The saying goes that you can’t turn back the hands of time, but you can slow them down by essentially taking a step back to evaluate how well you apply the best anti aging secrets around.
The Best Anti Aging Secrets are really no secret at all. In fact, when you start to review this list you will find yourself nodding your head in agreement. But, though many of these secrets are as old as mother nature and common sense, you may not have taken them seriously yet. In fact, most people are well aware of the harmful effects which can result from ignoring these anti aging secrets, but refuse to adopt them into a healthy lifestyle.
Why? Well, when was the last time you saw a kid choose safety over adventure, or celery over ice cream? We have been conditioned in our culture to accept as “harmless” the diet and activities which are part of the American lifestyle. “A little bit won’t hurt” attitude can quickly pile up to a heap of harm.
So, let’s take a quick look at the first 4 of the Best Anti Aging Secrets and you’ll see what I mean.
1. Do not smoke…anything, period. Tobacco products are laced with poisonous additives and chemicals to keep them burning. If you are concerned about aging, smoking damages your lungs, reducing their ability to provide life-giving oxygen to the blood which feeds and nourishes every cell of your body, including your facial skin. Dryness and wrinkles are exaggerated from the pursing of lips and squinting of eyes. Come on now. You knew that! Please, get help to quit now.
2. Limit sun exposure. Don’t fry your skin for the sake of a tan. The news is full of the growing number of cases of skin cancer. The wife of former Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Bill Cowher, just lost her battle with the disease, melanoma. Kaye Cowher was only 54. People can develop melanoma even without overexposure to the sun. But, frankly, why go looking for trouble? Like smoking, there is no positive result from tanning. A tan is actually a response of the body to protect your DNA from destruction by UV light. The concentration of UV light rays on your skin triggers the production of melanin, the hormone that quickly spreads out over the skin, effectively creating a tent, or a cover, to protect the DNA in the cells underneath.
Tanning beds have been suspected of causing the same destructive effects on skin. Always wear sunscreen outdoors for protection. Women, you can find facial moisturizers and foundation makeup with sunscreen in the formula. An easy and valuable bonus!
But, even if you don’t get skin cancer, dryness, wrinkling and spots will most definitely be the result. That is not the way to slow down the aging process. A temporary tan isn’t worth the risk or the damage. However, you should still get out and walk or garden to get your dose of Vitamin D, but wear your sunscreen and your hat!
3. Get a good night’s sleep. Did you know that not getting enough sleep has been linked to weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, not to mention looking tired, with saggy eyes and dark circles, headaches, lack of energy and general grumpiness? Amazing.
So, if you are going to bed late and getting up early because your to-do list is too long, it is time to rethink that approach. You might just be speeding up the hands of time by skipping your sleep. 7 to 8 hours is recommended for optimum health. Your body needs time to shut down and rest and repair.
4. Avoid stress. Are you kidding? Impossible! Well, probably. But, you can takes steps to manage it. Stress often robs us of that all important sleep. It causes the continual release of hormones that contribute to weight gain and coronary artery disease. Next comes high blood pressure and stroke or heart attack.