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5 Healthy Habits That Fight the Signs of Aging

How to Maintain a Youthful Appearance

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.

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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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  • I quit smoking 5 years ago & drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. I am trying to make positive changes to prolong my life because of the toll that the diabetes has caused. This year was just tear 28 I want to at least make it to 50.......

    By the way, I have 0 nerve damage which my doctor says is amazing & I go to the gym 3 times per week- - 11/9/2013 4:50:31 PM
    I do think all of the things in this article are good for healthy skin...but accept wrinkles and expect them someday no matter what you do...then if you don't get them, be happy. Let's dwell more on being kinder to each other fat or skinny, instead of just vanity of our stay healthy and have a kind heart and smile..... - 9/2/2013 4:27:17 PM
    I'm 57 and I looked younger before I lose weight, losing weight cause my face to age. So be over weight and look younger or lose weight and look older Mmmm - 9/2/2013 3:34:10 PM
  • It's interesting that the author ignored one very important suggestion. Maintaining a healthy weight early in life and in early adulthood means that when you get older and your skin has less elasticity, you won't have a lot of excess skin.

    If you are heavy in your younger days, then decide to lose weight as you get older, your skin will not shrink as much as it would have when you were younger. So, for example, a woman who has lost a significant amount of weight in her later years will have saggy skin, not just on her face, but her arms, legs, neck, back, torso, etc.

    Think about it, if future health issues aren't enough of an incentive to maintain a healthy weight when you're young, think about the wrinkles and saggy skin you will be facing in the future when you do decide to lose weight. Take it from someone who knows - I'm 61 and have lost weight a lot of weight. I have wrinkles all over. - 9/2/2013 3:10:44 PM
    Hi I'm 51 yrs young, hav 5 grandkids.. Look in my early 30's... I believe it is good living...don't smoke or drugs... Drink lots of water..lots of smiles n laughter! - 9/2/2013 8:56:43 AM

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