Age is just a number. You’ll find lots men and women in their late thirties and early forties looking like they’ve never aged at all, but there are also some twenty somethings looking older than their actual age. Some are lucky enough to have it in their genes. Some are rich enough to seek the aid of Science. But for those who aren’t that lucky nor rich enough, don’t worry. Here are some doable and effective commandments on how you can feel and look younger than your actual age.
1. Do not worship the sun. Wear sunblock on your face, your visage and to every exposed part of your body. At whatever time of the day, the sun’s rays can harm your skin after more than 15 minutes of being exposed to it. If you must go out, do it before 10 in the morning and after 2 in the afternoon, as the hours in between is when the sun is as its strongest. Too much sun exposure can cause production of free radicals, which when oxidized can damage tissues resulting to wrinkles and dryness. Remember to apply sunblock half an hour before going out and reapply every two hours for continuous protection. Use umbrellas and sunnies when going out.
2. Cleanse, tone and moisturize everyday. This has always been a habit I’ve grown accustomed to since attending university. After a long day, if I can’t take a shower, I always wash up with a mild cleanser, use a non-alcohol based toner and apply a generous amount of moisturizer. Do the same for your neck and chest area as the skin on those area is as sensitive as the face’s. Exfoliate once or twice a week to reveal younger looking skin and remove dead skin cells.
3. Drinks lots of water. We all know that almost half of our body comprise of water and that we should drink at least 8 glasses a day but the latter is just a myth. The amount of water you should take depends on your weight, environment, medical conditions and your physical activities. Eight glasses is enough to keep you hydrated in a day but if you are involved in physical activities, then you may need more.
Adequate water in the body ensures that your food is digested and the nutrients and oxygen are distributed to the body’s cells. Water also helps the kidney flush out toxins and other wastes. The body uses about 10 – 12 cups of water a day as it aids in almost all body functions like breathing, digestion, elimination and perspiration, so replenish everyday. Don’t wait for dehydration signs such as cracked lips and dry mouth. To be sure, drink AT LEAST 8 glasses a day. Caffeinated drinks don’t count.
4. Drink alcohol in moderation. Alcohol, when taken in moderate amounts (a bottle or two of beer in a day, or a glass of wine everyday) is actually healthy. Dietary silicone found in beer helps in bone formation which combats osteoporosis which becomes more common as you grow older. It can also reduce the risk of developing alzheimer’s later on in life. Beer is also a good source of Vitamin B complex which prevents health problems with our nerves.
5. Don’t smoke. Smoking doesn’t kill. It doesn’t kill you instantly. You may live long but you can die a slow and painful death. The mixture of nicotine and carbon monoxide in each cigarette you smoke temporarily increases your heart rate and blood pressure, straining your heart and blood vessels which could cause heart attacks and stroke. You’re lucky if you survive such conditions but some are left with permanent conditions such as paralysis and slurred speech.
6. Eat a well balanced diet. You get your energy from your carbo (like rice, pasta and bread) and you get protein from your meat. Not everyone likes fruit and vegetables, but they’re the main sources of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which slows down the body’s aging process by preventing the oxidation of free radicals. Dietary supplements can be substituted but it’s still best if you get your nutrients from natural sources.
7. Get enough sleep. You’ve heard of having a radiant skin if you get enough sleep. This is because, while asleep, the body produces hormones that repair damaged cells. Enough sleep also strengthens the immune system to help the body fight off infection and other diseases. During deep sleep, your blood pressure and heart rate decrease, thereby relaxing the heart and the blood vessels and decreases chances of cardiovascular diseases.
8. Exercise helps you balance your weight by burning calories and reduces heart diseases by increasing the production of “good,” cholesterol in your body. Exercise also reduce stress and tensione by producing happy hormones such as endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin and dopamine.
9. Smile. Even when you’re not feeling well, try to smile and you’ll feel better in a few minutes. This is the quickest way to feel younger. People prefer seeing people smile than frown. By smiling, you don’t only attract positivity but you also make other people feel good. Scientifically, smiling releases endorphins, serotonin and other biochemical substances in the body that make you feel good. The release of such hormones can strengthens the immune system which can ward off colds, flu and other illnesses.
10. Keep a positive outlook in life. A positive state of mind creates a positive emotions. And when you don’t dwell on all the negative (believe me, they’ll never run out of supply), you are at peace with yourself . You accomplish more. You have peace of mind. Everything is in order. You develop deeper relationships with the people around you.
In short, keep your self healthy for a younger looking you.