How does your skin appear in this moment? Here are five methods to improve skin texture that will help you to appear more youthful. To access further scientific research on these methods, see the Additional Sources listed below this article.
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 align with how I feel on the inside.
If I’m feeling energized and strong on a particular day, I want to see energized and strong when I look in the mirror.
Of course, genetics play a role in how the skin appears, and that is beyond my control.
Aside from genetics, though, 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.
Those lifestyle habits are within my control.
1. Ample Hydration
There are helpful genes and unhelpful genes. 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, and that is up to each of us individually. This is very good news!
For example, how much water you drink is entirely up to you.
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.
By the way, if you’re eating low-carb, you might want to add some electrolytes to that water.
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 2 pm, without exception.
Additionally, I sleep each night wearing earplugs 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 at my best the following morning.
3. Ancestral Diet
According to medical doctor Terry Wahls, 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.
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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 news is, that a good grooming regimen can make all the difference.
Careful exfoliating, masking, and – especially for men – learning how to shave properly, can take years off your face.
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Yes, sunscreen can be a good idea. But a little naturally occurring vitamin-D is also a good thing. So, controversially, I do use sunscreen all over – including my scalp and inside my ears – but I like to keep the factor at 15-block, and I like the ingredients to be as natural as possible (some sunscreens are so synthetic that I worry about their toxicity; I’ve developed a sensitivity to some of the harsher brands).
Washing your face (or using an astringent) before sleep each night also makes a positive difference on skin texture, as does using quality 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 an 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.
Self-Care Techniques for After Age 50 to Help Skin Look Better
Healthy skin is an important part of overall wellness for people over the age of 50.
Simple methods can be used to help skin look much better and be healthier.
Most people don’t think of their skin as an organ but it actually plays a significant role in the elimination of toxins.
The big idea with skin is to help it (not hinder it), with its extremely important objective of the easy elimination of waste from your body.
If you improve the ability of your pores to eliminate, not only will your skin look much better but your entire system will be healthier.
The liver is responsible for 2/3 of the body’s purification and elimination activity. The remaining 1/3 is shared by:
- the skin
- and intestines
This article is written by Dane Findley with Jim Harris ~ Jim is a Nutritional Consultant and graduate from the American Naturopathic Medical Institute who recognizes that our bodies have the innate capacity for self-healing — especially when the correct information and energy is supplied in combination with the correct food, supplements, and herbs.
The pores must remain open for the skin to effectively function as an organ. Having clean, open pores helps your skin look better.
We need to shed dry skin on a daily basis and not clog up the pores with creams that have synthetic ingredients or potions that are laden with petrochemicals.
The pharmaceutical industry makes transdermal patches for estrogen and smoking-cessation products because the skin transports them into the body.
With this in mind, my wife and I have a rule that we will not put anything on our skin that we wouldn’t eat because whatever we put on our skin is being absorbed internally. For example, sodium lauryl sulfate is an emulsifier in many skin creams that could have all kinds of possible health risks as it is absorbed into the body.
Fortunately, there are effective ways to take great care of your skin that doesn’t involve applying chemicals to it. Here are your seven action-steps for better skin.
Eat Ample Amounts of Fresh Produce for Your Skin
Eat ten servings of fruit and vegetables (well, mostly vegetables) each day – this provides fiber for healthy bowel elimination as well as antioxidants to scavenge for skin-damaging free radicals.
Experiment until you find a way of eating that your own body experiences as anti-inflammatory. An anti-inflammatory diet means waking up in the morning with good color and taut skin (on the other hand, an inflammatory diet means waking up with the bloats, puffies, blotches and dark circles.)
When your face is fresh and healthy, you look energized at work.
On the other hand, when you look like you’re having a mild allergic reaction to something you ate, then you also look drained, tired and older than your years.
Remember, inflammation is bodily tissue reacting to irritation, usually because of the day’s diet.
Be Serious about Hydration
Drink ½ your body weight in ounces of water daily.
A 140-pound person should drink 70 ounces of toxin-free water each day.
We need exercise and to perspire in order to flush the toxins from our lymph system.
…my wife and I have a rule that we will not put anything on our skin that we wouldn’t eat”
Dry Brush the Skin on Your Body
Dry skin brushing involves using a dry brush daily before showering to stimulate the lymph system and remove excess skin cells. You’ll see your skin look better after even just one dry brushing!
Moisturize from the Inside
Oil your skin from the inside – add healthy dietary oils to the diet like coconut oil, avocado oil, and olive oil as well as a balance of the essential fatty acids.
(Note from Dane: I noticed an improvement in the quality of my skin when I increased my intake of healthy fats, from pasture-raised bison, raw grass-fed butter, and coconut oil. It was the first time in my adult life I intentionally ate more fat, and I was stunned to discover that it made more of a difference than anything else I had tried previously. I’m not saying it’s for everybody, but it has been working good for me, especially when combined with a lower intake of carbohydrates.)
Supplement Smartly for Better Skin
Supplement with quality food-based multivitamins because our bodies need the trace minerals for optimal nutrition and to rid the body of toxins.
Soak Your Skin
Epsom salts and baking soda baths can be a great way to open skin pores and allow metabolic acids to leave the body and rehydrate the skin.
Turning Your Own Grooming Regimen Up-a-Notch
We humans get ourselves into ruts.
For example, just try to get a man to shave his face differently (most do it incorrectly). It’s very hard for a fellow to shave in a new way when he’s been doing it the same way his whole adult life.
And so it is with making any other improvements to one’s grooming regimen. It takes discipline and tenacity:
- How important is improved skin and health to you?
- Important enough to modify your existing regimen?
I often say that one of the challenges of aging is that each year our daily grooming regimen takes longer than the year before (remember when you were 19 and could just roll out of bed in the morning without a care in the world or a concern for your skin? Hah!).
This is just part of the natural seasons of life. Our own care and feeding must be more thoughtful the older we become.
These skin-improving strategies seem like a lot of things to do but remember that these principals are also reducing the risk for diseases. Optimal internal health will manifest itself with a robust and healthy skin glow, helping you to look energized and taking years off your appearance.
Additional Sources about Helping Skin Appear Younger:
“scientific update: 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