The #1 fastest way to look younger, says science — Eat this, not that

All the cosmetic surgery in the world can’t undo the damage of an unhealthy lifestyle, but adapting just a few healthy habits can turn back the clock—both on the outside and on the inside. Here are five things that will make you look younger according to experts. Read – and to be sure of your health and the health of others, do not miss them Sure signs you’ve already had COVID.


Protecting your skin from the sun can take years off your face, experts say. “Sun exposure depletes the collagen that keeps skin smooth and firm,” says dermatologist E. Victor Ross, MD. “It can dilate blood vessels to give the skin a red tone. And it makes the brown pigment in the skin more pronounced, which can make the skin look mottled. It also creates something called an elastic material that creates a cobblestone appearance in the skin.”

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Managing stress in a healthy way not only helps you look younger, but can prevent premature aging at the cellular level. “Although it is stressful, a moment of stress here and there is not problematic. It’s chronic, long-term stress that can wear our bodies down and lead to premature aging.” says Mona Brownfield, Ph.D. “Research has found that hormones produced under chronic stress can age our brain and immune system. Those who are constantly stressed have more cases of dementia and memory loss, as well as more damaged cells in their immune system. Stress also lends itself to high blood pressure, making you more susceptible to heart disease and other conditions commonly found in older people.”

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Not only does exercise give your skin an amazing youthful glow, it promotes anti-aging at the cellular level. “Running allows your muscles to behave like much younger muscles,” says Justus Ortega, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology and director of the Biomechanics Laboratory at Humboldt State University. “It’s this crazy trickle down effect. If you can keep your mitochondria in a healthier state by running, it allows you to be more active in all other aspects of your life, and it can help prevent all the things that we tend to see as we age—heart disease, diabetes, obesity, bone loss.”

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Smoking is terrible for your health and terrible for your skin. “Smoking can speed up your skin’s normal aging process, contributing to wrinkles and other changes in your facial appearance,” says J. Taylor Hays, MD. “These changes include crow’s feet, pronounced lines between the eyebrows, uneven skin tone, a grayish tint to lighter skin, deep wrinkles and puffiness under the eyes, wrinkles around the mouth and thinner lips… The damage to your skin from smoking can But if you stop smoking now, you will no longer accelerate the problem and may prevent the damage from getting worse.”

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It’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason—getting enough sleep can take years off your appearance. “Human growth hormone (HGH) has its greatest production during slow-wave sleep,” says Shelby Friedman Harris, Psy.D. “HGH is a key player in keeping us looking young even after we’ve finished growing. HGH is produced by the pituitary gland and is at high levels during childhood and adolescence. As we grow older, HGH levels decline and remain at low, steady levels into adulthood. HGH deficiency can lead to reduced muscle mass, slower metabolism, more belly fat and loose skin. Get more sleep and you’ll probably increase your HGH levels.”

Ferozan Machta

Ferozan Mast is a science, health and wellness writer with a passion for making science and research information accessible to the general public. Read more

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