Since having a kid, I have noticed many a gray hair popping up that I never had before. Maybe its the lack of sleep and frequent screaming that is causing my grays to finally show up. I am planning on getting some hilights VERY soon to cover up these undesirable strands. I am just waiting a few more weeks, as we have a family wedding in September and I would like my new do to look fresh. I have also noticed a deepening wrinkle between my brows, that I am really not happy with. I am considering botox, but don’t like the idea of needles going into my face and am not sure of the cost, but it is defintiely something I think about in the next few years.
The mid-30s are really hitting me and the signs of aging are starting to show up. I am sure I am not the only one who is experiencing this, many of us are looking for that magical fountain of youth that will keep us looking and feeling young forever. We are willing to spend so much money on potions, lotions, and cosmetic surgery, but the answer may be a lot simpler. Here are some natural ways, without expensive or painful procedures, to turn back the clock:
1. Eat more fat. Fat has a bad reputation as the primary cause of heart disease, strokes, and weight gain. But, that is not the complete truth. Many fats, especially the healthy kind, are beneficial and even essential to our health. Omega-3 fats, found in wild-caught, cold water fish can help reduce inflammation the primary cause of visible aging. Omega-3s and other healthy fats can help maintain elasticity, resulting in smooth, radiant, youthful looking skin. Aim to eat at least 3-4 ounces of wild-caught fish, such as salmon, twice a week.
2. Drink red wine. This is definitely one of our favorite staying-young tips! I get to drink MORE wine?? Red wine contains a powerful antioxidant called resveratrol, found in the skin of grapes that may help increase lifespan. Red wine can also reduce risk of stroke and heart attacks. Some animal studies have shown that resveratrol may reverse damage to the skin caused by UV radiation. But, that doesn’t mean the more wine you drink, the healthier you will be. Health benefits of wine are seen only with moderate consumption, defined as one glass a day for women and two glasses a day for men. Wouldn’t it be amazing if it was the more the better? I would be looking like a teenager right now, if that was the case!
3. Sleep. Getting adequate sleep is the best thing you can do for your appearance and your health. Many of us know how terrible we look after a night of not getting enough sleep! Lack of sleep increases cortisol levels (a stress hormone) that causes us to hold on to belly fat and increases inflammation, leading to wrinkles. Aim for at least 8 hours nightly…when will this happen again?
4. Eat more “superfoods”. A diet high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants is your best bet for staying and looking youthful. Antioxidants are the secret to reversing the damage caused by free radicals, which speed up aging. Superfoods are foods that contain a significant number of anti-aging, anti-inflammatory nutrients and help our bodies neutralize free radicals. Start by including plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables in your diet, such as blueberries and kale.
Before spending money on expensive anti-aging creams or painful plastic surgery, try out some of these more natural ways to looking and feeling younger!
Want more of my amazing beauty and nutrition tips? Next month I will be featured in Today’s Dietitian Magazine in an article called "Beauty and Nutrition". Stay tuned!