Work on your posture
Branislav Nenin/Shutterstock Not only can poor posture lead to headaches, neck pain, and breathing problems but it can also make you look older, the Mayo Clinic reports. Slouching in your chair or hunching over your computer are just two ways you might already be practicing bad posture. Sitting up straight and checking your posture throughout the day are two easy ways to look younger and more confident. These are the 12 habits of people who look and feel younger than their age.
4 PM production/Shutterstock Exercising more can contribute to things that help you look younger, such as your mood and sleep (more on that later). Working out actually slows down aging on a cellular level. According to a study published in the journal Preventative Medicine, people who do regular, vigorous exercise have longer telomeres—shorter ones are related to various age-related diseases. Looks-wise, exercising keeps skin younger, and it may also reverse some skin aging in people who are new to regular exercise, the New York Times reports. But if you’re exercising outdoors, be sure to use sunscreen.
Get enough sleep
Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock Beauty sleep isn’t just a buzzy phrase; Cosmopolitan reports that getting too-little sleep leads to a dry complexion, breakouts, redness, and dreaded dark circles—all of which add years to your looks. Chester Griffiths, MD, FACS, double board certified, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery & Fascial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica also advises having a set sleep schedule. “Regulate sleep patterns and prepare for bed with a 15-minute pre-sleep routine to close the day,” Dr. Griffiths says. He also advises removing electronics from the bedroom to make sure they don’t interfere with your sleep quality.