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7 Best Ways to Make Yourself Look Younger Without Plastic Surgery

7 Best Ways to Make Yourself Look Younger Without Plastic Surgery

Some people are willing to do just about anything to look and feel younger, even going under the knife! Thankfully, there are safer and more natural ways to get the results you desire, without the need for surgery. In many ways, just meeting your body’s base requirements will make all the difference, giving you a vitality you haven’t felt in years.

To help you on your quest to eternal youth, we’ve listed the 7 best ways to make yourself look younger without plastic surgery or the use of dangerous chemicals.

1. Yoga at Any Age

Working out is even more important as we age. Exercise keeps circulation healthy, builds and maintains muscle tone, strengthens bones, and reduces stress. These factors make you look and feel older if neglected, but can be remedied by just 60 minutes of exercise a week.

Yoga is a great workout at any age because of its low impact movements. You won’t be jumping or running around, but by the end of your 20 minute session, you’ll definitely work up a sweat. Yoga focuses on elongating the muscles, keeping them toned, tight, and flexible. Almost anyone can do basic yoga positions, so don’t be afraid to get started at a beginner level and work your way up!

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2. More Good Fat, Less Bad Fat

Experts are always touting the benefits of good fats over bad, but what does that really mean? Saturated and trans fats are bad fats which end up clogging your arteries and causing your LDL cholesterol to skyrocket. Good cholesterol, HDL, can even be reduced by consuming trans and saturated fats!

The good news is, eating healthy fats will have the opposite effect, increasing HDL and lowering LDL. You’ll experience the benefits of healthy fat with improved energy levels and healthy, glowing skin. The average adult should get 20-30% of their diet from fat, and healthy fats are found in:

  • Salmon
  • Walnuts
  • Avocado
  • Cheese (in moderation)
  • Almonds
  • Dark Chocolate

3. Exfoliate in The Morning and Evening

Most people know exfoliating your skin will provide a deep clean that feels fresh, but there’s actually science behind this method that makes you look younger.

By using an abrasive washcloth or special exfoliating soaps, you’re removing dead skin cells and forcing your body to regenerate new ones more quickly. This means you will be removing dull, lifeless skin and constantly replacing it with newer, brighter skin.

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Exfoliating also sends signals to your body to produce more collagen. Natural collagen is difficult to come by after we reach our 30s, but by exfoliating you can trick your body into making more, resulting in more elastic, tone skin. Make it a habit to exfoliate your face whenever you brush your teeth, once in the morning and once in the evening.

4. Getting Enough Sleep

It’s no-brainer that consuming lots of caffeine, alcohol, smoking, and partying late night does no good for your sleep. It’s a barrier, a big-brick wall to your good sleep and radiant skin. If you haven’t slept well, you haven’t gathered enough energy for the day. Do you expect a bright & shiny skin when you’re low on energy and vibe for a long time?

There is a mistaken impression that only young people and children need a full night’s rest, but nothing could be further from the truth. Everyone has a “growing body”, no matter if they’re 5 or 50, because our cells are always dying and being replaced.

Human growth hormone (HGH) is an important factor in revitalizing our bodies once these cells die. While we sleep, HGH is released, aiding in the repair of our bodies, including our skin. Getting more rest is the easiest and most enjoyable way to get radiant, younger-looking skin, and even keeps your hair from turning gray prematurely!

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5. Sunscreen is Not An “Option”!

Even if you live in the rainiest, darkest climate, sunscreen is essential to keep skin from being ravaged by damaging sun rays. This is because even if the sun in the sky isn’t intense enough to burn your skin, or even if you have a darker complexion which is resistant to burns, harmful UV rays are still being absorbed by your body.

These sneaky UV rays are aging you by the minute, even on cloudy days! In fact, science has discovered that many of the issues we blame on aging, like skin discoloration, wrinkles, and lost elasticity, can be blamed on sun exposure. Take the first step of prevention by using an SPF 30 or greater sunscreen on a daily basis. For bonus points, or just to save time in your daily routine, get a sunscreen that doubles as a healthy moisturizer.

6. Stay Hydrated

This is a no-brainer, and you should already be getting enough water for all the other health benefits. Still, if you’ve been avoiding upping the water intake and reducing the sugary, caffeinated beverages in your diet, now is the time to start.

We naturally lose water through urination, sweating, and even breathing. Sometimes before we even begin to feel thirsty, our bodies will detect dehydration and start regulating water to all the most important organs of the body. Since our skin is not considered as important as other organs, it is one of the first to suffer from this regulation, becoming tough, dry, and cracked.

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Stay hydrated to avoid putting your skin through undo trauma. It will give you skin a fuller, brighter appearance.

7. Get Busy

Sex is a great stress reliever, and while that’s good for your skin, there’s even better news. Orgasms actually release a flood of estrogen throughout your body, which is known to help collagen production and result in fuller, healthier, brighter skin. Other chemicals released during orgasm can help your skin, too. Antibodies are released, aiding in skin repair and infection control. Serotonin is also produced, increasing feelings of well-being, and reducing stress on a visceral level.

A Brighter, Healthier Appearance

Beauty truly comes from within. By controlling what you consume and protecting skin against the elements, you can achieve healthier, younger looking skin the natural way. It may not have the same dramatic effects as a face-lift, for example, but you will still look great and be protecting your skin from future damage.

Featured photo credit: Synergie Skin via synergieskin.com

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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