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How to Look Younger Naturally

By Maggie Lynn ; Updated July 18, 2017

Two people of the same age can sometimes appear as if they are years, even decades apart in age. This can be caused by genetics, underlying medical conditions, lifestyle and a combination of all these factors. The easiest way to look younger naturally is to live a healthy lifestyle and take care of your body. When your body is healthy inside, it will reflect health and vibrancy outside -- making you appear more youthful. Balance healthy habits, exercise and a healthy diet to look younger naturally.

  1. Strive for about seven or eight hours of sleep each night. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body’s production of growth hormone slows, because it's secreted during a deep slumber. Growth hormone helps the body heal and rejuvenate itself. According to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, people deficient in growth hormone have a higher percentage of body fat around the waist and less muscle mass. This can lead to a frail, puffy, worn out appearance.

  2. Exercise to look younger and keep your body more youthful. Exercise can help keep you at a healthy weight; overweight people tend to look older than they are. Exercise can reduce your risk of developing diseases that can age you. It also improves circulation and keeps your muscles firm and toned, giving you a more youthful appearance.

  3. Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. They are packed with antioxidants and cancer-fighting properties that can help you look younger. Antioxidants are nutrients that neutralize damage-causing free radicals on a cellular level. Antioxidants can help you look younger because free radicals cause the body and skin to age more rapidly. Fruits and vegetables particularly high in antioxidants include berries, grapes, pomegranate, kale, Brussels sprouts and red cabbage.

  4. Drink at least eight cups of water daily. Water helps carry oxygen to the skin, keeping it looking younger and healthier. Avoid caffeine, excess alcohol and other diuretics, which can age the skin though dehydration.

  5. Avoid excess sun exposure and cigarettes. The sun's UV rays can damage and burn the skin, so apply an SPF sunscreen lotion to help protect your skin if you go outside for extended periods of time. UV rays and cigarettes contain carcinogens, which can age the body and skin.

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