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Look Younger Naturally

10 Quick Anti-Aging Tips You May Have Heard Before

... and a few you haven't

  Since skin is your body's largest organ, your overall health affects its appearance. How you treat your body - everything you do! - affects your skin. The biggest aging influences are stress, smoking, alcohol, drugs, and exposure to sun and chemicals. You'll make a dramatic impact if you can avoid these.

Want an easy anti-wrinkle treatment? Hydrate!

As babies we are approximately 75 to 80% water, but as we grow older this percentage decreases to to as little as 55%. The more we stay hydrated, the younger we will look and feel. Water is necessary to carry toxins out of the body. Ever notice when you don't drink enough water, your skin is more likely to break out? Drink 8 ounces of water 8 times a day and you'll stay hydrated. Drink a bit more and your skin will look that much better. Drinking water in the morning is especially important if you haven't had any all night. Drink 2 glasses of water when you first wake up, and drink an extra cup for each cup of coffee or tea you drink to compensate for their diuretic effect: they take water out of your body. I find that my skin looks best when I drink 10-12 glasses of water a day.

Don’t Over Wash Your Face

Soap (which is very drying unless it contains moisturizers) and tap water (which usually contains chlorine) can both strip skin of its natural oils and any moisturizer – and sunscreen – you've applied. Even at night, this leaves your skin without protection and open to drying, which makes your skin look and feel older. Use a moisturizing cleanser or just an organic lotion to wash instead. Your skin will be more youthful and protected.

The Real Cause of Wrinkles

Most people think wrinkles are cause by dry skin, sun damage, and age. These are all contributing factors, but the real cause is facial expressions. Why do we care? If you know the cause of wrinkles, it's a lot easier to determine an effective cure. Because we know that wrinkles are not caused by dryness, we then know that wrinkle creams are not the answer. Wrinkle creams hydrate and sooth dry skin. Depending on their ingredients, they can also lighten dark spots, help exfoliate, protect from the sun and provide valuable nutrients. But wrinkle creams cannot smooth out deep wrinkles cause by repeated facial expressions. Only a physical (mechanical) counteracting of the damage done by these repeated impressions can undo wrinkles. Only an actual mechanical smoothing of the skin can change the contours of your skin.