Life expectancy has increased worldwide, mainly due to better living standards, healthcare, and diet. As a result, many people are living fuller and richer lives. While our lifespan and quality of life have increased, pollution in the environment, stress, and the passing years can take their toll on our bodies, aging our appearance significantly.
Fortunately, there are habits and lifestyle choices we can adopt that will slow down our biological clocks and help us age more gracefully.
- Get plenty of sleep and reduce stress.
In our increasingly busy lives, the need to set aside time for sleep seems more like an annoyance than a priority. Far from being an inconvenience, sleep plays an important role in our physical and mental health.
Getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep each day will help us regulate our weight, eat fewer calories, as well as boost our concentration and productivity. Great sleep hygiene also lowers one’s risk for heart disease, stroke, and other chronic diseases.
In contrast, the less stress we have in our lives, the better. Unmitigated stress can lead to serious health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. All that anxiety and frustration also exacts a physical toll, aging our appearance more rapidly and causing breakouts.
Manage your stress by exercising regularly and practicing relaxation techniques. If you’re having serious difficulty managing your stress, consider seeing a doctor or professional counselor.
- Eat a nutritious, balanced diet.
Eating the right kinds of food in the right quantities can help slow down the aging process. Consume a diet that’s rich in fresh fruit, leafy vegetables, and lean meats. Just as importantly, avoid processed foods (such as canned goods, fast food, deli meats, and sodas), as well as foods that contain refined sugar, trans fat, and refined carbohydrates, as these foods are known to accelerate the aging process.
Instead, fill your plate with superfoods that are rich in powerful antioxidants, minerals, and nutrients. These foods won’t just help slow down the aging process, as they’ll also repair and nourish your body on a cellular level.
These superfoods include tomatoes (which are rich in lycopene), avocados (which flush out harmful toxins and treat acne), and green tea (which are packed with antioxidants that allow skin cells to regenerate more quickly).
Meanwhile, reducing sodium intake won’t just lower your risk for developing hypertension and stroke, but will also help depuff your eye bags.
- Drink lots of water.
Staying hydrated is vital to our very survival, as our bodies are 50-60% water. Not only does drinking adequate amounts of water help us sleep and focus better; it also helps us regulate our weight and flush out toxins. If that wasn’t enough, water also does wonders for the skin, preventing it from drying and flaking.
Aside from drinking adequate amounts of fresh water everyday, also consider getting your water intake from moisture-laden fruits and veggies, like cucumbers, grapes, and melons. Avoid carbonated and flavored waters, as they’re often high in calories and sugars.
- Exercise regularly.
Regular exercise boosts our vitality and keeps our minds and bodies young. According to the latest research, physical activity has anti-aging benefits and makes us years younger on a cellular level.
If you find the idea of running marathons or lifting heavy weights unappealing, then consider engaging in 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each week (that’s about 20 minutes per day). Find a form of exercise that you genuinely enjoy and stick to it. You’ll look younger, enjoy better health, and have more vitality.
- Practice sun protection.
Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays is vital as rampant exposure could lead to skin cancer. Ultraviolet A, a type of UV radiation, has also been linked to the premature aging and wrinkling of skin.
To safeguard yourself, practice proper sun protection. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB radiation. Make sure that your sunscreen is water resistant and has an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Follow a rejuvenating skincare regimen.
Invest in a skincare regimen that focuses on rejuvenating the skin, as this will lead to a more radiant and youthful appearance. Wildleaf’s Essential Trio will not only nourish and revive your skin, as regular use will also give you a blemish-free complexion.
The Essential Trio consists of the Vitamin C Serum, Hibiscus Face Cream, and Herbal Facial Oil. Our best-selling Vitamin C Serum increases collagen production, reduces wrinkles and acne scarring, and eliminates hyperpigmentation. Regular application also protects and brightens skin, while repairing the damage caused by acne, the environment, and sun exposure.
The Hibiscus Face Cream contains powerful antioxidants and skin nourishing oils that act as a protective barrier for your skin, keeping it hydrated and healthy. It’s also a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), which exfoliate dead skin, control oil production, and relieve clogged pores—all of which can encourage fresher, younger, and smoother looking skin.
Meanwhile, the Herbal Facial Oil delivers intense moisture to keep your skin soft and dewy, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
If you’re interested in a more comprehensive rejuvenating skincare regimen, then the Layering Care Set is right for you. This set consists of the Aloe Herb Face Wash, Alcohol-Free Toning Mist, Vitamin C Serum, Hibiscus Face Cream, and Herbal Facial Oil.
The Aloe Herb Face Wash is blended with powerful antioxidants and nourishing herbs, which will leave your skin feeling cleansed without stripping it of its moisture. Meanwhile, the Alcohol-Free Toning Mist will tone, soften, and hydrate your skin while enhancing the absorption of all serums and oils.