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The Easiest Way to Look Younger, Says Science

Expert shares health habits that help you look younger. 
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While age is just a number, there's no shame in wanting to preserve your youthful appearance and delay the signs of aging. With a few healthy habits, slowing down the process is achievable and Eat This, Not That! Health spoke with Dr. Tomi Mitchell, a Board-Certified Family Physician with Holistic Wellness Strategies who explains the easiest way to look younger. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.


The Fountain of Youth

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Dr. Mitchell says, "The quest for the fountain of youth is something that has been talked about for centuries. Most people, if asked, would agree that they would like to look younger. In some cases, they want to look better than they feel. Whatever the reasons for wanting to reduce the appearance of aging, people have been trying different things throughout history in hopes of achieving a more youthful appearance. While some methods, such as using cosmetics or undergoing surgery, may provide quick results, there is no single foolproof method for achieving a lasting youthful appearance. In the end, aging is a natural process that everyone must experience, and everyone will eventually find themselves looking older than they feel.

I have been working in the medical field for over a decade, and in that time I have held many different positions. One of the positions is that of a cosmetic injector. In this role, I have seen thousands of clients come to me with a common request—they want to look younger. Whether it is subtle changes they are after or a complete overhaul, they all want to look younger ultimately. There are many different ways that I can help my clients achieve their goal of looking younger. It is as simple as removing crow's feet or forehead lines for some. For others, it may be more involved, such as getting fillers to plump up sunken cheeks or getting Botox to smooth out deep wrinkles. No matter their individual needs, I strive to give my clients the best possible results.

I love seeing the transformation in my clients when they see their youthful new faces in the mirror. It is always gratifying to know that I have helped them achieve their goal of looking younger and feeling better about themselves. However, regardless of the treatment options, there are steps we can all take to look younger. As we age, it's common for our skin to become dull and dry. We may start to see wrinkles, dark spots, and other signs of aging. While there's no way to completely stop the aging process, there are some things we can do to help us look younger. Here are six tips to look younger:"


Moisturize Daily

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Dr. Mitchell explains, "Keeping our skin hydrated is one of the best things we can do to keep it looking young and healthy. When skin is moisturized correctly, it appears plumper and firmer, with fewer fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, moisturized skin is better able to protect itself from damage caused by sun exposure, pollution, and other environmental factors. Additionally, correctly moisturizing our skin helps it to better retain its natural moisture levels, making it less likely to become dry, dull, and prematurely aged. By taking the time to moisturize our skin every day, we can help to keep it looking its best for years to come. Moisturizing helps to hydrate the skin and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. It's not just our face that needs moisture. It is important not to forget the neck and our feet. Your feet can become scaly, dry, and even cracked. Without adequate moisture Cracked skin is not only painful but also provides an open door for infection. Moreover, dry skin can lead to calluses and corns, further complicating foot care. The best way to prevent these problems is to moisturize your feet on a daily basis. This can be done with lotion, cream, or even petroleum jelly. In addition, make sure to pay special attention to areas prone to dryness, such as the heels and balls of the feet. By taking these simple steps, you can ensure that your feet stay healthy."


Exfoliate Regularly

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"As we age, our skin cells begin to die quicker than when we were younger," says Dr. Mitchell. "Additionally, our skin produces less oil, leading to dryness, flakiness, and a dull appearance. Exfoliating helps remove dead skin cells and promote cell turnover, giving the skin a refreshed and more youthful appearance. Additionally, exfoliating can help to unclog pores and prevent breakouts. When done correctly, exfoliating can leave the skin feeling softer, smoother, and brighter. However, it is essential to use caution when exfoliating, as over-exfoliation can damage the skin's barrier function and lead to irritation. Therefore, it is necessary to consult a skin care professional to determine how often one should exfoliate their skin."


Use Sunscreen

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Dr. Mitchell states, "It's no secret that ultraviolet (UV) rays harm our health. Prolonged exposure can cause skin cancer, premature aging, and other serious health problems. That's why it's so important to use sunscreen every day, even when it's cloudy. UV rays can penetrate clouds, so don't let the weather fool you into thinking it's safe to skip the sunscreen. In addition to protecting your health, sunscreen can help you look younger. Sun damage is a major cause of wrinkles and other signs of aging, so using sunscreen daily can help you keep your skin looking young and healthy. So don't forget to apply sunscreen before heading outdoors, and enjoy the sun safely!"


Get Enough Sleep

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Dr. Mitchell shares, "Getting enough sleep is vital for overall health, but did you know that it is also essential for keeping your skin looking its best? That's because when you sleep, your body can repair and regenerate cells, including skin cells. Getting enough rest helps to promote collagen production, which keeps skin looking firm and youthful. It also gives your skin a chance to recover from the day's environmental stressors, such as pollution and UV exposure. In addition, adequate sleep helps to regulate hormone levels, which can impact the health of your skin. So if you're looking to keep your complexion looking its best, get plenty of rest!"


Eat a Healthy Diet


Dr. Mitchell reminds us, "A healthy diet helps nourish the body and provide the nutrients needed for cell growth and repair. What you eat affects your overall health. But did you know that eating a healthy diet is essential for maintaining a youthful appearance? That's right – what you put into your body can help you look your best. A healthy diet helps nourish the body and provide the nutrients needed for cell growth and repair. In addition, foods like fruits and vegetables – packed with antioxidants – can help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. As a result, eating a healthy diet is good for your health and can also help you look younger and more radiant. So if you want to keep your skin looking its best, include plenty of healthy foods in your diet like salmon, avocados, blueberries, turmeric, and spinach."  


Avoid Smoking

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According to Dr. Mitchell, "Smoking damages the skin by reducing blood flow and causing wrinkles. Smoking is one of those habits that I am very passionate about people quitting. Many health risks are associated with smoking, including lung cancer, emphysema, and heart disease. Not to mention, smoking can age you significantly and make you look older than your actual age. So why does smoking make you look older? The answer has to do with the way smoking affects the skin. Smoking decreases the blood flow to the skin, decreasing the production of collagen and elastin. These two proteins are essential for keeping the skin looking young and healthy. In addition, smoking also damages the skin cells themselves, resulting in wrinkles and sagging skin. So if you're looking to quit smoking for your health, you might also want to consider quitting for your appearance!"


Why Healthy Habits are Important

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Dr. Mitchell says, "Whether you are investing in medical-grade skin care, non-surgical cosmetic procedures, chemical peels, or surgical intervention- it is imperative to live a healthy lifestyle so you will look and feel better from the inside out. Eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep are all essential factors in achieving and maintaining optimal health. In addition, managing stress levels can also impact your overall well-being. It shows in your appearance when you take care of yourself both physically and emotionally. You will have more energy, your skin will be glowing, and you will exude confidence. Making healthy lifestyle choices is an investment that will pay off both now and in the future."

Heather Newgen
Heather Newgen has two decades of experience reporting and writing about health, fitness, entertainment and travel. Heather currently freelances for several publications. Read more about Heather
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