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How To Fix A Tired Looking Face

by Kristin Beck
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How To Fix A Tired Looking Face

How To Fix A Tired Looking Face

“I’m going to share with you how I fixed my tired looking face, which was also a bit dull from being sick for so long (and not getting enough sleep). Here are some tips that worked really well for me.
1. Drink lots of water. If we’re honest, most people drink way too much coffee and alcohol, and not nearly enough water. We can get dehydrated without even realizing it because our bodies need hydration in order to function properly. Our blood carries oxygen to all parts of our bodies including our brains, where it’s needed to fuel cognitive functions. And when our cells aren’t getting sufficient amounts of oxygen, they begin to waste away and eventually die. Dehydration causes fatigue and headaches, constipation, dry mouth, muscle cramps, poor digestion, heart palpitations, etc., as well as depression, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, memory loss, concentration problems, decreased libido, and more. Drinking at least eight glasses of clean filtered water every day will help flush out toxins and excess weight, prevent constipation and bloating, improve moods, sharpen vision, regulate blood pressure, reduce risk of stroke, diabetes, breast cancer, colon cancer, ovarian cancer, osteoporosis, kidney disease, gallbladder disease, liver disease, dementia, asthma, allergies, sinus infections, eczema, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, strokes, hypertension, high cholesterol, migraines, PMS, premenstrual syndrome, vertigo, and other illnesses. Water helps us look younger by flushing out toxins like caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol. It helps keep our joints healthy and lubricated, regulates our breathing, keeps our bowels moving, maintains our proper acid-base balance, assists our muscles, bones, organs, and glands, improves circulation, detoxifies our system, boosts metabolism, eliminates hunger pangs, and helps with weight control, thus reducing cellulite. Water also makes us feel full, satisfied, energized, less bloated, and happier. So drink plenty!
2. Cleanse. Wash your face twice daily using an anti-aging cleanser or facial scrub made specifically for aging skin. You may want to consider investing in good quality skincare products because the ingredients matter. As we age, our immune systems weaken, causing environmental factors such as pollution, UV damage, bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites to penetrate deeper into the layers of skin. This leads to premature wrinkling and sagging, along with inflammation, redness, irritation, itching, discoloration, hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, and oiliness, not to mention diminished collagen production. The right anti-aging cleansers should gently remove dead surface skin cells, dirt, grime, oil, make-up, and environmental pollutants, leaving behind just pure, nourishing skin. They should be non-irritating, hypoallergenic, pH balanced, fragrance free, paraben free, gluten free, phthalate free, synthetic preservative free, SLS free, and contain antioxidants. For maximum benefit, use a mild exfoliator once per week to slough off old skin and reveal newer, healthier skin underneath. Use gentle circular movements and rinse thoroughly after each session.
3. Tone down the sun. Sunlight ages us faster than any other factor. UVA rays cause wrinkles, freckles, brown spots, uneven pigmentation, deepened wrinkles around the nose, and thinning lips. UVB rays cause skin cancers, freckles, rough patches, blotchy discoloration, age spots, wrinkles, and dark shadows under the eyes. In addition, tanning beds accelerate skin aging by increasing melanin levels. There are many great moisturizers that include sunscreen protection, such as Cetaphil Ultra Gentle Skin Cleanser, Clarins Reducing Wrinkles Eye Cream, Neutrogena Oil Free Overnight Recovery Balm, and Lancome Teint Miracle Lip Idoleque. My favorite sunscreen lotion is La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 SPF 15 PA+++ ($80) because it has excellent stability, absorbs quickly, feels lightweight, cools sensitive skin, and doesn’t leave a greasy residue. Be sure to apply generously before heading outdoors.
4. Eat smartly. Certain foods have been shown to slow the signs of aging, such as green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, berries, whole grains, fish, nuts, seeds, olive oil, legumes, beans, avocado, eggs, and tomatoes, among others. Make sure you eat these foods regularly:
Every few days, take time to enjoy fresh raw salads. Fresh veggies provide essential nutrients, fiber, and enzymes that aid in digestion. Raw veggies are packed with vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that enhance immunity. Also, eat a handful of nuts each day to increase antioxidant intake. Nuts are loaded with vitamin E, selenium, zinc, copper, folate, manganese, magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, and protein. Lastly, choose organic produce whenever possible. Organic fruit and vegetables are grown without toxic pesticides and fungicides. They also receive much better care from their farmers who don’t resort to chemical fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, and antibiotics. Pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides have been linked to cancer, birth defects, infertility, miscarriages, neurological disorders, organ system toxicity, endocrine disruption, DNA damage, and immunotoxicity.
5. Exercise. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to stay young. It enhances energy, increases stamina, reduces stress, promotes overall health, prevents obesity, strengthens bone density, minimizes the appearance of stretch marks, and decreases the risk of cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, certain types of cancers, and Alzheimer’s. Go for a walk outside for at least 30 minutes each day if possible. Walk barefoot on grass or soil, and soak up the sunshine. Take a hike, play tennis, bike, swim, jog, dance, lift weights, climb stairs, do yoga, pilates, kickball, shoot baskets, and/or hopscotch. Do whatever activity brings you joy and gives you energy. Find what works for you. After exercising, shower immediately and pat yourself dry. Don’t rub vigorously or use hot towels. Instead, lightly pat your skin dry with a soft towel until no moisture remains. Then apply your favorite anti-aging cream or serum.
6. Get adequate rest. Your body repairs itself during sleep. When we wake up in the morning, we often feel drained and worn out. But we actually feel rested if we got 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Lack of sleep disrupts hormone regulation, leading to increased cortisol levels and impaired glucose tolerance, which can lead to type 2 diabetes. Sleep deprivation affects judgment, reduces creativity, impairs learning ability, slows reaction times, makes it harder to concentrate, and increases susceptibility to illness. Adequate sleep helps maintain stable blood sugar levels, controls appetite, and stabilizes mood. Researchers found that adults aged 65 years and older who reported sleeping 6-7 hours had a 37% lower chance of developing Alzheimer’s compared to those reporting sleeping 5-6 hours per night.
7. Reduce stress. Stress, worry, and anxiety contribute to accelerated aging through oxidation and inflammation. It is now believed that chronic stress can result in the development of premature aging symptoms, similar to those seen in older folks. Therefore, try to manage your stress level to avoid this effect. Meditation, yoga, tai chi, prayer, massage therapy, deep breathing exercises, meditation retreats, art therapy, and biofeedback training are wonderful tools for managing stress. Consider acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, and herbal remedies to relieve tension and calm nerves.
8. Have fun. Laughing releases endorphins into the bloodstream, which give us feelings of happiness, well-being, and pleasure. Laughter activates the release of happy hormones called “”happy”” endorphins, dopamine, oxytocin, prolactin, vasopressin, serotonin, and norepinephrine. These happy chemicals affect the functioning of your brain and nervous system, making it easier to think clearer and relax. Join a gym, participate in sports leagues, join a book club, attend social gatherings, volunteer, go shopping, travel, study foreign languages, learn new skills, create something together with friends and family, read books, listen to classical music, sing, write letters, cook, garden, watch movies, spend quiet evenings alone, meditate, pray, journal, laugh, love deeply, forgive, and live life passionately.
9. Avoid overuse of harsh beauty products. Many cleansers, toners, astringents, scrubs, masks, serums, and creams contain petrochemicals, fragrances, mineral oils, parabens, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, polyvinyl methyl ethers, formaldehyde releasers, petroleum derived waxes, microbeads, talc, coloqu”

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