Forget Botox, liposuction, and plastic surgery. With proper skin care, the right exercise, and a good amount of relaxation, you can keep flaunting it. Here are 29 tips to help keep you looking 29 years old.
The way to your youth is through your stomach?
1. Eat your veggies
“Getting at least nine servings of vegetables and/or fruits daily fuels your body with antioxidants, which keeps your cells younger, which hopefully translates to keeping you from aging quickly,” says Registered Dietitian Jill Nussinow.
2. It may not have worked for Dracula, but who cares?!
“Eat garlic as often as you can — both raw and cooked. It keeps your blood flowing well,” says Nussinow.
3. The perfect H2O
“Ionized water makes the body more alkaline and will hydrate your system and provide high antioxidants at the same time,” says Stephanie Tippie, host of the online weekly radio program “Aging Younger.”
4. Don’t imbibe, stay alive!
Not only is alcohol bad for your liver, but it can also damage your skin due to increased blood flow.
5. Juice it
The vitamins and minerals found in many juices help build up your immune system. Orange juice is a good source of Vitamin C; apple juice can help reduce memory loss; GoChi is a goji berry juice that has been known to enhance quality of sleep and promote easier wakening.
6. Give your brain time to connect with your intestines
It’s been said that it takes an average of 20 minutes for your brain to realize you’ve eaten. So eat slower and try not to stuff yourself.
The skin of a baby?
7. “Butt-ing” your eyelashes?
“For several years I’ve used hemorrhoid ointment around my eyes,” admits Rosanne Gain, publicist, 63. She’s not the only one; many swear by products like Preparation H to keep skin around their eyes moist and to reduce swelling, puffiness, and wrinkles.
8. Tan with caution
“The most valuable anti-aging products are sunscreen and antioxidants,” explains Dr. Susan Van Dyke, an Arizona dermatologist. Opt for a sunscreen that contains an SPF of 30 or higher, which will partially block or absorb the aging UV rays before they hit your skin. And for a boost of antioxidants, which help neutralize destructive molecules in the skin generated by UV rays that escape your sunscreen blockade, look for products containing coffee, berries, vitamin C, and idebenone, says Van Dyke.
9. Give your skin life
Moisturizing is important no matter what your skin type. Makeup artists across the world will tell you that it prevents wrinkles and fine lines. If you find that your skin is dry, a moisturizer will keep your face nourished and prevent flaking. Oily skin, believe it or not, still requires a moisturizer. If you don’t use one, your face will overcompensate and produce too much oil. To get even more protection, use a moisturizer with an SPF.
Moisturizing is a great idea, but it’s incomplete if you don’t exfoliate. Opening up your pores and ridding yourself of dead skin can help promote softer, healthier skin. But be careful not to overdo it, as exfoliating improperly or too frequently can cause sensitivity and irritation.
11. Get the patch
“Don’t smoke,” says Dr. Brooke Jackson of the Skin Wellness Center of Chicago. “Aside from the risk of lung cancer, smoking dramatically ages skin, giving it a sallow, yellow look. It also causes fine lines around the mouth that will make your lipstick bleed. Tobacco will also stain teeth, making you look older.”
12. Use mineral makeup
“This covers a multitude of sins and is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin types. Mineral makeup also provides sun protection and is great for patients with rosacea,” says Dr. Jackson.
13. Smooth, silky tresses
Be sure to take care of your hair by using a variety of products, as well as a proper shampoo and conditioner. These will stop your hair from drying out and keep it healthy.
The body does it…
14. Yoga for youthfulness
“Not only does the body respond with greater vitality, greater flexibility, and strength [with yoga], so do the mind and spirit,” says Felice Rhiannon, Professional Yoga Therapist. “When those aspects of your being are in harmony, it’s easy to smile each day and have a spring in your step.”
15. Acupuncture-away signs of aging
“Acupuncture can melt away age lines (through an intensive facial procedure) and support weight loss by increasing the metabolism,” says Ruth Knill, Ph.D., licensed acupuncturist and national certified herbalist. “It can also improve hormonal imbalances, thus reducing facial acne, bags around the eyes, and related beauty challenges.”
16. Keep active
A brisk walk around the block, bringing laundry up and down the stairs, or a quick dip in the pool at the senior housing center are all simple ways to get your heart pumping and legs working without paying for a monthly gym membership.
“Meditation is the greatest anti-aging secret I know,” says Dr. Susan Shumsky, spirituality expert and author. “By spending a few minutes daily getting quiet, still, centered, and balanced within yourself, you can attain a state of deep relaxation and inner peace.”
18. You get what you give
By volunteering, you’ll be staying active, socializing, and accomplishing good for others, which can give you a positive attitude and outlook on life.
Most of us hate it, but it’s a great habit to get into. In fact, according to the National Institute on Aging, we can do four different types of exercise — endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility — to improve our health and quality of life.
20. Hit the road
Broaden your horizons by visiting locations you’ve always dreamed of seeing. You’ll become more worldly and cultured, and you won’t regret your experiences.
Stress is not only bothersome, it’s also really bad for you. Instead of worrying about every little detail, take it easy and relax. You’ll rid yourself of the possibility of worry- and frown-lines and will age more gracefully.
22. Take it easy
Schedule some “me” time to get some R&R. Take a bubble bath, read a book, catch up on your favorite show, or just chill out with a nice afternoon nap.
23. Family time is golden
Spending time with family can be healing. For instance, being active with your family will keep your exercise habits up; eating with your family will promote better nutrition.
24. Get pampered
Because who doesn’t love to go to the spa?! A nice massage, facial, or mani/pedi can relax you and make you feel better about yourself.
25. Get those wheels turning
Playing brain exercise computer games like Fit Brains and Brain Ready can help keep the brain active. Similarly, completing crossword puzzles and sudoku will stimulate your brain functions and keep you sharp as a tack for Independent Living.
26. Groom yourself
Keeping up with your appearance is sure to be one of the best ways to keep you looking young. Getting a haircut, a shave, or just switching up your clothes can be a quick way to look and feel younger.
27. Hide your eyes
Sunglasses with UVA protection guard your eyes from sun damage and stop you from squinting, which can cause wrinkles over an extended period of time.
28. Stay positive
It has often been said that thinking positive will bring positive things your way and keep you happy and healthy.
29. Get some sleep!
After a long, hard day of activities, stress, and working hard to preserve your skin’s youth, let your immune system rest and reboot.