Age: It happens to the best of us, but hands down, it’s certainly preferable to the alternative.
Yet it’s not just years alone that cause those wrinkles. Our lifestyle and diets make a big impact too. And there are noninvasive therapies like photorejuvenation that can help you look years younger without ever having to go under the knife of cosmetic or plastic surgery. Here are 5 natural treatments you can do to turn back the clock decades for a healthier and younger look.
Wear Sunscreen and Plenty of It
Obviously, tanning beds wear out your skin. Yet so does the sun. In fact, 80% of skin aging happens as a result of excessive sun exposure, according to a study published in Clinical, Cosmetic And Investigational Dermatology.
Exposure to UVAs cause premature wrinkling, as well as age spots and saggy skin.
Always wear sunscreen if you are outdoors, even periods too short to risk sunburn. Make sure the sunblock as an SPF of 15 or higher. Apply frequently.
Numerous clinical studies show that stress accelerates aging. (Just look at Obama’s photos after Year 8. That silverfox may look distinguished, but that’s the impact of stress.) Surges of adrenaline and cortisol increase blood pressure which stresses our mental and emotional health, which in turn affects our bodies and the lines in our skin.
“Sixty to 90 percent of all doctors’ visits each year are related to anxiety, depression, obsessive anger and hostility, insomnia, high blood pressure, heart attacks — all problems caused by stress,” Dr. Herbert Benson, MD, author of the landmark book The Relaxation Response, told Fitness Magazine.
Meditation can be a great remedy for stress, and so can Forest Bathing, a fancy word for sitting in the woods and being in nature. Do whatever you need to do to reconnect with your inner newness. Listen to music. Take a walk. Stare at the sea or even some billowy white clouds for 20 minutes. You’d be amazed by how much better you feel.
Wear Less Makeup
It sounds counterintuitive, right? Makeup’s supposed to cover up age lines, after all. But while it does hide the cracks and crow’s feet, it also clogs your pores, which accelerates the skin’s aging process. If you must wear makeup, wear less and wipe it off before you go to bed at night. And don’t forget to wash your face regularly. Splashing the face several times a day can be rejuvenating, decrease stress, and washes away dirt that clogs your pores.
Diet directly affects your skin. Make sure the food you eat has plenty of vitamins, healthy fats, fiber and antioxidants. Berries, bell peppers and dark chocolate are amazing antioxidants Salmon, nuts, and flax seed are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
Avoid eating too much processed and sugar-laden foods that increase free radical impact and signs of aging.
Drink less (or not at all) and quit smoking. Alcohol dehydrates the skin. Drinking excessively causes skin inflammation and premature wrinkling. Smoking blocks the flow of oxygen to the skin, causing premature aging, and it decreases your body’s natural production of collagen, limiting skin elasticity and causing aging.
Try Skin Rejuvenation and Other Facelift Alternatives
Skin rejuvenation is a natural, non-invasive alternative to facelifts and other cosmetic surgeries that can be highly effective at eliminating aging lines and returning your skin to a younger look. With no knives or surgeries required, the therapy uses radiofrequency to naturally heat the skin and increase collagen production. New collagen fibers are tighter and denser skin for a younger look.
The process is perfectly safe and there is no recovery time. Treatments typically take 30 to 60 minutes. Patients can immediately return to normal life, even go back to work if the procedure was done during their lunch hour. Typically, 3 to 5 procedures are required, depending on what your physician recommends.