Ageing is inevitable.
There’s no way to ward off old age unless you have discovered an elixir of immortality.
Wrinkles, sapping energy and a weakened body may be pushing you towards the mid-life crisis. So, is life going to be like this from now on?
Just because you have no control over the ageing process doesn’t mean that you can’t lead a blissfully youthful life.
In fact, you can defy your age and look much younger with certain changes in your lifestyle.
If yes, then here are 5 natural ways to defy your age and look younger:
Eat Healthy Food
Sorry to disappoint, but there are no foods that will magically take 10 years off your face.
However, there are foods that will, if taken regularly, make you look younger.
Curious to know their names?
Here are some of the foods that you must include in your diet:
The seeds of this sweet fruit are filled with antioxidants like vitamin C, which helps to fend off wrinkles and fine lines.
High in lycopene (one kind of antioxidant), watermelons protect our skin from UV damage.
This wonder fruit contains both vitamin C and E (antioxidants which make our skin brighter).
By eating blueberries you can increase the radiance of your skin and make yourself look a lot younger.
Walnuts can prevent your hair from going prematurely grey.
Moreover, it is high in both vitamin E and Omega-3 fatty acids, which will make your hair strands stronger and stop you from going bald.
Lobster lovers will be glad to know that, courtesy of the anti-inflammatory elements it contains, their favourite food is not only supremely tasty, but also protects you from acne and pimples.
Do you know why vampires look deadly pale?
Because they are suffering from iron deficiency (just kidding).
Jokes apart, a lack of iron in your diet can truly cause your skin to go pale. And unless you are as good looking as Edward Pattinson, paleness of your skin may discourage your future prospects from approaching you for a date.
But no need to stress, you can overcome the iron deficiency thanks to kale, as it contains loads of iron.
Reduce Your Stress Levels
A stressful lifestyle is anything but healthy and can make you look older. And what’s more, apart from making you tired and unhappy, it will also give you wrinkles.
But how can you reduce your stress levels?
If there was a pill to solve our stress problem, it would have been a blockbuster hit. But unfortunately, there is no such pill.
Although it is impossible to completely remove stress from your life, you can reduce your stress level substantially by doing things that make you happy.
For example, going on a holiday to an exotic place with your friends, or reading a book that you love can go a long way to reduce your stress levels.
However, there might be some stressful things that you can’t avoid, such as annoying siblings or a bickering spouse. But with a positive attitude, you can deal with these things easily and make your life, to a certain extent, stress-free.
Get More Sleep
Sleep is one of the most potent tonics for rejuvenating your overall health, as our cells start rebuilding and repairing themselves only when we are asleep. That’s why you should sleep at least 7-8 hours each day to maintain your health for a more youthful look.
In contrast, an insufficient amount of sleep or poor-quality sleep can have an adverse effect on your appearance.
A bad sleep can make us stressful and consequently tighten our capillaries, which can obstruct the flow of nutrients to our skin and cause our skin to go pale.
Sleep deprivation is often caused by work stress.
You may think that sleeping is getting in your way of work, but think about how much time is wasted due to your weariness or fatigue, which comes from sleep deprivation.
However, that does not mean you can go on a sleeping rampage and get to sleep 10-12 hours a day. It won’t work either.
Nonetheless, even a sound sleep can’t help you to avoid wrinkle or look young if you are sleeping in a wrong position.
For example, sleeping in a face-down position may lead to the constriction of blood vessels, causing you to wake up with puffy eyes or dark circles under your eyes.
Start Exercising… Onya bike!
When you’re in a war with an unbeatable adversary like age, you need a powerful ally who will alleviate the impact of defeat and delay the onset of ageing signs. And exercise can be that ally.
I have seen people who are in their forties but look 50, and also people who are in their fifties but look 40.
And the only difference between them is that one exercises regularly, while the other does everything save exercise.
If you are short on time, replace your car with a bicycle for getting to and from work. Invest in a cruiser bike for commuting as they are comfortable, stylish, and don’t require cleats or lycra!
Avoid Harmful Substances… You Know the Ones
If you want to look younger than your age, then it is crucially important for you to cut out harmful substances such as alcohol, drugs, and cigarettes from your lifestyle.
Smoking can make your lips thinner and your skin drier. And such changes to your face won’t certainly help your cause to look younger.
Apart from cigarettes, you need to maintain a healthy distance from alcohol too.
The side effects of alcohol are not as widely known as of cigarettes and drugs. But, alcohol is no less harmful to your health and can dehydrate your skin, making it drier.
Alcohol is also associated with premature aging, which is exactly the opposite of what you’re intending to do in the first place.
Well, now that you know the 5 ways to keep the wrinkles at bay, it’s time for the implementation.
Good luck, amigos!
Article by Sophie Elise: A passionate cyclist, author, blogger and sportsly.net contributor. Originally from Miami, she is a happily married mother of a two-year-old angel. She loves to ride, test different bikes and share her experience with others. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.