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How to Stay Looking Young

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Aging is inevitable, but there are some things you can do to keep yourself looking younger for longer. Maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep will go a long way in keeping you looking young. Taking care of your skin by wearing sunscreen and moisturizing daily will also help. By getting yourself into a healthy routine, and avoiding things that can prematurely age you, you can maintain your youthful appearance!

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Eating Healthy

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    Eat more monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These fats can reduce inflammation, hydrate your skin, and help your body absorb nutrients that will keep your skin looking healthy.[1] Incorporate these healthy fats into your diet so they make up 18-28 percent of the calories you eat every day. Some foods that are high in healthy fats are avocados, nuts, olive oil, fish, and corn.[2]
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    Add foods high in lycopene to your diet. Lycopene is an antioxidant that can help protect your skin from UV rays, which damage your skin and make you look older. Eat more watermelon and tomato, both foods that are high in lycopene.[3] Try to eat 22 milligrams (0.34 gr) of lycopene a day. Eating 1 serving of cooked tomatoes a day would help you get enough lycopene.[4]
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    Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C. Vitamin C can help prevent wrinkles, dryness, and fine lines.[5] Aim to get between 65–90 milligrams (1.00–1.39 gr) of vitamin C a day. Eating 2 oranges a day would help you get enough vitamin C. Some other foods that are high in vitamin C are strawberries and pomegranates.[6]
    • You can also take vitamin C supplements to help you reach your daily intake goals.
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    Eat enough iron every day. Not enough iron can leave your skin looking pale and splotchy. Men should eat 8 milligrams (0.12 gr) of iron every day, while women should eat 18 milligrams (0.28 gr) of iron every day.[7] To get more iron, incorporate iron-rich foods into your diet like kale, beef, oysters, salmon, beans, tofu, and spinach. When eating iron-rich vegetables, cook them instead of eating them raw to get even more iron from them.[8]
    • Eating 1–3 cups (240–710 mL) of white beans or 1 serving of an iron-rich breakfast cereal a day can help you reach your recommended daily iron intake.[9]
    • If you're having a hard time getting enough iron, talk to your doctor about taking iron supplements.

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Taking Care of Your Skin

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    Wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun. Sun damage can make your skin age faster through a process known as “photoaging.” To avoid photoaging, apply sunscreen to all of your exposed skin before you leave the house each morning. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that’s at least SPF 30.[10]
    • Avoid going out in the sun between 10 am and 2 pm. That’s when the sun is the strongest.
    • If you have to be out in the sun for an extended amount of time, wear sunglasses and a hat to shield your face from the sun.
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    Moisturize your face and body daily. Dry skin can lead to wrinkles and fine lines. Use a facial moisturizer on your face, and a body moisturizer on the rest of your body. Apply your moisturizer when you get out of the shower in the morning.[11]
    • You can find a moisturizer designed for your skin type — dry, oily, sensitive, combination, or acne-prone — online or in the beauty section at your local shopping center.
    • Look for moisturizers that say "anti-aging" on the label.
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    Wash your face twice a day with a mild cleanser. Avoid washing your face with soap or you could dry out your skin. Don’t scrub your face when you’re washing it. Just gently rub your face wash into your skin and then rinse.[12]
    • Look for mild cleansers with glycolic acid in them. Glycolic acid will exfoliate your skin, which helps lessen the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and discoloration.[13]
    • Use a cleanser that says "hydrating" or "moisturizing" on the label. These cleansers can help fight signs of aging by preventing your skin from drying out.
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    Apply anti-aging products to your skin. Look for anti-aging creams and serums on the market that combat dryness, wrinkles, and fine lines. Start using a daily eye cream to help prevent wrinkles around your eyes. Make sure the products you use are designed for your skin type.[14]
    • If you have oily skin, look for products that say “oily skin” on the label.
    • If your skin is sensitive, look for products that are hypoallergenic.
    • If you have acne-prone skin, look for anti-aging products that are non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores).
    • If your skin is dry, look for anti-aging products that say "moisturizing" or "hydrating."

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Developing Healthy Habits

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    Exercise for 30 minutes every day. Daily exercise will keep your body toned so you look younger. Exercise also makes your skin look healthier by improving the circulation in your body. Alternate every day between moderate cardio and strength exercises. Get a gym membership or invest in exercise equipment so you can exercise every day at home.[15]
    • Go for a 30-minute run every other day.
    • On days when you're not running, do squats, sit ups, lunges, and other strength exercises.
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    Drink around 8 glasses of water every day. Keep in mind you may need to drink more water if you exercise a lot, live in a humid climate, or are pregnant.[16] When you don’t drink enough water, your skin can look dry and sunken. Stay hydrated so you look younger and healthier.[17]
    • If you’re having trouble getting enough water every day, buy a water bottle and carry it around with you. That way you’ll always have water with you.
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    Get 8 hours of sleep each night. Not getting enough sleep can cause wrinkles, puffy eyes, and make your skin look duller. Sleep for about 8 hours each night so your skin looks healthier. Your hair will also look better, since it gets more vitamins and nutrients when your body is operating on a good night’s sleep.[18]
    • Go to sleep at the same time every night, at least 8 hours before you have to wake up in the morning.
    • Don't leave the TV or any music on while you're sleeping. You'll get a better night's sleep if it's quiet.
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    Quit smoking cigarettes. The toxins in cigarette smoke can cause premature aging, like wrinkles, fine lines, dryness, and sagging. Stop smoking cigarettes to keep your skin looking firm and healthy.[19]
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    Drink less alcohol. Drinking alcohol can prematurely age your skin and cause dryness, puffiness, and discoloration. If you’re drinking more than the recommended daily alcohol limit (1 drink for women, 2 drinks for men), cut back on your alcohol consumption or stop drinking alcohol completely. Reducing the amount of alcohol you drink can make your skin look younger and healthier.[20]

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