Turning Back the Clock: Anti-aging Tips
We all look back at our youth, perhaps, a little wistfully and wish we could recapture the figure, or physique, we once had. This may be particularly true when it comes to putting on those glad rags for the round of Christmas parties this month. But take heart; you may not be able to turn the clock back completely, but there are a surprising number of things you can do to younger your years, which doesn’t just involve eating your greens and keeping fit.
Anti-aging with Healthy Blood Sugar
Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels is vital to looking young, according to one health expert. In her bestselling book, The Hormone Diet, Naturopathic doctor Natasha Turner, says, the key to anti-aging is maintaining a healthy blood sugar and insulin balance. To do this, she says we have to become aware of the amount of carbohydrates we are eating and how well our body tolerates them.
“Excess insulin literally causes the slow destruction of bodily tissues and organs, including our bones, muscles, skin, blood vessels, brain, liver and more,” Turner says. This “far-reaching, devastating imbalance” is spurred by one basic factor. “The frequency, amount and type of carbohydrates [sugars] we consistently consume over time, and our body’s individual ability to process them,” she says.
Water for Youth
Water is key for a younger looking you. According to reports, good old H20 has been known to take ten years off a person’s appearance. Drinking at least a litre of water each day is one of the fastest dietary boosts to help with clear skin. Plenty of fresh water will also flush away trapped cellular fluid and toxins from your body. So, for a more svelte line beneath those party togs, why not keep some bottled water with you when out and about and make a habit of sipping regularly through the day.
Exfoliating for Young Skin
Using an exfoliating scrub or cream will remove dead skin from the skin’s surface and help make you look much younger. Exfoliating your skin with a muslin cloth wrung-out in warm water, before rinsing in cool water, is also a good technique, as the different temperatures will open and close the pores. It is best to avoid large extremes in temperatures as this can lead to broken veins.
Achieving younger looking skin is no longer a desire for women alone. Many men are now more skin-care conscious. Using an exfoliating cream once or twice a week can help shave years off a man’s appearance. Exfoliators can help prevent blemishes from developing by removing the top dead top layer of skin and preventing new hairs from becoming trapped by dead skin debris. There are many products on the market, but try to choose one that is based on natural ingredients. A good quality aftershave balm can also makes a big difference to the feel and look of men’s skin. One with a high aloe vera content is best as it heals blemishes and is particularly good for soothing inflamed skin.
Anti-aging with Healthy Hair
A healthy head of hair can help you look younger. It is a good idea to use shampoos and conditioners which do not contain detergents. If your hair is silver or grey, you might like to try an optical brightening shampoos. These take away the slight yellow tinge caused by environmental factors, such as air pollution and central heating. The shampoo is a shade of violet but when rinsed out, leaves hair with a silvery sparkle. Quite appropriate for the festive season, perhaps?
Don’t stress, Treat Yourself
While eating your greens and getting your five-a-day is key to helping younger your years, it is also important to savour the good things in life, once in a while. And, more importantly, enjoy them without those feelings of guilt, which only puts more pressure and stress on yourself that you could really do without. Many of us will know stress is one of the great killers of good looks. So, in addition to following these anti-aging tips, every now and then, make sure you indulge in the occasional treat, guilt-free. This festive season, treat yourself to a couple of chocolates, enjoy a mince pie and a glass, or two, of mulled wine. Don’t get carried away, but, more importantly, don’t feel guilty about it too.