7 ways to look younger for free

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A great skin care routine is essential for keeping your skin looking and feeling as youthful as possible, but there are some anti-ageing tricks you can try that won’t cost you a cent…

SWITCH UP YOUR PART

Have you been parting your hair in the same place since, well, forever? Changing your part can take years off your face – so try a side part, or part just off centre to freshen up your look. You could even try a zigzag part to give the illusion of thicker, healthier hair.

SNOOZE THE RIGHT WAY

If you tend to sleep on your side or facedown, the same areas of your face are squished against your pillow night after night, which can lead to the development of lines and wrinkles. Try your best to sleep on your back, and if you wake up on your side or stomach, flip over to give your skin a break. Also, sleep on a silk pillowcase to avoid getting crease marks on your skin. It’ll do wonders for your hair, too!

GET MOVING

Hitting the pavement for as little as thirty minutes every day is incredible for your skin. When all that blood starts pumping around the body, it delivers nutrients to skin cells, allowing them to repair damage and boost collagen production. The result? A smoother, brighter complexion.

PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR PONY

Pulling your hair back in a slick, tight pony may be on-trend, but it can actually cause hair to fall out and break around the hairline, making you look older than you are. Try to wear your hair out as often as you can, or opt for a looser, lower ‘do with plenty of volume. Another helpful tip is to never tie your hair up when it’s wet, as this can cause friction on the elastic band and lead to breakage.

EASE UP ON THE FACIALS

No, we don’t mean the facials you get at the salon, because those are ah-mazing for looking younger for longer. We’re talking about facial expressions. Squinting, frowning and pouting can all result in fine lines and wrinkles forming around your eyes and lips – so turn that frown upside down, girl!

NAIL YOUR VITAMIN C INTAKE

“Vitamin C is your anti-ageing weapon!” says Kate Save, Nature’s Own Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist. “It acts as an antioxidant to prevent damage to the skin’s collagen or elastin caused by overexposure to sun or pollution.” Munch on vitamin C-rich foods like citrus fruits, red and green capsicum, turnips, kale, parsley, broccoli, dark leafy greens and strawberries to boost your skin’s health.

DRINK UP!

You’ve heard it before and we’ll never stop saying it – guzzling H2O is vital for healthy, glowing and youthful-looking skin. Try to drink at least two litres of water a day to keep your hydration levels up, and if regular water bores you, add fresh berries or fresh cucumber or orange slices for a flavour hit.

Are you seeing the signs of ageing? What are your tricks for looking younger for free?

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