What motivates your quest to look younger? The wrinkles around your eyes that weren’t there yesterday? Or a grey hair on your head, in your beard, or worse… in your underwear?
We all dread the day when girls stop calling us babe and start calling us sir. And if it hasn’t happened to you yet, get ready - because it definitely will!
The good news is, the secrets to looking younger aren’t exactly secret - and fellas - it’s something the girls have known all along.
Don’t worry, you won’t have to schedule weekly visits to the salon to gossip with the girls, like your mum does. Because we’ve done the digging for you, asked the tough questions, and uncovered the tips and tricks the girls have known all these years.
The 7 Best Ways To Get You Looking Younger
Ever noticed how girls are always carrying water bottles with them?
That’s because, they know that a hydrated body means hydrated skin and hydrated skin is the key to looking healthier and younger.
This is due to a polysaccharide in your body known as hyaluronic acid, which is found in our skin and connective tissues. Basically, hyaluronic acid holds moisture; up to 1,000 times it’s weight in water per molecule.
Ensuring you’re properly hydrated means the hyaluronic acid in your body will keep your skin firm and full, reducing signs of dryness and cracking: aka those news new wrinkles around your eyes that are worrying you so much.
If you’re thinking you can stop reading this article now, because all you need to do is slam 20L of water a day, you’d be wrong.
Unfortunately, as we age our bodies are less likely to produce hyaluronic acid naturally, and our skin will get dryer and dryer no matter how much water we drink in a day.
But don’t stress, because the girls have got this problem sorted and the solution will be covered in the next section.
Cleanse and Moisturise Your Skin
Ever wondered why women have so many damn creams and washes in their bathroom cabinets? Well, believe it or not, there’s a method to their madness.
As we mentioned earlier, the older we get, the less likely we are to naturally produce hyaluronic acid; however, we can apply it to our skin with the help of moisturising creams.
Fellas, before you go and slap a ton of cream on your face, you need to know that moisturising by itself just doesn’t cut it. This is because, as the girls know, you need to fully cleanse your skin before whacking on the moisturiser.
Why? Because a good cleanser will rid the impurities that are stuck to your skin, which often lead to:
- Dead skin build up,
- Blockages of your pores leading to breakouts, and
- Decreased natural sebum secretion
Sebum? What the heck is sebum?
We know it sounds like an illness you’d get on a fishing trip with your mates, but sebum is needed to lubricate the skin and keep it moist.
After you’re done cleansing, you’re all set to start applying a moisturiser. Remember, if you have sensitive skin, you may want to choose a moisturiser with natural ingredients to avoid irritations and breakouts.
Poor sleep quality has been correlated with increased cortisol levels in the body: the hormone associated with stress and the flight or flight response.
Cortisol is essential to our wellbeing and you should never aim to get rid of it completely (because you can’t for one thing), but rather seek to decrease the levels secreted as the day progresses.
Cortisol secretion is great in the morning for getting us alert and energised; however, at night it sucks for your sleep.
Unwanted elevated cortisol levels not only screw your sleep, making every day look like the day after a buck’s party bender, it also increases inflammation in the body, which can accelerate aging, and also elevate another hormone known as ghrelin, the “hunger hormone”, which can lead to non-stop eating and obesity.
To combat this, start working on improving your quality of sleep each and every night by:
- Cutting down on stimulants later in the day, like caffeine, chocolate and pre-workout supplements.
- Practicing deep breathing or meditation to wind down and prepare yourself for bed.
- Get into a routine of reducing stimulation, work and problem solving tasks after 4pm. The less you have to think, the easier it will be to fall asleep.
Also, aim to reduce artificial light at night from devices like computers, laptops, tablets and TVs. These devices emit heavy amounts of blue light, which mimic the light from the sun.
The more your body is exposed to blue light, the more it will think it is daytime.
And what hormone is secreted in the daytime? If you guessed cortisol, you just earned yourself some serious brownie points.
Get Some Greens Into You!
Some of the best foods for helping your skin look younger are green foods. And sorry, this doesn’t include green M&M’s or Skittles.
Green leafy vegetables are a powerhouse for the health of your skin, packing awesome nutrients such as:
- Vitamin E – powerful protection for your skin cells
- Chlorophyll – mopping up free radicals for anti-aging
- Folate – DNA repair and new skin cell development
- Beta carotene – skin repair and regeneration
- Lutein – aiding in the hydration of your skin
- And much, much more – because more is better, right?
Adding tea to your day, especially green tea, is a great way to improve hydration and fight inflammation.
Green tea contains a number of heavy-duty antioxidants, with the ability to reduce the risk of a number of diseases by fighting inflammation and oxidative stress.
Green tea also contains an antioxidant called EGCG, which has been linked to skin cell rejuvenation: reenergising dying skin cells and fighting a number of skin conditions, including those sinister wrinkles spreading around your face.
Eat Oily Fish
Adding oily fish to your diet can provide a number of awesome anti-aging benefits for your skin.
This is due to the relatively high levels of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids found in oily fish, which have been linked to the reduction of inflammation, acne and psoriasis, providing you with younger and smoother looking skin.
Start adding these oily fish to your diet, today:
If seafood isn’t your thing, you can try supplementing Omega 3s into your diet by taking fish oils, krill oils or capsules containing New Zealand Green Lipped Muscles.
Have More Sex!
The next time the missus tells you she’s got a headache, let her know that you’re not doing it just to get you’re rocks off, but you’re doing it to help you both look younger!
Research suggest that regularly rolling around in the hay can increase the production of human growth hormone in the body, causing the skin to look more elastic and therefore younger - 5 to 7 years younger in fact.
With that in mind, you need to be doing the deed regularly, and only engaging in the single player version just won’t cut it. Start pencilling time to engage in sex at least 3 times per week, ahem, for the sake of your skin!
If you want, feel free to tell your partner a higher number than what we suggested above… you have our sincerest blessings.