2017 is quickly coming to an end, and 2018 is fast approaching! Father Time marches on and with him comes wrinkles, lines and a limping libido. Aging is no damn fun! You can use botox, fillers, and a top- notch plastic surgeon to fight off the ravages of time, but you may just go broke in the process. Result: more damn stress! Here some inexpensive techniques that will help you to look and feel younger starting this Holiday Season and in the new year ahead!
Remember when your mother told you to stop scowling or your face would freeze that way? Well, she had a point. Every time you cop a facial expression, tiny creases form underneath the surface of your skin; the more you do the expression, the deeper the creases. As you age, and your skin loses moisture and elasticity, these lines turn into permanent deep grooves.
Hint: so that you won’t end up looking like one of the apple trees in the Wizard of Oz, try to keep your eyes, eyebrows and forehead relaxed. Also, try sleeping on your back and avoid sleeping on your side with your face scrunched up in the pillow. Yes, more time on your back will keep you looking younger! And don’t forget the importance of moisturizing your skin at night and in the morning before you go to work.
Yo-yo or crash diets are a “no-no”! While it’s tempting to starve yourself or try a new gimmick to shed fat fast, such strategies can wreak havoc with your heart, cause bagging, sagging skin, and make you fatter in the long run. Eat healthy and exercise regularly starting today! Diet wisely by losing only 1-3 pounds per week and always combine a sound nutritional plan with a program of cardio-vascular exercise and weight training.
Stop smoking and eating sweets. Both vices can cause wrinkles by speeding up the degradation of elastin and collagen, both crucial skin proteins. In addition, cigarette smoking can give you bad breath and yellow teeth. Lovely! Try eating more fruit instead of cupcakes and brownies. Try replacing cigarettes with more sex. Great cardio!
Stress is here to stay. But when stress takes control, certain catabolic hormones, like cortisol, adrenaline and neurodrenaline, rage wildly in your body speeding up the aging process. Try deep breathing activities like Yoga and meditation, which can be done anywhere. Listen to Classical Music like Mozart. Having more and better sex is also a great stress buster and with the right person, you’re bound to burn tons of calories!
A great tan is sexy. But years of sun can also cause skin to become dry and wrinkled. Use a sunscreen, a minimum of SPF-15 daily and your skin will retain its moisture and get the good sun it needs.