The right hair color is key when it comes to looking younger. A typical rule I like to use is to look at a picture of yourself when you're a kid, and try to get as close to your childhood color as possible.
When it comes to food, what you eat can help you put your best face forward. Researchers have found that certain foods help not only moisturize your skin but also help prevent wrinkles, reduce redness, and improve circulation. (Translation: You really can eat your way to a rosy glow.)
1. Romaine Lettuce - Improves circulation
2. Strawberries - Prevents skin from sagging
3. Eggs - Makes skin softer and firmer
4. Almonds - Increases moisture
5. Olive Oil - Helps skin resist UV damage
While a diet rich in antioxidants is key to helping our bodies eliminate free radicals and prevent heart disease and cancer, they’ve become equally as important in anti-aging skin care. Antioxidants are like fire extinguishers that put out the flames in the skin caused by UV light exposure. Popular topical antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin A, CoEnzyme Q-10, shiitake complex, and caffeine can help calm irritated skin, prevent wrinkles and sun damage, and tighten and tone skin. Zeichner recommends using an antioxidant in the morning to make sure you maintain a youthful glow.
GET YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP
Studies show that sleep is nature's beauty treatment, and lack of it can lead to obvious physical signs, such as sunken eyes, dark circles, and puffiness. And it's not just one night's bad sleep that can set you back; it's possible that the effects of missing one hour here and there can build up, and your body can show signs of chronic sleep deprivation over time. A lack of sleep also increases the levels of cortisol in your body, which can lead to problems in the skin, such as breakouts.
To make sure you get a full 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night, shut off anything stimulating an hour before bedtime, such as a television, computer, or iPhone or iPad. Dim the lights, get into bed, and curl up with a good book.
The good news about exercise is that it’s never too late to start. Just 20 minutes of brisk walking or running a day can get you on your way to a healthier and younger lifestyle. In addition to helping you shed unwanted pounds, recent studies have shown that exercise can alter the course of aging. Case in point? Mice who ran 45 minutes, three times a week, proved to have not only more brain activity and muscle mass than their sedentary counterparts, but also more hair with less gray. We’ll jog to that!