There’s a short window of our lives where having a “babyface” is not taken as a compliment. After we get older, though, it seems like we’re always chasing down ways to get that smooth, young look back!
It matters not how rich or powerful a person is, they can’t avoid the process of aging forever. It doesn’t take money to look younger. It requires knowledge and the dedication to change your habits.
These five anti-aging secrets will give you the tools to control your body’s aging clock. You can turn back the time to a smoother, younger you with the knowledge here and your own drive to use the tips in your day.
1. Protect Yourself From Damage
Our skin cells are highly susceptible to damage from the environment. Free radicals and oxidants are everywhere, and they’re both beneficial and damaging.
Your cells metabolize them in your body, and they use them for specific processes. However, too many free radicals damage the cells through oxidative stress. This action causes chronic diseases and increases aging.
These compounds are in the form of environmental pollution, cigarette smoke, and other sources. They are also created internally from certain medications.
Apply a daily SPF lotion to protect yourself from and fight oxidative stress.
A moisturizer with SPF in it is an essential part of your everyday beauty routine. Make it a point to stay out of the direct sun by using hats and covering your skin when possible. Use a lip balm with SPF multiple times a day.
2. Change Your Diet
It’s easy to adopt the “live to eat” instead of “eat to live” mentality in today’s society. Yet our bodies use what we eat and drink as fuel, and when you fill yours with sludge, it will respond likewise.
You can’t fill your gas tank with mud and expect your car to run well. And you can’t fill your body with junk and expect it to keep functioning at top performance.
Without the right vitamins and minerals fueling them, your internal systems are slowly degrading. It’s an invisible process for the most part, and you won’t notice it until the symptoms of a chronic illness or disease appear.
However, one thing that quickly shows your unhealthy diet is your skin. If you don’t drink enough water, dehydration is immediately visible. The foods you choose can also play a part, good or bad, in your skin health.
Sugary foods, preservatives, dairy products, and alcohol are instant agers. The less you eat and drink of those ingredients, the better.
Instead, load up on foods with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Nuts, berries, fatty fish, and leafy greens make a full, healthy diet.
3. Check Your Beauty Products
Internal and external ingredients affect your body’s aging. That’s why it’s crucial to develop good habits, like eating well and avoiding smoking and too much alcohol. But the beauty products you use can be just as damaging!
Your skin will absorb more than half of what you put on it. Shampoos, lotions, and other products topically and internally affect your cells and organs.
Many skincare products are not regulated by the FDA and have ingredients that are damaging or toxic.
Traditional, easy to find skincare items have ingredients linked to chronic conditions. Cancer, allergies, eczema, and hormonal dysregulation are some of the adverse effects.
When you’re shopping for beauty products, make sure they don’t contain:
- DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), and TEA (triethanolamine)
- Parabens (Methyl, Butyl, Ethyl, Propyl)
- Synthetic fragrances
By rule of thumb, if you can’t pronounce the ingredient, check its safety and efficacy before use.
4. Adopt Healthy Habits, Eliminate the Rest
Keeping your youthful appearance is a full-time job. You don’t have to be cognizant about it all the time. But you do have to create habits that promote anti-aging instead of speeding up degenerative processes.
Your healthy habits will have you looking, feeling, and acting young! Get plenty of rest, stay hydrated with plenty of water, and exercise regularly. Focus on your diet and supplement with vitamins and minerals.
What you avoid is just as important. If you have any bad habits that age you faster, you should eliminate them as soon as possible!
If you want to stay young-looking, the worst things you can do include:
- Drinking alcohol excessively
- Stressing too much
- Staying up or out late frequently
- Eating junk food
Changing your habits can transform your life from the inside out.
5. Add Supplements
No matter how good your diet is, there are probably still vitamins and minerals you’re missing. These little nutrients could be boosting your anti-aging processes.
Much of what your body needs to reduce aging signs isn’t produced by the body naturally. Like collagen, some things are abundant in youth, and then, over time, your body makes them less.
There are myriad supplements you can take to help you fight aging.
In addition to your healthy eating, add these vitamins and minerals to your daily routine:
- Curcumin, found in turmeric: slows down the aging process and reduces inflammation
- Collagen: keeps the skin’s elasticity tone and reduces wrinkles
- CoQ10: fights free radicals and increases energy production
- Vitamin A: full of retinoids that help cellular regeneration
- Vitamin C: increases collagen production
Adding vitamins and minerals to your day can be done easily first thing in the morning. Since it’s such a simple way to fight aging, there’s no reason not to include this step!
We all have to get older, but we don’t all have to look our age! By switching up your habits and taking care of your body, you can turn back the clock.
Your body will be with you your whole life. Take care of it with these anti-aging secrets, and it will reward you with a youthful appearance!
About the Author
Caitlin Sinclair is the Property Manager at Portside Ventura Harbor with 5 years of property management experience and many more in Customer Service. She shares her passion for her community and looks forward to making Portside Ventura Harbor the place to call home.