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How to Save Your Skin from Premature Aging

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While aging is inevitable, premature skin aging is something that you can definitely avoid.

How?

By following these tips…

Understand the Importance of Cleansing

If you are worried about skin aging, then, if you haven’t already done so, it will only be a matter of time before you end up investing in a plethora of different anti-aging products.

This is all well and good, but none of those products will make much of a difference unless you cleanse your face before applying them.

From dead skin cells and dirt to sebum and other impurities, all of these unwanted particles quickly build up on the surface of your skin, blocking up your pores. As you can imagine, applying skin care products over the top of this will mean that those products are unable to properly penetrate your skin, since there are so many things in their way.

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While cleansing is key to keeping your skin youthful, you do also need to make sure that you are using the right cleanser.

Go for something quite mild and gentle, and stay away from any harsh foaming cleansers.

Why?

Because while they may create quite a satisfying lather, they also often strip away all of the skin’s natural oils. Yes, you want a cleanser to clear away any excess oils on your skin, but it should still leave some behind. These oils are so important when it comes to protecting your skin from harm, especially as your skin ages.

Exfoliate to Speed Up Cell Turnover

Do you know what your skin cell turnover process is?

Well, your skin is constantly creating new skin cells, with this happening deep within your skin. As the skin cells mature, they are pushed upwards, and eventually reach the surface of your skin. Soon after that, they die off, after which your body sheds them and replaces them with the newer skin cells that are next in line.

When you are young, your cell turnover process is quite fast. For babies, it takes just two weeks, and then extends to about a month for teenagers. Between the ages of 20 and 40, your cell turnover rate slows down to about 42 days. Once you’re in your 50s, it slows down even more, and can often take up to three months.

What does this decline in cell turnover mean for your skin?

It results in the following:

  • Duller and drier skin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Age spots

This is where exfoliation comes in…

Whether you decide to exfoliate physically or chemically, exfoliation has the effect of speeding up your skin cell turnover.

Of course, in order to experience this, you need to be exfoliating regularly.

How often should you be exfoliating?

This all depends on your skin type…

Ideally, around two or three times a week, although you may find that exfoliating once a week is enough if you have particularly sensitive skin. 

Keep Your Skin Protected from the Sun

It is no secret that sun protection is important, but this becomes even more so if you are trying to protect your skin from premature aging.

Why?

Well, for starters, up to 90% of visible skin aging is caused by the sun. 

Imagine how many wrinkles you might have been able to avoid if you had been diligent about sun protection all your life!

Don’t worry, it’s not too late to start now…

The sun’s UV rays damage the collagen and elastin in the skin. Both of these are important structural proteins that are responsible for how smooth, firm and tight your skin is.

While you have likely already experienced quite a bit of damage, protecting your skin from the sun now will prevent that from worsening.

How should you protect your skin from the sun?

With a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30. That’s a great starting point. 

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You should also take other sun protection measures, such as:

Wondering if there’s anything you can do about the sun damage that has already been caused?

Yes, there is. This is where antioxidants come in…

Nourish Your Skin with Antioxidants

The sun’s UV rays cause the formation of free radicals in the skin, and these are what damage the skin’s collagen and elastin.

However, free radicals can be triggered by so many other factors too, from pollution to certain cosmetic ingredients to various lifestyle choices, such as smoking or alcohol consumption.

What exactly are free radicals?

They’re basically unstable atoms. They are unstable because they are missing an important electron. In order to heal themselves, free radicals go around attacking other cells to try to steal their electrons. This then turns those cells into free radicals too, causing a vicious cycle of damage.

Antioxidants are the only way to counter all of this…

Antioxidants contain several spare electrons. When they come into contact with a free radical, they donate an electron to it, therefore healing and neutralizing it. This then turns those free radicals back into healthy cells, preventing them from causing any more damage

Many antioxidants can also work to reverse some of the damage that free radicals have already caused to the skin.

You probably want to know which antioxidants you should be using to experience these benefits…

Pretty much every antioxidant will do some good for your skin, but here are some of the best:

  • Vitamin C – not only is vitamin C an antioxidant, but it also helps to increase your skin’s natural production of collagen (which slows down significantly with age)
  • Vitamin A – one of the most potent anti-aging ingredients out there, vitamin A not only has antioxidant properties, but also repairs the skin’s cellular structure, re-balances oil production, speeds up cell turnover and boosts collagen production
  • Niacinimide – also known as vitamin B3, this antioxidant reduces the appearance of the visible signs of aging while also increasing skin hydration
  • Green Tea – packed with polyphenols that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic effects
  • Resveratrol – protects against damage caused by UVB rays, while also protecting the skin’s collagen
  • Lycopene – reduces DNA damage in skin cells while increasing collagen production and improving the skin’s texture
  • Grape Seed – contains powerful proanthocyanidins, which have been shown to be even stronger than vitamins C and E when it comes to neutralizing free radicals 

One thing to keep in mind is that antioxidants work even better when they are combined. This is why it is always best to ensure that your skin care routine contains multiple antioxidants, as this will have an even greater effect in protecting your skin from premature aging says Angie, a professional esthetician.

Give the Skin Around Your Eyes Some Extra Love

The skin around your eyes can be up to ten times thinner than the skin on the rest of your face. It also contains far fewer oil glands, making this area so much more susceptible to dryness, as well as the visible signs of aging.

This is why many people often develop fine lines around their eyes before these appear on other parts of the face.

The best way to prevent this is with the use of eye serums and creams.

These will keep the skin around your eyes moisturized and hydrated, giving your skin cells everything they need in order to thrive.

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You are probably thinking…

Can’t I use my regular serum and moisturizer for this?

You can, but these will often be a thicker formula than the skin here needs. Being so thin and delicate, you would be best off with a specialized formula that will allow this sensitive skin to properly breathe.

Plus, specialized eye serums and creams will also contain a few extra ingredients that the skin around your eyes would benefit from, such as caffeine and vitamin K.

If you want to give the skin around your eyes an extra moisture boost, consider using eye masks like the 24K Collagen Eye Renewal Mask. It’s formulated with skin-loving ingredients like lavender oil, collagen and gold to really smoothen and illuminate the eye area.

Not only is using eye masks super effective, it also easy to use and luxuriously pampering.

Eat A Healthy, Well-Balanced Diet

The phrase “you are what you eat” couldn’t be more true when it comes to skin care…

The food that you put into your body has a huge effect on the health and appearance of your skin. If you are eating a poor diet, it doesn’t really matter how many high quality topical skin care products you use – your skin will never be able to truly thrive.

This becomes even more important as you age…

The food that you eat can help to boost your skin’s slowing functions, keeping your skin looking youthful for so much longer. 

So, what should you actually be eating?

It goes without saying that a fresh diet featuring plenty of whole foods, and with few refined, processed foods, is what is going to be best for you.

However, here are a few more detailed tips:

  • A five-a-day rainbow – five portions of fruits and vegetables a day is a must, and these should feature a rainbow of different colors. Each color signifies the presence of different antioxidants, which is why a variety is so important
  • Minimal processed sugar – when you consume sugar, this causes your insulin levels to spike. Not only can this lead to acne, but sugar also destroys the collagen and elastin in your skin, leading to premature skin aging
  • Healthy fats – while some fats are bad, some are vital when it comes to healthy skin. The fats that you will find in oily fish, avocados, nuts and seeds contain essential fatty acids that keep your skin elastic, smooth and supple
  • Don’t crash diet – weight fluctuations are common with age, but these not only lead to stretch marks on the body, but also sagging skin and wrinkles on the face. Many diets are also lacking in certain nutrients, resulting in your skin suffering even more
  • Stay hydrated – your skin struggles to retain moisture as it ages, making it so important that you keep your skin fully hydrated from within 

Catch Up on Your Beauty Sleep

It’s called beauty sleep for a reason

Many people don’t realize that their skin doesn’t sleep when they do. Instead, while you are asleep, your skin is working hard to heal and regenerate. Your REM stage of sleep is when this happens the most, with your skin producing a high amount of collagen and elastin at this time.

As you can imagine, this is something that you should be trying to encourage as much as possible.

How?

By making sure that you are getting enough quality sleep each night. Ideally, you should be sleeping for between seven to nine hours, although the amount of sleep that you need does slightly drop as you age. So long as you wake up feeling refreshed and energized, then that’s a sign that you have had a good sleep.

Want to give your skin some extra support?

This is where a night time skin care routine comes in handy…

Skin care products designed for night use will contain ingredients that support all the jobs your skin does during the night. Some of these ingredients, such as retinol, are not suitable for daytime use, making a specialized night time skin care routine a must if you want to protect your skin from premature aging.

One other thing that can help is ensuring that your pillowcases are made from silk or satin.

Why?

Because as you move your head around your pillow during the night, most fabrics end up tugging at your skin. This causes friction, which leads to accelerated skin aging.

With a silk or satin pillowcase, your skin will simply glide over the fabric, with no friction being caused.

Nobody wants to deal with fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and everything else that comes with skin aging, especially when this is happening earlier than it should. Fortunately, there are several steps that you can take to protect your skin from premature aging, so make sure that you get started before it’s too late!

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AGE GRACEFULLY WITH THESE CELEBRITY TIPS

 

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There are many celebrities out there who seem to never age, and each one will have their own anti-aging skin care secrets. From exercise to dietary supplements, here are a few tips from flawless celebrities on how to age gracefully, and slowly.

 

Jennifer Lopez 

When it comes to aging gracefully, Jennifer Lopez’s secret is her diet, and this is something that she is hugely committed to, to the point where she has recently launched her own wellness brand, which focuses on supplements and protein shakes. Diet is so important when it comes to aging, as the foods that you eat have a direct impact on the rate at which, as well as the way in which, a person ages. Try to stick to a diet that is high in whole and fresh foods, rather than processed, as this will give your body the nutrients it needs to stay youthful.

 

Julie Bowen 

Modern Family star Julie Bowen is another celebrity that seems to look younger the older that she gets, and her secret is exercise, running in particular. Bowen states that, no matter where she is, she always makes time each day for a 45 minute run, and this daily physical activity has been scientifically proven to be able to have a huge impact on aging.

 

Nicole Kidman 

Nicole Kidman is known for her beautiful porcelain complexion, and this is all down to the way in which she is extremely diligent about staying out of the sun. Kidman avoids direct sunlight as much as possible, and, whenever she does need to be outdoors, she always applies plenty of sunscreen. Since the sun is responsible for up to 90% of all facial wrinkles, this dedication to sun protection is key when it comes to maintaining a smooth and youthful complexion.

 

Reese Witherspoon 

Reese Witherspoon has starred in multiple movies, and does not seem to have aged very much at all. While many may think that this is down to a complex skin care routine, Witherspoon’s skin regime is actually extremely simple. Rather than using a multitude of different products, Witherspoon’s secret is a hydrating moisturizer, which she re-applies throughout the day, especially before applying any makeup on to her skin.

 

Sienna Miller 

Sienna Miller is known for her fashion style, as well as for her youthful looks. While she does use a wide range of skin care products, Miller’s number one tip for aging gracefully is to ensure that you are getting enough sleep. The time during which your body is asleep is when your skin, and the rest of your body, works to heal and regenerate, which is why sufficient sleep is essential when it comes to slowing down the aging process.

 

Aging can be tricky to deal with, especially since everybody ages in their own individual way. However, by making use of each of these celebrity anti-aging tips, you will be able to significantly slow down your aging process, and keep your youthful looks around for years to come.

 

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SECRETS OF AGELESS BEAUTIES

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When it comes to stopping the clock on aging, many people often turn to invasive procedures to achieve their desired look. However, there are several ways in which you can keep aging at bay yourself, without having to resort to cosmetic surgery.

 

Fish Oil  

The omega-3 fatty acids that fish oil contains are a powerhouse when it comes to anti-aging, as they can help significantly with inflammation, which, as many will know, is one of the primary causes of the visible signs of aging. From boosting the heart and immune system to adding a gorgeous glow to your skin, make sure that you are either eating plenty of oily fish throughout the week, or taking a fish oil supplement each day.

 

A Quick Drink of Coffee 

As much as a cup of coffee may perk you up in the mornings or afternoon, this is a beverage that will soon end up staining your teeth. This also applies to other drinks, such as red wine and dark juices, but there is an easy way to prevent these beverages from staining. Rather than sipping them slowly, so that they keep re-coating your teeth, try to drink them as quickly as possible, so that they are not in contact with your teeth for too long.

 

Cut Out the Sugar 

When white sugar is consumed, it binds to the collagen within your skin, eventually weakening it, which then leads to premature aging. Although it might take quite a bit of dedication to completely cut out white sugar from your life, take it slowly and build this up gradually, so that you do not end up missing it too much.

 

Eye Creams 

The skin around your eyes is extremely thin and delicate when compared to the skin on the rest of your face, meaning that the products that you use on this area need to be designed specifically for it. Your standard face cream likely contains ingredients that are too harsh to be used around your eyes, so try to opt for an eye cream or gel instead, to nourish your skin and brighten up your face.

 

Layered Hair 

Your hairstyle has a huge impact on your overall appearance, and cuts that are all one length end up drawing the eye downwards, creating a droopy illusion. To counter this, try to ensure that your hairstyle features a few layers, even if this is only a small amount at your fringe, as this will have a lifting effect on your facial features.

 

There are so many different anti-aging tricks out there, but keep in mind that everybody ages differently. This means that you will need to try out a variety of different anti-aging methods, until you find the ones that work best for you.

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ANTI-AGING TIPS FOR ALL MEN

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When it comes to skin care, women are usually the main target market, but men need to care for their skin just as much as women do. For those who are looking to give their skin a little boost, while minimizing the visible signs of aging, here are a few easy tips to follow.

 

Develop a Basic Skin Care Routine 

A basic skin care routine is one of your best tools when fighting aging, as your skin needs regular and consistent care in order to flourish. This routine does not need to be anything complicated, and can just take a few minutes at the end of each day. The basics would include a cleanser, which is the very first step in any skin care routine, followed by a facial moisturizer. Depending on your specific skin issues, you may also want to add in an anti-aging serum, as well as an eye cream.

 

Avoid the Sun 

The sun is responsible for up to 90% of all facial wrinkles, meaning that one of the best ways to stay wrinkle-free is by avoiding the sun. As beneficial as a sunscreen may be, you need to be applying this every hour or so, and ensuring that you are covering every inch of your body, and this is where many people tend to fall short. If you cannot avoid the sun, then make sure that your body is covered up as much as possible, and you are also wearing a wide-brimmed hat and a pair of UV-blocking sunglasses.

 

A Healthy Diet 

The food that you eat has a direct impact on the state of your skin, meaning that, if you are seeking out ways to look and feel younger, then your diet is definitely something that needs to be assessed. Refined foods that are high in sugar and salt will only accelerate the aging process, so try to include as many fresh, whole foods in your diet as you can. Since inflammation is also a significant factor behind aging, eating foods that can lower the inflammation within your body is also a great idea. One of the best nutrients for this is omega-3 fatty acids, and these are primarily found in oily fish, such as sardines and mackerel, but can also be found in flax seeds, chia seeds and walnuts.

 

Regular Exercise  

Exercise is another great tool when it comes to anti-aging, as regular physical activity not only increases blood flow, which enables more oxygen and nutrients to be carried to the skin, but it also helps to flush out any cellular debris from your system, a process that is somewhat similar to detoxification. In addition to this, regular exercise is a great way to keep stress levels down, which is another trigger when it comes to premature aging.

 

There are many products and techniques out there that promise to help you when it comes to staying on top of the aging process, but just making a few simple changes to your lifestyle can have just as much of an impact. From improving your diet to developing a consistent skin care routine, if you decide to follow these tips, it will not be long before you notice visible changes in your skin, as well as your overall health.

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LOOK YOUNGER WITHOUT TRYING

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While the instant results that plastic surgery can provide may often seem tempting, there are many ways to look younger that do not require nearly as much effort. Although the transformation may not be as drastic, these methods can really help you to bring back your youthful glow.

 

Wear Sunscreen Every Day 

The sun is responsible for up to 90% of all facial wrinkles, meaning that sunscreen is your best tool when it comes to wrinkle prevention. If you already have wrinkles, sunscreen will go a long way in preventing these from deepening, and, when combined with the other methods mentioned below, can help to eradicate any lines.

 

Use Concealer in the Right Places  

If you have any shadows or blemishes that you have been trying to hide, then it is likely that concealer is already your best friend. However, placing it in certain areas can really help to make you look years younger, such as dabbing some on that small bit of skin between the nose and the inner corner of the eyes, as this really brightens the face up. You could also try applying some around the edges of your nostrils, as this is a great way to minimize redness.

 

A Tinted Moisturizer 

Research has shown that an even complexion makes a person appear younger, and a tinted moisturizer is a great way to achieve this. Look for a product that contains plenty of nourishing ingredients, as the moisturizing properties of this product are just as important as the tint of color that it provides.

 

Cut Out the Sugar 

Sugar has so many different negative effects on the body, with one of these being to accelerate aging, by exacerbating a process called glycation. While it may be hard to do at first, cutting sugar out of your diet will bring you brighter and clearer skin in just a few weeks, and, once you see the improvements, this will be a dietary change that you will find easy to continue.

 

Regular Exercise 

In addition to sunscreen and a sugar-free diet, regular exercise is one of your best defenses against aging. No matter what age you may currently be, exercise gets your heart pumping and your blood moving, boosting circulation and bringing your face a permanent healthy glow. Even if the idea of spending evenings at the gym does not appeal to you, there are many other ways in which you can stay active, from walking your dog to doing some gardening to taking a dance class.

 

There are so many easy ways to look younger without trying, and, when you combine all of them, the results will definitely be visible. From the clever use of concealer to overhauling your diet, give these tips a go if you have been looking for a way to shave those years away.

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WHAT AND WHEN TO EAT FOR ANTI-AGING

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The food that you eat has a direct impact on your health, which is why those who have a healthy diet throughout their lives generally experience the signs of aging at a later stage in life. If you want to ensure that your diet will keep you looking and feeling as young as possible, here are the foods that you should be eating more of, as well as a few tips on meal timings.

Beans, Peas and Lentils

Beans, peas and lentils are packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, as well as certain plant polyphenols that have been proven to have incredible protective benefits, especially for the heart. All that is needed to lower your risk of heart disease by 14% is two cups of beans, peas, lentils or tofu each week. This is also a fantastic source of soluble fibre, which helps to control cholesterol levels.

Whole Grains 

Carbohydrates may have a bad reputation, but whole grains actually bring with them so many different benefits. From reducing the risk of cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and respiratory problems, to keeping the body young and healthy, whole grains should always be chosen instead of refined carbohydrates.

Oily Fish 

Oily fish, such as sardines, mackerel and salmon, are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which not only protect the heart and brain, but also fight inflammation, something that hugely contributes to accelerated aging. While there may be many omega-3 supplements out there, studies have shown that these tend to have quite mixed results, meaning that the very best way to ensure that you are receiving your necessary dose of omega-3 is by eating eight ounces of oily fish a week, preferably ones that have been sustainably farmed.

Meal Timings and Fasting

There are a number of studies that have discovered that your meal timings can actually have quite the impact on the way in which your body processes the food. Research has shown that those who consume 50% of their calories at lunchtime, and then 20% at dinner, experienced more weight loss, by 33%, than those who ate 50% of their calories at dinner. In addition to this, intermittent fasting throughout the week, such as limiting your calorie intake for one or two days of the week, could also bring with it many anti-aging benefits, although further research is still needed in this area.

In addition to including more anti-aging foods into your diet, you should also try to cut out the foods that will only age you faster. From processed meats to refined carbohydrates to pre-packaged meals that are high in sodium, swap these out for healthier alternatives, and it will not be long before you begin noticing the improvements in your skin.

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SCIENTISTS MAY SOON BE ABLE TO REVERSE AGING

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Scientists have long since been searching for ways in which they can put a stop to, or even reverse, the aging process, and it seems as though they may have finally found one. Researchers at Australia’s University of New South Wales have created a drug that could potentially reverse the aging process while helping to repair damaged DNA.

 

DNA Damage and Aging  

Each cell within your body has the ability to repair DNA damage, which it does on a regular basis, such as each time you are exposed to the sun. However, as the body ages, this ability to repair DNA damage starts to decline, which is why the body begins to deteriorate.

 

NAD+ and NMN

NAD+ is a metabolite that is naturally present within each and every cell in the body, and has a huge impact on the repairing of DNA. When researchers treated elderly mice with a NAD+ booster, called NMN, they discovered that the cells within the mice were far more effective at repairing DNA damage, which was caused by either old age or radiation exposure. After just one week of receiving the NMN booster, the researchers were no longer able to tell the difference between the cells of the older mice and the younger mice.

 

Human Trials of the NMN Booster 

After witnessing such a success with the mice, researchers plan on beginning human trials of the NMN booster later this year, at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. A drug substance that contains NMN is currently being developed in conjunction with pharmaceutical companies, and this would seem to be the safest and most effective anti-aging drug that has yet been created. If the human trials are successful, which the majority expect them to be, the drug will likely be available on the market in just three to five years.

 

Other Uses for the NMN Drug 

In addition to being able to reverse the aging process, the NMN drug will also have a number of other uses. NASA in particular has been especially excited about this discovery, as they have long since battled with trying to find ways in which to keep their astronauts safe from cosmic radiation, muscle weakness and memory loss. This is even more urgent now that NASA are planning a four-year mission to Mars, but the NMN drug may be just what they need to reverse and prevent DNA damage in astronauts.

 

The team at the University of New South Wales that have discovered the incredible possibilities that NMN can bring have been working on different aging-related studies for over four years now. While they have made a number of significant discoveries in this time, the NMN drug is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting, as it really has the potential to change the way in which we  age.

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BEHAVIORS THAT ACCELERATE THE SIGNS OF AGING

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There are a number of different factors that have an effect on the way in which an individual ages, and while you may not be able to do anything about some of them, there are many others that you can have full control over. From smoking to sunbathing, these are some of the behaviours that are known to accelerate signs of aging, as well as ways in which you can put a stop to them.

 

Smoking

Just about everyone that smokes is already aware of just how bad this habit is for them, but many do not quite understand the exact effect that smoking will have on their skin. Smoking directly damages the collagen and elastin within your skin, both of which are responsible for keeping the skin firm and tight, meaning that, before long, you will soon be experiencing wrinkles, fine lines and loose skin. Smoking also damages skin tissue, while reducing its blood flow, meaning that it is not being delivered adequate supplies of oxygen and nutrients, quickly leading to an unhealthy complexion.

 

Sun Exposure

The sun causes up to 90% of facial wrinkles, making it no surprise that those who stay out of the sun for the majority of their lives are able to enjoy their youthful appearance for much longer than sun-worshippers. While sunscreen will provide your skin with a certain level of protection, you should also be taking the necessary steps to keep your skin physically sheltered from the sun, whether this may be covering it up with clothing or staying in the shade during the hottest hours of the day.

 

Weight Fluctuations

Whether it is weight gain or weight loss, frequent weight fluctuations will quickly have quite the negative effect on your skin. The reason for this is that each time your skin is stretched out while it is still young, it has enough elasticity to bounce back, but, with age, elasticity declines, meaning that frequent expanding and constricting will result in loose skin. The best way to manage this is to find out what your ideal weight is, and try to stick to this as much as possible.

 

Sugar-Filled Diets

While it is common knowledge that too much sugar is harmful for the body in general, it also has a direct impact on the way in which your skin ages. The more sugar that you eat, the more collagen and elastin is damaged, meaning that skin becomes wrinkles, dry and loose. Completely cutting sugar out from your diet would be the most beneficial way to deal with this, but, if this is too difficult, try limiting your sugar intake to no more than 10% of your total calories for each day.

 

Even if you heavily invest in the finest of anti-aging products, they will not have much of an effect if the above-mentioned behaviours are a part of your life. Whether this may be smoking or the over-consumption of sugar, these are the changes that you really need to make if you want to tackle aging.

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HIT YOUR ANTI-AGING ROUTINE

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It has long since been known that exercise is extremely beneficial when it comes to slowing down the aging process, but there is one form of exercise that has been proven to be especially effective. Also referred to as high-intensity interval training, HIIT has been the focal point of many recent studies, all of which have shown that this is the way to go if you want to have the most dramatic impact on the way in which you age.

How Exactly Does HIIT Work?

HIIT is when you perform quick and intense bursts of exercise, with each one followed by a short recovery period, some of which will involve lower intensity activities. The reason why HIIT training is so effective is because it keeps your heart rate up, while burning more fat in a shorter amount of time, and not only has a metabolic effect on the body, but also a molecular one.

Mitochondrial Activity

One of the main roles of mitochondrial is to produce energy within cells, but this activity declines with age, which brings about a whole range of effects, from increased fatigue to shrinking muscle size to excess blood sugar levels, which would then lead to diabetes. However, HIIT training is not only able to put a stop to this decline of mitochondrial activity, but it can also reverse it, boosting back its ability to generate energy within cells.

What Do You Need for HIIT Training?

The beauty of HIIT training is that you do not actually need any equipment at all, since the focus is on using your body weight to increase your heart rate. This goes a long way in helping to build muscle, while increasing the number of calories that are burned.

Give This HIIT Workout a Try

This HIIT workout is one that you can do just about anywhere, and is relatively easy to remember. Begin with 50 sit-ups, followed by 40 jump squats, 30 push ups and 20 split jumps. Finish this off with 10 tricep dips and 30-second burpees, ensuring that you really put your all into it, and have 30 seconds of rest between each set of exercises. This workout should be repeated every other day, and you should try to beat your time with each new session, which will seem much easier as your fitness levels increase.

There are so many different HIIT workouts out there that you can try, all of which will be so beneficial when it comes to your anti-aging campaign. In addition to this, HIIT workouts are extremely quick and convenient, usually taking no more than 30 minutes, making them easy to squeeze in to your day.

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EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES THAT MAY CAUSE WRINKLES

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Everybody develops wrinkles at different ages, and while this is partly down to genetics, it is also due to several different lifestyle factors. Even if you are already trying to keep your life as healthy as possible, these are a few wrinkle-causing everyday activities that many are not aware of.

 

Staring Down at Your Phone

Whether sat on the train or sat at your desk, holding your phone below your face, and then staring down at it throughout the day, will cause you to repeatedly bend your neck into a certain position. This movement will soon lead to the onset of fine lines and wrinkles on the neck, which are now being dubbed as “tech neck”, but can easily be avoided by being aware of how you view your phone.

 

Sipping Through a Straw

While drinking your coffee through a straw may help to prevent your teeth from becoming stained, this is doing no good at all for the skin around your mouth. Drinking through a straw is something that dermatologists are strongly against, for the reason that the repetitive motion of pursing your lips will soon cause wrinkles to form in this area.

 

Squinting at a Screen

When certain facial movements are repeated, those muscles become stronger and larger, meaning that wrinkles in those areas will quickly become more pronounced, as well as permanent. Squinting is one of these movements that cause wrinkles around the eyes, and is extremely common due to the number of people that spend their days in front of a screen. The best way to prevent this is by making a conscious effort to control your facial movements throughout the day, while also visiting an optician to ensure that your eyesight is in perfect condition, and will not require any squinting.

 

Television Binge Sessions

If you are someone that enjoys spending the odd day binging on television shows, there are a couple of things that you need to be aware of. Firstly, as mentioned above, squinting can be quite problematic, but simply lowering the brightness of your screen can really help with this. Secondly, sitting down for long periods of time can lead to wrinkles forming on the back, so be sure to take short breaks throughout the day, stretching your body each time.

There are many people out there that are guilty of these everyday activities, mostly because they do not realize just how damaging they can be when it comes to the formation of wrinkles. From having your eyes checked regularly to adjusting the way in which you view your phone, these small changes can make a huge difference in the way in which your body ages.

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