Forever Young

Young, middle-aged, and older individuals studied thousands of photographs and were asked to guess the age of models with various facial expressions. Neutral expressions yielded the most accurate results, and fearful expressions made subjects look older; happy faces were rated as younger than they really were.

We are always looking for ways to look younger than we really are. So how do we do it? Well, I’ve got some tips for you to help you de-age your look and also feel a bit better about your aging appearance.

First off, you’ll want to eat more grapes. Sorbitol, which gives grapes, berries, plums and pears their sweetness, is a humectant, a substance that attracts water when applied to the skin, helping it absorb and retain moisture. This keeps skin from drying out and cracking, and keeping it moisturized helps fight off wrinkles

Next, you’ll want to use styling products that add volume to your hair as it becomes thinner, and try a lighter color, which can make thinning less obvious. Whether you have your hair washed at home or at a salon, use deep conditioning treatments regularly to combat dryness.

Keeping your eyebrows well groomed and shaped helps provide a frame for your face and draws attention to your eyes. Youth and liveliness can really be seen within the eyes.

On top of eating grapes, cleaning and moisturizing helps protect skin and keep it healthy; but do not use regular soap, which can be drying for older skin. Instead, use a cleanser that gently washes without stripping skin of moisture. Avoid skin toners, especially those with a stringent or alcohol base. Use a good moisturizer day and night.

If you have a wrinkly neck or jowls, avoid tight fitting or crew-neck tops, which squeeze skin upward. A shirt collar over a round-necked jersey is a better option. Wear dark-colored shirts if you have a large belly. Basically, the way you dress can either make you look older or younger than you really are.

Use a good hand cream frequently, and look for one that has sunscreen included. Brighten dull hands by exfoliating regularly: mix sea salt with lemon juice and gently scrub into your hands with a soft toothbrush. This will get your hands feeling smooth and keep them from drying out, which is especially easy during the hot and dry weather months.

Eat more greens and reds. Vitamin K, which is in kale and other green vegetables, helps your blood coagulate, reducing the impact of bruising. Lycopene in tomatoes gives the skin powerful protection against UV rays.

Salmon and other oily fish are rich in DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol, or dimethylethanolamine, with deanol), a compound that boosts muscle tone and is one of the must-have ingredients in expensive “mature” skin creams. Eating oily fish twice a week offers the same benefits.

You’ll fend off muscle loss and sleep better when you exercise most days of the week. Combine cardiovascular exercise for heart and lungs, resistance exercise for muscles, stretching for flexibility and balance exercise for coordination.

Just follow some of these tips, and you will start looking and feeling younger, even as the amount of candles on your birthday cake go up.

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