The internet is full of hacks and advice about how to look younger, some of which can be quite weird – coffee enema anyone? Other advice can be contradictory, for instance, one scientific study says smiling makes you look younger, another says it makes you look older. So what are you to believe?
Fads may come and go, but there are just a few classic essentials that’ll keep you looking younger, and slow down the signs of ageing. You probably already know what they are, but there’s no harm in reminding yourself what to do. They’ll also have the bonus of helping you stay fit and healthy too.
If you’re still addicted to nicotine and need the motivation to quit, remember that smoking ages you. It deprives your skin of oxygen and nutrients which gradually destroys the collagen and elastin, making the skin go saggy and giving you wrinkles, age spots and the puckered lips which are a giveaway to your status as a smoker. Smoking also damages your teeth and gums. There is even evidence that smoking accelerates hair loss in both men and women. And if you live in the same house as a smoker, don’t forget that the ageing effects of smoking also affects passive smokers.
We’ve said it many times before and we’ll keep on saying it – use sunscreen! The effects of harmful UV rays can add 20 years to your skin; only a small amount of damage can add extra years.
Again, we say this a lot, but it’s worth banging the point home that by preventing your skin from drying out, you’re helping to keep wrinkles at bay.
Essential for your body’s overall health, staying hydrated will also improve your skin. If you’re dehydrated, your blood becomes thicker and sluggish, so drinking plenty of water helps with healthy circulation at the same time as cleansing your system, getting rid of the toxins in the body. What’s more, if you don’t drink enough, your body diverts moisture from your skin cells to the blood, and dry skin is much more prone to wrinkling.
Uh oh, sugar isn’t only bad for your waistline and your teeth, it’s also bad for your skin. The way your body digests sugar causes it to break down collagen and elastin – those vital ingredients for keeping your skin looking young.
The more you exercise, the younger you’ll keep your body, with adults who do high levels having a nine-year advantage in terms of cellular ageing over those who don’t exercise at all.
Don’t just concentrate on exercising your body. By exercising the 60 or so muscles in your face with the right kind of facial exercises, you can achieve good results.
If you want to give Mother Nature a helping hand, there are non-invasive treatments available that will help soften the signs of ageing and help you look younger, including fillers, wrinkle relaxing injections, laser treatments, etc.
Contact us to discuss the different options available.
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