5 Steps To Look And Feel Younger
They say you’re only as old as you feel. So, it stands to reason that if you look and feel young, you are!
If you’ve been struggling to rediscover that youthful vibrancy when you look in the mirror, there are plenty of little things you can do to help you look and feel your best. Here are five steps to take to help you recapture your youth.
Start a Skincare Routine
Your skin bears the brunt of your existence. The sun, sweat, makeup, toxins in the air– all of these things accumulate on your skin as the day goes by. If you haven’t already started a skincare routine, the time is now.
The main components of a great skincare routine include cleansing, exfoliating, toning, and moisturizing. There are many specialty products and effective anti-aging creams that can be incorporated into the routine. To get a better idea of what you need, schedule a facial at a reputable spa, and discuss your goals with an esthetician. They’ll be able to tell you your skin type and help you with any issues you currently face– pun not intended.
Drink More Water
Water is the elixir of life. Drinking enough water is essential to hydrate the skin and maintain elasticity. It also assists with digestion and weight management and keeps your joints happy and healthy. This step impacts both the inside of your body and outside, helping you look and feel younger.
Set a simple goal of drinking a full glass of water (not coffee or juice) as soon as you wake up. From there, try to incorporate a glass of water before every meal. With those steps alone, you’ll be rehydrating your parched body after sleep and boost your energy levels right away. Furthermore, you’ll be kickstarting your digestive system. Before you know it, drinking enough water will become second nature.
Remember to Stretch
Your body needs more than a ten-minute stretch when you hit the gym. By setting aside time each morning and evening to dedicate to focused stretching exercises, you’ll reduce muscle tension and improve your quality of sleep.
In less than a half-hour per day, you can unwind, de-stress, and offset the joint and muscle pain that is often a side effect of aging. Bonus if you give yourself a quick stretch every hour at work.
Eat More Vegetables
This step is probably a tidbit of advice that you’ve heard since you were young. That’s because it’s imperative for your overall health and vitality.
Try to eat a serving of vegetables with every meal. Ideally, half of your plate will be made up of vegetables, with a quarter dedicated to lean protein and a quarter devoted to healthy grains. While you should eat more greens, try to taste the rainbow: red tomatoes, orange carrots, yellow peppers, purple cabbage– the more diverse, the better.
Set Aside Time for Yourself
This fast-paced world is filled with responsibilities. Carving out time for yourself is one of the most effective ways to protect your mental health and offset stress. Whether it’s finding the time to go on a hike alone on your favorite trail or having a bubble bath and glass of merlot, find something that rejuvenates your mind, body, and soul.
By incorporating these five steps into your daily life, you’ll start feeling healthier and more relaxed within a matter of weeks. You will feel beautiful, and that will shine through when you look in the mirror.