You are as old only as you feel. True… however, time has its own way of reminding us exactly how old we are doesn’t it? What’s worse, if we don’t take proper care of our skin, we may well end up looking older that what we really are!
We may not have found the ever elusive fountain of youth but we will let you in on 10 secrets that will give your skin that youthful glow. Mind you, these secrets go beyond creams and other cosmetics, and surgery. The key to making your skin look and feel younger requires an entire shift in mind set and lifestyle. However, considering its rewards, it is all going to be worth it.
1. Go naturalWho says you have to spend tons of money to have younger, supple skin? Go for natural home skincare remedies instead! To treat fine lines and wrinkles, as well as dry, cracked skin, try applying the juice of green apples or pineapples on your face. You may apply the juice of either fruit by hand and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off. You may also rub the core of the pineapple all over your face. The juices are helpful in improving the tone and texture of your skin, leaving it fresher and younger-looking.
2. Treat your face to a regular facial massage
After a long day of wearing make-up, wash your face and remove excess oils by using fresh lime juice. With the lime juice still on, treat your face to a 5-minute facial massage. Starting from your neck, gently but firmly massage your face in an upward motion up until your hairline. Rinse your face then moisturize, apply your cream or lotion in the same upward, massaging motion.
3. Water Power
Do not forget to drink your mandatory 8 glasses of liquids each and every day to re-hydrate your skin. This will keep your skin from looking dry, rough and wrinkly due to loss of elasticity.
4. Eat right
Maintaining a well-balanced diet goes beyond staying fit. Eating fatty foods makes your skin oily. Keep early signs of aging at bay by packing your diet with lot of fruits and vegetables.
5. Protect your skin from the sun
Did you know that 90% of skin problems associated with aging are caused by too much sun exposure? Skin problems include wrinkly, blotchy pigmentation also known as liver spots, thinning of the skin, premature wrinkling, skin dryness, and even skin cancer.
Don’t forget to protect your skin every time you go out. Use sun block with at least an SPF of 15. Avoid being out during midday (i.e., from 10am to 3pm when the sun’s rays are at their worst). Also, don’t forget to wear dark sunglasses to protect the skin around your eyes.
6. Quit smoking and stop drinking
Smoking and drinking are among the major factors that cause premature aging of the skin. While smoking leaves a lot of deep wrinkles, alcohol dehydrates the skin, slows down blood circulation, and keeps vitamins and minerals from reaching your skin. This could then lead to broken capillaries, especially over the nose and around the cheek area. So quit these bad habits now if you want to hold on to your youthful appearance.
7. De-stress regularly
It’s a given. Everyday life can be stressful. Everyone can attest to that – even your skin. Be sure that you get enough sleep to get rid of those dark circles around your eyes, which make you look tired and old. Also, try squeezing in fun activities into your busy schedule – like playing a sport you like, spoiling yourself with a long, luxurious bubble bath or reading a good book. Give yourself time to relax and you’ll feel more alive inside and out.
8. Get moving
Just like maintaining a well-balanced diet, exercising goes beyond dropping the excess pounds. A regular exercise routine increases blood circulation, calms your nerves and promotes deeper, more relaxed sleeping habits, making your whole body feel and look good.
9. Choose the right cosmetics
When buying cosmetics, don’t limit your choice based on what’s popular, what you’ve seen on TV or in magazines, or what all your friends are buying. Choosing cosmetics is like shopping for clothes – you have to find the right fit. Therefore, make sure to test them first to see if they agree with your skin. Also, read labels to make sure they don’t have harmful ingredients. Buying the wrong cosmetics can lead to allergic reactions or to excessive oiliness, making your skin look older.
It takes more effort to frown than to smile! A beaming smile makes you look happier, younger and can even make you feel good about yourself. So have a positive outlook in life and show it with a smile. Oh yeah… this can also prevent you from developing unwanted lines and wrinkles across your forehead and the area between your eyebrows.
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