Healthy and Natural Ways to Instantly Look Younger
We all want to look and feel younger — but many of us don’t want to spend thousands on expensive or invasive procedures. Plus, procedures like Botox and plastic surgery can have adverse health effects.
With summer just around the corner, here are four healthy and natural beauty tips to help you boost your youthful glow.
Did you know exercise does more for your body than just keep your waistline in check and muscles strong? Along with maintaining physical and mental health, a few of the benefits that exercise boasts to keep you looking young include:
- Circulate nutrients and oxygen to give your skin a radiant look
- Kick-start the collagen production process of building younger-looking skin
- Reduce stress, meaning fewer gray hairs and worry lines!
- Sleep better and have fewer dark circles under your eyes
- Naturally boost human growth hormones (HGH) without injections
- Maintain muscle mass that helps fight off cellulite
Raising your heart rate for as little as thirty minutes a day can keep a spring in your step and prevent signs of aging.
Stress can wreak havoc on body and mind. Surges of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol cause blood pressure to rise and the heart to race. This can cause the body to age faster, so make it a priority to slow down and find time to breathe deeply and relax.
Herbert Benson, MD, author of the landmark book The Relaxation Response, recommends trying “the relaxation response.” Repeat a mantra — a relaxing word, sound, uplifting phrase or prayer — for as little as 10 minutes a day to slow down, get grounded and give your worry lines a break.
Superfoods and healthy fats are proven age-reducers. Omega-3 fatty acids help stabilize your mood, maintain bone strength, and prevent visible signs of aging by reducing inflammation in your body. You can find these good fats in salmon, walnuts, soybeans, avocados and certain seeds.
Super fruits like pomegranates and goji berries are packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and other nutrients that can help you live longer, prevent disease, and make your skin vibrant. Not to mention the benefits of more energy, so you can keep up with your kids or grandkids at the park this summer.
Sunscreen does more than prevent pink skin and fight off cancer — it has anti-aging properties for your skin too. In a recent study, participants who used sunscreen daily were 24% less likely to show increased signs of aging.
Photoaging in the skin is caused by UV-A radiation, which makes it hard for your skin to hold its shape. Photoaging also causes freckles and liver spots. Give your skin a fighting chance for longevity by limiting exposure to sunlight throughout the day. Be generous with the sunscreen – protected skin is healthy skin!