Everyone seems to dread growing old. And it’s not just for this generation or generations past, but for as long as recorded history. People have been trying to fight the natural aging process for centuries. Cleopatra reportedly even bathed in sour goat’s milk (eew) to fight Father Time’s encroachment on her looks.
Resistance is Futile
But to fight growing old is futile – it’s a losing proposition! Age will catch up with even the most BOTOXed face on the planet because cells will eventually die and gravity always wins. You know what happens to a face pumped full of fillers right? When a portion begins to sag, everything else looks like Bizarro.
Instead of going head to head with the aging process, you should take the road less travelled and work with it. Growing old isn’t really the issue here. It’s looking old. There are many young people out there who look like they have grandchildren and many older folk who don’t look a day over 40. What’s the deal here? How can you age gracefully, but still look younger than your peers?
Tips on How to Look Younger
- Avoid Stress. Stress is really, really bad for you. It’s bad for your heart, brain, lungs, digestive system and every other part of your body, especially your skin. Stress has been known to accelerate the aging process due to surges in adrenaline and cortisol. This causes hypertension and may lead to more serious problems if left unabated.
- Daily meditation has a relaxing and calming effect on the body. Meditate 10 – 20 minutes a day in the morning when you wake up and have another session before you wind down for the day. There are many types of meditation, the easiest is reciting a mantra over and over again and focusing on whatever it is you want for the duration of your session. Choose a quiet place where you can be alone, close your eyes and drift away.
- Get Moving. If stress is bad for you, being sedentary is worse. Sitting is the new smoking, and new studies have shown that sitting for prolonged periods can lead to a host of health problems, such as different types of cancer, type-2 diabetes and heart disease. If your job entails you to sit in front of a computer for 8 hours straight, stand up and move around for 5 minutes after every 45 minutes of sitting down. You should also make it a point to get some exercise everyday or 3 – 4 x a week. Walking, jogging, strength training, yoga, running and even dancing is considered exercise, so make sure to get your body moving.
- Sleep More. With busy schedules and everything else in between, the average adult sleeps no more than 6 hours a day on most days. You’ll look tired, worn out and have bags under your eyes if you’re not sleeping enough. You need a good 8 hours of deep sleep so your body can recuperate and rebuild itself. Getting enough sleep helps your body create more collagen, which is the glue that keeps sagging skin and wrinkles at bay.
- Avoid Sugar and Processed Carbohydrates. A diet rich in refined sugar causes glycation – a process where sugar molecules attach themselves to proteins which in turn, create new proteins called “advanced glycation end-products or AGE’s that are harmful to all cells in the body. These mutant cells also affect collagen, making them more rigid. The reduced elasticity of collagen is the major cause of wrinkles and creases on the skin. Excess carbs are converted to sugar, so avoid eating white rice, white bread, etc and stick to whole grains.
- Exfoliate and Peel Regularly. Regular exfoliation and natural glycolic acid peels are great because they help increase cell turnover. Dead skin cells are continuously replaced by new skin. Glycolic acid peels results in a dramatic improvement in the skin’s clarity because it stimulates more collagen production. You can make your own glycolic acid peel with cane sugar and lemons because the active ingredient in glycolic acid peels found commercially is derived from sugar cane. Look for DIY glycolic acid peel recipes online and follow instructions on how to apply it on your face.
Growing old isn’t the end of the world. In fact, growing old is a never ending right of passage. It’s earned, and with it comes wisdom, insight and a wealth of life experience youngsters can only dream about.
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