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5 Healthy Habits That Fight the Signs of Aging

How to Maintain a Youthful Appearance

-- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Beauty Writer
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Drinking lots of water is one of the easiest ways to look (and feel) your best. Water is needed for almost every body process, including perspiration and the removal of waste products. Water also keeps the skin moist, plump and supple. Fine lines and wrinkles appear more pronounced when you are dehydrated, so make sure you meet your daily quota—that's about eight cups a day (or equivalent).

Drink Less: Alcohol Ages You
Alcohol may have some health benefits according to recent research, but it could be detrimental to your appearance. Drinking alcohol causes dehydration and depletes your body of valuable vitamins and minerals. When you drink alcohol,  your liver has to work extra hard to eliminate the toxins from your body, but when you cut down or eliminate alcohol, your body can flush out impurities more efficiently—resulting in clearer skin and a rosier complexion.

Don't Smoke: Tobacco Tarnishes Your Skin
Ever heard of smoker’s face? This term, added to the medical dictionary in 1985, describes the telltale characteristics that make smokers look older than they really are: grey skin, gauntness, and wrinkles around the mouth and eyes, and deep lines in the cheeks. If all the other health problems related to smoking haven’t made you quit yet, maybe vanity will.

Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 toxins, many of which are absorbed directly into the skin. Smoking causes the blood vessels in the top layers of the skin to constrict, reducing the amount of oxygen in the blood and causing a sickly pallor. Smoking causes the skin to thin due to poor circulation, making lines and wrinkles more noticeable. Smoking also reduces the production of collagen, which is needed to keep the skin plump and firm. One study of 25 sets of identical twins (one a lifelong smoker, the other a non-smoker) by British researchers at St. Thomas’s Hospital found that the skin of the smoker was 25 percent thinner than the non-smoker’s. In a few cases the skin was up to 40 percent thinner. Your appearance is just one of the many reasons why you shouldn't smoke, so take steps to quit today.


Aging is inevitable, but looking older doesn’t have to be. While a certain amount of how your skin ages is due to genetic factors beyond your control, just knowing I can help keep Father Time at bay with a healthy lifestyle makes me feel better about the future. Bring on the 40s—I'm ready to put my best face forward! Are you?
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A freelance writer, marketing consultant and life coach, Leanne often writes about health and nutrition. See all of Leanne's articles.

Member Comments

  • 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...
    . - 5/18/2014 5:19:41 PM
  • WICKFORD64
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  • THOMASJULIET
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    - 12/2/2013 6:05:42 AM
  • 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
  • LUDGEUBOOHOO
    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 looks....so stay healthy and have a kind heart and smile..... - 9/2/2013 4:27:17 PM
  • SUNFLOWER2956
    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
  • AZURE-SKY
    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
  • MBRATCHER
    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 drink...no drugs... Drink lots of water..lots of smiles n laughter! - 9/2/2013 8:56:43 AM
  • I will turn 60 in just a few weeks. Since getting serious with SP last October and losing over 30 lbs; I feel like I actually look closer to my age than I did a year ago. I definitely drink more than 8 cups of water per day, I stopped sunning years ago, I stopped smoking in 96. The weight loss has left me with a bunch of wrinkles and loose skin flapping around that I did not have b4. People seem to think I've been sick. I couldn't afford cosmetic procedures if I wanted them. I guess unless I want to gain the weight back so I look "robust" I'm stuck with the wrinkles and flab. - 9/2/2013 8:52:45 AM
  • I have been told I don't look my age either. I look younger. - 6/12/2013 9:34:37 PM
  • I can not read the article for the ads. Never had this trouble befor What the heck - 6/22/2012 5:23:56 PM
  • MARTY32M
    OK except for the bit about sunscreen. Some people need it more than others. The author (according to the picture) is a redhead, implying fair skin with little or no melanin to protect it. I have a Mediterranean complexion. I will never have a rosy complexion; it's more like olive. I have never used sunscreen. I'm 80 years old, and I have a few creases in my face, but no fine wrinkles. - 6/21/2012 8:58:10 PM
  • There was a show on Dr. Oz a few years ago that research that found that" Drinking water " doesn't do anything for the skin............n
    othing at all ...just a myth


    Just sayin....

    Some of these notions need to be updated before publishing here - 6/21/2012 8:43:20 PM
  • JILL1129
    Re: Plastic surgery & dermatologic treatments and fillers. 1. These procedures are expensive. 2. They are not guaranteed to produce results (e.g., thermage). 3. They are temporary solutions. Eventually, people just, well...age. No amount of cream or fillers or toxins will reduce those jowels, I just wish that rather than avoiding growing older, we might as a society, if not embrace it, at least get used to that notion. - 6/21/2012 7:57:24 PM
  • KRISTINVNUK
    My thought to the author is, really?
    It's not good to cook our skin in the sun, eat junk, drink alcohol, smoke, and be dehydrated?
    Not ground breaking news. - 6/20/2012 12:05:25 PM