Ten Anti-Aging Beauty Secrets That Won't Cost You Extra Cash!
“Anti-Aging” is the buzzword for Baby Boomers – and even for 20- and 30-somethings looking to preserve their looks. And there are a slew of anti-aging products available to help us ward off the effects of aging.
But we don't all have an extra $125 to throw down on a 1 oz. jar of luxe anti-aging moisturizer Crème de la Mer. Not to worry - you don't need a pocket full of paper to look and feel younger. Instead, follow DocShop's ten anti-aging tips for those on a budget.
1. Drink More Water
Simple as it sounds, most of us don't drink enough water, even though staying hydrated is crucial in maintaining our health and appearance. Most of us are familiar with the mantra, "drink at least eight cups of water each day," right? But the more accurate rule to follow is to drink four cups of water per 50 pounds of body weight.
2. Maintain a Healthy Diet
A diet rich in whole grains and fresh fruits and veggies will increase your energy and overall wellness. And as far as appearances go, following a healthy diet can help you lose or maintain weight. An added bonus: eating right can also improve your complexion.
3. Avoid Saturated Fats and Oils
Avoiding, or reducing, consumption of saturated fats and oils can be as simple as finding healthier substitutions. Instead of cooking meat and vegetables in butter or oil, try using a low-fat cooking spray. Replace butter with a low-calorie margarine as your spread of choice. As for salad dressings, it is best to opt for balsamic vinaigrette over creamier dressings that are probably loaded with calories and fat.
4. Adopt an Exercise Regimen
It is important to exercise to maintain the health of your heart. Numerous scientific studies have shown that people who follow a fitness routine have a lower risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure, among other illnesses. You should strive to exercise for 30 to 60 minutes, three to four days a week, according to the American Heart Association.
5. Hit Your Target Weight Range
Height and weight charts provide healthy weight ranges by height and frame size. If you fall outside of the recommended weight range for your size, physicians advise that you choose an appropriate diet to reach your target weight. View height and weight charts to determine whether you are at your ideal weight.
It is important to get an adequate amount of sleep each night. Lack of sleep impairs memory and problem-solving abilities and can make you feel more sluggish throughout the day. Appearance-wise, not getting enough sleep can cause you to look more drawn, with dark under-eye circles and a pale, uneven complexion. To avoid these problems, the National Sleep Foundation recommends that you get eight to nine hours of sleep each night.
7. Slather on Moisturizer with Sun Protection
Sure, there are thousands of high-end moisturizers available that promise to protect, firm, smooth, and hydrate your skin. But there are also a number of less expensive products available. For dry or sensitive facial skin, try the Cetaphil® line of skin cleansers and moisturizers ($10 each). Those with oily skin can try the Clean & Clear® line of astringents and light moisturizers to keep the skin hydrated (under $10 each). Both of these skin care lines offer moisturizers with SPF, ensuring that your skin stays protected from the sun.
8. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants
Eating foods with high levels of antioxidants (disease-fighting compounds) can go a long way toward warding off the effects of aging. A 2004 study conducted by the USDA revealed:
- Cranberries, blueberries, and blackberries have the highest antioxidant levels in the fruit group
- Artichokes, beans, and Russet potatoes have the highest antioxidant levels in the vegetable group
- Pecans, walnuts, and hazelnuts have the highest antioxidant levels in the nut group
- Cinnamon, ground cloves, and oregano have the highest antioxidant levels of all spices
9. Lower Stress
Stress can result from work, school, friends, family, health, body weight, appearance, and a range of other sources. However, it is important not to let anxiety and worry get you down on a constant basis. If you can pinpoint the cause of your stress, take steps to resolve the problem.
10. Don't Smoke
Smoking cigarettes is not just detrimental to your health, as has been demonstrated in study after study since the early 1900s. It also accelerates aging in the face and body. If you smoke, take the time to consider the effect it will have on your health and appearance and schedule an appointment to meet with your doctor to discuss how you can curb your addiction to nicotine.
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