How To Look Younger and Keep The Years At Bay
Article by Franky Taylor
Smoking, alcohol, stress, too much sun can all age us dramatically. It’s never too late to start making changes and the sooner you start the better.
If you like a tipple just think about how much you are drinking in a week. Alcohol not only contributes to weight gain but is also dehydrating and adds to the ageing of the body and skin.
If you have had a ‘heavy’ night on the drink (at a party or celebration) hydrate your body the next day by drinking a combination of water and fresh fruit juice. Orange juice can be watered down slightly so as not to be too ‘acidy’ on the stomach. Around 6-10 glasses should be drunk throughout the day – little and often is always the best approach so as not to over load the body with too much fluid at once. If you can manage a glass of water before going to bed this will help a little to hydrate you although ideally you should try and have a few glasses of water or juice during your evening which will help with that dreaded hangover the next morning.
As the body is made up of approximately 70% water you should aim to drink around 6-8 glasses of water (still not fizzy) per day. Water is essential for carrying waste out of the body; helps to maintain body temperature and brings relief for constipation.
If you suffer from water retention (swollen belly, ankles etc.) then people often make the mistake of restricting their liquid intake thinking that by doing so their body will retain less. However this couldn’t be more further from the truth. The body will compensate for the lack of fluid by storing water which it perceives as being in short supply. Hence when you initially drink more water you tend to urinate more which is the body’s way of ridding excess fluid, this will however settle down in a short time.
Start the day with a cup of hot water and a slice of lemon which is refreshing and brilliant for the liver.
Learn to relax more. A brisk walk can do wonders for reducing stress and get you moving. Take up Yoga to learn how to breathe better and reduce your tension and stress. When you lay down in bed at night lay on your back and close your eyes, breathing through the nose and without forcing the breath as you inhale feel your tummy rise slightly and as you breathe out feel the tummy fall back towards your spine gradually slowing the pace down. Practise this breathing morning and night. Concentrate on the breathing and let the world around you disappear. Make sure the breathing is steady and not forced.
Too much sun can cause damage to the skin causing wrinkles, brown patches plus the obvious! Hydrate the skin with suitable creams for your skin type (good department stores/chemists can advise on the right cream to use). Invest in a good sun block (at least factor 30-50) and wear it daily, even in winter. The face, neck, chest and hands are the main areas that see more of the sunlight on a daily basis so daily moisturising of the skin is essential to replace lost moisture. Dry skin will wrinkle easier.
Face: When you apply your daily morning/evening face cream get into the habit of including your neck and chest area. Exfoliating regularly (check instructions on exfoliator for best use) will rid dead skin which can make the complexion look dull and grey. A good skin care routine will maintain that youthful look. Always remove make before going to bed, use circular motion with your cleanser and finger tip pads and gently remove with a cotton pad or muslin cloth. Repeat. To ensure all traces of make up are removed.Avoid pulling or rubbing the delicate skin under the eye area at all times. This skin is thin and does not ‘bounce back’ so well. To remove eye make up, hold the skin slightly taut at the outer corner of the eye and gently remove make up with a cotton pad and lotion, avoid using excess pressure. Apply a good eye cream before bed, using the ring finger gently dab the cream under the eye.
And lastly a good nights sleep is the best beauty secret of all. Turn off the heating and open a window slightly. A warm stuffy room is not the answer; however a cool ventilated room can aid sleep.
© F Taylor 2008
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