Remember how much you enjoyed celebrating your birthday back in your 20’s, 30’s and even your 40’s? Parties, travel and other celebrations were non-stop, and those birthdays couldn’t come fast enough. But as you got older, the celebrations began to wane a bit, and you wanted to stop counting years and adding yet another birthday to the list.
The reasons are simple and universal – as we age, we look older. Our skin begins to lose its elasticity, sags, hyper-pigmentation or age spots develop and those minute fine lines turn into wrinkles. Some of this is due to chronological aging – hey, we can’t stop getting older! But some of it is due to environmental factors like exposure to UV rays from the sun, smoking, pollution, stress, lack of sleep and other issues. The same symptoms of wrinkles and aging occur, but they don’t have much to do with our chronological age.
So are there any anti-aging medicines or tricks you can use to help combat the signs of aging? Sure there are, so take one last look in the mirror and get ready to look more radiant and youthful.
The Eyes Have It
One of the first signs of aging is your eyes. Unfortunately, it’s also the first place people look when meeting you. So, if your eyes are bloodshot or you have droopy eyelids and “bags” under or around the eyes, you’re going to be broadcasting, “I’m old!”
There are some things you can do to prevent this. The “bags” are fatty deposits. Cold compresses, changing your diet to less processed foods and one that contains antioxidants can make a difference, not only around the eyes (crow’s feet) but for fine lines and wrinkles as well. Here’s why: antioxidants fight compounds called free radicals, which damage the skin cell’s DNA and cell membranes. This causes skin to lose its collagen and elastin, the proteins in the skin that keep it tight. Additional steps include improving your sleep health (getting 7-8 hours each night) and finding ways to reduce your stress, like exercise and meditation.
Start Eating A Healthier Diet
Eating healthy is one of the best ways to combat the aging process. But changing your diet isn’t always as easy as it sounds. The best way is to ease into a healthier diet so it’s sustainable over the long term.
Reduce your intake of red meats and processed foods. Avoid soft drinks or foods that have high fructose corn syrup. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables as they contain antioxidants that can help reduce lines and wrinkles on your face and on other parts of your body. Refined sugar is another ingredient that doesn’t belong in your diet. And remember to hydrate! If possible, drink eight glasses of water each day. It helps moisturize your skin and keep it looking youthful.
Exercise Your Body
Your body begins to age in other places as well. That includes your muscle mass, which tends to decrease with age and loss of hormones, and bone health, which may become brittle for the same reasons.
One of the keys to growing older in a healthy manner is to keep your flexibility. Being able to get down on the ground with your grandkids is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have, but if you lose your flexibility that might not be possible. Find an exercise program that you enjoy. It might be walking, running, bike riding, swimming, yoga or something else. Use light weights and make sure you build your cardiovascular stamina over a period of time. This will also help keep you trim, fit and able to enjoy many activities that you wouldn’t be able to enjoy without being physically fit.
Exercise Your Mind
Your body isn’t the only part of you that needs exercise. Your brain health is equally as important to helping you combat the signs of aging. Learning new skills, reading, working crossword puzzles and learning a new language are all ways to keep your brain engaged and your mind stimulated.
Take a class at a local college or join the online revolution and take an online class in a subject that interests you. You will find hundreds of options just by searching schools or topics. They’re not expensive, and it will stretch you mentally in a variety of positive ways.
Start using these easy ways to change your lifestyle in order to combat aging and you’ll find yourself looking and feeling your best.
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