Six Anti-Ageing Tips on How to Look Years Younger than your Actual Age
We age because our repair systems are not good enough to keep us going and as the years go by, the fine lines and wrinkles start to appear and become more visible. Normally, after the age of 25 your body decreases the amount of collagen that it would normally produce and that is when the cycle of ageing begins. Although it is not possible to stop getting older, there are many things that you can do to slow down the progression of how we age; keep in mind that our genes account for only ¼ of the way we age; the rest is simple lifestyle; therefore you decide how old you want to look and how well you want to feel.
1. Healthy Diet for a Younger You
Bad nutrition will contribute to faults in your DNA, making you age faster. People whose diets are rich in fruit, vegetables, nuts, multigrain bread and olive oil are less likely to wrinkle that the red-meat eaters, processed food, saturated food and sugary snacks.
- Your diet should include between three to five pieces of vegetables a day and one to three pieces of fruit (try to focus more on vegetable if you are try to lose weight).
- Replace white bread for multigrain bread.
- Replace your normal oil for olive oil.
- Try to eat vegetarian food only one day every other week (more if possible – but avoid cheese dishes and pastas).
2. Exercise and Age
The anti-ageing properties of exercise are widely known and should not be omitted if you are trying to look younger. Your target is for light to moderate exercise at least three days a week and if possible include medium to intense exercise routine one or two days. Only 30 minutes of yoga, pilates or power walking 3 days a week will reduce the changes of developing dementia, cancer and other diseases. Depending on your age there are many exercises you can do at home, the gym or the park. My recommendation is for you to join a gym, use the swimming pool or attend classes (yoga, body bump, flexibility exercises); if possible try to use weights at least once a week.
3. Stop Smoking for Better Skin
Smoking is one of the worse offenders of an old and tired-looking skin; it also has a direct impact on your lungs, heart and the development of various types of cancers. The good news is that as soon as you quit, you will notice a big improvement in the way you look and feel, your skin will improve and the risk of heart attack is halved after one year. This is one of the most important steps you should take if you want to live a long and healthy life.
4. Antioxidants and Free Radical Damage
Free radical damage are involved with cellular damage; this is normally produced as they years go by; however the stress in our everyday life, consuming saturated fats, sunlight, bad cholesterol, red meats, smoking and alcohol causes an overproduction of free radicals and in the majority of the cases, premature ageing. Living a healthier life with lots of exercise and good nutrition will dramatically improve the longevity of your skin. Increase the consumption of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E if you want to prevent free radicals from oxidising; however try to do it by eating more fruit and vegetables; if not possible, then multi-vitamins is your second best choice.
5. Sleep Better and Look Younger
When you sleep, you skin starts to repair and regenerate itself. A good night sleep is important for your body to fight pollution, bacteria, stress, and other factors that make you age; it will visible slow down the effects of ageing, dark circles and under-eye bags and improve your changes to live a healthier and longer life.
If you want to know more about the good effects of having a good night sleep read 10 Reasons Why You Should Sleep Well
6. Sun and Wrinkles
Photo aging is the damage done to the skin after being exposed to the sun for long period of times. The sun breakdowns the collage and elastin in your body; this is the main substance that keep the elasticity and firmness of the skin and prevents the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Try to avoid direct sun between 11am to 3pm and use sunscreen everyday, at least SPF 15 during winter and SPF 30 during summer time.
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