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5 Healthy Habits That Fight the Signs of Aging

How to Maintain a Youthful Appearance

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Since I turned 40 this year, the passage of time has weighed heavily on my mind. While I certainly don’t want to be 21 again, I wouldn't mind looking more youthful. But the anti-aging creams and surgical procedures that are often promoted as the only ways to ward off the hands of time freak me out. I've always believed that treating your body well and caring for your complexion throughout your life will have a greater effect on how well you age than a cream or potion ever will. And a little research proved that my hunch was right after all. You can look younger, healthier and more vibrant without going under the knife or spending hundreds of dollars on cosmetics. Here's how.

Eat Right: Healthy Skin Starts with Healthy Eating
You really are what you eat. Every cell in your body is made from the foods you eat, so why not feed your body high-quality, nutritious foods for best results? After all, your diet has a major impact on the overall health of your body, inside and out. If you need motivation to eat more fruits and vegetables, caring about your appearance may just be the push you need to fill your plate with more plant foods.

Nutrients such as beta carotene, vitamin C, selenium and zinc are abundant in fresh produce, while vitamin E is found in healthy nuts and seeds. These antioxidants help increase cellular regeneration and the production of elastin and collagen, keeping your skin firm and wrinkle-free. Essential fatty acids, such as those found in flaxseed and fatty fish, help your skin function properly and aid in tissue repair. Bottom line: If it's a whole food, it's good for both your body and your skin.

Wear Sunscreen: The Perfect Anti-Aging Cream
Too much sun exposure can damage your skin, causing wrinkles, sun spots, uneven tone, and dryness—not exactly the picture of youth. If you're sensitive to the sun or spend more than 10-15 minutes outside most days (the amount recommended you spend outside without sunscreen for vitamin D synthesis), then sunscreen is a must.

Dermatologists recommend applying SPF 15 (or greater) sunscreen every day, even in the winter. For maximum anti-aging benefits, make sure to apply sunscreen to your ears, neck, décolletage and hands, too. If looking younger is important to you, then add sunscreen to your beauty regimen. As a bonus, it also moisturizes your skin!

Stay Hydrated: Water is the Fountain of Youth
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Leanne Beattie Leanne Beattie
A freelance writer, marketing consultant and life coach, Leanne often writes about health and nutrition. See all of Leanne's articles.

Member Comments

  • I'm not concerned about looking younger but I've been drinking water and wearing moisturizer with SPF 15 for years and it definitely helps. I also consume alcohol infrequently. - 1/13/2016 5:48:09 PM
  • I have to laugh as I read this! Are people who are not quite 40 and in their 40's really concerned about looking older? I am 71 and hope to live at least into my 90's and my aging skin is the absolute last thing I worry about. - 1/13/2016 11:35:16 AM
  • Then article has great suggestions for improving ones healthy, But are we REALLY that concerned with not looking our age. My Grandmother looked old because she lived a long and full life the laugh lines were apparent on her face as were the worry she carried for our family that is not a bad thing it shows that she lived. I can also see the stress printed on my mothers face and i see the joy. Honestly when i see older people with no lines or wrinkles i think your have to have led a very boring life if you have never laughed and cried and worried and celebrated enough to make a visible impact on your face and soul. There is a reason that the Catholic church declared Vanity one of the seven "Deadly" sins. - 1/13/2016 10:28:22 AM
  • So I keep reading that glasses of water is the new number. How many agree? - 1/13/2016 9:13:48 AM
  • JULIEGOTO
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  • A light coat of raw coconut oil applied to the skin is great for preventing sunburn and is not filled with the chemicals that absorb into the skin (some of which are know carcinogens) that sunscreens contain. It is good for the skin. Like chemical sunscreen, it should be reapplied when needed. It helps with wrinkles and crepey neck. It even helps keep your skin from becoming thin like tissue paper as many older people's skin gets. You can apply it to skin that has torn as it has healing properties, or to sunburned skin. - 9/11/2015 5:51:00 PM
  • 8 glasses of water a day is a myth, as well as water keeping your skin "hydrated" and "wrinkle free".
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  • How about...get enough sleep? - 12/11/2014 7:42:03 AM
  • We need to learn to age gracefully and love ourselves as we age. Media gears everything to 20 somethings and wants us to maintain that look. Goal should be to be the happiest healthiest you at any age. - 8/1/2014 12:03:57 PM
  • I would like to nicely respond to a post on here about water and Dr.OZ.....I have always been a water drinker and I most certainly do agree that water is truly the fountain of youth as I believe it does flush out your system and it does keep alot of bacteria out of your kidneys and liver.....So...if drinking water is not healthful why do 98% of Dr.s agree it is the most healthful drink there is on the planet..!!!..Dr. OZ and such are reasons why I dislike Dr. shows and reality shows...Thanks...
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