Looking Younger than your Age

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Healthy, beautiful skin starts from within. Here are some timeless secrets to younger-looking skin, no matter what your age.

The truth is we begin the ageing process just as soon as we were born. Every day of our lives our bodies shed off and regenerate new cells. The speed at which that process takes place when we are children is vastly different as we get older.

We are living longer as a whole and depending on your perspective, that can be a curse or a blessing.

In fact, our skin takes a beating from the environment every single day. The best route to natural beauty and healthy skin is to take care of what we have with some of our favourite beauty tips for keeping your skin fresh and healthy:

1: Stay hydrated with plenty of water! That does not mean soda, caffeine or any other type of liquid, even if it is low cal. Diet soda has a high concentration of sodium that retains fluids. The fluid will hydrate and flush your body free of toxins. Make sure you are drinking at least 8 glasses a day!

2: Protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV rays cause skin cancer and if that isn’t bad enough it causes your skin to age faster than it should, contributing to unsightly wrinkles. If you must play in the sun, make sure that you are using an adequate sunscreen.

3: Keep your skin clean. Use a soft warm cloth. Skin does not require scrubbing causing more harm than good if you do.

4: The best cure for wrinkles is to never have them in the first place! Listen to your Mom when she tried to tell you to stay in the shade, stand up straight and stop squinting!

5: Eat healthy. Knowing how and what to eat, can make a huge difference in how you feel. Improper eating habits can cause depression, weight gain, illness and an overall lethargy.

Weight gain causes your skin to stretch. As you get older, it loses its elasticity and you’re left with sagging skin. The best solution to this is to maintain a proper weight.

A rule of thumb is not to eat more calories than you consume. Do something extra and physical for at least 30 minutes per day. This can be three 10 minute walks. Or 30 minutes of vigorous aerobics, or 12 minutes of weight lifting and 18 minutes of walking.

6: Don’t worry, be happy. A happy outlook appears to trigger the release of endorphins. Endorphins relax the cardiovascular system and cytokines which alert the immune system to pay attention in detecting abnormalities like cancer cells. Listen carefully to yourself. If you have put yourself down since childhood, over a lifetime, negative subliminal messages can take their toll by turning you into a pessimist. Spend one week writing down the phrases you use in your “self-talk.” Chances are you will find that you repeat a dozen or so phrases over and over again that reinforce that negative image. If you know about them, you can change them. Outer beauty and inner joy go hand in hand.

Here are a few quick tips for increasing joy, hope and optimism that will work no matter what your age:

Make a list of great things that happen to you every day.

Laugh a lot. You’ll heal your body and your mind.

Discover a new challenge each month.

Try meditating for just five minutes each day.

7: Intimacy

The importance of physical intimacy actually depends on the couple. An alarming number of men used to give up on sex after 60 and many women used to feel that their sex life ended with menopause. Thankfully, that is no longer the case.

Sex at middle age can actually become better and more satisfying than ever before. Maturity gives a couple more experience in lovemaking. The children are usually grown and left home. The pressures of building a career and day to day life are usually less stressful than in younger years.

Just remember that getting older doesn’t have to mean getting old.

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