No one wants to age..
One of life’s guarantees is that we will age both physically and mentally. It’s going to happen and there isn’t a damn thing that we can do about it. I am already finding at 23 that I am beginning to get laughter lines and dark circles under my eyes and of course being absolutely HORRIFIED by this, I am doing all I can to look younger and improve my appearance! (Not in a vain way, just trying to slow down my aging process..)
The fact of the matter is..
The mirror never lies! It didn’t lie to the evil Queen in Snow White, and it won’t lie to you. While you want to be the ‘fairest of them all,’ one thing is true. You are growing older! You can’t escape the passage of time, and one day you are going to see the effects of ageing when you look in the mirror. From bags under your eyes to wrinkle lines appearing around your face, you won’t always look as young as you do now. (Waaa, I know it’s terrifying isn’t it?!) You will probably feel tired, too, your feelings matching your weary looks. Still, there are a few things you can do now to help you look and feel younger for longer. When you’re 80 and sitting comfortably in your armchair, you can still be the pick of the bunch if you follow these tips.
1. Protect your skin
When you’re out on the town, and somebody asks your age, your skin will betray you if you try to pretend you’re younger than you are. Still 21? Really?? On the other hand, check out my essential skincare tips where I show you how to get rid of spots and keep your skin looking awesome! And people won’t believe you are as old as you really are. By following daily habits, such as drinking plenty of water, avoiding the sun’s UV rays, and moisturising, your skin will retain its elasticity and suffer less from wrinkles and age spots, those telltale signs of ageing.
2. Eat and drink healthily
Some foods are good for your skin, and some are just plain terrible. These are some of the worst foods, for example. Of course, your skin isn’t the only thing that will take the toll of unhealthy eating, as you will feel unnaturally tired if you only consume junk. The health problems as a consequence will age you way before time. So focus on the foods that are good for you. Plant-based foods will protect your skin from damaging free-radicals and will, according to scientists, prolong your life.
Foods rich in protein will boost your collagen levels (without the need for aesthetic procedures), so eat a moderate intake of poultry, dairy, and fish. Not all fat is bad for you, either, so while you should definitely cut down on fried foods, anything rich in Omega-3 fatty acids (oily fish, nuts) will improve the health of your skin. So, clear out your food cupboards and replace the rubbish with the good!
Personally I can’t stand fish but I know it’s good for you. I often eat chicken with broccoli and rice as it’s full of protein and iron which keeps me at my best!
3. Learn to relax
Easier said than done right? Stress can lead to cellular ageing and can shorten our lifespan. It affects the way we look on the outside (say hello to worry lines) and can lead to diseases on the inside. To counter the problem, we need to learn to relax. This means shortening a busy lifestyle, taking time out to meditate, having fun with family and friends, and dealing with the issues that worry us. While relaxing isn’t synonymous with being lazy (exercise will also maintain your youthful looks and feels), you should still schedule in time where you are engaged in activities that make your worries melt away.
I wrote a post about ‘Why Every Girl Should Try Boxing‘ and I explained how it releases my stress and helps me feel more confident, which means I can find it easier to relax.
Eat the right things, care for your skin, and chill out instead of stressing out. Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? You! Provided you have followed these simple tips.
Go get ’em girl!
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