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101 Ways to Look Younger

Intro

The red-haired classic beauty and American comedienne Lucille Ball was once quoted saying that, “The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your age.” And how many times have you actually lied about your age because your skin has betrayed you?

After all, your skin is the first to show the imminent signs of aging. But why lie when you can actually do something about your skin aging? If you have been looking for the secrets to the fountain of youth, look not further because here we have conveniently compiled for you the ultimate 100 ways to look younger.

And we start off our list with the 30 Natural Ways to Look Younger.

1. Get Enough Sleep

It is no wonder that the Disney princess Aurora is called Sleeping Beauty for nothing. Not only will a good night’s rest keep you refreshed and energized the following day, it also allows your cells to repair and rejuvenate themselves. This helps your skin to look and feel supple, taut and elastic.

A good seven to eight hours of beauty rest will do trick in keeping your skin looking young. But more than that can also harm and can even be detrimental to your skin, according to New York dermatologist Doris Day in a WebMD article.

2. Water Therapy

We have often been told that drinking 8 tall glasses of water everyday can do wonders for the body and promotes overall good health. It works in helping to maintain the healthy balance of fluids in the body.

But, fluid is lost because of natural skin evaporation, sweating and urinating, among others. If this lost fluid is not replaced with proper hydration, your skin becomes the first to show signs of dehydration turning it dry, tight and flaking, making it more prone to wrinkles and fine lines. Also, drinking enough water helps to eliminate toxins and wastes from the body giving the skin a more radiant glow.

3. Cut Down the Sweets

Having a sweet tooth will not only wreck havoc to your pearly whites and add inches to your hips, but it can hurt your skin, as well. An increase in the blood sugar level encourages inflammation, which can cause redness and swelling and affects the tone and texture of the skin.

Also, sugar in the body results in a process called glycation, where glucose is released in the bloodstream. These sugars latch on to the basic protein of the skin, which is collagen, causing it to become stiff and inflexible. This can lead to sagging, wrinkled and dry skin. High glucose levels also diminish skin-protecting antioxidants that safeguard your skin from sun damage.

4. Quit Smoking

More than the more alarming respiratory and cardiovascular damages that smoking can do to the body, one of its detrimental effects can reveal on your skin. Smoking causes the blood vessels dilate, which reduces proper blood circulation, oxygen and essential nutrients to reach the skin. Also, it damages the important connective tissues of the skin – elastin and collagen.

These destructions result to the formation of wrinkles. This is further aggravated whenever you purse your lips and squint your eyes every time you take a puff. According to the American Association of Dermatology, smoking can lead the skin to develop a leathery texture and yellowish tone.

5. Reduce Alcohol Intake

A moderate of intake of alcohol, like red wine, has been said to help the body in tiptop condition. But an excessive consumption of a beer, a cocktail or even wine can actually rob your skin of the essential nutrients that it needs. Alcohol deprives the skin of the vital nutrients that it needs because it dilates the facial blood vessels, which can develop to a dull-looking skin. It also worsens flare-ups of skin conditions, like rosacea and psoriasis.

So make sure that you control your alcohol intake and replenish your body fluids with lots of water.

6. Minimize Carbs

Just like sweets, you may want to cut down on your carb intake. Now, take note that it is the simple carbohydrates that you should steer clear from. This includes pasta, white rice, white bread and potatoes. These food sources work similarly with sweets because it spikes up the blood sugar levels, which damage the skin’s collagen.

On the other hand, complex carbohydrates will give you that energy fix without the skin damage, like whole grain bread, legumes and brown rice. These food sources are high in fiber that helps to get rid of skin impurities, leading to smooth and acne-free skin.

7. Vitamin C

Essential nutrients are what your body and skin needs. And your skin’s best friend to younger looking skin is definitely the ever-reliable Vitamin C. It is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your skin and its components from the harmful damage of free radicals.

Also, it helps to promote collagen and elastin production, which keeps your skin plump and radiant. Not only that, Vitamin C also protects your skin from sunburn caused by UVB rays. According to the whfoods.org, the healthiest sources are papaya, bell peppers, broccoli, brussel sprouts and strawberries.

8. Vitamin A

Looking for the ultimate wrinkle buster? You can definitely count on Vitamin A. It helps “to promote the production of skin-building compounds”, according to a research posted in Science Daily. In the research headed by Dr. Reza Kafi, then of the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, assessed the effectiveness of Vitamin A lotions.

It showed that an increase in an animal form of Vitamin A called Retinol intensified the production of glycosaminoglycan and procollagen, which helps to retain skin moisture and reduce wrinkle formation.

9. Vitamin E

Yet another skin care nutrient that is an ingredient to the elixir of youth is Vitamin E. It helps in the repair of skin damage caused by free radicals. Also, it is one of the best defenses from the effects of UVB radiation, like sunburn, swelling, redness and dry skin.

But this skin protector is not naturally produced by the body, so it is best to bulk up on food sources that are rich in Vitamin E, like green leafy vegetables, fortified cereals, nuts and eggs. WebMD posted the recommended dietary allowance of Vitamin E for both men and women is 15mg/day.

10. Bank on Protein

We usually equate protein with muscle building, but have ever thought that it can be a skin nutrient? Remember that the skin is made up of proteins – collagen and elastin, after all. Protein is filled with amino acids that help in the production of collagen in the skin. Specifically, it contains L-lysine and L-proline, which are important in the formation of collagen giving the skin its strong structure.

11. Vitamin B3

One would not think of Vitamin B3 as a skin-nourishing nutrient. It contains two important enzymes that promote in the production of cellular energy, lipids, ceramides and fatty acids.

These help strengthen the skin’s natural protective barrier and keep moisture locked in and harmful irritants out. It also works in minimizing dark spots and is great if you have dry and sensitive skin.

12. Vitamin K

Another little known youth-giving skin nutrient is Vitamin K. It works to protect the skin’s elasticity and helps to prevent wrinkles from forming. This is because it contains a special protein called matrix-carboxyglutamic acid that inhibits the calcification of skin tissues. And are you worried of your dark eye circles, load up on Vitamin K-rich food sources, like meat and soybeans, to freshen up your eye area.

13. Good Bacteria

How can the gut-cleansing probiotics help in keeping your skin looking young? This is because as the good bacteria work its action in keeping the stomach from toxins and wastes, it also reduces the incidence of inflammation in the gut.

What you do not know is that inflammation in the digestive system can sometimes manifest in the skin as acne, psoriasis, rosacea, dermatitis and other skin conditions. So if you want to have a blemish-free skin, treat yourself to a cup or two of plain Greek yogurt.

14. Sleep on Silk

On top of our list is a good beauty rest. But indulge yourself in sleeping on silk or satin pillowcases. Why? It is because these materials do not drag on or create creases on the skin, which can eventually form to wrinkles.

15. Pamper with a Face Massage

Getting a relaxing and soothing massage can certainly help you feel more rejuvenated and refreshed. But a pampering on the face with a good, gentle facial massage can actually help in reducing fine lines from forming. This helps to relax and loosen the tight muscles. And pairing the massage with nourishing oil can help hydrate the skin and give it a healthy glow.

16. Exfoliate

Basic skincare involves three components. The first one is exfoliation. A regular and mild exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells that are building up on the skin surface, which can clog up the pores that can cause blackheads and acne. It also helps to speed up the renewal process of the skin, which allows for new skin to surface keeping it always looking fresh and clean.

You can use a hypoallergenic or non-comedogenic facial cleanser with exfoliating beads. Just make sure that you do not over-exfoliate as this may cause irritation. Generally, it is best to exfoliate twice a week, no matter the skin type.

17. Moisturize

Number two in the must skin care routine is moisturizing. Regardless whether you have dry, oily or combination skin, boosting skin’s hydration with a facial moisturizing will keep it from becoming dry and flaky. It generally works on smoothening the skin and at the same time keeping moisture locked in and attracting moisture, as well.

For those with oily skin, you should watch out for products that contain occlusive, like petroleum jelly and paraffin. These are greasy ingredients that can trap sebum and aggravate blemishes and sebum. Instead, look for products that contain humectants and emollients, like staeric acid and glycerin. It is best to apply moisturizer twice daily, one immediately after taking a shower and another one 30 minutes before you go to sleep.

18. Tone

The last of the three basics in skin care is often the most neglected. You might shrug off skin toners as an added, but useless, step in your regimen. But what it does is help maintain a healthy balance of pH levels. This decreases your susceptibility to develop skin oiliness and infection. It also helps to remove dirt and environmental toxins that may not have been washed off from cleansing.

You may also be pleased to know that skin toning can help tighten and shrink your skin’s pore size. And because it works in removing oil buildup, it can help reduce acne and skin blemishes.

19. Shield the Sun

They say a healthy dose of beaming sunlight can create magnificent changes in your body to keep your recharged and energized. But, overexposure to the harmful UV radiation of the sun can wreck havoc on your skin. It can cause thickening and thinning of the skin, wrinkling, pigmentation, precancerous lesions and the dreadful skin cancer. So, it is best to shield your skin from these aging effects by wearing sunscreen.

But do not just go for a high SPF, instead look for a broad spectrum or multi-spectrum sunscreen that will help protect you from both UVA and UVB radiation. The American Association of Dermatology recommends applying sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going outdoors to allow the product to be absorbed by the skin.

20. Feed on Fish Oil

Fish oil contains omega-3 essential fatty acids, like DHA, EPA, ALA and GHA, which have a long list of health benefits that will keep you looking and feeling young inside and out. Specifically, it has anti-inflammatory properties and helps improve the condition of dry skin and is known to reduce acne, as it inhibits the formation of sebum in the hair follicle that causes acne.

Rich fish oil sources include mackerel, tuna, salmon, oysters, herring, sea bass, trout and anchovies.

21. Relax and Meditate

Meditation equals relaxation. This in itself helps you to feel revitalized and even youthful. It allows you to appreciate and enjoy life’s simple pleasure and feel happy from the inside. But several studies have shown that meditation can also help improve the skin from the outside. This is because it aids it the relief of physical and behavioral symptoms of stress, which includes muscle tightening, change in appetite and increased intake of alcohol.

So do your skin a favor and take a 10-minute and perform a simple meditation by simply paying attention to your breathing.

22. Exercise Regularly

If you want to have vibrant-looking skin, this might be the right motivation for you to perform exercise regularly. Sweating it out in the gym, at the beach or even at home helps to nourish your skin cells and promote proper blood flow throughout the body.

It also helps to ease stress, which can be beneficial in reducing acne and eczema. Not only that, you get to have a fit and healthy body, as well. Now that is a total makeover you can do to your body to look young.

23. Be Gentle on the Bath Scrubs

You may think that scrubbing your body like crazy with body salt, scrubs, loofah and coarse sponges can help your skin look young and clean. While it does remove dead skin cells from your body, too much scrubbing can also strip away the skin’s natural moisture and damage the skin layers causing it become dry and flaky. When using these body exfoliating tools, use light and gentle strokes instead of digging through your skin until it turns red.

24. Steer Clear of Deodorant Soaps

We all know that soaps help our body keep it clean and smelling fresh. But you may want to think twice about using deodorant and fragrant soaps. It may make you smell nice and sweet, but the chemicals in these soaps can cause harm to your skin making it less youthful than it should be. Instead, look for soaps that have a gentle formulation suited for your specific skin type.

25. Humidifier during Cold Season

It can indeed be scorching in Singapore, so turning on the AC full blast will definitely do the trick. But extreme cold temperature can dry the skin out, which can make you look ashen and old.

So, it is a good idea to invest in a humidifier especially when you enjoy turning on the air conditioning unit to keep you cool. It helps to infuse moisture into the air, which can help soothe dried out skin. But make sure to regularly replace the water from the device to avoid it being a breeding ground of bacteria.

26. Have a Cup of Tea

Drinking a cup of healthy tea can be beneficial in keeping your skin looking young. It is packed with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. It helps your body fight off the skin damaging effects of free radicals. Apart from drinking it, using tea bags as cold compress is an excellent way to soothe sunburns, as well as provide immediate relief from razor burns.

Spritzing tea directly to the skin helps to keep it moisturized and maintain a healthy tone. Warm tea bags placed over your eyes can help reduce puffiness and dark under eye circles.

27. Lather on Body Oil and Lotion

To look young from head to toe, make sure that you also keep your body’s skin moisturized and not just your face. A wrinkly and dried out hands can betray your age even if you have a flawless face. Go natural in keeping your body glowing with essential oils. Carrot seed, lavender, tea tree and lemongrass oil are excellent choice in giving your body that luminous glow.

28. No to Tanning Beds

Just like overexposure to sunlight, tanning beds can also damage your skin and hasten the aging process. It can cause photoaging, which can result to pigmentation problems, leathery texture, wrinkles and sagging skin. So if you want to give your skin that sun-kissed glow, opt for tanning lotions or bronzers that have mild formulation.

29. Olive Oil

It might do your skin well to keep a bottle of olive oil handy as part of your beauty arsenal. Olive oil contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent several forms of dermatitis and psoriasis. It is also packed with antioxidants that protect skin cells from sun damage, as well as from the breakdown of collagen and elastin. Also, it is effective in soothing chapped lips. Not only that, nothing beats feeling and looking young than a healthy heart – a health benefit that olive oil is very known for.

30. Have More Sex

Now you may snicker at this thought, but several studies have shown the positive effects of regular sexual activity in promoting youthful skin. In an article featured in Cosmopolitan, one reason is that sex helps pump oxygen to the skin, which makes it more glowing, and improves blood circulation.

It also balances the body’s hormone levels, which in turn reduces the formation of acne. And interestingly, it is also boosts the collagen production and it helps clear the pores from sweating while performing the deed itself.

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