7 (not so secret) secrets to staying youthful

If you stop and think about it, once, that face in the mirror had a natural glow, there wasn’t a wrinkle or blemish to be seen – or a gray hair, nothing drooped or bulged or ached. But slowly, day after day, year after year, that all changes. There’s no escaping it: we’re all aging.

But while it’s true there’s no escape from the effects of time, it doesn’t mean we can’t slow it down here and there. Here are Shop Talk’s 7 favorite ways to do just that:

  1. Stop smoking: Set aside the risks of lung cancer and heart disease, smoking takes its toll on our looks, prematurely aging skin by 10 to 20 years and making it three times more likely to get premature wrinkles, not to mention hollow cheeks and stained teeth. Do anything you can to stop.
  2. Load up on antioxidants: Free radicals in the environment and our food break down the skin’s elastin and collagen making it age. Antioxidants like vitamins B and E can slow down the process and protect the skin. Among the foods with the highest levels of antioxidants are goji berries, blueberries, dark chocolate, cranberries, artichoke and cilantro.
  3. Eat more good fats: You may have heard how omega-3 fatty acids (so-called good fat) may reduce the risk of heart disease but they can also make your skin look smoother and younger. Find them in fish like mackerel and salmon, as well as flaxseeds and walnuts.
  4. Eat fewer carbs: Foods with a high glycemic index like white bread, pasta and potatoes form products in the body that can lead to sagging skin and increased susceptibility to sun damage.
  5. Exercise more: Regular physical activity is a way to lose weight and stay healthy, of course, but another positive side effect is feeling and looking younger. So, find a sport or hobby that gets your heart pumping and stay young while you do it!
  6. Stress less: Life has a way of taking turns we don’t expect or welcome – that’s inescapable. In fact, hormones naturally released in stressful situations can have serious aging effects on our bodies, right down to the cellular level. Try to find ways to effectively manage or reduce stressful situations, through more sleep, meditation or relaxation.
  7. Stay hydrated: Water doesn’t just have a profound impact on how our body functions, it keeps us healthy looking too. Not drinking enough can make our skin dry and flaky. If you often forget to drink enough during the day, keep a bottle nearby and refill it often. Your skin will thank you.

What are your most effective tips for staying youthful? Please share them now the Shop Talk blog community forum!

Did you know: Avoid skin damage

About 25% of our lifetime sun exposure occurs before 18 years old – if your kids aren’t wearing sunscreen regularly, they should be.   (Source)

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