Who doesn’t want to look younger and healthier? While long-term lifestyle habits are crucial for anti-aging, there are certain things that can provide an immediate—and very motivating—boost. Here are five things that will make you look younger almost instantly. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.
That amazing post-workout glow is not just a temporary benefit, experts say. “Exercise can be very beneficial to your skin and overall health by increasing blood flow,” says board-certified dermatologist Peterson Pierre, MD. “This not only improves the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the skin, but will also accelerate the removal of waste products and free radicals, thereby protecting the skin from further damage. With an improved delivery of oxygen and nutrients, coupled with an efficient removal of waste products and free radicals, exercise can improve the signs of aging by increasing cellular turnover and collagen production,” says Pierre. “Don’t expect it to eliminate your wrinkles, but the quality and appearance of your skin will be noticeably better.”
Oily fish such as mackerel, herrings, sardines, and salmon which are packed with omega-3s are considered superfoods for the skin. “Omega-3 fats encourage the body to produce anti-inflammatory compounds, which may help inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis,” says registered nutritionist Jo Lewin.
This will come as no surprise to anyone who has had a terrible night of sleep and woken up looking like they’ve aged a decade, but sleep is crucial to a youthful appearance. “A good night of sleep is the ultimate pampering for your skin, your hair, your nails. Great sleep is like getting the full works at the spa—a facial, a deep conditioning treatment, a mani-pedi,” says Michael J. Breus Ph.D. “Why? Sleep is prime time for the body to restore and repair itself at the cellular level. It’s during sleep that a fleet of hormones that support cellular health AND a youthful appearance go to work. Poor sleep, on the other hand, accelerates biological aging and contributes to the signs of aging—wrinkles, dull skin, puffy, tired eyes, unhealthy hair—that drive people to sink lots of money and time into make-up and beauty routines.”
Did you know meditation can take years off your face—and your cells? “Stress takes a toll on our faces. We frown more when we’re anxious, and chronic stress damages the inner lining of the arteries, which can ultimately create more wrinkles,” says Dr. Mehmet Oz.
Studies have shown that regular sex can make you look up to seven years younger thanks to the release of human growth hormones which make the skin more elastic. “My message is that lovemaking is good,” says Dr. David Weeks, former head of old age psychology at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. “The stereotype of an elderly person is that when they get their pension and bus pass, they stop having sex and that’s not true. Sexual satisfaction is a major contributor to quality of life, ranking at least as high as spiritual or religious commitment and other morale factors, so more positive attitudes towards mature sex should be vigorously promoted. Sexuality is definitely not the prerogative of younger people and nor should it be.”