Want To Keep Your Skin Looking Younger? Here Are 7 Secrets To Younger Skin. These Are My Secrets For Looking 10 Years Younger. Try Them Yourself. They Are Easy.
We ladies like to hide our age. I know I certainly think it is fun when someone thinks I am my husband’s daughter when I am actually 2 years older than he is and by the way he looks young for his age. When I was younger I didn’t think about age, but my mother knew secrets to keep me looking young. Those secrets are part of my life style and continue to stick with me. I believe we can do something to keep looking young. Here are seven things that help me.
7 Ways To Keep Skin Looking Younger
- Drink A Lot Of Water
- Eat Healthy
- Avoid Eating Junk Food
- Exercise The Body
- Wear Less Makeup
- Smile A Lot
- Think Positive Thoughts
Drink A Lot Of Water
The first think I do every morning is drink two glasses of tap water. Then throughout the day I have at least nine more glasses. When I am away from home running errands, I find it challenging to drink enough. My body knows when it has not received the usually amount. I get sluggish, my digestive system does not feel as good and I can see small wrinkles on the under part of my upper arm.
Until I did some research, I thought I was the only one drinking so much water. What I found is so surprising.
Movie Stars Understand The Benefits Of Drinking A Lot Of Water
There are many movie stars who understand the benefits of drinking a lot of water daily. Here is what some of them have to say.
The first thing I do in the morning is drink a glass of water with lemon. —Georgina Chapman.
The first thing I do is have hot water with lemon and probiotics. —Naomi Campbell
Drink water between meals instead of with them so that the digestive juices will not be diluted. —Jane Fonda
Everyone says it, but I so it. I drink a lot of water. —Julianne Moore
It tastes fairly disgusting. But it’s fantastic for your digestive system. Swig whenever you start to dream about toast and Marmite. —Elizabeth Hurley
I think it’s very important to drink lots of water. —Victoria Beckham
These Stars certainly have an appearance of youthfulness and a radiant glow with an energizing smile. Do you think drinking a lot of water makes a difference?
My Friend Experienced The Effects Of Drinking Too Little Water
My friend understands the effects of drinking too little water . Recently she had a kidney stone removed. The doctor asked her how much water she was drinking daily. Since she is a teacher, it is difficult to drink water and find a close restroom. She knew she was not getting enough. Going through the pain of a lodged kidney stone is enough to cause her to never forget to drink enough liquid daily. The doctor emphatically told her she must have at least 80 ounces of water daily so her kidneys will function properly and cut down on calcium intake.
Mayo Clinic Recommendation
As of June 18, 2019 the Mayo Clinic recommendation suggests women drink a minimum of 11.5 cups of water because the body loses water through breathing, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. Besides losing water, the body needs water to perform the following functions.
- Regulate body temperature
- Moisten tissues in the eyes, nose and mouth
- Protect body organs and tissues
- Carry nutrients and oxygen to cells
- Lubricate joints
- Lessen burden on the kidneys and liver by flushing out waste products
- Help dissolve minerals and nutrients to make them accessible to the body
University Study Confirms Drinking Water Helps Your Skin
The University Of Wisconsin claims drinking water helps you skin because, “Hyaluronic acid holds 1,000 times its own weight in water, thus attracting water to the skin and holding it there. Drink more water.
Drinking at least 8 glasses a day will help rid the body and skin of toxins. Many people often report that by increasing their water intake, their skin has a more radiant glow.”
Dermatologist Skin Care Recommendations
Dermatologist skin care recommendations are simple. “Stay hydrated. We see women all of the time who fail to drink much water and it shows. They usually have sunken in eyes and their skin has lost some elasticity.”
How Does Dehydration Affect The Skin?
Understanding how dehydration affects the skin is extremely important because the skin is made up of cells and its cells hold water. Water goes to the organs first then the skin. If cells lack water they shrivel. This is why skin lacking hydration becomes dry, tight, flaky and wrinkly. Facial skin to stay healthy needs a proper water balance for its natural oils. Without enough water toxins are not flushed from the body.
How To Hydrate The Skin
- Drink plenty of water, 8 -12 glasses a day. When experiencing unusual perspiration, drink more.
- Apply a hydrating moisturizer right after a shower when the skin is still porous to allow better absorption.
Best Treatment For Sagging Skin?
It’s hard to believe, but it is true. Water is the best treatment for sagging skin. Drinking more water will help tighten the skin around your jawline, stomach, arms, and legs. That’s because water helps improve skin elasticity, making it bounce back from sagging. Try it and see. It worked for me.
When failing to drink enough water for a week because of traveling circumstances, I noticed my upper arms were showing sagging wrinkles. I was alarmed that it happened so fast. Not knowing what to do, I resorted to my usual, drink more water routine. In a day, my quickly appearing sagginess was gone.
Do not expect to see affects over night, but be disciplined and drink your water. It will do miracles for you.
Growing up I had a lot of fruit and vegetables because my parents had a large garden with every kind of vegetable you can think of. Being home grown they were extra tasty so I grew up with a great appetite for them. We had an orchard also with grapes, apricots, berries and apples. To this day I would much prefer vegetables and fruit to sugary desserts. I certainly believe my diet which has always consisted of an abundance of fruit and vegetables has contributed to the youthfulness, brightness and firmness of my skin.
Until I did some research I didn’t know how important fruit and vegetables are for healthy skin. Research reveals fatty acid is important for hydration; vitamin A aids cellular reproduction; vitamin B helps repair damaged cells; vitamin C aids in getting rid of excessive oil and vitamin E keeps the skin glowing and youthful.
Healthy Foods For Healthy Skin
Since 5 portions of fruit and vegetables are recommended daily, I made a list of twelve healthy foods for healthy skin that are very high sources of needed nutrition. Here is the list.
- Fatty Fish
Fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel and herring, contain fatty acids which hydrate the skin.
Avocados are high in healthy fats, essential oils and B-complex vitamins that nourish the skin. In fact it is so good for the complexion that many make masks out of it and smear it right onto their face.
Walnuts have many characteristics that make them an excellent food for healthy skin. They contain fatty acid omega-3, vitamin E and some vitamin B.
- Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds are rich in vitamin E which helps to keep the skin glowing and youthful.
- Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin A and help speed up the body’s cellular reproduction.
- Red or Yellow Bell Peppers
Red and yellow vegetables are filled with beta-carotene which prevents cell damage and premature aging.
Broccoli helps fight skin damage. It contains vitamin A, B and C. It has as much vitamin C as one orange.
Tomatoes contain both vitamin A and C so they help balance the skin to get rid of excessive oil which can cause acne and they brighten the skin.
Mushrooms contain a lot of vitamin B12 which can repair damaged tissue.
- Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is very rich with good fats to restore moisture to the skin.
- Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese contains selenium and other essential minerals which combat flaking skin.
- Flax Seeds
Flax seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which help to erase spots and smooth the skin.
Obviously if you have not been eating much fruit and vegetables to date, results will not show up immediately. But over time the body will respond favorably. The above information motivates me to continue eating my nuts, fish, fruit and vegetable.
Avoid Eating Junk Food
Fortunately I am not tempted by sugary and greasy foods. Its reported that sugar causes insulin levels to spike which sends a burst of Inflammation which produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles. Sugar is also dehydrating and contributes to puffy-looking skin and dark circles under the eyes.
Foods That Are Bad For Skin
Dr Ariel Ostad, a Board-certified Dermatologist from Brooklyn, performs studies which reveal that when you eat more sugar than your cells can process, the excess sugar molecules combine with proteins and create AGES, advanced glycation end products. Ultimately the AGES can damage the skin’s collagen, which keeps the skin firm and youthful.
As for oily skin, nutritionist Zoe Dent, proud member of Australian Traditional Medicine Society, says “While specific foods don’t directly cause oily skin, an imbalance of good and bad bacteria does. The main offenders causing this imbalance are too much sugar, dairy and gluten and not enough healthy omega-3 fats, zinc, probiotics, vitamins A, C, E and protein (collagen especially).”
So cutting back on the sugar, dairy and gluten and increasing the vitamins along with omega-3 fats with zinc and probiotics will bring balance and a less likelihood of oily skin.
It is highly recommended that you do not resort to cosmetics and cosmetic procedures to correct damages and aging skin. Changing the diet makes a lot more sense because the body will be healthier in other ways as well.
Exercise The Body
Physical exercise that makes a difference for the skin is that which gets the heart pumping. A pumping heart increases the blood flow which delivers a greater amount of oxygen and nutrients to the skin. This helps repair and regenerate skin cells and increase collagen production. The cycling of old cells to new cells slows the anti-aging process. Exercise tones and tightening muscles which makes the skin firm and vibrant looking.
Exercise And Telomeres
Research tells us that chromosomes which control the aging process are capped with Telomeres. As one gets older the shorter the Telomeres become. Physical exercise combined with diet help preserve Telomeres length. The important foods to consume include berries, apples, plums, carrots, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and green tea.
If exercise has not been a part of your daily routine, it is never too late to start. Exercise at any age improves overall healthy including skin health.
Wear Less Makeup
When I became a teenager I tried facial makeup, but didn’t like it. It looked too artificial and took too much time to put on, so I decided to go without. Years after that I continued to go without makeup. I decided the natural look was my style.
Research indicates that using the right makeup is important for keeping youthful looking, clear facial skin.
Face Makeup Tips
The following makeup tips keep skin healthy.
- Safe foundations are those that do not contain any toxic ingredients that compromise or hinder the skin’s ability to breathe
- Using makeup on the face, particularly oil based ones, can clog the skin pores leading to acne and pimples. It can also aggravate fine lines below and around eyes, which is a sign of aging
- Wearing makeup every day, but not thoroughly removing it at night can clog the pores blocking the release of sebum, and thus causing blackheads and pimples.
- Using talc-based makeup can dry your skin. Dryness tends to accentuate fine lines and pores, giving the skin an aged appearance.
- Going to the salon for a facial can damage your skin because the creams and the masks used generally contain a lot of chemicals.
- Avoid silicones in moisturizers because they form a film or barrier on the skin’s. It locks in moisture, but can also trap dirt, sweat, bacteria, sebum, dead skin cells and other debris along with it!
Makeup does impact the health and youthfulness of skin. The ingredients it contains make a very big difference. Choose your makeup carefully; use it modestly; and remove it at night. Enjoy the beauty of firm clear skin for a lifetime.
Smile A Lot
All of my life I smile a lot. It’s just the natural thing to do. I do it so much that my facial muscles may only go one way. Out of curiosity a year ago I looked in the mirror to see the difference between a scowling and smiling face. I looked at least 5 years older with a scowl. I was curious if it was my imagination so began doing some research.
Make Your Face Look Younger – Smile
Low and behold, a study performed by researcher Manuel C. Voelkle of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development confirmed that you can make your face look younger – just smile.
In the study, 154 young, middle-aged, and older adults viewed 2,052 portraits with expressions of anger, fear, happiness, sadness and neutral. Compared with other facial expressions, the age of neutral faces was estimated most accurately. Meanwhile, the age of happy and smiling faces was most frequently underestimated.
In addition to making the face look younger, smiling has many other benefits. It makes one feel good because good chemicals like dopamine, serotonin and endorphins are released; it’s a stress reducer; it lifts the face; it looks healthy; and it is much more appealing to others.
Brian Keogh says it well. “There is a simple message here: looking good costs nothing, and need not be dangerous. All it takes is a smile to look healthier, and the more you do it, the healthier you’ll likely be. “
If you are not used to smiling, why not try it yourself and see what it does and how it makes you feel. Your friends will probably wonder what you are up to. In fact they will probably smile too because smiles are contagious.
Whatever you choose to do, a smile is always in style and your skin will love you for it.
Think Positive Thoughts
Throughout my life I have faced challenges and problems like the rest of you; however, I have learned the best way to deal with them is to solve them rather than brood over them. This has helped me to keep smiling. I have always felt this has kept me looking younger. My curiosity led me to see if others have the same thoughts.
Interestingly researchers and dermatologists are seeing firsthand how emotions and moods show up on the skin. Anger, stress and anxiety repeatedly over periods of time can cause the skin to turn red and break out in pimples. Repeated happiness and calmness keep the skin radiant and healthy.
New York City dermatologist Neal Schultz goes so far as to say stress affects the adrenal glands which secret the hormones cortisol, epinephrine and a small amount of testosterone which can lead to an excess of oil production which can lead to acme and decreased immunity which can lead to cold sores, psoriasis and increased blood in the vessels which can result in under eye circles and puffiness.
Life is filled with challenges; however learning how to meet them with hope will keep the skin fresh and vibrant. Hope leads to inner joy and peace; inner joy and peace give us something to smile about. A smile makes us feel good. Our skin likes us. We look younger.
Regardless of our situation or condition, we can do something to keep our skin looking younger. It doesn’t take money to drink water, walk or jog, use less facial makeup, think positively and smile. It does take will power to maintain healthy emotions, train the body to crave healthy food rather than junk food, and exercise instead of be sedentary. But the result is happy healthy skin with a youthful glow.
The choice is up to you. Why not take action today and ….
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- Drink A Lot Of Water
- Eat Healthy
- Avoid Eating Junk Food
- Exercise The Body
- Wear Less Makeup
- Smile A Lot
- Think Positive Thoughts
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