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10 Daily Habits To Make Your Skin Look Younger

... Pooja Reddy/LearnUnbound:

You can’t stop time, you can turn back the clock to achieve more youthful-looking hair, hands, and skin. And you don’t need to submit yourself to plastic surgery, buy expensive salon treatments, or stock a medicine cabinet full of lotions and potions, either. All you need to do is examine your everyday habits and make simple anti-aging tweaks to your routine.

1.APPLY SPF EVERYDAY

Dermatologists always preach about wearing sunscreen every single day to protect against skin cancer, but slathering on the SPF is also the most effective tool in your anti-aging arsenal. A 2013 study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that people who applied SPF three or four days a week were less likely to suffer from skin aging compared to those who applied it at their discretion after a 4.5-year follow-up.

2.GET ENOUGH SLEEP

There's a reason looking well-rested goes hand in hand with brighter, healthier skin. A good night's sleep allows your skin to rejuvenate itself, repair free-radical damage, and build new collagen. "At night, the pH of your skin decreases and microcirculation increases." In this state, your skin eliminates toxins and makes healthy cells. Seven to eight hours of quality sleep each night is recommended.

3.EAT RIGHT

You really are what you eat. Every cell in your body is made from the foods you eat, so why not feed your body high-quality, nutritious foods for best results? After all, your diet has a major impact on the overall health of your body, inside and out. If you need motivation to eat more fruits and vegetables, caring about your appearance may just be the push you need to fill your plate with more plant foods.

4.EXERCISE REGULARLY

You know you should exercise for overall health, but did you realize it's also good for your skin? By increasing circulation, your body — including the skin — eliminates toxins. You're stimulating your lymphatic system so you're getting rid of your waste products. Exercise amps up detoxification, making your skin look brighter and healthier. When your lymphatic system is sluggish, your skin can look dull, tired, and even sallow. Just remember to drink lots of water to help the elimination process.

5.REDUCING DAILY SUGAR INTAKE

The sugar you eat travels through your bloodstream and attaches to proteins through a process called glycation. These attachments form new molecules known as advanced glycation end products. Over time, the end products accumulate and destroy surrounding proteins. Collagen is the most common protein in your body and, coupled with the protein elastin, it keeps skin firm and supple. Since It's not easy to eliminate sugar completely. Even while grains, fruits, and vegetables turn to glucose—the type of sugar that fuels glycation—when digested. But limiting added sugar can help.

6.MEDITATE

There's an obvious link between stress and dull, tired looking skin. The more stressed you are, the worse you look. Daily meditation significantly reduces stress levels, balances out hormones, lowers your blood pressure, and stimulates lymphatic drainage. Take a few minutes each day to relax and focus on your breath.

7.STOP SMOKING

Ever heard of smoker’s face? This term, added to the medical dictionary in 1985, describes the telltale characteristics that make smokers look older than they really are: grey skin, gauntness, and wrinkles around the mouth and eyes, and deep lines in the cheeks.Your appearance is just one of the many reasons why you shouldn't smoke, so take steps to quit today.

8.HYDRATE YOURSELF

Drinking water is one of the best things you can do to keep your skin looking young and glowing over time. Staying hydrated promotes skin circulation and helps prevent skin repair from decreasing. The skin contains up to 30 percent water, which helps give off a plump-like appearance, especially if consuming higher quantities of water. Drinking more water helps keep the skin hydrated and flushes out the toxins from the body to give off a healthier appearance.

9.USE LOTION ON YOUR HANDS

The skin on the backs of your hands is very thin, which makes it prone to accelerated aging compared to the rest of your body. And when dry air saps moisture from skin, your hands look even older than they should. Using lotion helps; pick one that contains sunscreen, suggests Dr. Fusco: “It will greatly reduce sun damage, which appears as brown spots and wrinkles.”

10.HANDLE YOUR STRESS HEAD ON

You don't feel good when you're stressed-out—be it from work projects piling up, a miserable commute, issues with the kids, etc.—and there's good biological proof why you shouldn't. Stress increases the concentration of the hormones cortisol and norepinephrine in the bloodstream, kicking up blood pressure and suppressing immunity. Over time, stress that doesn't go away can delay healing, harden your arteries, and possibly shrink areas of your brain involved in learning, memory, and mood—talk about feeling older!