We all want to stay looking young. Unfortunately, the majority of potions we put on our skin tend to be superficial quick fixes that don’t provide sustainable benefits. Indeed, prevention is often the best cure in terms of ensuring you remain youthful looking, yet a lot of it does, unfortunately, come down to genes and facial structure.
The good news is that this article isn’t just skin deep, it’s all about natural things you can do to keep looking and feeling younger; a life of more energy and vitality. If you’re looking to upgrade your appearance these six tips will help you in your quest to look more vibrant and radiant this summer.
- GET MORE SLEEP
Experts recommend we have between six and nine hours sleep each night. If you’re a light sleeper then you might want to consider hypnotherapy or guided relaxation audio books to ensure you’re getting the deep sleep you require, where your brain frequency slows down sufficiently to fully replenish and repair you body.
It might be worth looking into Feng Shui too, as you can have the most amazing furniture for a bedroom but if qi is flowing in a way that is counterproductive to sleep it might be worth considering this ancient practice.
It can take up to 6 weeks to feel the effects of getting a good night’s sleep, but once you do, you will see a reduction in the dark circles around your eyes and will feel a profound increase in your energy levels.
A good way to make sure you fall asleep on time is to slowly wind down your evening. Try not to watch TV, or be on your phone or laptop, just before going to bed; many experts recommend reading from a book (not a backlit digital device) as a good way to wind down.
- NURTURE YOUR SKIN
We all know it’s important to moisturise and replenish our skin on a daily basis to keep it soft and looking young, you might therefore want to consider moisturising with a natural and organic product like aloe vera. However, moisturisation isn’t the only aspect of skin care; it’s important you protect your skin from the sun’s harmful, and ageing rays, with a safe sunscreen. A further consideration, if you wear make-up, is that you remove the make up each night in order to avoid clogged pores.
We are often keen to reach for a magic cream to replenish our skin without realising that our skin is an external representation of our internal biology. If you want younger looking more radiant skin (and hair) then ensure you’re eating plenty of Omega 3, 6 and 9 oils that will enrich your body with important nutrients to replenish skin and hair.
- GET PLENTY OF EXERCISE
Getting up and doing some cardiovascular exercise doesn’t mean you have to turn yourself into a gym bunny; this could be as simple as starting your day off with a brisk walk, going for a little cycle each day or getting a decent swim in a few times a week. There’s a lot of talk about how household chores, in particular gardening, can be good for you fitness which is true but shouldn’t be a substitute for focused exercise.
Not only does exercise help keep you lean, and mentally sharp, it has been proven to boost your energy levels which will ensure you feel young as well as look younger. If you don’t fancy going to your local gym, then head out for a walk or run with your music or get a group of friends together in order to motivate each other.
- DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
Very few of us drink enough water, on a daily basis, yet drinking water is absolutely vital for the function of all our organs… and in particular, staying hydrated really helps our skin, as dehydration often leads to tired looking dull skin. In fact, did you know that one of the causes for dark circles around your eyes is due to dehydration – which is why they tend to be much more pronounced when hungover.
- GET A NEW HAIRSTYLE
Getting a trendy haircut isn’t only great for your self-esteem and personal pride, it’s a fantastic way to look and feel younger. It’s important to have an age appropriate haircut, as otherwise it’ll have the opposite effect – and, depending on your age, it could make you look like you’re the victim of a midlife crisis. Keeping on top of your personal appearance is one of the most fundamental things you can do to look and feel younger.
- CHOOSE YOUR WARDROBE WISELY
In a similar vein to keeping your hairstyle current and on trend, it’s important to choose your wardrobe wisely – as the clothes you wear are a reflection of who you are on the inside; and remember like attracts like – if you wear fun, bold and vibrant clothes you’ll attract fun, bold and vibrant people.
There are, however, two camps when it comes to fashion; those that care and those that don’t… many readers will find themselves leaning toward the camp of not caring so much but there’s a good analogy for fashion which is relevant to both camps.
Picture yourself going to a trade show, where there’s lots of stands all bidding for your attention – several of the stands look very basic, boring and simple (you probably pass these by) whereas the stands that are colourful, interesting, and different grab your attention and absorb you.
That’s the power of the clothes we wear; if you’re wanting to grab people’s attention (in a positive or negative way) then you can do that with the clothes you wear – but similarly, you can blend in and remain unnoticed.
Don’t underestimate the power of fashion, and try not to limit yourself to thinking of fashion as something reserved for the catwalk. You are a walking billboard conveying a message to the world of who you are on the inside!
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