The quest for the fountain of youth is never-ending. There is hardly anyone in this world who wouldn’t want to preserve youth or slow down aging. Well, as we all know, there is no elixir of youth or magic potion that can help you achieve this goal. On the other hand, there are some strategies that can make you look and feel younger and stay healthy. Here are some useful tips to kick start 2016 with a workable anti-aging plan.
- As you all know, regular exercise is important for your health. But exercise also offers beauty and anti-aging benefits. It improves skin health and releases certain compounds that prevent cell death. According to a Cosmopolitan report, a skin study by McMaster University in Canada revealed the importance of exercise in making the skin look much younger.
- Make a resolution to work on lifting your facial muscles. As we age, the muscles of the face naturally slacken. Facial exercises can help. Massage is another useful strategy to keep facial sag at bay. Spend a couple of minute massaging your face every night with a good skin cream. Experts recommend maintaining circular motions with the fingertips of both hands to prevent the degeneration of the skin tissues and improve elasticity.
- Cut down on sugar. Sugar ages your skin and makes it look dull and wrinkled. The sugar in your bloodstream will attach to proteins to form harmful new molecules that destroy collagen and elastin, the protein fibers that keep skin firm and elastic. Have more of anti-aging antioxidants such as dark berries, and green juices.
- Focus on retaining the skin’s moisture. The cold dry winter can wreak havoc on your skin. Don’t bathe too many times a day and refrain from using harsh soap when you do. Use a good moisturizer and drink water to keep your skin hydrated.
- Use a quality scrub to exfoliate your face at least twice a week. By removing the dead cells, a good scrub would deep cleanse the skin, smooth and rejuvenate the skin’s texture, increase blood flow and make the skin look youthful, supple and radiant.
- Make sure that you remove your makeup before going to bed. Clogged pores cause collagen breakdown.
- Protect your skin from harsh UV rays. Wear broad spectrum SPF on your face and exposed areas such as hands when you go out in the sun. Antioxidant-rich foods such as tomatoes and green tea can boost your defenses against sun damage.
- Last but not least, don’t compromise on your sleep time. Poor sleep quality can accelerate signs of skin aging. Studies have found that those who sleep well benefit from quicker skin damage repair.
The chronological aging process cannot be stopped, but the way you look and feel can be improved. So begin taking action today with these simple strategies to repair imbalances and fight the conditions of aging.