Is it possible to defy ageing? 10 Tried and tested anti-ageing tips
Is it really possible to hold back time? Sadly not, but you will have no doubt noticed that some people do seem to age a lot better than others. Some people even seem to have the secret of never looking their age, so what do they know that the rest of us don’t? The reasons that some people age faster than others, is that they have adopted habits that don’t cause the aging process to speed up. Some of these choices that they make are obvious, like not smoking and drinking in moderation, but some are not so well known. Defying ageing completely may not be possible, but here are ten techniques that will certainly slow down the process.
1. Eat lots of vegetables
There is very good evidence that oxidative stress is one of things to blame for speeding up the signs of ageing, as well as it being responsible for some chronic diseases. The best way to fight the free radicals that cause oxidative stress is to eat plenty of food that contains natural antioxidants, like fresh fruit and vegetables.
2. Make sure that you get your beauty sleep
No one wants to miss out on all the fun, but it is a fact that, people who get a good night’s sleep every night, live for longer and they stay looking younger for longer too. The occasional late night party won’t do you any harm at all, but if you stay up late every night it will begin to show. Aim to get about eight hours sleep on most nights and that will help you hold back the signs of ageing.
3. Get more exercise
People who stay active keep their youthful looks for longer. Regular exercise will keep you agile for longer, improve your posture, and it has benefits for your skin as well. When you exercise, you increase the blood flow around your body. That will help to keep the skin nourished and wrinkle free and it will help to flush out toxins from your body.
4. Keep calm and meditate
Stress has an awful effect on your health. It will cause high blood pressure, heart disease and it will inflame your skin. Overall, stress will make you feel and look a lot older than you are, so try to remove as much of it from your life as you possibly can. One way to alleviate stress is to meditate. All you need to do is put aside a few minutes each to empty your mind and relax. Just a few minutes of quiet meditation every day, that’s all it takes, and it could hold back the signs of ageing.
5. Keep out of the sun
Studies have proven, beyond all doubt, that exposure to the sun will cause wrinkles. That doesn’t mean that you can never enjoy a beach holiday again, but always wear sunscreen when you do and alternate between sitting in the sun and sitting in the shade. The UV rays from the sun destroy collagen and elastin in the skin and that will lead to sagging and wrinkles, which is why people who live in sunny climates, often age faster.
6. Drink red wine
Too much alcohol will age you, but a glass of red wine a day could have the opposite effect. Red wine is a staple part of the Mediterranean diet, which is said to be so healthy that people who do follow that diet enjoy longer lives. Red wine contains a powerful antioxidant called resveratrol, which will help stop the signs of ageing appearing on your skin.
7. Moisturise every single day
As you get older, your skin will start to lose its elasticity, but you can delay that process by simply moisturising your skin every day. You don’t even need to use any fancy serums; just a basic, pure and simple, moisturiser will keep your skin hydrated. The ladies of the Mediterranean swear by nothing more than olive oil and you can’t get much simpler than that.
8. Look after your teeth
Your teeth can give your age away too, so take good care of them and keep up with your dentist appointments. Brush twice a day, floss and use whitening toothpaste if you need to. Stained, yellow teeth are guaranteed to make you look older, so keep your smile nice and bright and you will look younger than you really are.
9. Keep your mind sharp
Ageing isn’t just about your appearance, you need to keep your mind active if you want to stay younger for longer. Although the exact causes of dementia are not proven, it is known that people who keep their minds active are less prone to diseases like Alzheimer’s. It’s important then, as you get older, to keep your mind simulated with things like playing scrabble, reading, and doing crossword puzzles.
10. Think young
There is a lot more to the saying ‘you are only as old as you feel’ than you may have realised. People who think young stay active for longer and they look a lot younger. Sadly, people who give in to age, age much faster and they soon fade away. Look after yourself, and don’t even think about how old you are, and you will still fit, active and younger looking for a long to come to come yet.
What are your favorite anti-ageing tips?