5 Natural Things You Can Do to Look More Youthful

Going under the knife isn’t the only way to age gracefully. Here are some steps to incorporate into your daily routine to help keep your body looking and feeling sharp.

1. Practice good posture: Slouching can cause headaches, tension and a slew of other health problems. Hold your head up, roll your shoulders back and face the golden years with a smile.

2. Stay hydrated: Water helps flush toxins, supports healthy cells and helps make your skin glow. Although the recommended amount to drink per day varies per person (depending upon body size, amount of exercise, etc.), a good rule of thumb is eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids each day. Add some fresh fruit such as a lemon or orange slice to a glass of water for an extra jolt of vitamins and flavor.

3. Pamper yourself: Look no further than your pantry for some DIY TLC. For instance, mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a couple cups of water to cleanse and tighten skin after a shower. Another option: unclog pores with a homemade oatmeal mask made with one-third cup of oatmeal steeped in warm water, two tablespoons of honey, a small egg white and some plain yogurt. Mix and apply a thin layer to the face and neck for about 15 minutes.

4. Bend and stretch: Regular exercise – even just 20 minutes a day – can aid with weight maintenance and reduce aches and pains. Going for a walk, a bike ride or even simply stretching at home in a chair can do the trick.

5. Just breathe: Channel your inner yogi and take some deep breaths. Try inhaling and exhaling for four counts each – all through the nose. Or take air in through the nose and release with a big lion’s breath with your mouth open wide and your tongue out and an audible “ha.” It might look silly, but the stress will melt away. M55

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