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Studies Show These are Proven Ways to Look Younger

Look younger and feel great all day.
FACT CHECKED BY Aaron Goldfarb

The anti-aging cosmetics industry is a multi-billion-dollar business and growing as it feeds on Americans' constant desire to look younger. Save your money. Science has found there are ways to look younger that don't cost a thing and will make you feel great all day. Read on to find out more—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You May Have Already Had COVID.


Get Quality Sleep

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In a 2020 study published in the journal Skin Research and Technology, Korean researchers examined the effect of reduced sleep on women's skin. They asked a group of study participants to sleep only four hours a night for six nights. The researchers found that after only one night, the lack of sleep reduced the women's skin hydration, gloss and elasticity, and increased wrinkles.

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Reduce Stress

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"Cumulative DNA damage, immune dysfunctions, and oxidative stress are the most accepted theories regarding aging, and stress is actively involved in each," wrote the authors of a 2017 study in the journal Maedica. Prolonged stress causes the brain to pump out elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which actually suppresses the two proteins that keep skin looking plump and youthful: hyaluronan synthase and collagen.

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Avoid Excessive Sun Exposure

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Studies have found that exposure to UV radiation via the sun is responsible for 80% of skin aging. Photoaging, as it's called, often results in wrinkles, sunspots, freckles, sagging and dull skin. To avoid it: Use a daily moisturizer with sunscreen. Experts like mineral sunscreens (those containing zinc or titanium dioxide) and recommend more than 30 SPF.

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Exercise Regularly

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Telomeres are the parts of our chromosomes that hold DNA; as we age, they get shorter. A 2017 study published in the journal Preventative Medicine found that adults who were highly physically active (defined as getting 30 minutes of exercise, five days a week) had telomeres that were nine years "younger" than those who were sedentary.

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Don't Overdo the Booze

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For a study published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, researchers analyzed the self-reported signs of aging from more than 3,200 women worldwide, comparing them to their level of alcohol use. Heavy drinking (more than eight drinks a week) was associated with "increased upper facial lines, under-eye puffiness, oral commissures, midface volume loss, and blood vessels," the scientists wrote. 


Eat Less Sugar


Once you ingest sugar, it gets right to work—at making you look older. In the body, sugar forms substances called advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs). These reduce the production of collagen and elastin, making skin look slack and dull. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more about Alek
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