3 Sneaky Things That Age You

 In Anti-Aging

We know the big things that make you look or feel older. Wrinkles, gray hair, or conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or arthritis come to mind. But if you are one of those people that generally looks and feels healthy but still get mistaken for a person a little older, take a look at these sneaky things that age you. Once you know what they are, you can take some pro-active anti-aging steps to eliminate them for a younger, healthier you!

The eyes have it! Is the skin under your eyes puffy? Or do you frequently notice dark circles under the eyes, no matter how much you seem to sleep? Both of these seemingly small issues can cause you to look tired…haggard…and old. If you get enough sleep but still experience puffiness, try changing your sleep position. Sleeping on your side or stomach can cause fluid to pool around the eyes, while sleeping on your back will let that fluid drain away from the eye area. Those dark circles are often the result of a loss of fat stores under your eyes as you age. Minimize the darkness by checking for allergies, a common culprit, or by keeping your weight steady. Dramatic weight gain or loss can decrease the elasticity of your skin and cause a hollow or shadowy effect.

Yellow is for the sun, not your teeth. There’s nothing like a smile filled with spotty discolored teeth. Even if your skin is smooth and your hair is bright, those not-so-pearly whites can age you in an instant. Coffee, smoking, drinking soda, and a host of foods you eat, not to mention spotty dental care, can age your teeth. Whitening toothpastes may help a little, but whitening strips or procedures at your dentist will last longer and make you feel good about smiling again.

Your outlook is blue skies and sunshine, right? How you feel is often reflected in how you look. A happy, confident person is not going to be slumped over, with worry lines and frown lines etched into his or her skin. That is is the mark of a person who needs to find some peace and happiness, whether it be through spiritual help, therapy, exercise, or any number of feel-good strategies that will work for you. We wear our hearts on our sleeves, so lets also wear our happiness on our face!

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