From face smoothing exercises to essential oils and keeping hydrated from the inside out, we uncover our favourite beauty hacks for keeping a youthful glow.
There's no doubt about it; the fountain of youth is planted in our minds; rooted in our attitudes toward ourselves and found square in the middle of our self-love. That said, time can certainly be a tricky artist, painting shades of grey and laugh-lines and giving us extra reasons to creak and groan as we move about our day. Here are some youthful beauty hacks and recipes for a younger looking you.
Good hydration is essential for supporting youthful skin. It keeps your skin plumped, flushes toxins, and produces a natural, youthful glow. Drinking plenty of water, of course, is great for the body, too. Other ways to keep your skin hydrated is with natural ingredients, like aloe and honey. Aloe is cooling and calming; an ideal choice for those with irritated or sensitive skin. Honey is a natural humectant, great for drawing moisture to dry skin. Either one can be used on its own, or with a bit of coconut or vitamin E oil added to give your skin an extra boost of hydration.
Add fresh aloe to your favourite moisturiser because the succulent plant gives any moisturiser a boost. If you're battling with skin irritation from the sun or flaky dry patches, place aloe juice directly on your skin for instant relief. Aloe can cool your body from the inside, too. Simply add a few capfuls of health food store-bought aloe vera in a glass of water for fantastic hydration from the inside out.
When it comes to honey, there are myriad applications for youthfulness. This brilliant ingredient is packed with its own skin-enhancing properties. It acts as an emollient and humectant, and keeps the skin young by holding back wrinkle formation. Honey also regulates skin pH and prevents pathogen infections.
When choosing honey, opt for raw, local varieties. Take four tablespoons of plain, full-fat yoghurt and two tablespoons of honey; mix the ingredients together well, and then apply onto a clean face. Let the mask sit for 20 minutes before rinsing clean.
One thing all skin needs to stay healthy and radiant is essential fatty acids. Omega-3's regulate moisture balance and keep your skin supple. Avocado, olive and coconut oils are both healthy choices for a boost of anti-aging, either added to your diet or applied directly to your skin. Olive oil also makes a terrific makeup remover and facial cleanser for dry skin.
Then there's Argan oil; a popular source of antioxidants, vitamin E, and essential fatty acids. It's nature's protective, nourishing superfood for your skin. Not only does it seal in moisture, but it also protects skin from free radicals and other damaging effects from the outside environment. It won't grease up oily skin or clog your pores and it's a fantastic anti-ager. Regular use of Argan oil has been proven to reduce the depth and severity of wrinkles, as well as to fade age spots by restoring skin's youthful elasticity and by increasing the regenerative rate of healthy skin cells. Pool a little of the pure oil into the palm of your hand and apply it your face after cleansing. Gently work it into all areas of your face, including your eye area, neck, lips (it's edible, after all). Try it on the ends of your hair as a conditioner, too.
If you're already using yoga to keep your body toned, flexible and feeling great; why not keep up the great work for your face? Hailed as a noninvasive alternative to Botox and surgery, face yoga is a series of exercises that promise to relax and tone your face muscles, giving you a healthy, youthful glow.
Since the muscles on our faces can't lift weights or go on the treadmill, when you apply pressure with your fingertips or make certain facial expressions, you're toning and strengthening the muscles.
For the first exercise, press both middle fingers together at the inner corner of your eyebrows. With your index fingers, apply pressure to the outer corners of the eyebrows. Next, look to the ceiling, and raise your lower eyelids upwards to make a strong squint, and then relax. Repeat this movement six more times and finish by squeezing your eyes shut tightly for 10 seconds and then relaxing.
Next up, give your pout a good workout; hide your teeth with your lips to make an 'O' shape with your mouth. Then, smile widely while keeping the teeth hidden and repeat this six times. Next, hold the smile shape while placing one index finger on the chin. Then start to move the jaw up and down as the head tilts gently back. Relax and then repeat twice more. This exercise is great for smoothing those pesky little frown lines. Place both hands on your forehead facing inwards and spread all of the fingers out between the eyebrows and hairline. Gently sweep your fingers outwards across the forehead, applying light pressure to tighten the skin. Relax and then repeat this 10 times.
For this exercise, place an index finger under each eye, pointing towards your nose. Hide your teeth and tease your top lip and bottom lip away from each other at your mouth. Flutter the upper eyelids while gazing at the ceiling for 30 seconds.
Lastly, this workout is for your d?colletage. Looking straight ahead, place your fingertips at the bottom of your neck and lightly stroke the skin downwards with your head tilted back. Bring your head back down to your chest and repeat twice more. Finally, jut your lower lip out as far as possible to pull the corners of your mouth down and place fingertips on your collarbone with your chin pointed upwards. Hold for four deep breaths.
TOP 5 ANTI-AGING SUPERFOODS
*Walnuts - contain magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium, selenium, copper and fibre that are required to keep your body healthy and energetic as you age.
*Blueberries - have powerful anti-inflammatory properties that help keep all your body's cells from aging and keep your skin looking young.
*Spinach - just one cup of fresh spinach daily can keep your body healthy and your skin young for years.
*Green Tea - antioxidants can slow down premature aging and help keep your skin supple and looking young.
*Broccoli - contains the compounds sulforaphane and indoles, which help protect against oxidative stress, cell damage and even cancer.
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