Aging is a fact of life. But not everyone is prepared to see their faces in the mirror one morning to find all those lines and age spots. Vanity is a sin they say, but who wouldn’t want to look younger than their years?
For people who can afford it, there are cosmetic surgeries to get rid of those wrinkles and dark spots. But, not everyone is fortunate enough to have the time and resources for these procedures. Luckily, there are some steps that you can take to make your face look younger and healthier. Plus, it doesn’t take too much effort, time or money.
Sleep is the one thing that most people take for granted, and yet it’s one of the most essential needs of your body. Sleep deprivation, or not having enough rest, could lead to a weaker immune system and dry-looking skin. If you don’t get enough sleep, you’re adding eye bags and folds on your face.
The best solution is a 6-8 hour sleep. But, you don’t need to force yourself to extend to these hours. Too much sleep can give you a headache and puffy eyes. Your best sleep actually depends on your body. If your body feels well rested after a five hour sleep, then that’s fine. Just make sure you have a comfortable and uninterrupted sleep.
During the day, when you feel like taking short naps, do so. Resting your eyes, especially if you’ve been in front of a computer all day, can help you get rid of those dark bags under your eyes. A good technique is the 20-20-20 – rest your eyes every 20 minutes by looking something approximately 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds.
Your body is mostly made up of water, and that’s for a reason. A well-hydrated body can be seen through the skin. Eye bags are actually caused by your eyes retaining too much water, mostly because of dehydration or overexposure to computer screen radiation. So if you want younger, tighter and smoother skin, drink lots of water every day.
Aside from drinking lots of water, your skin needs vitamins to maintain its glow and smoothness. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables, especially the green leafy ones, can help your skin look younger and more radiant.
Smoking and drinking alcohol might relieve some of the stress you’re feeling, but they speed up your body’s aging process. The chemicals from cigarettes rob your skin of their nutrients, and alcohol dehydrates your system. It’s best to just keep away from these vices and focus on sleeping more. If you feel stressed, try a stress ball. You can also take a quick nap. If you need to stay awake, a quick jog can jump-start your system.
Simple home remedies for eye bags and wrinkles
Who needs the needle when you have tea bags and veggies at home?
If you’re worried about wrinkles and eye bags, here are a few simple home remedies that can help you get rid of them.
- Tea bags – Tea contains antioxidants that relax the muscles under your eyes and tighten your skin, thus eliminating those dark bags and folds. After preparing your tea, cool the tea bag and place them over your eyes for an instant eye spa. If you want a cool effect, try using mint green tea bags.
- Cucumbers and Potatoes – Potatoes are known to have anti-inflammatory properties, and cucumbers also contain substances that relax and relieve eye puffiness and eye bags. Get a couple of sliced, cooled cucumber, or a grated potato poultice, and place them over your eyes.
- Cold Water Treatment – A cool splash of water can help relax and hydrate your eyes. Even after staring at the computer for long hours, you can place a piece of cloth dipped in cold water over your eyes. This would lessen the appearance of eye bags.
- Don’t stretch too much – Stretching your face muscles too much can lead to early wrinkles and crow’s feet. Try not to frown too often. But don’t smile too much, either. Just maintain a happy, cheerful look.
Sun and pollution are the worst enemies of your skin. During summer, never forget to hydrate well and bring an umbrella, a hat and your favourite pair of shades. Less exposure to smoke and dust could also help in maintaining a younger-looking face.
The skin on your face needs exfoliation too, but less than the skin on the rest of your body. You can use a smoother stone to rub on your face, or a loofa that’s softer and less rough. Be gentle when exfoliating your face, rubbing in a circular motion. After exfoliating, a quick massage would also help tighten your skin and make it look younger and smoother.
Beauty is a gift that passes with time. But, who wouldn’t want to slow the process? All it takes is a little discipline on your part. And why spend so much money on something you can easily have by just doing this few steps? Taking care of your body doesn’t have to stress you out. It should be an enjoyable process, with the end product being a healthier and more beautiful you.