Woman’s Day (Australia)
7 health tweaks to drop a DECADE! Actress Reese Witherspoon, 40, favours soy milk.
Give these simple anti-ageing tips a redhot go. Your face ace will thank you for it!
1 SAY NO TO YO-YO DIETS
Quick-fix yo-yo diets can wreak havoc on your body and lead to premature ageing. In fact, one study found losing just a single dress size quickly can make you look as much as four years older! Dramatic weight loss over a short period can cause your skin to sag and you may develop wrinkles and dark circles under your eyes. Keeping your weight steady as you age helps your skin hold its elasticity.
2 GROW A THICK SKIN
Thin, crepey skin is a classic sign of ageing, so avoid it by getting plenty of antioxidant-rich fruit and veg. Remember: the more colourful they are, the more vitamins and minerals they contain. The nutrients in leafy greens such as spinach and kale act as a protective barrier for your skin, while lycopene-rich tomatoes protect against the ageing effects of
3 SLEEP ON YOUR BACK
Lack of sleep can cause puffy eyes and dark circles, but the way you sleep could also be giving you wrinkles. Side-sleepers are likely to develop lines around the eyes, cheeks and chin, while stomach-snoozers are at risk of deep frown lines. Try sleeping on your back – it’ll help drain fluid so you don’t wake up puffy.
4 SKIP A MEAL OR TWO
The health world’s been going bananas for intermittent fasting for a while, but as well as its weight-loss benefits, it’s also one of the most effective ways to look and feel younger. Fasting speeds up your body’s ability to repair itself and create new cells, for clearer, glowing skin. Reducing your food intake on alternate days can also decrease your risk of agerelated conditions such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
5 SWAP COFFEE FOR HOT CHOCCY
Just not the sugary stuff! A recent study found unsweetened cocoa contains powerful antioxidants that protect your skin from harsh sun damage, while also locking in moisture to keep skin supple. We’ll take a mug of that!
6 GET BETWEEN THE SHEETS!
Cue mood music… A healthy sex life can help you look and feel younger – up to 10 years younger if you do the deed three times a week! When you’re getting busy, your body releases a hormone that keeps skin elasticity in check. Time for a date night!
7 SAY AHOY TO SOY
Check the ingredients of any anti-ageing skincare product and you’ll probably find a derivative of soy. Compounds in soy help brighten skin tone, reverse sun damage and tighten sagging skin. Plus, one study found that soy supplements can actually reduce the appearance of fine lines.