In our youth-obsessed culture, aging gracefully can be somewhat of a challenge. Although many individuals opt for plastic surgery or other cosmetic procedures in order to retain their youthful appearance, there are many natural ways to combat the signs of aging.
Regular exercise not only makes you feel younger, but it makes you look younger as well. Working out increases heart rate and improves blood flow, which can lead to healthy, glowing skin. Exercise also burns fat and builds muscle, which can greatly reduce the bulging, sagging and other imperfections associated with aging. What’s more, certain exercises are more beneficial than others when it comes to fighting the signs of aging, the most popular of which is yoga. Yoga combines moves that improve circulation, balance, strength and flexibility with relaxation techniques, and is so effective at reducing the appearance of aging that it is often called “the fountain of youth.”
Avoid Smoking and Drinking
In addition to wreaking havoc on internal organs, such as the liver and kidneys, alcohol can cause serious damage to appearance and feelings of well-being. Although drinking in moderation doesn’t present any serious health risks, excess alcohol consumption leads to dehydration of the skin, as well as broken capillaries in the nose and cheeks. Smoking, too, causes dehydration and is a major source of premature lines and wrinkles, and also leads to discoloration of the skin, hair and nails. In short, smoking and drinking causes the aging process to speed up considerably, and both can decrease life expectancy by many years. Quitting now can significantly improve health, as well as prevent more premature aging in the future.
Drink Plenty of Water
Not getting enough H2O can lead to dehydration, which is not only damaging to bones, joints and internal organs, but can wreak havoc on skin, hair and overall appearance as well. Dehydration causes skin to droop and sag, and also exaggerates the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and other imperfections. In addition to flushing impurities from the body, drinking lots of water can keep skin looking moist, soft, supple and smooth.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Making healthier food choices can improve the body on the inside and out. Poor food choices can lead to bloating, decreased energy, weight gain and even premature aging. Fortunately, a healthy, balanced diet provides significant benefits, both outward and inward, when it comes to fighting age. Many fresh fruits and vegetables contain powerful antioxidants that fight aging and lend to healthy, youthful appearance. Other foods that help combat signs of aging are nuts and legumes, whole grains and lean proteins. Balanced meals and healthy snacks will also help to boost metabolism, which will increase energy and help keep weight at a healthy, manageable level.
Get Plenty of Rest
While it may be difficult to get eight hours of sleep per night, the benefits are definitely worth getting to bed early. Insufficient sleep can lead to mental and physical fatigue, as well as imperfections in appearance, such as swelling of the face, dark-ringed and bloodshot eyes, and the exaggeration of fine lines and wrinkles. However, the right amount of sleep can leave you looking and feeling rested, rejuvenated and refreshed.
Take a Multivitamin
As the body ages, it needs more essential vitamins and minerals in order to function properly. And while most of these vitamins can be found in food, the easiest way to get the ones you need is an age-specific multivitamin. Taken once a day with a full glass of water, an anti-aging multivitamin will provide benefits such as improved bone density, increased circulation and boosts in energy and metabolism.
This article is a contribution from Mountain View Dermatology.