In your 20’s it seems as if skincare is easy. Wash, moisturize and slap on some sunscreen (on occasion). In your 30’s you start to think “I wish i took better care of my skin in my twenties,” and in your 40’s you think “I need to start globbing on moisturizer and retinol. Botox here I come.” According to a Dr. Oz airing, here are a few ways to look years younger without the botox.
There has been decades of research that shows that Retinol is safe to use daily, and will produce amazing effects. Many products are purchasable over the counter, so grab some and use a thin layer nightly to significantly reduce the signs of aging.
#2 High Heels
The shoe designer featured on Dr. Oz said “altitude is attitude.” Though high heels are not always the most comfortable, nor extremely good for your feet and knees, you can still wear them if you follow three simple rules. Make sure the heels have straps so that you don’t have as much pressure on your toes, purchase heels in the morning and grab a pair that are under 2 1/2 inches. Also, do not wear your heels for more than three hours at a time.
#3 Wash Your Face EVERY Night
There’s a good chance that you’ve gone to bed more than once with makeup still on your face. If you’re trying to look younger and preserve your skin, it’s essential to wash your face each night before catching some Z’s. Believe it or not, you will actually wake up looking more tired than if you had of washed your face. So grab some makeup removing and cleansing toweletts if you don’t want to soak and scrub. These will break down the oils of residue makeup, and cleanse your skin in a matter of minutes.
#4 Vitamin E
Want great hair for the rest of your life? Olive oil has been used for years to get great, healthy looking hair. The Vitamin E and other antioxidants in olive oil will nourish your hair, making it silky, smooth and shiny. Spritz some on your hair in the morning, or go to the extreme and do a hair mask at night. To do this, warm up some olive oil in a cup. Rub the oil through dry hair and let it sit in a shower cap for 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water, and lightly shampoo.
#5 Use Concealer and Corrector
Makeup artist Bobbi Brown said to use concealer and corrector daily. The peachy tint of the corrector will minimize dark circles while the yellowish tint of concealer will hide fine lines, wrinkles and make your under eyes look 5 years younger.
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Other ways to nourish your skin.
Aside from the recent airing, here are 3 of the most common things people lack in their daily routine that will tremendously slow down the aging process:
#1 Eat Well
We’ve all heard it. Vitamins, minerals and a whole lot of water will keep your blood moving, weight down, and energy up. According to advice from the US Government is to consume daily: 5 servings fruits and vegetables, 3 servings of whole grains daily for those essential vitamins and minerals, and drink five to eight 8-oz. glasses of water. Limit your fat-calorie intake to 30% of your total daily calories consumed; 15% from protein; and the remaining calories (55%) from carbohydrates – eat complex carbohydrates like oatmeal, whole wheat bread and wild rice.
If you’re truly committed to slowing the aging process, regular aerobic exercise is a “must-do.” Hundreds of studies show, and all experts agree that exercise “combats the loss of stamina, muscle strength, balance, and bone density that increases with age.” (Discovery Health) According to the American Heart Association, for beginners a single set of eight to 15 repetitions, using eight to 10 exercises, two to three times a week for a comprehensive strength-building program is sufficient. If you are not a beginner, you can incorporate this 10-minute routine with other aerobic activity such as walking, running, yoga, etc.
#3 Antioxidants: Maximize Your Intake
Antioxidants play a significant role to neutralize free-radicals, which contribute to the onset of age-related diseases. Everyone, no matter what age, should take a combination of antioxidants through supplements and regular diet. Here are some great sources for essential antioxidants, fatty acids and minerals: 200-250 mg of vitamin C; 100-400 IU of vitamin E; Blueberries, blackberries, kale, spinach, sea buckthorn, and other dark-colored vegetables like tomatoes, carrots, and squash.