Until science creates immortality or a fountain of life is discovered, we will never fully win the battle against aging. Time is inexorable, always moving, never stopping for anyone. As we get older, our bodies reflect the passing of time. Our muscles weaken, our skin wrinkles and sags, and bones deteriorate.
However, just because we can’t stop time doesn’t mean we can’t slow aging. There are specific steps you can take to dramatically reduce the signs of aging. While others seem to shrivel and shrink, you can maintain a radiant, energetic glow.
In this post, we’re going to share 17 powerful secrets that will help you in your fight against aging. By following these tips, you can age on your own terms, rather than finding yourself at the mercy of time.
SECRET #1: Get Enough Sleep
Let’s start with the obvious. These days, it’s considered a badge of honor to function on very little sleep. But lack of sleep is one of the greatest causes of increased aging. There’s a reason that it’s called “beauty sleep”! When you don’t get enough sleep, you look haggard and worn down, which dramatically increases the appearance of age.
Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. This is perhaps the simplest and most straightforward anti-aging secret. A good night's rest costs nothing and the rewards are high.
SECRET #2: Don’t Sleep With Your Face Against The Pillow
This may surprise you. Sleeping with your face pressed up against your pillow often causes “sleep lines” - lines in the face caused by the wrinkles and folds in the pillow. While this may not seem like a problem, when it happens again and again it can eventually lead to wrinkles.
Ideally, sleep on your back with your face away from the pillow. Yes, this may be difficult for you stomach sleepers, but it will be worth it in the long run.
SECRET #3: Drink Plenty Of Fluids
Dehydrated skin becomes cracked and flaky, and if left untreated can cause significant skin damage over the years. One way to minimize dehydration is to consistently drink between 8-12 glasses of water every day. This will keep your body healthy and give your skin a radiant glow.
SECRET #4: Drink Milk
It turns out that milk really does do a body good, at least when it comes to preventing aging. Milk has a number of hydrating properties that keep your skin from drying out and promote moisture. Milk also has numerous essential proteins and amino acids that also improve the overall health of your skin. Additionally, the calcium in the milk promotes skin health (see below).
Try to drink at least one glass of milk per day.
SECRET #5: Maintain Calcium Levels
Individuals with high skin calcium levels experience far less skin aging AND far fewer incidences of skin cancer. Using topical calcium products can reduce the aging of your skin as well as protect against skin cancer.
SECRET #6: Drink Plenty of Green Tea
Green tea has long been valued for its medicinal properties, and it can play a key role in reducing the effects of aging. It can minimize the risk for Alzheimer’s, strengthen bone density, and even prevent common eye diseases.
Perhaps consider drinking green tea instead of coffee. Your teeth won’t get as stained either!
SECRET #7: Create A Green and White Tea Face Mask
As noted above, green tea has medicinal properties that make it particularly valuable in the fight against aging. Additionally, both white tea and green tea contain an antioxidant called EGCG, which can minimize wrinkles and stimulate cell turnover.
Consider adopting the Chinese practice of mixing green tea powder into brewed white tea to make a face mask. Then apply this to your face and give your skin to a powerful antioxidant treatment.
SECRET #8: Drink Ginger Tea Mixed With Honey
Continuing the tea theme, consider drinking a cup of ginger tea with honey mixed in. This practice, which many women in India do, aids in the fight against aging. Honey has antibacterial properties and can reduce inflammation, while ginger contains an antioxidant (gingerol) that helps maintain collagen health.
SECRET #9: Use Plenty Of Sunscreen
Everyone knows that sunscreen is essential for preventing skin cancer and sunburn. But sunscreen is also crucial for preventing the onset of wrinkles. We’ve all seen a person who has spent years in the sun. Their skin is often incredibly wrinkled, which is partially due to the exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.
Regular use of sunscreen protects against photoaging, which is the wrinkling, loss of elasticity, and spotting that comes with too much sun.
SECRET #10: Use Vitamin C Treatments
Vitamin C boosts collagen levels within the skin, improving the overall health and look of the skin. Consider using a topical Vitamin C solution to protect your skin. In particular, consider using it on the neck, arms, hands, and decollete, which tend to show more signs of aging.
SECRET #11: Take Vitamin D3 Oil
Vitamin D is essential to overall bone health and minimizing the risk of cancer. Additionally, many people don’t get enough Vitamin D, even if they spend time in the sun. Taking some form of a Vitamin D supplement can reduce the effects of aging.
Many dermatologists recommend trying to get around 1,000 IUS per day of Vitamin D. You may need to be tested first to determine you current levels and then take a supplement based on those results.
SECRET #12: Minimize Salt and Alcohol Intake
Avoid alcohol altogether. Salt and alcohol can contribute to signs of aging. Salt collects in the skin, which then draws in water and causes the skin to become puffy. Alcohol can cause blood vessels to leak, which in turn causes water to exit the skin. This causes puffiness in various spots, such under the eye.
SECRET #13: Make A Sugar and Lemon Juice Scrub
As the skin in the hands loses both its elasticity and its fullness, age begins to show. Regularly exfoliating your hands can slow this process and minimize their aged look.
Consider adopting the technique used in Mexico in which women mix sugar and lemon juice together and then scrub their hands with it. The sugar exfoliates the hands, removing the dull, dead skin, and the lemon juice contains alpha hydroxy acid, which helps peel away layers of dead skin. The result is skin that is youthful and radiant.
Try something different and uplifting like using a coffee and honey mask. You can see great facial skin results by using a weekly coffee face mask!
SECRET #14: Use Anti-inflammatory Spices In Your Food
Spices such as turmeric and cayenne are full of anti-inflammatory compounds, making them perfect for the battle against time. By using them in your foods, you regularly reduce the overall inflammation in your body, improving your health and slowing the creep of age.
If you can’t use them directly in your food, consider taking some form of extract.
SECRET #15: Take Alpha-Lipoic Acid Supplements
Few things are more powerful in the fight against age than alpha lipoic acid, which contains both antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. It protects the DNA, reduces cellular inflammation, strengthens and builds collagen, and significantly reduces causes of wrinkled skin.
Consider taking some form of this supplement on a regular basis to improve health and tap into its anti-aging powers.
SECRET #16: Apply Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera gel is regularly used to treat sunburn, but it’s also an ideal candidate for preventing signs of aging. It contains a series of minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, and water, which can all help strengthen and hydrate your skin.
It also contains malic acid, which reduces wrinkles, as well as Zinc, which shrinks pores and improves collagen. And, when applied to the skin, it increases the skin’s elasticity
SECRET #17: Use The Power Of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil isn’t just for moisturizing skin, although it’s great for that. It also strengthens your connective tissues and exfoliates your skin, helping to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. It also contains numerous antioxidants, as well as vitamins E and A, which are critical for collagen production. Finally, it’s also an outstanding overnight hair treatment, and will give you hair a healthy sheen.
Although you may not be able to stop time, you can minimize its effect on you. By following the suggestions above, you can improve your appearance, minimize the risk of some diseases, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Stanislaw Jerzy Lec said, “Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.” Consider the secrets listed above as brushes you use in the art of aging gracefully.