your skin look and feel younger for longer. Many will spend their hard earned money(and life savings) on cosmetic surgery involving needles and expensive procedures to get younger looking skin, if only they knew you can take years off of your appearance without having to go under the knife and by just making a few simple changes! These tips and tricks will help you maintain smooth, toned skin year after year.
This article talks about 5 quick fixes you can make to your day to day life to help
1. Avoid refined sugar snacks and foods containing high amounts of carbohydrates
By consuming lots of refined sugars, this triggers a process called
glycation which causes sugar molecules to attach themselves to proteins.
Although this may not seem like a
problem, this results in harmful new proteins forming called "AGEs"
(advanced glycation end-products) that cause harm to all cells in our
Refined sugars also make our collagen proteins more rigid. By having
rigid collagen cells in our skin this reduces elasticity that our skin
cells need to stay supple and younger looking. By lacking collagen, wrinkles and creases will begin to form on your outer skin.
2. Sleep on your back
Although this might sound strange, sleeping on your back actually helps
you to avoid wrinkles. Those of us that sleep on our sides put
unnecessary pressure on our facial skin and can cause it to crease and wrinkle. Back sleepers wake up, are able to look in the mirror and see a crease and line free face. This is because there is no pillow pushing up against their skin all night. Sleeping on your back can also prevent "cleavage wrinkles" in women.
3. A good nights sleep
Whilst we are away with the fairies counting sheep, this is the time our bodies produce human growth hormone (HGH). HGH is responsible for the majority of our youthful characteristics.
It helps keep skin smooth and supple, our hair soft, and our energy
levels high. We produce this important hormone more whilst we are asleep
and even more during the deeper stages of our sleep cycle. This
unfortunately means, if our sleep is interrupted, we won't produce as much of this important hormone as it should. A good night's sleep also gives the appearance of vitality and improves our skin's colour and tone.
4. Sleep 6-to-8 hours every night
When you don't get enough sleep you are more likely to become fatigued and stressed out and when you get fatigued and stressed out…
Your body will release a hormone called cortisol that damages your skin and Not getting enough sleep leads to red & puffy eyes and you can easily look many years younger by getting into the habit of getting 6-to-8 hours of sleep each night or at the very least…
Take a vacation where you can relax more, sleep more and reduce stress to look many years younger.
"When I drink too much alcohol, go on a few hours of sleep, don't eat well, and don't sweat, I look five to ten years older" - Brooke Shields
5. Exfoliate 1-to-3 times a week
When you exfoliate your skin you are basically removing all the old ugly dead skin cells (along with all the nasty oil, dirt & germs) to instantly reveal your younger looking face plus…
Exfoliation boost collagen production and since you've removed all the dead skin cells exfoliating…
Exfoliation makes it easier for your skin to absorb any moisturizer or any other skin treatments you use for better results and you can start to look much younger if you use exfoliation products that contain antioxidants & retinoids but when you exfoliate…
Make sure the particles in your exfoliating scrub are smooth and tiny and not too big and rough since they may actually damage your skin so…
St. Ives Elements Microdermabrasion or SkinEffects Cell2Cell Anti-Aging Exfoliating Cleansing Scrub are some examples of good exfoliators and if exfoliating scrubs end up being too rough for your skin…
You can still chemically exfoliate your skin using products containing glycolic or salicylic acid that also get rid of acne.
6. Get monthly chemical peels or microdermabrasion
A Chemical peel or microdermabrasion is an advanced form of exfoliation done by your dermatologist where the upper layer of skin is removed to stimulate more collagen production and also like regular exfoliation…
You'll look younger instantly after a Chemical peel or microdermabrasion but if you can't afford the monthly doctor visit then use an over-the-counter chemical peel like DermaNew
7. Get more moisture
You need to get more water or moisture into your skin to make your skin look more smooth and radiant and…
You simply need to use a moisturizer daily like Dove Deep Moisture Facial Lotion to keep water in your skin and to also prevent water from getting out of your skin and Moisturizing daily will immediately make you look much younger.
8. Get whiter teeth
People with yellow, stained or grayish teeth tend to look older so see how to make your teeth whiter to look younger.
9. Slather your skin with supplements
Retinol, a type of vitamin A (and a nonprescription, weaker-strength relative of Retin-A), is considered the most effective over-the-counter treatment to smooth the skin and prevent wrinkles, says David Colbert, MD, founder of the New York Dermatology Group and a member of the FITNESS advisory board, who practices in New York City. Retinols cause the skin to gently peel, revealing a silkier, rosier, and more supple layer. Dr. Perricone touts the benefits of alpha lipoic acid, a potent antioxidant that naturally occurs in the body. "Alpha lipoic acid is a wonderful anti-aging mechanism," he says. It has been shown to reduce fine lines, improve skin texture, tighten pores, and give skin a general radiance.
Another powerful age-defying ingredient is madecassol, or madecassoside (found in La Roche-Posay's Redermic, available at select CVS locations), an Asian plant extract that helps plump the skin, minimize fine lines, and restore a youthful glow, says Dr. Colbert. Madecassol has been used in France for decades to help heal scars and wounds. European studies have also found that it helps diminish wrinkles, restores firmness to skin, and hydrates skin cells.
Try it! Look for skin creams containing retinols, such as La Roche-Posay's Biomedic Retinol Cream (available at dermatologists' offices) or RoC's Retinol Actif Pur Night (at drugstores). Use it only at night, since it doesn't include an SPF. Or try products containing alpha lipoic acid.
Another good way to ensure cell turnover, protect your skin against free radicals, and stimulate collagen growth is to apply vitamin C serum under your moisturizer and makeup, says Dr. Colbert. Some expert-approved choices: IS Clinical C & E Serum (available at dermatologists' and other specialists' offices), SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic (at dermatologists' offices), Noah's Naturals Honest to Goodness Anti-Oxidant Serum Gel (at select Wal-Mart locations), and Pond's Age defEYE Anti-Circle Anti-Puff Eye Therapy (at drugstores). Finally, be sure to use a broad-spectrum sunblock every day to protect against UVA and UVB rays, which cause aging and skin cancer. One we like: Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizing Cream with Mexoryl SX (available at select CVS locations).
10.Do mental aerobics
A study published in last December's Journal of the American Medical Association shows that brain exercises can prevent cognitive decline, and the benefits can last for as many as five years. In his own research, Dr. Small has found that a two-week program of mental training can actually rewire the brain. "We've seen evidence on brain scans that memory improves," he says.
Try it! Strengthen your mind every day by doing crossword puzzles, Sudoku, or Brain Games, a handheld electronic game developed by Dr. Small that uses numbers, sequences, and word play to condition the left and right spheres of the brain.