While there is no magic elixir to help you maintain your youthful beauty, there are some helpful -- and sometimes healthful -- steps you can take in your daily routine to help shave off up to 15 years from your appearance. With a little bit of dedication, determination, moisturizer and the proper hydration, you can easily keep up your youthful appearance, leaving people around you wondering what fountain of youth you just climbed out of, when the truth is that you simply started taking better care of yourself from the inside out.
Eat the right foods to keep that youthful glow. The bottom line is, what you put into your body ultimately determines how you look on the outside. The first thing you'll want to do is to cut back on your sugar intake. If you have a diet high in sugar, you are subsequently damaging the collagen and elastin proteins in your skin, leading to unwanted sagging and wrinkles. It's important that you eat a well-balanced diet, one that is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants help to protect your skin from harsh UV rays, free radicals and pollutants. Incorporating fruits and vegetables into your diet helps to keep your skin looking great longer.
Drink a lot of water. Staying hydrated is one of the best ways to promote soft and supple skin. Because your body is made up mostly of water, it is important to keep hydrated, especially when the weather is warm. Without the proper hydration, your body's cells quickly begin to dry out and die, causing deep lines, otherwise known as crow's feet, to form in your skin. And don't be fooled into believing that sugary sodas can do the trick. The truth is that while drinking soda may wet your whistle, it actually has the opposite effect of water, leading to dehydration and cell damage. So be sure to fill up on water throughout the day.
Get in shape. Whether you enjoy walking, running, biking or a good game of tennis, it's never too late to slow down the aging process with some good, old-fashioned physical fitness. Exercise is an essential part of staying healthy. Not only does it help you to maintain a healthy body weight, but it also stimulates brain function, nerve growth and cardiovascular health -- all key in keeping up youthful appearances. Dr. Thorleif Etgen, professor of psychiatry and psychotherapy at Munchen University, writes, "It doesn't make a difference if you have moderate or high physical activity. The important message is that you do any activity. And even if you start late in life, at 60 or 70, there is a benefit, for it's never too late to start exercising."
Get a good haircut. One of the most effective ways of turning back the hands of time is simply by visiting the salon. If you have been married to the same hairstyle for more years than you can count, perhaps it's a good time to consider a whole new look, one that is much more flattering to your face. It can be scary to try something new, but by putting your hair (and your faith) in the hands of a good stylist, you could instantly lose up to 15 years in the time it takes you to whip up an antioxidant-rich fruit smoothie.
Smile. The benefits of smiling are not only physical, but psychological and can enhance other people's opinion of you. Smiling reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, boosts the immune system and simply creates a natural, more youthful glow about you that cannot be denied. Both smiling and laughing have been proven to have positive health benefits, as well as demonstrating a sense of confidence.