You don’t need eye cream, injections or plastic surgery to look younger and more attractive. There’s a free way to get there. Just spend more time between the sheets. When people in a study got at least 8 hours of sleep, they were deemed by outward appearances to be healthier folks compared with when their looks were evaluated after a bout of little sleep.
No doubt about it, a lack of sleep will show up on your face, giving you the appearance of aging skin. So it’s no surprise that when people were kept up for 30 hours in the study, they were perceived as “tired looking.” The way sleep affected looks went even deeper, though. After a good night’s sleep, the same people not only were deemed healthier looking but also were considered to be more attractive in general—just based on other people’s perceptions of a morning-after photograph. Yep, turns out that the need for “beauty sleep” isn’t just a lame excuse for leaving a dinner party early.
Best face forward
A lack of sleep doesn’t just contribute to aging skin. It affects the way your brain, endocrine system, and immune system work, too. And sleep deprivation can contribute to serious health problems, including high blood pressure and weight gain. Are droopy eyelids, dark circles, and saggy facial expressions broadcasting your sleep battles in the bedroom? Time to do something about it—you’ll not only look younger, but you’ll feel better also.
Drink plenty of water
Another key to younger looking skin is hydration. You should aim for 8 glasses of filtered water each day to keep your skin looking radiant and support optimal health. Dehydration can quickly cause your skin to look dry and dull — emphasizing wrinkles and aging. Drinking enough water each day replenishes your skin’s tissue and cells, allowing for younger and healthier looking skin.
Eat a diet rich in plants
The benefits of a diet heavy in fruits and vegetables are many. They provide key nutrients that help support healthy aging and keep your body young, both on the inside and out. Fruits and vegetables also up your intake of phytonutrients, which help your body ward off the damaging effects of free radicals found in the environment. Aim to eat a healthy diet consisting of mostly fruits and vegetables, supplemented with whole grains and healthy, lean proteins.
Staying active is helpful in maintaining a healthy weight, but did you know that it has been proven to also help you look younger? Research has shown that vigorous exercise, especially high intensity interval training (HIIT), can slow your aging at a cellular level by nearly 10 years. But the benefits don’t stop there — exercise also increases blood flow, moving oxygen and critical nutrients throughout your body, leading to a more youthful appearance. Further, regular exercise is critical to maintaining strength and muscle mass, which also boasts a ton of health benefits and can add years to your lifespan.
Limit alcohol and caffeine
While we love a good martini or latte as much as the next person, and both alcohol and caffeine can have health benefits when consumed in moderation, too much can wreak havoc on your skin. Both can dehydrate your body and rob it of key nutrients. What’s even worse is that some of these effects can be permanent.
July 9, 2022