The fountain of youth is something many people are looking for. However, finding this proverbial source of youthfulness and vigor has become more of a scientific endeavor. For you to actually enjoy the youthful glow and energy that you are aiming for, you need to work at it and follow a few do’s and don’ts.
You may have already heard of the more common requirements for remaining in the pink of health, which include exercise, proper diet, and enough sleep, among other things.
1. Avoid bad habits like smoking and drinking alcohol to excess.
This goes without saying – smoking and drinking too much alcohol can make you look older than you really are. Some of the bad effects of these habits include dry skin, more pronounced wrinkles, dull hair, and dark lips. You will also end up with puffy-looking skin and discolored teeth as well as nails. Quitting smoking and minimizing your intake of alcohol will help you look younger, and you will be pleasantly surprised how quickly dropping such bad habits will show on your face.
2. Antioxidants are your skin’s best friend.
You can get antioxidants from many sources, some which you can slather on your skin and others you can ingest. If you really want the effect to be more pronounced, ingesting as well as applying antioxidants to your skin is your best bet. Why do antioxidants help make skin look younger? This is because they get rid of the free radicals in your system, which are what produce wrinkles, and can even promote skin cancer. Antioxidants can be had via different kinds of food that contain high levels of vitamins A, C, and E, as well as those with beta-carotene, selenium, lycopene and lutein.
3. Avoid too much sun exposure.
Try not to stay too long out in the sun since the UVA rays that hit your skin will result in not only dry and wrinkly skin, but also in dull and muddy looking skin tone. This makes you look older since you end up with a grayish undertone to your complexion. If going out and exposing yourself to sunlight is unavoidable, make sure that your skin is protected by a sunblock with a high SPF. Try to find products with SPF higher than 20, if you can, and use area appropriate products as well – sunblock made specifically for your face and for the rest of your body. Also, try to wear a wide-brimmed hat and dark glasses when out during very hot days.
4. Practice Ayurvedic cleansing daily.
While some people do suggest to undergo a ritual cleansing of your body once every few months with the help of a juice fast, the effects of such an activity can last only for so long. You can do a juice fast once, then afterwards, you can maintain a morning cleansing routine that will prevent the accumulation of more toxins in your body. This cleansing routine is actually pretty simple to do, and involves discharging bodily wastes after waking up, brushing your teeth and your tongue, and drinking a cup of warm water with the juice of half a lemon squeezed into it. Do all of these before breakfast to help keep your system cleansed, which helps you feel invigorated, and shows on your radiant skin.
5. Make sure your hormones remain balanced.
Hormonal imbalance can actually make you look older, and this is because hormones play a huge part in the aging process. In order for you to keep your hormones on even keel, you need to have your doctor check which of your hormones are out of whack. They can either suggest hormone replacement therapy to help restore the balance that you need, or they can tell you that you need a lifestyle change. They can also tell you what kinds of foods to add to your diet, what to avoid, and what natural methods will help bring your hormonal equilibrium back.
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