Dr. Amy Wechsler says that it’s not your age that’s causing half of those lines and wrinkles. It’s your life.

In her book, The Mind-Beauty Connection, Dr. Wechsler explains that by age thirty, we’re showing the first sings of normal aging— broken capillaries, sagging and crow’s feet. But our biggest skin and health challenge is stress aging, caused by the frantic speed of our modern life.

The good news is that stress aging is reversible and worth the time it takes to turn back the aging effects of tension and anxiety. Here are her 7 habits for healthy and youthful looking skin.

  • Practice deep breathing. Oxygen is the most vital nutrient for the body and your cells need a constant supply to stay alive and work efficiently.
  • Exercise.  Follow a comprehensive exercise program that includes cardio, weight lifting and stretching. You will increase levels of endorphins, improve mood and aid circulation.
  • Focus on the positive.  Negative, irritating thoughts fuel stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline.
  • Sleep soundly. Every system in the body, including your inner rejuvenation capabilities, is affected by the quality and amount of sleep you get.
  • Meditate. Calm yourself down and thicken your cortex to improve cognitive abilities.
  • Cuddle or have sex. During sex, beta-endorphins, age-defying and beauty-promoting hormones that spill out of the brain reduce stress and nourish the  skin.
  • Feeds as skin medicine. Eat Vitamin C-rich foods. Eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, lean protein and whole grains. Drink tea.

If you’re interested in purchasing The Mind-Beauty Connection for more in-depth reading, check the Personal Growth section in my web site’s Recommend Reading.


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