There’s only so many times you can do the whole exfoliate, moisturize, SPF routine. Chances are you’ve already taken steps in your daily grooming to look younger and have purchased a lot of products to help take off the years. Here are 10 additional measures that you can take to look younger. Following some of these may knock a few years off your appearance as well.
- Get An Eye Exam
When you can’t see because of poor vision or when faced with bright light and squint, the furrow of your brows causes a groove to form under the skin. As you age and your skin loses its elasticity and firmness, these grooves develop into fine lines and wrinkles.
Smiling not only diminishes future frown lines, it also makes you look younger in the moment. A study showed that photos of smiling faces were thought to be younger than they actually were.
- Eat Antioxidant-Rich Foods
Research showed that participants who took fish oil supplements and drank four antioxidants daily for just two weeks significantly improved the depth of their wrinkles. Start adding these anti-aging foods to your next meal. Sweet potatoes, wild salmon, tomatoes, citrus fruits, leafy greens. Avoid refined, white foods and sugar which bonds with protein and forms advanced glycation end (AGE) products which result in collagen becoming stiff and inflamed and causing wrinkles.
- Lower Your Blood Pressure
A recent study showed that people who tend to look younger than they actually are tend to have lower blood pressure. Another study showed that depression may speed up the biological aging process due to its impact on your immunity.
- Hit The Gym For Better Genes
Exercise helps you maintain a healthy weight which can make you look younger. But a new study conducted on twins also suggests that exercising can influence your DNA. Researchers discovered that when one twin exercised for 30 minutes a day, they had DNA markers that looked 10 years younger than the inactive twin.
- Have More Sex
People who had sex four times a week or more were perceived to be 7-12 years younger than their real age by a panel of judges. Researchers believe that sex promotes the release of human growth hormone which helps improve skins elasticity and make you look more youthful.
- Get More Sleep
A recent study showed that the skin of those who don’t sleep well takes longer to recover from environmental stressors, including UV radiation. This results in increased signs of aging. Take steps to get enough hours of quality sleep aim for 7-9 hours.
- Stop Smoking
Smoking is responsible for wrinkles around the area between the nose and mouth, on the lips, sagging jowls, and sagging of the eyelids and area under the eyes. That’s just about the whole face! In a new study, 10 years of smoking added an average of 2.5 years to a person’s age in appearance.
- Grow Facial Hair (Men)
Previously, guys used to grow facial hair to look older. Recent studies show that beards and mustaches can help men look younger by blocking 95% of the suns UV rays. Also, facial hair secretes natural oils that help maintain the skins moisture level and prevents wrinkles.
- Whiten Your Teeth
As you age, the enamel on your teeth yellows and gets darker. People who brush at least twice a day appear about five years younger than those who brush just once. Using a whitening system like strips or pastes also help improve the appearance of your teeth and make you look younger.