Let’s face it. Nothing we do is going to transform us into teenagers again.
And heck, I don’t know about you, but I sure wouldn’t want that anyway. Acne, angst and puberty? No thanks!
But if you’re anything like me, turning back the clock a few years sounds very appealing. Returning to when there were a few less lines on your face and a lot more energy in the tank.
Reverse the clock by ditching these aging habits
Well it turns out you can essentially reverse aging. And it’s likely far easier than you can imagine. Because you don’t even have to pop a pill, slather on any lotions or potions or even do any extra lifting.
Alll you have to do is drop the following four bad habits that are adding years to your age.
1. Not drinking enough:
Few things age your face faster than chronic near dehydration. When you don’t drink enough water during the day, it shows. Wrinkles and lines look deeper. And your skin beings to look dull and dry.
If you’ve cut back on the liquids as you’ve gotten older, you’re in good company. Many women experience leaks and urgency as they age. And men often struggle with a cranky prostate which keeps them running to the bathroom.
But avoiding drinking isn’t the answer. Talk with your doc about your bathroom woes. And natural solutions such as supplements and bladder exercises can help.
When you make a habit of sipping on water throughout the day, you’ll be rewarded with firmer, plumper skin and a healthy, dewy glow. And regardless of whether you’re a guy or a gal that will erase years off your appearance.
2. Late night computing:
Whether you’re binge-watching your favorite Netflix show… or playing your favorite trivia game… if you’re burning the midnight oil staring at a computer screen you’re hitting the fast forward button on aging.
Not only are you robbing yourself of sleep by staying up late into the night. When you do finally turn in, your sleep is likely to be disturbed. The blue light emitted by backlit laptops, tablets and smartphones can interfere with your normal sleeping patterns. It can make falling asleep difficult. And keep you from getting the deep restorative sleep you need.
When you sleep, your body goes into maintenance mode. It makes repairs, sends out cleaning crews to mop up toxins and rebalances your hormones.
Nutrients are absorbed, processed and sent where they’re needed the most, such as to your skin and hair. And fluids are recirculated reducing puffiness and hydrating dry skin.
Save your computing for the daylight hours, and put the electronics away as the sun goes down. You’ll sleep better, be healthier and look and feel years younger.
3. Skipping the fish:
Your skin adores omega-3 fatty acids. The membranes of all of your cells contain omega-3s, including your skin cells. And without enough of these vital fatty acids, your skin cells can’t renew themselves effectively.
Low fat diets, or avoiding omega-3 rich foods such as fish, can deplete your omega-3 stores. As a result you can end up with dried out, flaky and inflamed skin. In other words, it can add years to your appearance.
Drop the low-fat diet and watch your carbs instead. And eat plenty of omega-3 foods such wild-caught fatty fish, walnuts, chia seeds and flaxseeds.
You’ll look younger and just as importantly feel younger. Omega-3 fatty acids help fight cognitive decline heart disease and joint pain too.
4. Ignoring stress:
Life is stressful. And simply ignoring that stress can have some serious consequences.
None of us is immune from the toll stress can take on our health and appearance. It saps you of energy. And stress hormones trigger inflammation that can increase your risk for certain diseases and weaken your immune system.
Research has found chronic stress doesn’t just affect us on the inside, either. Stress weakens the collagen that keeps your skin plump and youthful looking. And as a result, you end up with saggy, wrinkly skin that makes you look years older.
To reduce your stress levels get plenty of sleep and exercise regularly. And consider giving deep breathing or meditation a try. Calming herbs such as holy basil, chamomile, rhodiola and ashwagandha can help too.
Don’t let these four bad habits make you old before your time. Shave years off your age by dropping them today.