Whether you enjoy sharing how amazing your life is on social media or prefer to keep your private life private. One thing’s sure, in an increasingly ‘selfie’ focused society; where we are tagged in photos seen by thousands; we want to look our best, all the time. We are determined to look younger for as long as we can.
Many people spend heaps of money in their quest to look younger; 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 — like smoking cigarettes, eating unhealthy food, or spending too much time in the sun. The best way to maintain young-looking skin is more than skin deep; it’s nutritional aspects such as keeping hydrated, exercising regularly, eating the right foods or taking natural-based supplements.
The six tips below will help those on a quest to preserve 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 effects of alcohol they are battling, that makes their appearance less radiant. It’s the lack of sleep.
If you’re a light sleeper, you may want to try out hypnotherapy recordings or guided relaxation videos on YouTube. You can 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 a decent amount 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.
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. Most experts agree that reading from a book (not a backlit digital device) is the best way to wind down if you need external stimulation before drifting off to sleep.
2. Nurture your skin
It’s essential to moisturize and replenish our skin daily to keep it soft and looking young. But a lot of moisturizers are full of chemicals; so 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 interested and perhaps even dependent on reaching for a miracle promising cream to replenish our skin. 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 stay looking young and feeling young. Often the most relevant attribute of age is how we feel rather than how we look. If you don’t like going to your local gym with all the gym bunnies. Try heading out for a walk or run with some great tunes.
5. Drink plenty of water
Research indicates that very few of us drink enough water daily. This is alarming when drinking water is unquestionably vital for the function of our organs. Concerning our appearance, staying hydrated helps our skin, as dehydration often leads to tired looking, dull skin. The reality is that one of the leading causes of dark circles around your eyes is dehydration, just as much as it is a lack of sleep.
6. Get a new hairstyle
Getting a trendy haircut is great for your self-esteem. It’s a fantastic way to look and feel younger too. In general, short hair is modelled 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 age. However, it’s 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.