How does your skin appear in this moment?
What do other people see when they look at you?
While I honor my own silver hair and wrinkles – hey, I figure I earned them and I don’t mind looking mature – I also must admit that it’s important to me that my outer appearance aligns with how I feel on the inside.
Genetics plays a major factor is how your skin will appear.
Aside from genetics, there are five lifestyle habits that help form the foundation of robust health, and are the reason some people present as 10 years younger than their biological age.
There are helpful genes and unhelpful genes. Interestingly, even though we can’t control the genetics that we were given by our parents, our lifestyle habits can help determine what genes turn on or off within our bodies.
Here are five methods that help improve skin texture and appear more youthful. To access further scientific research on these methods, see the Additional Sources listed below this article.
1. Ample Hydration
Mostly everyone thinks they drink more water than they actually do.
The amount of water you drink can determine the texture and elasticity of your skin tissue.
Conduct your own personal experiment. Keep track of your average water intake, then resolve to drink one more glass per day than you have been.
After a week, notice whether or not it has had a positive impact.
2. Better Sleep to Appear Youthful
Using sensitive “face mapping” techniques, researchers have been able to establish specific improvements in facial appearance as a result of better sleep.
- What one nightly ritual could you adopt that would help you to sleep better from now on?
What I have found particularly helpful for me is to abstain from the consumption of dark chocolate and caffeine after 2pm, without exception.
Additionally, I sleep each night wearing ear plugs and an eye mask, plus soundproof headphones (for when I sleep on my back, which I do twice during each night). This has helped me appear my best the following morning.
3. Ancestral Diet
According to medical doctor Terry Walhs, as we evolved from single-cell organisms over millions of years the good bacteria that lived in our gut evolved with us. This relationship between humans and good bacteria has been a mutually beneficial relationship – our very lives depend on it.
However, it has only been within a tiny blip of recent human history that we began trying to feed these bacteria industrialized foods. And that’s not working so good.
A primal-inspired diet that honors the best aspects of our ancestors – from a time before agriculture and industry – can do wonders for our cellular health, including the health of our skin cells.
4. Smarter Exercise
Scientists who biopsy skin samples from large groups of volunteers have been able to establish that regular physical activity can reverse aging – even in people who start exercising later in life.
Conduct your own personal experiment. Keep track of your average activity level, then resolve to do one more workout per week than you have been. After three months, notice whether or not it has had a positive impact on the appearance of your face.
5. Grooming Regimen
If I feel tired, then I don’t mind looking tired. I figure, congruency is healthy.
However, if I feel fit and energized, and I look in the mirror and see fatigue, then that tells me it’s time to turn up the dial on my grooming regimen.
The good new is, that a good grooming regimen can make all the difference.
Careful exfoliating, masking, and – especially for men – learning how to shave properly, can takes years off your face.
Washing your face (or using an astringent) before sleep each night also makes a big difference, as does using the correct moisturizers.
Is Your Appearance Younger or Older than How You Feel on the Inside?
Recently on Dr Oz – the US television talk show about becoming healthier – Doctor Oz interviewed a guest expert who had conducted a campaign to find out whether people who thought they looked old were also perceived as old by others.
The Dr. Oz experts organized a huge poll – via the online social networking channels – to determine particular people’s perceived age.
On the show, one woman shared her story from the experiment. Her perceived age turned out to be, on average, about 53 – nine years older than her true age. Needless to say, this was devastating; but Doctor Oz had some intriguing solutions.
Surgical-Free Methods to Appear Younger
Dr Oz offered the woman who looked older than her age some thought-provoking ideas:
- got crow’s feet? Oz idea: try Argireline — a topical cream that works like Botox
- under-eye bags? Oz idea: try parsley tea ice cubes
- sagging skin under the neck? Oz idea: try Retinoid Cream (but only once/week)
- dull skin-tone? Oz idea: try exfoliating mask made from tomato, sea salt, and honey
Many people report having excellent results from using essential oils. Essential oils not only nourish, moisturize and restore the skin, they also reduce stress levels.
What most people don’t realize is that stress can contribute to aging and skin damage as much as poor nutrition and lack of exercise do.
When is the last time you upgraded your own grooming regimen?
As with the rest of your body, your face will respond most favorably when all five of the above methods are employed to help you skin appear vibrant and youthful.
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“certain food and lifestyle habits can turn on or off expression of cancer related genes” – http://www.news-medical.net/news/20131021/Certain-food-and-lifestyle-habits-can-turn-on-or-off-expression-of-cancer-related-genes.aspx
“study finds nearly half of Americans not drinking enough water” – http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-06-05/health/ct-x-0605-drinking-water-20130605_1_dietary-guidelines-much-water-drinking-water
“sleep better, look better? new research says yes” – http://www.uofmhealth.org/news/archive/201309/sleep-better
“discovering the connection between nutrition and skin aging” – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583891/
“younger skin through exercise” – http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/16/younger-skin-through-exercise/?_r=0