Fighting The Effects Of Aging?

The sleep hormone, melatonin, could be crucial for people as they get older because of the roles that sleep and the body’s daily rhythm play in brain health.

Certain diseases and natural aging affect that rhythm or are linked to disruptions in it, but melatonin, in its role of regulating our internal clocks, could have benefits for those conditions, according to a new review in the British Journal of Pharmacology.

The hormone has been shown to improve sleep disorders such as insomnia and jet lag, sleep quality and the neurodegenerative Alzheimer’s disease.
The relationship between melatonin and health, as it is connected to aging.

With age and certain diseases the robustness of the circadian system decreases and melatonin production is diminished or shifted.
And that could be hazardous to health in many different ways.

Melatonin could be important for people as they get older because of the hormone’s role in sleep and circadian rhythm, which might be related to Alzheimer’s disease.

Irregular circadian rhythms and poor sleep quality are associated with increased risks of cardiovascular, metabolic and cognitive diseases, as well poor quality of life and increased risks of premature death.

We still don’t fully understand sleep, and we certainly don’t have a complete understanding of the human brain.

However, previous research suggests that melatonin supplements helps to realign a person’s circadian rhythm and sleep, and can improve cardiovascular and cognitive health, including in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, who may start producing less melatonin in the early stages of their illness.

Research has also shown that sleep, while crucial for biological function in general, is important for cognitive function in the elderly — including one study that found a one-hour nap in the middle of the day could be key for seniors.

Melatonin represents a promising investigational route for early intervention to promote healthy physical and mental aging.

Anti-Aging Stars: 5 Ingredients to Look For in an Anti-Aging Cream

Be a smart shopper!

When you are buying a skin care product, or even any other product, absolutely read the label and have a clear idea of what you are looking for.

So, when you are looking for an anti-aging cream, here are 5 power players that are a must-have to reverse the aging process.

  • Retinol

When you are looking for an anti-aging cream, it is absolutely necessary that retinol is present in it. This is the one-stop ingredient for all anti-aging products.

Retinol is nothing but a Vitamin A derivative that works well to treat fine lines on the skin, wrinkles, spots and saggy skin. It helps you in getting rid of the dead cells, and increases the cell turnover, in return. Moreover, it also improves blood circulation in the skin.

  • Hydroquinone

When you are in the race against age to keep your skin fit and healthy, hydroquinone will come in handy to treat spots and marks on your skin.
How does it work?

There are specific enzymes that trigger the production of melanin in the skin. Hydroquinone blocks these enzymes such that the skin can retain its color.

If you want a product that can even out the spots and marks on your skin and can give you a lighter shade, hydroquinone is an absolute must.

  • Antioxidants

Antioxidants are some of the best weapons against skin wrinkling and drying. Antioxidants tend to transform the harmful molecules produced in our body due to pollution and harmful UV rays into harmless ones.

Thus, antioxidants prevent the skin from being damaged environmentally and promote cell growth and repair. In addition, it is highly recommended to consume fresh fruits and vegetables along with antioxidants to get best results.

  • Alpha-hydroxy acids

The primary job of Alpha-hydroxy acids in skin care products is to refresh the skin and keep it fit and healthy. AHAs basically rejuvenate the skin and impart it a youthful glow. They are thus an integral ingredient of all anti-wrinkling products.

Further, AHAs add radiance to the skin and prevent smooth lines. They also help you get rid of dead cells and prevent damage due to wear and tear.

Besides, they also ensure that other anti-wrinkling products can penetrate faster and more easily into the skin.

  • Sunscreen component

Our skin can suffer from an array of potential issues when exposed to the harmful rays of the sun. So, irrespective of what kind of anti-wrinkling cream you are using, it is essential that there is some sunscreen component in it.

A sunscreen component would not only prevent your skin from tanning, but it would also protect your skin from blotching and sagging.

This is the reason perhaps why you should start applying sunscreen from an early age. Otherwise, the harmful UV rays can go a long way in destroying the skin’s elasticity, collagen, and fibers.

Face Yoga: Anti-Aging Exercises To Age Like Fine Wine

How often have you tried to look young with fewer or no wrinkles around the eyes? Embrace face yoga whole-heartedly.

Here are a set of exercises that would make you look younger in a more natural way, focusing on skin relaxation, acupressure, and massage.

 

  • For attractive eyes

The first exercise revolves around forming a V around the eyes. This yoga exercise is performed in order to get rid of wrinkles around the eyes and to make the eyes look brighter and more active.

The exercise is simple. All you have to do it place your two middle fingers in the space in between the eyebrows and then use your index fingers to apply pressure on the outer corners of the eyes. In this position, move your eyelids upwards. Repeat this six times and relax.

 

  • For a confident smile

This particular yoga activity is useful for reducing lines around the lips and to highlight your smile.

For this, you need to smile and cover your teeth with your lips at the same time. Eventually, you would be forming an O shape with your mouth. Thereafter, maintain the smiling posture and put one finger on your chin and move your jaw up and down by moving your head. Repeat it 6 times for best results.

 

  • For a beautiful neck

Next up is an exercise meant for keeping the neck area fit and free from wrinkles and lines. There are two parts of this task.

Firstly, look straight ahead and place your fingertips on the neck. In this posture, pull your skin down while pushing your head back. Secondly, jut your chin out and up with fingertips on the collarbone, and keep trying to pull the corners of your mouth downwards. Hold this posture for 4 deep breaths. You could repeat this twice to bring about some positive effects.

 

  • For a flawless forehead

If you are concerned about potential forehead lines, we have the perfect exercise for you. For this. Place both your hands on the forehead, keeping the fingers spread out, in between the hairline and the eyebrows. In this position, sweep the fingers outwards, and apply light pressure.

This is done in order to tighten the skin and get smoother textures. Perform this yoga exercise for a few seconds and then relax for some time. Thereafter, repeat this exercise for about 10 times.

 

  • For the perfect eyebrows

Finally, the last exercise on this list is for catering to the skin below the eyes and the eyebrows.
This is a rather easy one.

With the tips pointing towards the nose, place your fingers below your eyes. Make sure your teeth are hidden by your lips and the lower and upper lips are as far away from each other as possible.

Next, you stare at the ceiling and keep fluttering your eyelids. In this way, maintain the posture for 30 seconds.
Take a few moments of rest and then repeat the whole process.

5 Mistakes That Might Be Making You Look 10 Years Older

Who doesn’t want to age like a fine wine and get better with age? But in the quest of looking young, we often tend to focus too much on different beauty treatments and makeup ideas that this defeats the whole purpose.

But as they say, knowledge is power! Here are a few mistakes that should be avoided at all costs in order to look young forever:

  • Wearing too much foundation

Yes, the foundation has evolved to be a necessity in a girl’s life. It gives us that even skin tone we all crave for. But, did you know there is something called ‘too much foundation’? Yes, you heard it right. Simply put, excessive foundation settles itself into the wrinkles on the skin and reduces its luminosity. This also hampers the skin’s inherent bright texture.

Thus, it is a better idea to use liquid foundations that have light diffusing capabilities only on patches of discoloration. Using foundations with SPF also proves to be useful.

  • Losing it all to black eyeliner

Have you ever wondered how something as commonplace as black eyeliner could be one of the mistakes making you look older? Let us get to the bottom of this.

The whole point of using black eyeliner is to highlight your eyes because otherwise, they look too open or vacant. However, it also draws attention to the wrinkles surrounding the eyes. Thus, it is highly recommended to opt for colors like brown and dark green to master the art of looking young. Smudging the eyeliner with a Q-tip is also a great idea to make your eyes look good and young!

  • Picking wrong lip color

When you are trying to look young, choosing the right lip color is of the essence. The key here is to make your lips look fuller as you age. The darker the colors you choose, the thinner your lips appear. The trick here is to opt for a lighter and a soothing hue. For instance, choose colors like peach, pink and the likes. A little bit of gloss would do no harm in your quest for looking young and beautiful!

  • Relying too much on concealers for hiding dark circles

Dark circles are a girl’s biggest enemy. But, for how long do you think you can use concealers to hide them? The fact of the matter is concealers highlight the thinner parts of the skin and that is a strict no-no! A highlighter pen with illuminating properties could be your best bet here! Otherwise, concealers are going to draw the wrong kind of attention!

  • Using dark eyebrow pencils

There is no denying that your eyebrows tend to fade color as you age. Thus, we tend to resort to dark eyebrow pencils for best results. But let us break it to you- these dark colors make your eyebrows look very artificial! In fact, the eyebrow pencil from your 20s can make you look really old. Thus, choose a lighter shade to play safe.

These were a few mistakes that we all are guilty of making. What about you? Do share with us in the comments.