You’ve heard the expression, “You’re only as old as you feel.” Well, the truth is that while remaining young at heart gives your vitality a huge boost, it’s all for naught if you can’t keep the physical signs of aging at bay.
Experts stress that taking care to observe tried-and-true anti-aging beauty strategies can help you cheat Father Time and appear years younger than you really are. Here are some simple, practical anti-aging beauty tips that you can start using right away:
Minimize your sun exposure. While you need to see the sun to get your Vitamin D, dermatologists universally preach that overexposure to the sun will age you faster than just about anything else on Earth. It’s best to wear a potent sunblock and avoid sun exposure as much as possible if you want to keep your skin looking as young as you can.
Choose your makeup wisely. Excessive use of foundation makeup and powders is hard on your skin, and heavily made-up women tend to look older rather than younger. It’s also best for you to go easy on the concealer, eyeliner and eyeshadow. The general rule of thumb is this: if you don’t absolutely need it, don’t wear it. When it comes to makeup, less is more.
Exercise. Physical fitness keeps your body strong and gives you that elusive quality that people who seem far younger than their age always have. If you can manage vigorous exercise six days a week and take one day off to rest, that’s considered optimal. The occasional day of rest gives your body a chance to recover from the strain of strenuous exercise.
Eat natural. As much as possible, you should eat fresh fruits and vegetables, take care to get all your vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients, and above all, drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated keeps your skin vital and fresh-looking. Lean meats, like chicken and turkey, and fresh fish make much better choices than red meat.
Limit or avoid your intake of salts, preservatives and chemicals. While your body needs sodium to maintain its electrolyte balance, too much salt is a killer. Getting it out of your system can be draining to your body, the same way digesting red meat taxes your body’s resources. Preservatives and chemicals should be ingested in moderation, if at all; a good guiding principle is that if you can’t pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t eat it. Become adept at interpreting ingredients lists on food products you buy, and you’ll soon find yourself making better choices.