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How To Look And Feel Younger

Updated on November 12, 2013

We all get older but we don’t have to feel old. You can make life changes to help you feel better, feel younger and live longer.

“We don’t stop playing because we got old, we got old because we stopped playing.” George Benard Shaw

"If you rest, you rust." Helen Hayes

There is no fountain of youth but we can change the way we feel and live longer healthier lives.

I’ve heard some senior citizens say, “If I’d known I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself.”


Living hard doesn’t insure you die young it only means you will have bad health.

No one wants to live a long miserable life but many do. They didn’t take care of themselves and now they are paying the price. If you work at it you can have a better quality of life while you are here.


Look Younger


Our skin and bodies age: that’s a fact. Part of it is due to genetics but most has to do with lifestyle.

If you work at it you can look younger than your parents. You can make a few changes to your lifestyle, which will in turn make your skin look younger longer. I’m not saying you won’t have wrinkles because you surely will but you can reduce the amount and control where they appear.

People in their 20’s and 30’s can make a difference in how they look in later years by taking better care of their skin now. Even middle age people can improve what they have and stop future damage.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize


Especially if you live in a dry climate it’s very important to use lotion to keep your skin supple and elastic. If you want to keep your skin young you need to take care of it.

Sadly, when we are younger we don’t think of these things. Young people think they have all the time in the world and being old isn’t on their list of things to think about. Start a good skin care regimen when you are young and you will have younger looking skin when you get older.

There is no magic cream to eliminate wrinkles but you can moisturize and help reduce wrinkles from appearing.

Smile

You are going to make wrinkles anyway so at least make happy ones. You’ve seen old folks that look like they are frowning all the time and then you’ve seen those with happy wrinkles. You can tell they were content with their life and had a good time whether they had money, great health or wonderful kids that turned out like they thought they should.

Betty White is a pretty woman and mostly because she smiles all the time. Smiling makes you look 70% better no matter how many wrinkles you have.

We can’t always control the world but we can control the way we see things, our attitude about things makes all the difference in the world and it will show on our face in later life.

Sun Screen

I have read pros and cons about sun screen but am a firm believer in protecting our face and body from damaging ultraviolet rays. Wear sun screen and you won’t be sorry. You can also find make up and other skin care products with ultraviolet protection already in it.

I’ve talked to three dermatologists and they all agree: wear sun screen. It helps protect you from melanoma and other serious skin cancers as well as reducing wrinkles.

Don’t tan

Many baby boomers were into tanning with baby oil and no sunscreen. They are now paying for that mistake. Embrace your skin color. Skin cancer and extra wrinkles in later years are not worth the bronze look.

I have a sister that is addicted to tanning. She’s four years younger than I am and looks fifteen years older. I didn’t tan and look much younger than I am. It makes a huge difference.

Don’t smoke

Smoking ages your skin and the face people make when they suck on a cigarette causes vertical lines around the mouth that adds to the aged look. Smoke dries out your skin, which ages your face. And of course smoking shortens your life.


Exercise

Exercise is the fountain of youth.

The most important thing you can do is keep moving. People retire from their jobs and sit in a chair doing nothing because that’s what they’ve always wanted to do, only that will kill you. We can’t wait to be retired so we can do nothing but if you look at the statistics you’ll find that many people die shortly after retirement. Why? Inactivity is the leading cause of death. Most diseases and health conditions are due to not exercising.

According to the American Heart Association more people die from heart related illnesses than any other cause. Exercise will reduce your chances of getting them by 70%. You can avoid most heart conditions by exercising and eating less fat.

We can’t do a whole lot about the way we look aside from getting plastic surgery. If the preventative measures I listed above don’t work you can at least change the way you feel. You may look like a senior citizen but you don’t have to feel like one.

Exercise will reduce cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and reduce your waist size. You’ll feel better, feel young, be more limber and have less sickness. That is a fact.

Eating healthy


Avoid white foods like those made from processed white flour, potatoes, processed white sugar and fat.

Eat more green foods. You know this stuff and some of you may be doing it or you know it but don’t want to do it. The choice is yours but if you don’t do it you will suffer the consequences.

Start today, the sooner you begin your healthy life style the sooner you will feel better and move towards a younger healthier future.

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      Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Brakel2, I haven't heard about avocado being good for skin. Thanks for reading.

      Sfshine, as we get older our skin gets more dry. I put mine on before bed every night. I also put lotion on after I shower. It's habit and doesn't take that long.

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      sfshine 4 years ago from Michigan

      Moisturizer is very important for aging skin. Using Sunscreen helps to protect the skin too. But, sometime we do not have the time to do these, otherwise, everybody would have youthfull skin. Great hub.

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      Audrey Selig 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Pamela - fellow Oklahoman- Your article is great. I try to moisturize my skin, as you recommended, and not to tan or be in the sun too much. I use makeup with sunscreen. The vegetable suggestion really hits home, as I have been mostly eating salads in restaurants. I will now start on vegetables at lunchtime. I recently fell in love with avocado, and I read it can be a fruit or vegetable. Your article is easy to follow, and is well organized. Great job.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Yes, they do, sfshine. I am a firm believer in skin care.

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      sfshine 5 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub. Practical advise. I have notice the difference of using moisturizer and sunscreen. They really help a lot to keep the skin younger looking.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Excellent article!

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for reading, Thost.

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      thost 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Very good advice that is easy to follow.

      Vote up.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks, Euro. Drinking plenty of water is a very good tip.

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      Anastasia Kingsley 5 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Hi Pamela,great Hub and very timely topic. Just turned 50 and feeling really good, so here is my 2 cents- drink at least 2 liters of water a day, try to avoid stress and unnecessary worry. For me a cup of coffee helps pick up my low blood pressure and it's an anti-oxidant as well (so I heard - need to find out more). You covered a lot of things - exercise, smiling, not smoking - great tips. Another thing is to not dwell on past failures and live each day to the fullest. Writing down goals and appreciating those with whom you share life's paths. Voted up and beautiful, ECAL

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      tnjman 5 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      Right on! Work out, eat right, and keep moving!

      Nice article.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Being happy does help keep us young. Being positive and living a healthy life are the two most important things.

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      sammythrone 5 years ago from North America/South America/Europe/Asia

      @Pamela N Red

      I think youth begins internally first before its manifestation in our body externally. I would add that we should stay happy and satisfied as the first step towards anti aging.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Chatkath, some illnesses just happen but many of life's health issues can be prevented if we take better care of ourselves. Thanks for reading.

      CHSpublish, I'm a firm believer in a healthy lifestyle. Take care.

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      chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

      You're so right in encouraging us to take the healthy route to 'looking younger.' We can't escape time, but we can do something to help ease the journey. Best wishes.

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      Kathy 5 years ago from California

      Inspiring Pamela! Great reminder that we do have some control over our aging bodies!

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks, Kashmir, so far so good.

      Alastar, I like her too, she's a hoot.

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Great tips and JTs a trip in one cool vid!

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Pamela, thanks for all these great tips and advice for staying younger. Good luck with the 30/30 contest .

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Ruchira, staying hydrated is very important. It helps our skin stay more supple as well. Thanks for reading.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Joanveronica, Qigong is a great exercise.

      Stessily, I should have added pets and family as well. I am doing that 30/30 contest and not editing quite as much as I'd like to. I will come back later and add that in.

      Thanks for reading.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Excellent tips PAm.

      Also, stay hydrated is another important thing.

      voted up as useful.

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      stessily 5 years ago

      Pamela N Red, Very helpful tips and oh so true. Betty White is a great role model, with her catchy smile, sense of humor, and love of animals. I think rapport with a pet often adds the extra oomph to enjoying life and reducing stress.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 5 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi Pamela, I enjoyed reading this Hub. I especially liked the video, great fun!

      I felt very connected with some of your ideas, especially about exercise. My theme is Qigong.

      Addition: I have just discovered that you are following me. Great! Maybe we will have time to exchange thoughts.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Alicia, I got a kick out of those old girls. They really know how to live.

      Frank, quality of life is important, being in better health will make our later years much easier.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Good tips.. I guess everyone wants to stay looking and feeling young.. Frank

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the good suggestions for how to slow down aging. I loved the video too. Becky White and Jerrie Thrill are great inspirations!

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Marcy, I practice what I preach. I'm fixing to start weight lifting because it's supposed to help build bones. I don't expect to lift very much but hopefully I can make a difference.

      Thanks, Sharyn, I went over there looking around but didn't find it. I'll go read that one. You have some great stories, I enjoyed reading them.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Pam, thanks, it's my hub about Elderly Christmas Gift Ideas and My Passion for Working with the Elderly. THANKS!!!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      I like the way these tips integrate into your entire life. Too many people don't realize the aging effects of smoking or some of the other factors you listed. Good advice! Voted up and useful.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Sharyn I got a kick out of that woman playing the drums. I'll have to go find your story and read it.

      Thoughtforce, we do only get one go in this life so we have to make the best of it.

      Robie, I'm glad you approve of my answers. I love that video too.

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      Robie Benve 5 years ago from Ohio

      Wow Pamela, you wrote a wonderful hub, and I'm so proud that it has been triggered as an answer to my question! Voted up, and awesome. :) PS Love the video, very inspiring! :) Ciao

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Great tips on how to slow down the aging speed! We need to take care of our body since it is the only one we will get! Unfortunately, it takes some time for many of us to figure that out and we have to live with the consequences from our life. Some of the women in my family live a long time too, so maybe that will help:)

      I hope many young people read this, voted up

      Tina

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Pamela ~ great tips for all to read. Many of your suggestions I need to take a closer look at. They are so important. Funny that I also used the same video in one of my hubs. You are doing great with the 30/30 challenge. Keep up the wonderful work!

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Scribenet, I believe laughter is good medicine. Thanks for reading.

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      Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Betty White certainly is a great role model for all of the older generation. Bet she has taken care of herself from an earlier age besides having good genes! Loved the cartoon...laughter is also a good anti-aging medicine!

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Kenny, exercise helps take away stress and will erase the effects of a stressful life. Exercise and you will feel better.

      Brian, the women in my family live a long time so I expect to live to be a hundred.

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      Brian Slater 5 years ago from Nottingham Uk

      Excellent advice Pam, I would like to live till I'm 91, but as you said we do much harm to our bodies in our earlier life. Poor diet, smoking and alchol all take a toll on out future health, and I agree with kennynext that stress is also a major factor to be taken into consideration.

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      kennynext 5 years ago from Everywhere

      Don't forget stress which can take years off your life and make you old before your time