You might have made up your mind to eat healthy or exercise more for the new year, although the cold weather and a lack of proper motivation can often end such resolutions just as quickly as they’re thought up. Yet this year, you can try focusing on something different: to look and feel younger. Here are five simple habits to help you look younger in 2016, from an article I found online:
Start wearing gloves when you wash the dishes: Dish washing isn’t a chore that’s going to go away any time soon. Before you find yourself tackling a mountain of dishes, slip on a pair of gloves. Hands are often said to be the number-one giveaway of age, making us seem even older than we actually are! When we apply anti-aging creams to our faces and necks, hands can easily get neglected, but they need plenty of help as well. Exposure to hot water and abrasive dish soap can leave your hands dry by stripping away precious natural oils, leading your skin to become parched, irritated and cracked. Yet by wearing gloves, you can protect your skin’s natural barrier.
Stick to your bedtime: Getting back to a sleep routine after the holidays can be difficult, but a lack of sleep has been shown to accelerate the aging process of your skin. One study even stated that a lack of sleep leads to increased visibility of fine lines and wrinkles. Since sleep pattern disturbances are common as you age, try moving up your bedtime 15 minutes each day until you can get enough sleep. To make sure that you’ll be able to fall asleep, stay away from caffeine after lunch and avoid taking naps.
Don’t sleep with your makeup on: This is a pretty bad habit, that can lead to a number of nasty skin conditions. Dermatologists say that sleeping in makeup can increase your exposure to free radicals, break down collagen and prematurely age your skin. To make sure this doesn’t happen, be sure to take the extra minute every night to wash off your makeup before going to sleep.
Use a fitness tracker: Plenty of times you don’t see the results of diet and exercise because you’re underestimating how much you’re actually eating. Log your meals with a fitness tracking app or food diary to fix that.
Ease up on hairstyling tools: Hair is another area where people don’t focus as much attention as they should. Gray hairs aren’t the only thing that give away age. If your hair starts to thin or lose its volume, you might be more tempted to use straighteners and curlers, yet hair experts have warned that too much styling can damage the hair’s cuticle and make it more prone to breakage. Limit your use to three times a week at most, and try using heat-protection products to mitigate the damage.