• Melissa Kartini

Anti-Aging Tips That Won't Kill Your Wallet

Updated: Aug 6, 2018


As the years pile on, it is only expected for signs of aging to creep in too. But before you splurge on all those expensive creams and masks, it is best to remember that one of most effective ways to stay young is to build a solid foundation first.


All the skincare in the world won’t be able to help if you don’t take care of yourself. At least not as much as you’d hope.


Here are five inexpensive ways to keep yourself looking young.


Get your beauty sleep

We’ve all heard this a thousand times, and there’s a darned good reason for it. According to dermatologists, our skin requires some precious downtime in order to repair itself, and this is primarily done whilst we’re asleep. So the next time you’re thinking of hitting the sack late, remember that by doing so, you’re depriving your skin of much needed reparation.


Perhaps you can get away with this once or twice once in a while, but do it too much and it’ll take a toll on you. Lack of sleep leads to dull, sagging skin and puffy eyes- definitely not a good look on anyone.


Stay hydrated

Dry skin sufferers know how important it is to keep their skin moisturised. This is because if it isn’t, their skin will experience flakiness and are much more prone to forming fine lines- which can lead to wrinkles. With this logic in mind, drinking lots of water will keep your skin hydrated, and therefore ensure it looks plump and youthful.


If that’s not enough to convince you to start drinking more water, perhaps this will. Do you know the Hsu sisters and their mother? Believe it or not, the secret behind their youthful looks is water.


Stop smoking and drinking

Smoking and drinking are habits that can dehydrate your skin, and therefore speed up the aging process. As mentioned before, dehydrated skin tends to be dull and riddled with fine lines and wrinkles- again, hardly a flattering look on anyone. This is not to mention the health complications that come from these habits as well, but that’s a story for another day.


If you must drink, do it in moderation. Your body will thank you for it in the long run.


Eat and drink right

What you put in your body will reflect on the outside. This will forever be an undeniable truth. Which is why it is important to eat food that will help nourish your skin. Drink lots of water and green tea, and avoid anything that can dehydrate you. And this one might surprise you, but sugar and white carbohydrates can actually age you faster, so it would be best to avoid those as much as you can.


Opt for food that are high in protein, antioxidants and vitamin C; these are things that can help you keep looking youthful.


Exercise

If you’re a fan of beauty and not a fan of looking older beyond your years, then it’s time to get moving. Exercising is an excellent way to maintain our looks, yet it is something that many of us neglect to do. According to experts, exercise increases blood flow to the skin, and this in turn promotes a healthy, glowing complexion. Which is absolute yum for most of us out there, isn’t it?


Strapped for time? Working out just 20-30 minutes for four to five times a week can make all the difference in the world.


Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini

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