Anti-Ag­ing Tricks

Five tips you’ve never heard be­fore

Amazing Wellness - - CONTENTS - By Lisa Turner

Five lit­tle-known tips that can make you look (and smell!) younger.

You know about fine lines, flabby thighs, and other tell­tale re­minders that time is march­ing on. But lesser-known signs of ag­ing can make you look older than your years, even if your skin’s smooth and your body’s toned. Read on for five lit­tle-known signs of ag­ing, and how to com­bat them.

1. SKIMPY BROWS.

Years of en­thu­si­as­tic tweez­ing, thread­ing, and wax­ing

can leave once-full eye­brows thin and ragged; ad­di­tion­ally, light­en­ing or even gray­ing of the eye­brow hairs makes brows look that much sparser. Ad­di­tion­ally, brow hair tends to thin with age. Very sparse outer edges of the brows can also be caused by hor­monal shifts and a de­crease in thy­roid func­tion, also com­mon with age. The re­sult: eyes look tired, old, and droopy. Youth­ful so­lu­tions: start by wax­ing and tweez­ing pru­dently to avoid over-pluck­ing hairs. Use a pen­cil, brush, or liner to fill in brows, match­ing color as closely as pos­si­ble to your nat­u­ral hair color or go­ing slightly darker. Or try sup­plemetns: iron and zinc strengthen hair fol­li­cles and can pre­vent brows from get­ting thin­ner. If you suspect thy­roid prob­lems, check with a health care pro­fes­sional, and try a thy­roid sup­port com­plex.

2. RIDGES ON NAILS.

As you age, you might no­tice length­wise bumps or ridges in the nails. Think of them as nail wrin­kles: they’re a nat­u­ral re­sult of ag­ing, caused by di­min­ished cir­cu­la­tion to the ex­trem­i­ties and the long-term ef­fects of UV ra­di­a­tion from the sun. But the ridges you see are ac­tu­ally the stronger, health­ier part of the nail; the con­cave por­tions are the dam­aged, thin­ner part of the nail, caused by di­min­ished func­tion of the nail ma­trix. Length­wise ridges evenly spaced across the nail are gen­er­ally harm­less. Hor­i­zon­tal ridges, how­ever, may sig­nal an un­der­ly­ing med­i­cal condition; check with your health care provider. Youth­ful so­lu­tions: re­sist the temp­ta­tion to file or buff ridges, or you’ll be re­mov­ing the strong­est part of the nail. In­stead, keep cu­ti­cles mois­tur­ized with a good cu­ti­cle cream that’s rich in shea but­ter or other emol­lient oil. Us­ing a su­per­mois­tur­iz­ing hand cream will also pro­tect nails through the day. And nail sup­ple­ments made with bi­otin, col­la­gen, or MSM will strengthen nails and help pre­vent ridges and break­ing.

3. BRIT­TLE HAIR.

Thick, glossy hair is a hall­mark of youth and health. But as we age, the nat­u­ral oils

on the scalp di­min­ish and hair be­comes less elas­tic and shiny. Ad­di­tion­ally, the tex­ture of the hair it­self be­comes coarser and more wiry with age as the cu­ti­cle—the outer por­tion of the hair shaft—be­gins to thin, mak­ing it more eas­ily dam­aged and brit­tle. Other age-re­lated changes to hair: the cells stop pro­duc­ing pig­ment, lead­ing to gray or white hair. And a re­duc­tion in the size of the hair fol­li­cle leads to hair thin­ning and loss. Youth­ful so­lu­tions: use a gen­tle, mois­tur­iz­ing sham­poo and con­di­tioner, with plant oils and hair-nour­ish­ing in­gre­di­ents such as bi­otin, horse­tail, or net­tles. Also, try a weekly in­ten­sive hair con­di­tioner that’s rich in neem or ar­gan oil. Sup­ple­ments with bi­otin, sil­ica, col­la­gen, ker­atin, and amla (In­dian goose­berry) can also en­sure more lus­trous locks.

4. OLD-PEO­PLE SMELL.

You’ve heard of it, and it’s re­ally a thing: that char­ac­ter­is­tic “old-peo­ple smell” is caused by break­down of the skin’s an­tiox­i­dant de­fenses and a ten­dency for sur­face oils, es­pe­cially omega-7 fats, to be­come ox­i­dized more rapidly. These fats re­act with oxy­gen, form­ing a chem­i­cal com­pound called none­nal—re­spon­si­ble for the greasy, sweet-ish odor. It can start in peo­ple as young as 40, and is ex­ac­er­bated by dur­ing menopause. Higher lev­els of testosterone are also as­so­ci­ated with none­nal; one study found mid­dle-aged men smelled worse than any

the ox­i­dized fats are not wa­ter sol­u­ble, so nor­mal wash­ing with soap and wa­ter won’t help. Youth­ful so­lu­tions: clean up your diet; al­co­hol, meat, and fat can in­crease ox­i­da­tion of fats on the skin, ex­ac­er­bat­ing none­nal odors. Use lotions and mois­tur­iz­ers en­riched with an­tiox­i­dants such as vi­ta­mins A, C, and E to strengthen skin and com­bat ox­i­da­tion. Look for soaps, sprays, and washes that con­tain green tea or per­sim­mon; some stud­ies sug­gest the an­tiox­i­dants in both can com­bat none­nal.

5. DULL EYES.

Bright eyes with clear, lu­mi­nous whites sig­nal youth. But as we age, changes to the sclera (the white of the eyes) af­ter years of ex­po­sure to UV sun­light, pol­lu­tion, and con­tam­i­nants can lead to sub­tle yel­low­ing and dull­ness in the whites of the eyes. A de­crease in the num­ber of mu­cous cells that line the eye­lids can lead to di­min­ished tear pro­duc­tion and dryer eyes, re­sult­ing in

And over­all bright­ness is im­pacted by droop­ing eye­lids and bags un­der the eyes, which can cast shad­ows and leave eyes look­ing dull

Youth­ful so­lu­tions: lin­ing the in­ner rim of the lower eye­lid with a flesh-toned or white pen­cil can make your peep­ers look whiter and brighter. Home­o­pathic eye drops help re­move red­ness and mois­tur­ize dry eyes. Eye creams with caf­feine can di­min­ish eye puffi­ness and re­duce dark cir­cles. And eye sup­ple­ments high in lutein, as­tax­an­thin, zeax­an­thin, rutin, and an­tho­cyanins will keep eyes glow­ing and bright from the inside out.

Us­ing a su­per­mois­tur­iz­ing hand cream will pro­tect nails through­out the day.

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