Getting older is not for the faint of heart, nor is it something that you happily accept. Signs of aging can start in your mid-to-late 20s with the appearance of fine lines that just weren’t there a few years ago. Everyone gets older; the trick is to age smartly. Check out these cool natural anti-aging hacks that I’m sure your grandma wishes she’d known about.
7 Natural Anti-aging Hacks
1. Moisturize with aloe.
The aloe vera plant is one of God’s gifts to humankind. Who knew that a plant so hard and, well, ugly on the exterior could contain such a wonderful substance on the inside? Aloe vera is one of the most powerful anti-aging plants on the planet. It’s gel can sooth burns, treat acne, and help rebuild the skin’s collagen. Use it as your daily moisturizer for an anti-aging secret weapon.
2. Go mineral.
It’s no big revelation that sunscreen is your skin’s most potent defense against the sun’s harmful rays, but some sunscreens are more effective than others. Many people are making the switch to mineral sunscreen because they use natural ingredients rather than chemicals. Another reason to make the switch is that zinc oxide and titanium dioxide found in mineral sunscreens are naturally equipped to block both UVB and UVA radiation where most chemical sunscreens only block UVB rays.
3. Pass the vitamin C, please!
Most people know vitamin C for it’s immune-boosting powers, but it is also a serious contender against aging. Vitamin C has been proven to decrease the effect of the sun on the skin and prevent damage. In fact, vitamin C is actually found on the skin and is the skin’s most available antioxidant. But when your skin is exposed to too much sun, the vitamin C breaks down by 30%. That’s why it’s important to supplement with vitamin C.
4. Cut back on sugar.
Rather than invest in spendy anti-aging products, try starting with your diet. Most of us consume way too much sugar, which is a huge detriment to our skin. Did you know sugar consumption affects the aging process? It’s crazy, but true. Sugar molecules cling to the collagen fibers in the skin and cause them to lose strength and flexibility, leading to wrinkles. You want to slow aging the natural way? Cut back on the sugar.
5. Maintain a life-long fitness routine.
Physical activity has endless health benefits, one being the support of healthy, vibrant skin. While we can’t stop aging, we can support healthy skin cells by increasing blood flow to them with regular exercise. So there’s just one more reason to get moving—exercise is a powerful anti-aging pill!
6. Water it down.
Our body is about 60% water and our skin is the largest organ in our body. It goes to reason that drinking plenty of water gives your skin a radiant, healthy glow. But besides drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of H2O, you can also add water to your skin by moisturizing your skin within a few minutes of leaving the bath or shower.
7. See the glass as half full.
Speaking of glasses, you can either see one as half empty or half full. Being optimistic can decrease stress, increase positive self-image, and in turn, help you live longer. If that’s not anti-aging, I don’t know what is!
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