14 Lifestyle Changes That Make You Look Younger
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You can't stop time, you can turn back the clock to achieve more youthful-looking hair, hands, and skin. And you don't need to submit yourself to plastic surgery, buy expensive salon treatments, or stock a medicine cabinet full of lotions and potions, either. All you need to do is examine your everyday habits and make simple anti-aging tweaks to your routine.
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Skip the heat styling
Turn back the clock: Declare a two-day-a-week heat-free holiday where you give your locks a rest from heat styling tools, suggests Dr. Fusco says. Master the wet bun, let your hair air-dry, or skip washing your hair altogether and spritz on a dry shampoo if needed.
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Apply SPF every day
Turn back the clock: SPF 30 is the gold-standard dermatologists recommend. Apply it every day, rain or shine. And use more than you think you needmost people apply as little as one-quarter of the recommended dose, says the American Academy of Dermatology. Rule of thumb: use a shot-glass worth of sunscreen every time.
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Use lotion on your hands
Turn back the clock: Rub an SPF 30 moisturizer onto the backs of your hands every morning.
Avoid foods that stain your teeth
Turn back the clock: Teeth-saving swaps are easyand can be delicious. Instead of using barbecue sauce on your chicken breast, for example, top it with a fruity mango salsa or fresh herbs. Skip the dark soda in favor of seltzer (you shouldn't be drinking soda anyway, even diet.
Paint your nails
Turn back the clock: For an anti-aging mani, go for jewel-toned hues (think rich purples and reds), which offer a burst of color without being too intense, says Lynette Cenée, a StyleSeat professional in Beverly Hills, CA. She likes the new Nordic collection by OPI ($10; macys.com.
Turn back the clock: Count it as one more reason to clock your 30 minutes of exercise every day. Follow these steps to make exercise a lasting habit.
Watch your sodium intake
Turn back the clock: Banish the bloat by searching for hidden sources of sodium in your diet. Salt lurks everywherebread, cereal, condiments, sauces, deli meats, and even some sweet baked goods are loaded with it.
Keep your smartphone addiction under control
Turn back the clock: Think about where you text mostin your office, on your couchand hang photos (of family, friends, places you’ve been) nearby at eye-level and use those as a reminder to keep your head up while using your phone.
Rinse with mouthwash daily
Turn back the clock: Rinse with an alcohol-free and artificial dye-free mouthwash, like The Natural Dentist Healthy Teeth and Gums Anti-Cavity Fluoride Rinse ($12; walmart.com).
Eat high-protein foods
Turn back the clock: Most women should eat about 46 grams of protein a day (more if you're pregnant, breastfeeding, or a competitive athlete). For reference, a 3-ounce serving of salmon supplies 22 grams, while a glass of low-fat milk contains 8 grams.
Take care of wet hair
Turn back the clock: Never brush wet hair. When you get out of the shower, use a wide-toothed comb with blunt tips, says Dr. Pinski.
Eat your greens
Turn back the clock: Just as the USDA suggests, aim to fill half your plate with vegetables. That will help you get the 2.5 cups of vegetables they recommend women younger than 50 eat per day.
Handle your stress head-on
Turn back the clock: Social support plays a huge role in stress levels, the researchers note, so make sure you’re meeting up with friends. Also consider relaxation techniques like breathing exercises or journal writing.
Get enough sleep
Turn back the clock: If you stay up watching reruns of The Big Bang Theory (even though you’ve already seen the episodes) because you’re avoiding going to bed, set a strict TV curfew. Try more soothing bedtime rituals that help you unwind mentally, like drink a mug of hot milk and honey, suggests Dr. Pinski.