Eat young

Glamour (South Africa) - - Health Update -

Cut back on the foods that are sure to age your skin. Sug­ary foods break down col­la­gen and elastin, caus­ing dull­ness and wrin­kles over time. “But there’s no rea­son to skip dark choco­late,” says der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Ava Sham­ban. It has a low gly­caemic index, so it doesn’t spike blood sugar. “And honey is the best sweet­ener, as it’s full of an­tiox­i­dants.” Spicy foods can cause rosacea flare-ups. “They trig­ger in­flam­ma­tion and flush­ing,” says Dr Sham­ban. Also watch out for cof­fee. It de­hy­drates skin, mak­ing it look older, al­though the polyphe­nols it con­tains could have an up­side: a new study re­vealed that women who drank three cups a day had the fewest age spots. For a win-win, fol­low up with a glass of wa­ter.

Wake up hap­pier

Morn­ings are tough, but hav­ing a pregame be­fore bed will make your tran­si­tion from lights out to sun­rise a lot mel­lower. And since stress can lead to pre­ma­ture age­ing, wak­ing up calm is es­sen­tial. It’s smart to prep for to­mor­row morn­ing be­fore it’s to­mor­row morn­ing, but don’t stop at set­ting the cof­fee-pot timer! Pull out a cute mug that you en­joy sip­ping from, and put your al­mond milk front and cen­tre in the fridge. Work­ing out to­mor­row? Lay out your socks, keys and head­phones, plus any­thing else that you need to get your­self out the door.

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