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5 Ways to Turn Back the Aging Clock: Beauty Blog by Gwen

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5 Ways to Turn Back the Aging Clock


Aging is a natural process, but unfortunately, nobody in the world wants to get older. At the very least, nobody wants to look older than they really are!


That’s why products that aim to turn back the clock and make you look like a previous version of yourself are so popular and people spend millions of dollars each year on anti-aging and beauty product. While there might not be a silver bullet for aging, there are some very real ways you can help turn back the aging clock – at least a few minutes.


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Protect Yourself From the Sun


Nothing makes you look older faster than sun damage. For that reason, it’s incredibly important that you protect yourself from the sun every minute that you’re outside – even on days when you don’t think the sun is likely to be a major problem.


To protect yourself, get in the habit of applying sunblock on a regular basis, and always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreens with SPF factors in the 100s aren’t necessary, but reapplying regularly is.


Get in the habit of applying sunscreen early and often.


Eat More Vegetables


You know vegetables are good for you and are packed with healthy vitamins, nutrients, and minerals. Now there’s also some evidence that they may actually work to slow the aging process by getting rid of toxins and reducing oxidative damage in the body.


How many vegetables do you need to eat? There’s no exact answer, but following the Harvard School of Public Health’s recommendation of about 2 1/2 cups per day is can’t hurt.



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Get More Sleep


Americans don’t get enough sleep, and the average American is several hours under the recommended eight hours per night. Unfortunately, when you don’t get enough rest, your body creates the stress hormone cortisol, which breaks down skin cells.


On the other side of the coin, getting enough rest each night aids in HGH production – the human growth hormone – which helps your body create new skin cells faster!


Reduce Your Stress Level


Nobody enjoys stress, and unfortunately, a certain amount is just part of life for most people. However, taking steps to reduce the amount of stress you experience can help you look better and younger.


Like not getting enough sleep, being stressed out raises cortisol levels in the blood, which causes thinner skin and even makes you weaker by reducing muscular tissue under the skin. By reducing stress, you’ll lower your cortisol levels, lending to a younger and more youthful appearance.


To reduce stress, many experts recommend taking up a hobby you enjoy or simply making time to relax each day. Activities like yoga, meditation, and even plain old exercise can be helpful for reducing stress and they’re also good for your body and mind.


Try Sleeping on Your Back


Sleeping on your back might sound like strange advice for preventing the signs of aging from showing, but the way you sleep can affect how you look. That’s because sleeping on your side can create “cleavage” wrinkles when the skin is pressed together, and sleeping on your stomach results in wrinkles on your neck from being pressed up against your pillow all night.


Although difficult to change your sleep patterns overnight, trying to fall asleep on your back is a step in the right direction.


Most of these tips are pretty simple, and chances are you already know that they’re good for you! However, that’s what’s most important when it comes to aging – doing the things you know you should, like wearing sunscreen and eating right.


Cosmetics companies can offer all the miracle creams and cures they want, but there’s no substitute for taking care of yourself.


Gwen Lewis is a freelance writer in Southern California. She encourages everyone to take practical steps toward looking younger and becoming healthier. As a beauty and health writer, she often contributes to the Skintrium blog.



Guest Blog: Skincare for Watersports Enthusiasts, by Emily from Sports Direct

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Hi Swish Readers! I know that you are all very active in the water, and if you are like me, it can take a toll on your skin!  Luckily for us, Emily Matthews from Sports Direct is guest blogging for us the week on the topic "Skincare for Watersports Enthusiasts!" Enjoy!


Emily Matthews works in ecommerce at Sports Direct. After graduating in design she now creates blogs and social media content specializing in watersports, including health, beauty, nutrition and training tips and advice for regular and causal water sport enthusiasts.

Skincare for Watersports Enthusiasts


Water sports are very popular amongst all sorts of people, especially in the height of summer! There are a few ways of protecting your skin before, during and after taking part in sports such as diving, surfing and kayaking. There are no magical potions or top secret ways of ensuring your skin is left silky smooth and undamaged by the sea…but there are a few steps that it is important not too miss to avoid being left with dry, oily or burnt skin at the end of the day!

Victoria Wakeboarding

The Good

This is great news for acne sufferers or those with lingering scars. Salt water actually improves the appearance and helps to heal acne. The salt in the water gets rid of excess oil in the skin which helps the process of reducing scarring. Although, to avoid opposite effects it is vital you wash away all of the salt afterwards, as increased exposure to salt water or not completely removing the salt from your skin can see a reverse effect and cause acne! So, moderate use and exposure to salt water can work wonders for you skin!


The Bad

Water strips the healthy oils from your skin and can leave you feeling itchy and oily after being in the sea for a certain length of time. The skin realizes it is drier than it should be so starts to produce extra oils. To avoid your skin getting overly oily you should use plenty of waterproof moisturizing lotion before you head out to the waters. This acts as a protective barrier and is a quick solution to prevent your skins condition changing after your swim or time out in the sea. If the weather is hot you should also regularly apply sun cream as the salt water dries your skin out a lot faster in the sun, making you more prone to sun burn.

This may be dependent on the water activity you are part taking in, but chaffing can become a problem. This may be caused by skin on skin chaffing, fabric on skin chaffing or even hair on skin! If you are doing sports for a long period of time, chaffing being caused by one of these factors will effect your ability to finish your activity, so it is a good idea to prepare chaff prone areas by lubricating the skin with products containing either petroleum jelly or lanolin. Alternatively, waterproof medical tape also works effectively to avoid chaffing. Avoid walking around in a wet wetsuit for too long as the damp material will cause you to chaff.


The Ugly

Okay, so perhaps not ugly, but the long term affects you may see if you don’t follow this step! The salty sea water will cause you to burn quicker in the sun so the one thing to remember is to get yourself dry as soon as possible when you come out of the water! It is best to have a shower in fresh water to get rid of all the salt, but not all beaches and water sport areas have showers ready for you to use. Taking a big bottle of water is a handy alternative to rinse yourself down then dry off. Not drying yourself straight away will not only make you vulnerable to sun burn, but the long term effects will leave you with pigmented, chapped and flaky skin. This is not a good look and for regular water sport enthusiasts who don’t dry off properly when they leave the water, they will start to see signs of aging a lot early than they had perhaps planned!

Soaking up the sun in Koh Phangan


So these are just a few safety measures to think about whilst you are taking part in water activities this summer. You can still have as much fun as you want, just remember to stay topped up with sun block and dry yourself straight away!