Since we are still yet to discover the Fountain of Youth, we’ve resorted to more practical—albeit less magical—measures to stop Father Time in his tracks. Though we’ve tried many things at our dermatologist to keep us looking like teenagers forever (we can dream, okay), there are a number of fairly painless daily habits that also aid our case.
- TAKE SLEEP SERIOUSLY
Early to bed, early to rise…you know the drill. If you’re looking to fight aging and look younger, the key may be sleep. It’s during the sleep cycle that cell renewal occurs and blood flow is elevated, so the best beauty aid in my opinion is a good night’s sleep. (I try to go to bed and wake up at the same time, seven days a week.) But skin can become dehydrated at night, so it’s important to lather on a nourishing moisturizer.”
Practicing stress-relieving habits like meditation will help you look and feel younger. (Two kids, three careers—if it wasn’t for meditation I would be a hot mess, inside and out.) Our skin is in many ways a window to our psyche, and the hormones we release when we are stressed can affect our skin and add years to our life.
3. EAT YOUR WAY YOUNG
The link between food and beauty is incredibly powerful. Just by changing your diet, you can considerably change the way you look and feel. That’s why it is important to make greens, fruits, fatty fish, nuts and whole-grains part of your everyday diet. Those foods are packed with antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins your body needs to produce healthy skin.”
4. WALK TO WORK
If you drive to work, park your car a few blocks away from the building. That way you can get your legs working before you even get through the door. Same goes for bus riders. Get off a stop or two early, or take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.”
Turn that frown upside down and you instantly look younger—you have to make fun a priority. Go out with your friends for regular girls’ nights out where laughter and dancing are a must. Connecting with the right friends re-energizes your body and gives you a necessary mental break, thereby reducing your stress.”
5. SWEAT IT OUT
“We all know how important exercise is for our bodies, but by promoting healthy circulation and bringing more oxygen to the skin, exercise also nourishes skin cells and helps keep you looking healthy and vibrant—one more fact that will motivate you to hit the gym or the streets”.