For most of us, there are few compliments that sound better than “You look so much younger than your age!” The idea of never growing old is a fantasy, of course. But the concept of never looking old isn’t as far-fetched as one might assume. Believe it or not, there are some simple everyday tasks that we can all implement into our routines that will help to shave years off of our appearances. Are you ready for them?
Here are three:
1. Sleep on your back instead of on your stomach. Some consider the idea of sleeping on their backs to be an impossible-to-tolerate discomfort. Those, however, who have gotten used to it know that it is not only a lot better for your back (sleeping on your stomach with your head elevated by a pillow unnaturally curves your spine for hours on end), it is also better for your face! Sejal Kapadia Pocha of the UK-based Stylist magazine explains further.
“Burying our faces into our pillows can cause dark circles and puffiness in our eyes,” she writes, explaining that the blood vessels in our faces become constricted when we are face down. As a result, our circulatory systems release congested fluid from tiny flaps in the walls of the vessels. The pooling of the blood vessels under the skin creates dark circles around our eyes. “The answer is to train yourself to sleep on your back and keep your head raised well above your body in bed by using two pillows,” advises Pocha.
2. Watch less news and more comedies. Ironically, we’re being dead serious here! You know the old adage that “laughter is the best medicine”? It’s the truth. Stress is a wrinkle promoter. The more you’re able to alleviate stress on a daily basis, the better your overall health will be – and the younger you will look. News broadcasts are often filled with horrific stories. Wouldn’t it be better to find something on TV that will make you laugh and forget your problems?
On RealSimple.com, Stacy Colino explains that stress can take a serious toll on your skin. “In a study conducted at Stanford University, researchers found that during exam time, students who felt stressed had more severe acne breakouts than did those under less pressure,” she informs, “That’s because stress increases the body’s production of hormones such as cortisol, which can make skin oilier and decrease its ability to fight off acne-causing bacteria.”
3. Eat your fruits and veggies. Yes, we know. We sound like your mom when you were a child at the dinner table, right? Well, guess what? You should always listen to your mom! It should go without saying that fruits and vegetables have numerous health benefits. And keeping your skin looking youthful is one of them. As Pocha explains, a pigment in tomatoes called lycopene has been found to protect our skin from UV damage.
She also cites a 2011 University of Nottingham study that found that people who consumed more portions of fruits and veggies every day had a more “golden skin colour”. This was due to the consumption of carotenoids which is what gives produce its pigmentation.
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