You may have heard of a breakthrough skin care product or a pill that will take years off your looks, but do you know that looking young and amazingly beautiful takes more than just stuff you put on your face or taking supplements? The latest studies on beauty and aging reveal that there is a direct relationship between beauty and aging and stress as well as what you eat and your daily activities. Therefore, anyone who wishes to shave years off of their looks or those who want to retain their youthful beauty should focus on managing stress, eating right and increasing physical activity.

Stress management strategies

There is no doubt that our mood impacts our physiology. When the body is subjected to chronic stress, a hormone called cortisol is continuously produced. Cortisol is responsible for high blood pressure, collagen breakdown and weight gain. As collagen is continuously broken down, the skin is unable to keep up with repairs and this, therefore, results in blemishes, wrinkles and age marks. You can significantly reduce stress by taking enough rest, sleep and engaging in relaxing activities. Planning your day a day before could also help and talking to your circle of friends and family also helps a lot.

Eat healthy, look healthy

You are what you eat and therefore eating healthy foods will also result in good health and wellness. There are so many healthy foods to eat but focus more on natural foods or food that are available in their natural state; these are food that do not contain chemicals or preservatives. You should at a lot of foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Don’t forget foods that are high in dietary fiber; fiber helps remove toxins from the body and reduce blood pressure levels. Fruits and veggies have the highest fiber content as well as whole wheat and grains.

A part of eating right is drinking enough water each day. Water flushes out toxins and helps hydrate you inside and out. Avoid caffeinated drinks and alcoholic beverages as much as possible.

Get up and do more!

Physical activity is very important in staying young and looking good. If you are used to sitting in front of the television or computer then it is high time to get up and become more physically active. Start with physical activities that you love to do such as your favorite sport or hobby. Sports such as basketball, soccer, and swimming, cycling and running are perfect or you could hike, jog or walk. By simply adding walking your dog or walking to the local market you will be taking the first steps into better health.

Improving your lifestyle

Some daily habits have made us more susceptible to aging and illness. Habits such as smoking and poor sleep or not enough sleep wreck our bodies and destroy our health more than we think. If you smoke then today is the best day to stop. Smoking is known to accelerate the signs of aging and studies even show that smokers look 2 to 4 times older than non- smokers. This is because nicotine affects the way your blood delivers oxygen to your tissues resulting in wrinkles and dry skin.

And when it comes to the effects of smoking on hair, smoking also accelerates hair follicle damage by generating cell-damaging free radicals leading to thinner and grayer hair sooner than nonsmokers.

All these factors affect aging and beauty. Considering all these will help you keep looking beautiful and young not just on the outside but also the inside as well.