Today, we are living in an increasingly narcissistic culture due to the phenomenon of social media where almost every part of our life remains depicted in an aspirational “look at me” way. Rather than enjoy our private life and the great experiences we share with loved ones, privately, we feel the need to share them with the world in a somewhat boastful manner to show just how marvellous a time people are having. Whether you enjoy sharing how amazing your life is or prefer to keep your private life private. One thing is for sure, in an increasingly ‘selfie’ focused society, where we’re tagged in photos that get shared on the internet with access by millions, we are all want to look at our best, all the time. And while it would be ridiculous to think that we could stay on top of our appearance all the time, one thing we are determined to do is to optimise our appearance by doing all we can to remain looking young.
Of course, people will spend heaps of money in their quest to remain youthful and looking young; often investing in the drastic step of cosmetic surgery or a variety of cleverly marketed potions. Unfortunately, these tend to be superficial quick fixes without sustainable, long-lasting benefits. The truth is, when it comes to ageing, prevention is better than cure. While you can’t prevent the natural process of ageing you can be mindful of some of the factors that speed up the ageing process, such as smoking cigarettes, eating unhealthy food, or spending too much time in the sun. The best remedy regarding maintaining young looking skin is often much more than skin deep; it’s nutritional aspects such as keeping hydrated, exercising regularly, and eating the right foods or taking natural based supplements.
The six tips below will help those on a quest to retain and maintain their youthful looks, naturally, without the need for cosmetic surgery or a huge credit limit.
1. Get more sleep
Experts often recommend we have between six and nine hours of sleep per night. The popular term “beauty sleep” is recommended for a reason. We all know how much a bad night’s sleep can affect our skin and general appearance; the dark eyes, the grey, dull and lifeless complexion. When people are recovering from a night out on the town, it’s not just the alcohol they are contending with, that makes their appearance less radiant. It’s the lack of sleep. If you’re a light sleeper, you might want to try out hypnotherapy recordings or guided relaxation videos on YouTube. You could also try music designed for sleep that helps slow down your brainwaves, ensuring you get the deep sleep you require each night. Your brain frequency needs to slow down to enable the process that fully replenishes and repairs your body.
Did you know that it can take up to 6 weeks to feel the effects of getting a good night’s sleep? Once you have committed to maintaining your lifestyle to ensure an adequate supply of deep sleep, you will see a reduction in the dark circles around your eyes and a profound increase in your energy levels. A great way to make sure you get all the sleep you need is to slowly wind down your evening, rather than working at your computer in bed then closing the lid and flopping into bed.
In fact, experts warn that we are stimulated by the bright lights of televisions, phones and laptops so try not to use these devices an hour or so before bed. This can be difficult, given the majority of us like to snuggle up to a good film or episode of TV on Netflix, upon hitting the sack. Yet most experts agree that reading from a book (not a backlit digital device) is the best way to wind down if you are in need of external stimuli before sleeping.
2. Nurture your skin
It’s essential to moisturise and replenish our skin on a daily basis to keep it soft and looking young. But a lot of moisturisers are full of chemicals; therefore it might be worth swapping the fancy marketing for a more gentle natural product such as aloe vera. This way you are nurturing your skin with a ton of amino acids and essential nutrients.
3. Nourish your skin from the inside out
We tend to be overly keen and perhaps even dependent on reaching for a miracle promising cream to replenish our skin, yet our skin is an external representation of our internal biology, meaning no magical cream is going to solve the problem. If you want youthful looking skin, you need to treat your skin from the inside out by ensuring you eat plenty of Omega 3, 6 and 9 oils that enrich your body.
4. Do some exercise
Not only does exercise help keep you lean and in shape, but it has also been proven to boost your energy levels which in turn will ensure you keep looking young and feeling young. Often the most important attribute of age is how we feel rather than how we look. If you don’t fancy going to your local gym, with all the gym bunnies, then try heading out for a walk or run with some great tunes.
5. Drink plenty of water
Research demonstrates that very few of us drink enough water, on a daily basis, which is alarming when drinking water is absolutely vital for the function of our organs. Concerning our appearance, staying hydrated definitely helps our skin, as dehydration often leads to tired looking, dull skin. In fact, one of the leading causes for dark circles around your eyes is due to dehydration, just as much as a lack of sleep.
6. Get a new hairstyle
Getting a trendy haircut is great for your self-esteem, and it’s a fantastic way to look and feel younger too. In general, short hair is fashioned more by the young. Therefore you could try getting a short haircut to see if it cuts a few years off the length of your apparent age. It is, however, essential to have an age-appropriate hair-cut and style; otherwise, it will have the opposite effect. You could end up looking like the victim of the identity crisis associated with middle age.