It’s always nice when people think that you are younger than you actually are. But it’s not all down to genetics. There are some everyday factors that you can control which could be ageing you. Read on to find out more.

1. Diet

You are what you eat, and if you are eating a lot of junk it’s going to show up in your skin, eyes, hair and teeth. Try to stick with ‘real’ food most of the time, and processed food only some of the time. Alcohol also plays a significant role – excess amounts can cause dark circles under the eyes, fatigue, wrinkles and redness.

2. Exercise

Even if it’s just a swim or a stroll, getting your heart pumping is a great way to reduce the signs of ageing. Try changing your habits for the better – such as meeting a friend for a walk instead of a drink; or joining a hiking group instead of attending a book club.

3. Drugs

If you can avoid cigarettes and recreational drugs, this is going to make a big difference to how old you look. You can also try to reduce the number of medicines you take – speak to your doctor about whether it’s possible to take combined or compound drugs instead.

4. Rest

You can’t keep burning the candle at both ends and expect to wake up fresh faced and youthful. Your body needs adequate sleep and rest to produce and repair cells that keep your skin plump, your hair shiny, and your eyes clear. Try setting yourself a bedtime, and get up at the same time each day. Reset your body clock so that it gets used to resting at certain times of the day. And remember, there’s nothing wrong with an afternoon siesta.

5. Check-ups 

Doctors are able to screen for so many potential issues now, there’s really no excuse not to be checking in regularly. Be proactive with your health, so that if any risk factors do crop up you will be able to treat them early. Doctors will also keep an eye on your stress levels, anxiety and depression too, and can then refer you for specific treatment as needed.   

Do people ever comment that you look younger than you are? What’s your secret? Let us know in the comment section below.
This article was written in partnership with Over60.