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10 Ways to Slow Down Visible Aging

By Yana Berlin

When it comes to aging, women drew the short straw.  With the exception of balding and a crashing metabolism, men can ease into their 40s and 50s without losing many of their defining features.  It's a much more uphill battle for us ladies; we pour hundreds of dollars into anti-aging creams and then thousands into plastic surgery to try to turn the clock back.  Instead of doing damage control, let's talk prevention.  Here's a list of ten activities and behaviorisms that can speed up the aging process, so learn them and avoid them!

1.Smoking.

Although smoking is a well-advertised hazard to your health, it also takes a heavy toll on your appearance.  Leathery skin, yellowed teeth and fingertips are all visible signs of smoking that make you look much older than you actually are.  Longtime heavy smokers also tend to have gravely voices as a result of larynx damage and wear.

2.Sleep: too little and too much.  

Your body works at its best when it is given enough rest, but not too much.  The recommended amount is approximately eight hours; chronically sleeping too much or too little can put you at risk for health problems such as heart attack and diminishing your immune system.

3.Over-exercising.  

 Working your body too hard can cause muscular and cellular damage.  Working out for four or more stamina-hours each week puts you in the risk zone.

4.Wear your sunglasses!  

Protecting your eyes should always be a top priority; studies are showing more and more that the correlation between wearing sunglasses outside not only protects your eyeballs but also helps prevent crows feet and other wrinkles associated with heavy squinting.

5.Similarly, slap on the sunscreen.  

Age spots on forearms and hands are the most visible signs of age; the fewer of these you have the younger you will appear.  Guaranteed.

6.Lose the eyeliner.  

Each time you pull your eyelid straight to apply eyeliner, you're loosening the skin and contributing to future wrinkles.  

7.Foundation foundations.

The foundation you apply should brighten up your appearance.  Also, remember that less is more.  Caked on makeup creates the appearance that you're wearing a mask.  Use concealer for blemishes and as little overall foundation; you want to appear more youthful and part of being young means minimal makeup.  

8.Sleeping on the same side.

You create linear wrinkles when you regularly sleep on the same side.  If you can, sleep on your back.  This position minimizes puffy eyes and keeps your facial skin tighter.

9.Don't drink from straws.  

Sucking through a straw means pursing your lips, which can bring on wrinkles.  The same principle can be applied to cigarette smoking.

10. Use soft sheets.

Heather Locklier once told an interviewer that one of her beauty secrets was sleeping on satin sheets, at the least a satin pillowcase.  Your facial skin is much more fragile than you may think; using soft bedding provides the gentlest cushion for your skin (facial and otherwise).


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      Doreen XoXo wrote Oct 17, 2009
    • It’s all good advice but I definately believe it’s genetic.

      xoxo



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      Melody2010 wrote Mar 1, 2010
    • Very good tips...every bit of advice we can get and put to use is wonderful!



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      Sherie Anderson wrote Jul 13, 2010
    • I also swear by drinking lots of water, it’s good for you from the inside out!



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      Suzann wrote Sep 1, 2010
    • Thank you - very grateful for your advice.



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      Bozz wrote Sep 4, 2010
    • I can’t work out how ‘women drew the short straw’ when it comes to ageing. What are the defining features of men and what are the defining features of women? Is the definition of a woman, one in her 20s with a beautiful flawless face? while the definition of a man anything from 20 -70? I’d say if that’s the case, it’s because the media portrays it that way (ie. a wide range of men are always shown and only one type of woman - young and attractive). As a result women all end up thinking that to be a ‘normal woman’ we have to be younger and more attractive.

      I feel so strongly that the answer is not ripping women apart telling them how they can ‘reduce the signs of ageing’ but to get more images of more types of women out there into the media, so women can see that their face and body is actually completely normal and lovely in their ageing. Everyone on this site is a beautiful person and it breaks my heart to see so many buying into being told how to hide the fact that they are over 40 on a site that’s actually for women over 40 :(



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      Bozz wrote Sep 4, 2010
    • P.S. all the advice above is great, but can’t we think of it as suggestions for a healthy, comfortable life through all our years, rather than ways to hide our age?



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      Margiescuties wrote Sep 26, 2010
    • PRUNES!!!! They slow down the aging process and they prevent wrinkles. They are great for your brain, as well as for ... well everybody knows the reputation of prunes.estatic

      There are some very interesting articles around about the benefit of eating prunes everyday.



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