There are so many options to slow down the aging process. Women have become obsessed with it finding the best options. Typically, the first things that come to mind are: facial peels, fillers, and botox. If you are only looking to treat the exterior effects of aging skin, they are possible options. However, these options are expensive, use toxic chemicals, and cost a lot of money. If you want to look and feel great while slowing down the aging process, there are a few quick changes you can make TODAY! These 5 things can make a huge difference in the way you look and feel. 

#1 Sleep at least 7-8 hours a night.

Let’s talk a little bit about beauty sleep. It’s super important to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night on a regular basis. If you aren’t, the lack of sleep can cause weight gain and skin issues. The first step to improving the health of your skin is getting routine, restful sleep. 

There is a lot of scientific data to back the need for beauty sleep. If you deprive yourself of sleep, your body produces excessive amounts of cortisol. Cortisol is a stress hormone. This can cause weight gain and wreak havoc on your complexion. When you give yourself 8 hours of sleep, your body can increase blood flow to your skin causing a beautiful rosy glow in the am and your body can have time to build collagen. Your body primarily builds collagen when you sleep. This will help your skin look youthful and firm. As we continue to age, our body builds less and less collagen. Add lack of sleep and aging, you will age faster. Give your body a helping hand in the collagen department here

If you have trouble sleeping, check out our article on how to sleep like a rockstar for some tips.

#2 Hydrate.

It’s very simple. There are very few things more important to our health than being hydrated. Every cell in your body needs water to function properly. As we continue through the aging process, our cells being to deteriorate and lose water. This process that occurs makes it harder for our cells to fight off free radicals efficiently, which is the main cause of aging. Hydration also aids in our digestion. Water helps us eliminate toxins from our body. Toxins are linked to cellular aging as well. Do you ever feel super bloated? That’s your body telling you that you are dehydrated. Our bodies are always striving for balance with nutrition and hydration.

So, I am sure you are wondering how much water do we need to drink? Honestly, we actually get a fair amount of our daily hydration from all the things we drink and eat throughout the day. Does coffee count? Yes. Does wine count? Yes. However, both also dehydrate at the same time. The best thing to drink is water to stay hydrated. A great goal is to drink 72 ounces a day. Hate drinking water? To ease into the process, you can try flavored water like Hint or try Glotrition’s Collagen Peptide Drink Mix. It’s all-natural, sweetened with Stevia Leaf Extract, and loaded with antioxidants and collagen peptides. 

#3 Reduce sugar in your diet.

Reducing sugar seems like an easy task, but it can be tricker than you think. Sugar is hidden in just about everything. Educating yourself on the sugar epidemic will help you navigate through cutting sugar. Sugar is one of the top killers of collagen. Consuming sugar causes our collagen fibers to breakdown faster just like not getting enough sleep. This process is called glycation. Sugar in your blood attaches to proteins creating a new molecule called advanced glycation end products, AGE for short. These new molecules head straight for your collagen. Once your collagen fibers are damaged, they become rigid and dry showing up as wrinkles and sagging skin. Cut the sugar. Cut the sugar now. 

#4 Exfoliate your skin.

Most women don’t realize how important it is to exfoliate their skin on a regular basis. Exfoliating helps our skin shed dead skin cells more quickly and helps uncover fresh, new cells. As we go through the aging process, the natural process of shedding old skin and replacing it with new skin slows down tremendously. It’s just as important to exfoliate your body as it is your face. We love using our Kali Coconut Sugar Scrub to exfoliate our body at least once a week and Palermo’s Pink Clay Facial Mask for our face. This pink clay mask firms skin while also gently detoxifying. It’s very rich in vitamin C which helps produce collagen and reduces the appearance of sun damage. It will give your skin an energizing boost.

#5 Have more sex.

Yes…you read that correctly. Orgasms literally can help you look younger. Orgasms improve blood circulation causing an increase in oxygen to flow into your skin making to glow and boosts collage production. Sex also keeps your hormones in check and increase estrogen levels. Getting frisky can also increase anti-inflammatory molecules like DHEA and oxytocin. These hormones can produce healthier skin, decrease depression, and boost your immune system.

Written by Kali Product Partner and Female Founder of Glotrition: Lisa Pineiro.