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The New Year is a time to reflect upon things that haven’t worked in the past, or to look at changes you’d like to make. If you are noticing unwanted signs of aging, now is the perfect time to do something about it.

While there’s no way to prevent aging entirely, it’s always a good idea to minimize its effects as best you can. We’ve compiled a list of eight simple ways to help reduce the visible signs of aging in 2014.

Follow these tips and you will look better, feel better, and be well on the way to aging gracefully.

1. Reduce Your Stress

In today’s hectic, always-on world, it’s easy to overload and get extremely stressed out. Unfortunately, stress can age you and make you more susceptible to health problems. Take it easy once in a while! Practice yoga, meditation, or deep breathing exercises to instantly reduce stress, no matter what kind of day you’ve had.

2. Get Enough Sleep

Getting enough sleep helps regulate all sorts of health factors, including weight, hormone levels, stress, and more. Sleep also gives your body time to repair itself and regenerate cells, which helps to prevent wrinkles and under-eye circles.

3. Exercise Regularly

Exercise may seem like a drag, but it comes with a number of health, beauty, and anti-aging benefits, including weight management, better sleep quality, and better overall health. Make fitness a priority for life!

4. Eat a Healthy Diet

In addition to eating a nutritious diet full of whole foods and low in sugar and preservatives, you can help stay looking youthful and maintain your current weight by eating smaller meals more frequently and making it a point to eat antioxidant-rich foods such as berries, sweet potatoes, and kale.

5. Hydrate

Water is essential for all functions of the body and helps keep skin youthful, elastic, and fresh. It can also aid in collagen formation to keep you looking younger longer. Drinking enough water can help you regulate your weight as well. Green, white, and oolong teas all have great health benefits, and even red wine contains powerful antioxidants that promote health and fight the aging process.

6. Use Sunscreen

Protecting your skin with sunscreen, a hat, and protective clothing are some of the best ways to keep your skin from aging prematurely.

7. Develop a Skincare Regimen

Proper cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, and sun protection all help keep your skin glowing, youthful, and wrinkle-free for as long as possible.

8. Don’t Smoke

Smoking is a surefire way to prematurely age your skin. Besides having dire health consequences, smoking deprives the skin of oxygen and constricts blood vessels, which rapidly ages the skin.

Slow Down the Signs of Aging with Plastic Surgery

At a certain point, preventing the signs of aging simply isn’t enough. If wrinkles have caught up with you, plastic surgery with an expert may be “just what the doctor ordered” to help you look years younger.

Our Manhattan and Long Island plastic and cosmetic surgeons offer a wide range of anti-aging procedures, including Botox, dermal fillers, fat transfer to the face, and facial plastic surgery such as blepharoplasty, facelift, and brow lift.

To learn more about the aesthetic services we offer and explore your options, contact our offices to schedule your free consultation by calling us at (212) 206-0023 or (631) 499-1831.

Sources:

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20356118,00.html

http://www.self.com/health/2010/08/twelve-stay-young-secrets-slideshow#slide=1

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/health/body/head-to-toe/10-all-natural-ways-to-stay-young/

http://www.beautyandtips.com/beauty-2/10-commandments-on-how-to-stay-young-and-beautiful-for-longer/

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/164494.php

*The information on this page is not intended to be used as medical advice in any way. Always consult with your doctor for any health related concerns and before starting a new diet or exercise program.