insane. This is not natural and way more mechanic. This is affecting our skin and health drastically. Not implying that things do not need to be done on time but you cannot let time dictate your life. This makes a human detach itself from reality over an intangible concept. Taking care of your mental and physical health is the most important thing. Managing or juggling too many things at the same time can stress you out, to the extent that you cannot imagine. Its drop my drop, not enough to notice but one day the breaking point comes. So understand what is more important and create our own relationship with time.
SECRET #14: KEEP YOUR MIND YOUNG
The whole game is about how your brain keeps sending signals to your heart to do all the beautiful things that it does. Every action that your body does from all the cell movement in your body is a signal sent by your brain. Your organs cannot function if it isn’t because of the brain. It is not just the body that needs to be kept younger, it’s the mind also. As the brain, gets slower with age also, but if you exercise it the process will slow down. Playing mind exercising games and having diet that helps your brain stay in good health is what you need to do.
SECRET #15: OILS ARE YOUR FRIEND
One needs to keep their skin moisturized and lubricated for it to stay healthy. That certainly does not mean that you lather oil on your acne to get better skin. The reason our skin produces oil and leads us to breakouts is because the skin is dry and not taken care of. Oiling your skin will save you from wrinkles and also lessen the inflammation in your skin. Oil is one of the only or few things that will go deep into the 3 layers of your skin without irritating it. A recommendation would be to use rose hip seed oil.
SECRET #16: OATMEAL AS YOUR ALL-IN-ONE
Oatmeal is standard breakfast for a lot of people, and something that is not very expensive either. Something that we didn’t know is that – it’s not just for eating you can also apply it externally. And that is what really makes your skin nourish. It has lots of fiber in it and it is the perfect source for omega3, thiamine, beta-glucan and fatty acids. It helps your irritated skin and also speeds up your healing process. It’s something that can revitalize you inside out, mentally and physically.
SECRET #17: CLEANSE, MOISTURIZE, REPEAT!
I mean it would be ridiculous to tell someone to keep personal hygiene, we all know that is important in maintaining our health. But statistics have it that majority of the women do not wash their make-up properly leading to the skin not being clean. The skin is perfectly capable of doing the job itself. So your skin faces pollution, sweat while you exercise and the regular dead skin that is naturally produced- this affects your skin and health negatively. If you do not keep your skin clean, the dirt will suffocate your pores and lead you to have wrinkles easily.
SECRET #18: EXFOLIATE
Exfoliation aids us to make our skin better, it lessens the fine lines and wrinkles, and it also unclogs pores and makes skin more fresh and radiant. Boosts the circulation, leading to less irritability. There are different types of ways that one can exfoliate to get better results.
SECRET #19: ALWAYS USE PROTECTION – IN THE SUN!
It is very important to protect your skin from the sun as it creates pigmentation and dryness. Also has long lasting negative affects that take time to reverse.
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