Cut back on salt and alcohol
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.