Everyone wants to look young for as long as possible. It’s rooted in our natural human conscious to be physically attractive, not to mention boosting our self-esteem and confidence levels. As they say, “when you look good, you feel good!” In this article, I’ll go over some easy life habits that will ensure your optimum youthful look and reduce the signs of aging. Best of all, it’s completely free, these are lifestyle changes that fix the root of the problem, not an ad-article promoting $100 creams while the root cause is being ignored.

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                 Youthful appearance stems from two visual cues: “smooth, firm skin and a bright, even tone complexion,” according to Dr. Howard Sobel, MD, director of the New York Institute of Aesthetic Dermatology and Laser Surgery. So, let’s focus on how to achieve those two goals.

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                 Wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging are all because of collagen loss, normal as a result of aging. Collagen, by the way, is a naturally occurring protein found in animals and, of course, us humans. It’s actually the most abundant protein in our bodies. The skin also losses its ability to hydrate itself over time, as we get older, which is another cause of the dreaded saggy look.

                 The good news: Studies show people that eating nutrient-rich diets tend to have firmer skin. Doctors recommend eating foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, as well as foods with vitamins C and E, which encourage collagen production. Some examples of high vitamin C and E foods include bell peppers, dark leafy greens, broccoli, sunflower and cottonseed oils, and avocados.

                 The bad news: for the drinkers, that means ease off the alcohol quantities! Alcohol has been proven to dehydrate the skin. Also, for the routine fast food diners: go easy on the amount of junk food! For those night owls that, for whatever reason, only get 4-5 hours of sleep a night routinely, get some more sleep! Everyone should plan for about 7 hours of sleep a night, anything less is unhealthy but there is such thing as over-sleep, as well. When one does not get enough rest, the body produces excess cortisol, which is a hormone that breaks down skin cells. A well-rested body will produce more human growth hormone, which improves skin elasticity; for a nicer complexion and “baby-smooth” skin that increases your appearance and certainly doesn’t hurt your attractiveness!  

                 So, quick re-cap: Easy on the alcohol, improve your diet through cutting the “junk” foods, DO eat foods high in nutrients and vitamins E and C. Also, get a good nights’ rest!