Cut back on salt and al­co­hol

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Re­duc­ing your in­take of both salt and al­co­hol can help to lower your blood pres­sure – and that’s good news be­cause women with lower blood pres­sure have less saggy fa­cial skin, ac­cord­ing to Dutch re­search.

It’s an ef­fect that makes them look two years younger, com­pared to women with higher blood pres­sure. It’s not known ex­actly how blood

pres­sure con­trib­utes to fa­cial age­ing, but the re­searchers say blood pres­sure is a risk fac­tor for car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, and that peo­ple in this risk cat­e­gory of­ten look older than they are.

Make it work by: Eat­ing no more than 6g of salt, which is 2400mg of sodium, a day.

That’s roughly a tea­spoon of salt. About 75 per cent of most peo­ple’s daily salt in­take comes from pack­aged and pro­cessed foods like cheese, ce­real and bread, so read the nu­tri­tion in­for­ma­tion panel to see how much sodium a food con­tains.

To re­duce your salt in­take, stick mainly to fresh, un­pro­cessed foods and choose low-salt ver­sions of pack­aged foods. And if you do drink al­co­hol, don’t con­sume more than two stan­dard drinks a day.

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