We all age with time, and there is no stopping it. But celebrities like Cindy Crawford and Meryl Streep have taught us one thing- that no matter what, aging can always be slowed down, and sometimes at an unbelievable rate!
Although when we step up for our quest of slowing down the inevitable, we most overburden our desperate minds with the various brands of anti-aging creams, lotions and leave-off mask, studies and real experiences show that the anti-aging process actually starts with the very basics, like our diet, physical activities and sleep. And while anti-aging creams may show visible difference within a short time, most of them come with their own range of side-effects, and complete dependence on these creams would probably not be counted on in the long run.
So, here’s a list of the 10 best, yet easily achievable ways that could be our greatest secrets to slowing the aging process down!
- Antioxidants, antioxidants!
No matter what anybody tells you, taking care of yourself always starts with a proper and well-maintained diet. Don’t be taken aback yet, because maintain a well-balanced diet doesn’t really have to be that accurate. Antioxidants help our skin fight the aging, and it can be found in plenty in Vitamins B, C and E. Fish and poultry are great sources of Vitamins B6 and B12, and vegetarians can rely solely upon chickpeas, one cup of which can meet 55% of one’s daily requirement! Wheat germ oil, sunflower seeds and almonds are great sources of Vitamin E. And citrus fruits like lemons and oranges are the easiest sources of your daily Vitamin C.
So, for your next meal, load your plate up with these amazing vitamins!
- Grab your Proteins
Proteins are great not only for your skin, but also if you are looking for some genuine weight-loss. A women should get at least 46 grams of protein each day.
“Proteins helps in construction of body mass and maintaining it, which is something we lose as we age,” says Keri Gans, RD, a nutrient consultant based in New York City. Protein also helps strengthen hair strands.
- Cut back on sugar and salt
Sugar, although a great carbohydrate, and thus a great source of energy, can be responsible for diabetes, obesity, heart diseases, and worse looking skin. In a study conducted in 2010, researchers came across the fact that sugar was largely linked to production of advanced glycation end products which are responsible for aging.
But if you have a sweet tooth, don’t worry, doctors say consuming a limited amount of sugar won’t do much harm!
Foods high in sodium make our body retain water, making our body feel bloated and heavy, giving our faces a puffier appearance, especially under the eyes. Instead of suddenly giving up salt, it can be reduced slowly, adding more flavors with pepper, herbs and lemon instead.
- Drink lots of water
Yes, it’s probably the oldest rule in the book, but not drinking enough water will take a toll on your skin. If you really can’t make yourself do it, try eating fruits, vegetables and natural fruit juices to give your body the amount of water it needs.
- Quit smoking and go easy with booze
If you haven’t had a reason good enough to quit smoking yet, trust me, this is it. Quit now. Besides giving you lung cancer and heart diseases, smoking can largely damage your looks. Smoking can cause premature aging, wrinkles, stained teeth, and even increased psoriasis risk. Dermatologist David Stoll says, “Smoking increases wrinkles due to facial motion, and it also has a vasoconstricting effect, which means it chokes off blood vessel circulation.”
And alcohol dehydrates the body, and dehydrated skin can look more dry, sallow and dull. White wine is also responsible for long-lasting stains in the teeth and damaged enamel.
- Manage Your Stress
Stress and depression not only ruin your mental health, but also can be devastating for your skin, as Dr. Lamb clearly mentions, “Aging effects are a direct result of stress and stress-related hormones.”
In 2013, a study in Denmark showed that stress attacks people at a cellular level, making the cells age faster. So stress shouldn’t be taken lightly. So, take a vacation, start yoga classes or learn how to meditate, and take care of that stress problem!
- Get Enough Sleep
As the 71-year-old celebrity Helen Mirren swears, “I try to sleep as much as possible. It’s very important” as her anti-aging secret, sleeping is more important than you think! Our tissues are built and damages repaired when we sleep. An average adult needs about 8 hours of sleep, and without it our internal affairs are affected. Besides, a good night’s sleep alone can help you fight stress and anxiety. So if you are getting too less, it’s time you started making up for it!
- Make working out a habit
Although our city life and daily chores, makes us want to just sit in front of the TV at the end of the day, find some time to work out a few times every week. Not only does working out help reduce weight and protect us from cardiovascular diseases, working out can also make us look younger than our age. Besides, the sweat after work outs help clear out dirt from the pores and deep cleanses our skin!
- Cleanse, Exfoliate and Moisturize!
While all the aforementioned tips will help your skin from the inside, your skin would still need some help from the outside. Cleansing properly with a mild face wash or cleanser is very important, especially before going to sleep. So is moisturizing properly every day. And to keep the glow alive, the skin should be exfoliated every now and then, in soft motions, since over-exfoliating could damage the skin! But always remember to use products that are made for your particular skin type!
- Bathe in the morning Sun, avoid the rest!
The soft sun in the morning is quite good for the skin since a major portion of the daily Vitamin D is obtainable from sunbathing. But for the rest of the day, stay away from sun since sun damages skin at all levels. Don’t forget your sunscreen and use an umbrella if necessary!