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A Guide to Clean Eating

Considering healthy eating but don’t know where to start? Feel like you’re stuck in a nutrition decline? It’s easy to find yourself confused and misinformed when it comes to clean eating. One day you’re super motivated, the next you’ve got no idea what to do next.

If you want to find triumph with your clean eating labors, you’ve got to embrace meal planning and prepping food in advance. To help you get started, here are 5 steps to make it happen as swiftly and proficiently as possible.

Step 1: Plan Your Menu

This fundamental step is probably one of the most essential parts of meal prepping. If you don’t have a plan, you’ll be lost. You know the idiom, “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.” This phrase never held so much accuracy than when it comes to nutrition and clean eating. Take some time to put together a provisional meal plan of what you’d like to eat throughout the week for meals and snacks. Don’t think of this meal plan as the end-all, be-all because it’s not – there can always be adjustments and will most likely be times where you have to make last minute modifications. That’s totally ok. This meal plan is supposed to work as your outline and standard.

Step 2: Grocery Shop

Using your fresh meal plan, construct a grocery list. Go to the store and get everything you need for the week. Having all the fit foods you want in your house leaves no excuse to grab fast food or reach for the cookies you have hidden in the back of your pantry.

Step 3: Cook

Choose one day during the week to cook and concoct the foods that will make up your meals and snacks. Most often Sunday is a good day for this because it’s commonly not a workday and it’s the day before the start of a new week, so your food will have less of a chance of ruining before you eat it. Fire up your grill (or oven) and cook up a bunch of chicken breast, steak, fish, burgers or whatever lean protein source you desire. Boil a huge pot of hardboiled eggs to stockpile in the fridge and peel as you need them. Make a huge pot of brown rice, quinoa or whole-wheat pasta to ration out for your meals. Clean and cut fresh fruits and veggies. You can do all of these takes concurrently. Boiling water for eggs and rice can be done in two separate pots at the same time while your steak and chicken cook on the grill. Find ways to save time and multi-task.

Step 4: Portion and Pack

Get yourself a lined tote or lunch box and some plastic dishes that aren’t too big or too small, but just the accurate size to fit your meals and snacks. Freezer and sandwich bags work well too for excess food you won’t require until later in the week. Spend some time dividing out meals and snacks for Monday through Friday in your containers and plastic bags. Put Monday-Wednesday meals and snacks in the fridge and preserve Thursday and Friday in the freezer. When Wednesday rolls around, transfer Thursday and Friday meals from the freezer to the fridge to defrost. If you prepare and bundle everything in advance, it will be easy to grab-&-go everything you need to eat for the day before leaving for work. If you have these foods with you all day, you’ll have no reason to eat out, saving calories and money.

Step 5: Pack Extra

Sometimes you get held at work or worse, stuck in traffic just at that instant when your stomach begins to growl. This is where those “just-in-case” added snacks you packed in your lunchbox will come in handy. Carry additional pieces of fruit, bags of baby carrots, packs of diversified nuts or almonds, and protein bars with you, and more often than not, you’ll be relieved you did. If you’re not equipped for the worst, you’ll end up falling off the wagon and decelerating your progress. Think ahead and plan for your entire day whether you’re going to work that day or not.

Building a meal plan for yourself is simpler than you think. But if you’re still a bit unconfident, here’s a mockup meal plan to get you started. Fine-tune this one to work for you and your routine or try it the way it is.

Simple Meal Plan:

  • Breakfast: 2 hardboiled eggs with 2 slices of toast and 1 cup berries
  • Snack: 6 ounces plain nonfat Greek style yogurt with 1 100-calorie pack almonds
  • Lunch: Large salad topped with 4 ounces grilled lean protein, 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese, 1 tablespoon dried cranberries, 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar. On the side, 1 100-calorie pack of hummus with sliced baby carrots, cucumber, red pepper and celery sticks.
  • Snack: Protein bar
  • Dinner: 1-cup brown rice or other complex carb with 4 ounces lean protein and 1-cup steamed broccoli or other green vegetable
  • PM Snack: 1 cup sliced strawberries with whipped cream
  • Extra “Just-in-case” snack: 1 apple or banana and 1 protein bar

12 Foods That Help Prolong the Aging Process

A rich diet not only prolongs your life but it can also prolong the aging process. Try incorporating these 12 foods into your diet more so you can slow down aging and feel your best! Pair with exercise, and you’ll be sure to turn heads!

1. Blueberries

Research shows food containing phytochemicals reduce inflammation, prevent cell and tissue damage and oxidative stress on your body. Blueberries are packed with phytochemicals and the darker the blue, the better!

2. Almonds

Almonds are high in magnesium. Not only are they a healthy fat and protein, the magnesium will help slow down the aging process. You can also try snacking on peanuts and cashews if you don’t fancy almonds.

3. Tomatoes

High is phytochemicals like blueberries, they also have tons of antioxidants, all which help fight aging. If you cook your tomatoes, it will boost the antioxidant level and if you eat them raw, you’ll get a heaping helping of vitamin C.

4. Flaxseed

Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce inflammation and flaxseed is at the top of the list! Flaxseed found in many whole grain foods, like bread, offers over 8,500-milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids and if you can get it milled or ground, it will work even better.

5. Grass Fed Dairy

The elusive Vitamin K-2 is mostly found in grass fed dairy products. Vitamin K-2 helps slow the aging process by regulating your body’s calcium levels. It also helps make sure calcium goes to the right places (your teeth and bones) rather than where it shouldn’t (arteries and soft tissue).

6. Spinach

Not only does spinach have a ton of antioxidants, it also is very rich in fiber, which helps our digestive system and keeps us feeling full. Be sure to cool your spinach immediately in the fridge to keep antioxidant levels high, thawing or leaving spinach out breaks it down much faster.

7. Beans

Beans are high in fiber and protein and very low in carbohydrates. Red beans, black beans and pinto beans are loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that help slow down the aging process. They’re also a great choice if you’re trying to lose a few pounds!

8. Wild Caught Salmon

Not all salmon is created equal, so make sure you stick with wild caught salmon instead of the farm fish. Salmon is high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, that slow down the aging process immensely. Not only is it good for you, it’s good for your skin too!

9. Yogurt

Purchase a yogurt that’s high in fiber but low in sugar. Yogurt contains healthy bacteria known as probiotics, that help regulate our digestive system and control inflammation. A problem inside can always reflect through our skin, so be sure to nurse your gut.

10. Turmeric

Even a simple spice can help you look and feel younger. Turmeric has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Turmeric masks are also made that help with blemishes and breakouts.

11. Garlic

We all know when a recipe calls for 2 cloves of garlic, we double it! Keep doubling up on your garlic because it contains allicin, an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that fights aging. Garlic is also recommended to patients who suffer from hypertension and heart disease.

12. Dark Chocolate

Cocoa Flavanol, found in dark chocolate, has been shown to reverse cognitive aging. Try to find a dark chocolate that’s high in cocoa content. Eat sparingly though! Chocolate still contains a lot of sugar, calories and fat.

14 Things You Could Be Doing to Make You Look Older

Acting your age is one thing, but looking your age is another. We all want to make sure we stay looking and feeling as young as we can, for as long as we can, but what if you’re doing things you don’t even realize are making you appear older than you actually are? Stop neglecting you’re your body and appearance, it can make you look younger, and help you make an awesome first impression. Looking your age is all about being comfortable and confident, and less about trying to stay on trend and acting younger.

1. Holding onto Past Trends

Be sure to rid your closet of past trends, like polyester suit sets. Studies show women who overuse or continue to wear old past trends look older than they appear. You’re not doing yourself any justice by struggling to let go of past trends. Find yourself some classic, well-fitted pieces that never get old and rotate them to stay current with new trends and accessories.

2. Confusing Your Brand

Finding your “brand” and letting your personality shine through your clothes is something every woman needs to learn to do. Make sure you’re dressing yourself by not only how you want to be perceived but also in what makes you feel more comfortable. Try describing yourself in three words and trying to see if your clothes match those descriptions. If they don’t, work on trying to find and incorporate pieces into your wardrobe that scream “That’s so you”.

3. Find the Right Fit

Once you work on finding your brand and making sure you’re letting go of those bell-bottoms, it’s time to work on making sure your clothes actually FIT. Wearing oversized clothes, or clothes that are much too small, make you look much older than you are. Sometimes the style of your clothes isn’t the problem, it’s the fit. Be sure to find a reputable tailor to have things altered if you need them to be.

4. Bad Posture

The way you stand and sit has a huge impact on not on the way people see you but also your health. Make sure you stand with your shoulders back and your core tight. Sit up straight and keep your eyes forward, rather than on the ground, when you walk. A good posture can help you not only bring loads of confidence to your appearance, but also help you look younger.

5. Take Care of Your Teeth

If you’re neglecting your mouth, it’s the first thing people see when they meet you, so I would think twice about skipping that pm brushing. Make sure you’re obviously brushing morning and night, be sure to floss and clean your tongue, and if need be, whiten your teeth. Teeth yellow and stain as we age, so if you’re thinking your teeth are now turning to an off-white color, it’s time to think about some teeth whitening treatments, whether at home or at the dentist.

6. Poor Diet

You already know you’re supposed to be eating healthy, but studies show it’s the easiest and most efficient way to get younger looking skin. Balancing your diet with the right amount of fruits and vegetables is just as important as limited sugar and fat intake. Alcohol is another culprit. We’re not saying you need to cut it out entirely, but surgery drinks and excessive beverages take a huge toll on your skin and need to be monitored.  

7. Washing Your Hair Every Day

Washing your hair every day can strip it of its natural oils. Try to figure out what your hair type is and then figure out how often you need to wash it from there. Be sure to find a happy medium between washing it too much and not enough, because for the latter, not washing enough can cause the same kinds of problems are washing too frequently: excess breakage, dryness, buildup of product, itchy/dirty scalp and even stunt growth.

8. Lack of A Skincare Routine

Obviously, your skin is a huge indicator of your age. By the time you’re a teenage, you should have some concept of what your skin type is and how you can manage it with a skincare routine. Be sure to wear sunscreen every single day and talk to a professional about the condition of your skin and what kinds of products you can use to help prolong the aging process, if you haven’t already.

9. Wearing the Wrong Makeup

The key to a healthy, youthful glow is finding the right shade for your foundation and finding a formula that works well with your skin type. Be sure to change your shade to match the seasons: in the summer you’re obviously out in the sun more so you’re going to need a darker shade to match your tan and during the winter months, are skin is lighter, so make sure you’re matching your shade properly and choosing a foundation with an SPF.

10. Not Drinking Enough H2O

Don’t do your body a disservice by not getting enough water. You should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, to not only help keep your skin clear and get a youthful glow, but for the rest of your body. Your body is 70% water! When you’re dehydrated, your body pulls water from your organs (skin too!) to maintain the amount of water your bloodstream needs. This makes you look tired with sunken eyes, your skin to dry out and your body to not function normally.

11. Avoiding Workouts

Working out and getting that after workout glow should be a regularly occurring activity at your age now. Avoiding a workout every now and then is okay but neglecting to work out all together is going to cause your skin and the rest of your body a lot damage. Exercise goes beyond your general well-being; it makes you look and feel younger, helps with posture, and keeps you moving.

12. Lack of Sleep

Your body goes through its regeneration cycle while you sleep, so not getting enough sleep at night is going to cut that process short. A good night’s rest boosts the “youth hormone”, known as HGH, which helps keep your metabolism fast, restorative muscles, younger looking skin. Be sure to get your beauty sleep and commit to eight hours (at least!) a night.

13. Protect Your Hair

We’re not saying you need to protect your hair by avoiding heating products, but you should be using heat-protecting products before you do so. Think of it the same way as you think of applying SPF to your skin. Your hair can only withstand temperatures of 275 degrees or less, so when you’re using a flat iron on your hair at 400 degrees, you’re basically melting your hair. The worst thing you can do to your hair, and make you look older, is drying it out and not protecting against heat.

14. Attitude

How you feel on the inside is a huge contributor to how you look on the outside. If you think you need an attitude adjustment, consider working on that before anything else. Your overall attitude contributes to your facial expressions and your attire, which affects how we appear to others. A person might judge your age based on how you react to certain situations or your overall attitude towards something, so make sure your attitude is positive and youthful.  

6 Anti-Aging Practices to Start at Any Age

Even in our late 20s, we should be thinking about ways to help keep our healthy and youthful glow for as long as possible. These 6 anti-aging hacks are ways you can prolong the aging process and start at any age. Who knows what kinds of things we would be willing to do when we’re older to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles? So, let’s begin now, and prime our skin for the future.

1. Moisturize

We’ve all heard the best thing for our bodies is water, and that’s not told to us from a child for no reason. Moisturizing and hydrating your body promote detoxification and helps us feel our best. Drink lots of fluids throughout the day, add fresh fruit if you’re struggling and want to change it up. Apply lotion when your skin is dry, or you live in a cold climate. Remember to hydrate yourself when you’re sick.

2. Anti-inflammatories

If you’re struggling to consume omega-3 fatty acids or don’t like fish, consider taking an anti-inflammatory supplement. Anti-inflammatories improve heart and immune health, keep our skim looking young and youthful and help our hair and nails grow. Also note, look for an anti-inflammatory supplement that is “molecularly distilled for purity”, or free of pesticides.

3. Wear make up

Not only does make up make us look younger, it also acts as a second barrier between our skin and free radicals. As you get older, lighten up your eyes with neutral colors, ditch the dark liner and concentrate on lengthening your lashes. Stick with nude or berry lip colors and invest in a good lip scrub. Consider using a bronzer for a more sun-kissed appearance and move your blush application to the tops of your cheek bones rather than the apples.

4. Eat more colorful foods

Antioxidants are nature’s best way to prevent free radicals from penetrating our skin and making us age. Eat more colorful foods that are high in antioxidants, like berries, kale, spinach, brussels sprouts and broccoli. Not only do they help you prevent aging, but they also help fight other diseases.

5. Use an anti-aging product with Retinol

Retinoids, or over the counter Retinol, is the only proven ingredient to help fight aging. Find a product over the counter first and make it the foundation of your skincare routine. Remember to remove your make up each night and wash your face beforehand. If you think you might already see signs of aging, consider talking to your dermatologist about getting a prescription strength Retinol cream, like Retin-A.

6. Sun Damage

Wear a sunscreen every day, even if you’re not going in the sun. UV rays are our skin’s worst enemy. Reapply your sunscreen as directed and limit sun exposure. Overexposure can lead to sunspots, skin damage, wrinkles and skin cancer.

11 Suggestions To Contribute to Your Skin’s Health

Recuperate your skin complexion and consistency with these tips from our experts. Trading out some daily habits and being more mindful of lifestyle factors that could be affecting you will help you figure out how to get better skin. Follow these tips for better skin, all the way from acne treatments to anti-aging.

1. Water: Not only do we need to hydrate, but we also need to consider the water we’re using to wash our face. “Soft” water doesn’t remove soap well and leaves a film on our skin. “Hard” water doesn’t allow you to lather properly, so it will cause you to use more product and create dryness. Hard water is water that contains an appreciable quantity of dissolved minerals (like calcium and magnesium) and soft water is treated water in which the only ion is sodium.

2. Green Tea: The epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in green tea helps collagen from being destroyed in our skin as well as sun damage. Drink green tea cold, because hot tea can irritate you skin and worsen redness. Anti-inflammatories and antioxidants are our skin’s best friend if we suffer from red or blotchy skin, so swap out your iced coffee for iced green tea, and watch your complexion improve.

3. Stress: We can’t escape stress, but we can manage it. Just like diet and exercise, stress is a huge contributing factor to our skin. Stress increases the body’s production of hormones such as cortisol, which can make skin oilier and decrease its ability to fight off acne-causing bacteria. Practice stress-relieving techniques like deep-breathing exercises and yoga to relieve stress and feel calmer.

4. Air Quality: Not only should we avoid smoke of any kind, particularly cigarette smoke, we should also control the air quality in our homes. Change your AC filter regularly. If you cook, use the stove fan, consider getting a humidifier if you live in a dryer climate. They also make affordable air purifiers if you’re unable to control your environment like in an office, so get one for your desk and turn it on when you’re working.

5. Plain Toothpaste: As much as we like a cinnamon flavor, it’s bad for our skin. Added flavors and tartar-control ingredients can lead to perioral dermatitis, which leaves the skin around our mouths looking red, scaly and can cause breakouts.

6. Sun Exposure: Everyone knows you need to wear sunscreen outside, but you also need to be mindful of your sun exposure indoors. UV rays can penetrate windows in your home and office, which can lead to sunspots and skin cancer. You can even get sunburn and sun damage while driving in a car. Studies show more people of wrinkles and sun damage on the left side of their face.

7. Dairy: If you struggle with acne, watch how much dairy you consume. Studies show dairy intake has a 30% increase in breakouts and blemishes. Even organic and skim milk can contribute, so make sure to limit your dairy intake as much as possible. If you consider a dairy free diet, be sure to get your calcium from other foods, like leafy greens or consider a supplement.

8. Cleanser: If you have dry skin, your cleanser is even more important than your moisturizer. Try using a non-soap cleanser to help replace the moisture barrier on your skin. Continue to moisturize after you wash but talk to a professional and make sure you’re using the proper cleanser for you skin type.

9. Water-Based Hair Products: Look for water-based formulas and avoid those containing mineral oil, beeswax, or microcrystalline wax. Conditioners and styling products can contain oils and waxes that clog your pores. Even though you’re not applying it on your face, you still shower, sweat it off, and rub product on your forehead, neck and back.

10. Medication: Talk to your doctor if you’re feeling like your skin is reacting more when using a drug. Antihistamines, diuretics, and some antidepressants can cause dry skin. Some oral contraceptives, antibiotics, fertility drugs, and anti-seizure medications can bring on breakouts. Certain antibiotics, diuretics, and diabetes treatments can make you vulnerable to sun damage.

11. Sleep: Your body repairs itself while you sleep, so you need to make sure you’re giving it enough time to do so. Be sure to sleep at least 8 hours each night. Being sleep-deprived puts stress on the body, causing it to release more adrenaline and cortisol, which can trigger breakouts and other skin problems.

5 Ways You Can Tell You’re Aging Too Quickly

Your body has the magical ability to let you know something is wrong by giving you clues on the outside. These signs tell us our bodies are stressed and aging too quickly. Try slowing down and keep an eye on these signs if you think you look older than you really are.

1. Red Eyes

If you know they aren’t due to allergies, your red eyes may be a sign of premature aging. Chronic red eyes are a sign of inflammation and one of the biggest giveaways to our age. Try eating a more alkaline rich diet. Alkaline foods include ripe fruits, sprouts, greens, and other non-starchy vegetables. When you switch out fast food and fatty snacks for more wholesome ones, you will definitely notice a difference in your inflammation all around, your quality of life and most importantly, those red eyes.

2. Droopy Eye Lids

Droopy eye lids not only make us look tired, but they could also be an indicator of premature aging and thyroid dysfunction. In most cases, droopy lids are connected to oxidative stress, which allows free radicals to accumulate and cause cell damage in your body. Try eating blueberries for a snack or munching on carrots, to replenish your body of antioxidants and remember to drink lots of water.

3. Sagging Skin and Wrinkles

Although wrinkles and fine lines are normal as we age, if you’re seeing them early on they are definitely a sign of early aging and stress. Make sure you find a skincare routine to do every day, morning and night. One that is designed to help fight free radicals and prolong the elasticity of your skin with help keep wrinkles at bay and prevent sagging skin. Limit alcohol consumption and if you smoke, stop now while you still can! Of course, diet and exercise are also very important, so make sure you’re eating healthy and if you’re struggling to workout, find a workout buddy and make it daily girl time.

4. Skin Tone Change

Dry skin could be a thyroid problem, so definitely speak with a professional if you’re seeing dry patches or thirsty skin that it out of the norm. A weak thyroid indicates that your adrenals may not be making some of the hormones you need to stay energized and feel young. Give your thyroid and adrenals a break by skipping the soy and caffeine.

Try using whole foods and vegetables to power through your day. When you switch out coffee for a balanced meal, your thyroid can recover, and you will be able to instead rely on your body’s natural ability to sustain itself.

5. Consistent Stress and Fatigue

If your home or job life is stressful and you aren’t taking care of yourself in a way that will help you get rid and manage stress, cortisol is probably running wild in your blood stream, hurting your circulatory system, and helping weight gain. Stress is linked to chronic fatigue syndrome, can lead to heart disease and adrenal failure. Ultimately, if you’re stressed out, your body will experience damaging reactions and overall make you feel and look older.

The Top 10 Foods that Quicken the Aging Process

We’ve all heard the old adage; you are what you eat! It’s true, what you consume effects both your vital inner organs, the efficiency of your digestive system, mental agility, and energy levels, as well as your outward appearance.  Weight, visual age and the condition of your skin are all impacted by the foods you regularly consume.  

For instance, if your diet is poor, you use nicotine, consume excess amounts of caffeine or alcohol, you will likely appear older than your actual age. That’s why we’ve decided to call out the worst foods for your skin. We’re not saying to cut them out completely, but if you reserve them only for special occasions, your skin will thank you. 

Here are the top ten foods to avoid help prevent signs of premature aging. 

1. Nitrates
Nitrates are a color and food preservative contained in processed meats, such as deli meats and cheeses, bacon, sausage, and hot dogs. Unfortunately, while nitrites prevent salmonella and other harmful bacteria from residing in cured meats, they also form nitrosamines (cancer-causing chemicals) when you consume too many. That’s why it’s important to stay away from processed meat or buy organic whenever the option allows. 

2. Refined Sugars
While we love to occasionally indulge in chocolate, candy, cookies and baked treats, they don’t love our skin. The high levels of refined sugar contained within these tempting goodies are actually linked to weakening the immune system, causing skin to become dull, thin, and parched. They also rob the body of the collagen and elastin production needed to keep us looking radiant and youthful.

3. Saturated Animal Fats
Saturated animal fats can be found in the fat or skin on meats and even in your favorite cheese. Meats like pork and chicken, as well as high fat dairy products like milk and cream, are the worst culprits. Not only do saturated fats potentially harm your heart health, they cause unsightly blemishes on your skin such as blackheads and pimples. 

4.  Hydrogenated Oil
As delicious as they are, french fries, chicken wings, deep fried bar bites, and chicken fingers and the worst for you. Food that are fried in hydrogenated oils will not only increase your risk of heart disease if you consume them too frequently, they can also increase oil buildup on the surface of your skin. Instead of smearing your bagel with margarine, consider instead, a natural nut butter (like almond butter) and stay away from donuts in favor of a toasted whole wheat English muffin. You will greatly reduce the bacteria that can get trapped on your skin leading to breakouts.


5. Soda 
If you’re addicted to the sugar rush, or the effervescence of soda, you’re not only potentially damaging your oral health and leaving your teeth prone to cavities; you are rising your risk of type 2 diabetes. Soda also causes your skin to become dry, dull and flaky, since you’re replacing it for water. And while diet sodas may not contain as much sugar content, they aren’t any better for your health. Artificial sweeteners contain just as much moisture stripping caffeine, artificial colors, and flavor chemicals. 

6. Caffeine
Coffee… our morning comfort. Now, there’s a big difference between having a cup of coffee in the morning and having a whole pot. Caffeine is a diuretic, which not only dehydrates your body, it also dries out your skin and increases cortisol production, a type of stress hormone that’s linked to accelerated aging.


7. Olestra
Baked versus fried snacks?  Baked potato chips aren’t any better if you expect to have glowing skin. Why? These low-fat baked snacks contain a synthetic fat, Olestra. Olestra strips the body of essential fat-soluble vitamins A, E, D and K and carotenoids, or antioxidants, causing damage to our digestive systems, aging the skin, and even leaving the skin’s surface prone to lesions and blemishes.



8. Alcohol
While enjoying an occasional beer or a glass of red wine won’t harm your youthful skin, overindulging, and excessive alcohol consumption will damage your liver. This causes liver toxicity, leaving behind a trail of free radicals, and free radicals will cause vasodilatation, the condition behind skin blunders like rosacea. 

9. White Breads & Pastas
Refined carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta, and baked goods are high on the glycemic index, they increase insulin production. So, they not only leave you at risk of type 2 diabetes, they also leave your skin prone to acne and skin inflammation. Complex carbohydrates such as whole grain breads and pastas are a much better option for your overall health than those of the refined white variety.

10. High-Sodium Snacks
Chips, cheese puffs, pretzels, snack crackers, even the low-fat versions of these snacks wreak havoc on your skin. All made with vegetable oil, they contain large amounts of sodium, to help make up for the lost fat flavor. Not only does a high sodium diet leave us prone to high blood pressure; it also leaves us prone to chronic skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis. 

7 Ways to Reduce Wrinkles

1. Quit smoking! Not only is it the unhealthiest thing you can do for your body, it speeds up aging and jumpstarts wrinkles. Try a nicotine patch or inhaler if you’re stuck.

2. Eat more antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight off free radicals, which are what cause us to age. Berries, beans, and prunes are all high in antioxidants, and try eating food that’s high in omega-3 fatty acids.

3. Drink water! Staying hydrated is super important when you’re trying to fight off aging. If you don’t like drinking water, try adding fresh fruit or drinking coconut water.

4. Use a high-quality wrinkle cream. Find a routine that works for your skin type and do it morning and night. Don’t sleep in your makeup and try to incorporate all areas of your face, eyes, laugh lines, neck and forehead, into your regimen.

5. Avoid the sun at all costs. Make sure you apply sunscreen even when you’re not going in the sun. UV rays are the number one contributing factor to wrinkles and can be easily prevented with an SPF.

6. Don’t slack on your beauty rest. An 8-hour night of rest does wonders for your skin. Make sure you’re sleeping enough to give your body time to repair itself and your skin’s regeneration process.

7. Reduce your stress. Try to keep a calm household and minimize your workload. If you find you’re still stressed out, consider doing yoga or learning to meditate.