1.Thou shalt know stress-killing tools
Stress can sacrifice more than a single night’s sleep. It has also been linked to an increased risk of everything from eczema to heart disease to depression. So what’s the big secret to keeping your cool? Develop a routine, be flexible when things don’t go your way and take time out before you reach a breaking point. No matter how tightly wound you are, 20 minutes with a book, a brief walk or even some deep breathing can all help release excess tension.
2. Thou shalt eat anti-aging foods
Turns out the old saying is true: You really are what you eat. So why not dine on age-defying foods? Lycopene found in fresh tomatoes and lutein in leafy greens help protect the skin from sun damage. Beta-carotene in yams and vitamin C in citrus likewise keep your skin smooth and supple. Oh, and while a nice piece of pink salmon packed with omega-3 fatty acids will also keep your skin glowing, it also promotes healthy hair, strong nails and a sharp mind.
3. Thou shalt whiten teeth
Coffee and cola are probably putting the dimmer on your teeth. While professional bleaching is all the rage (not to mention more affordable than ever), over-the-counter remedies have come a long way over last few years. You’ll be surprised how fast those strips can clean away stains and boost brightness.
4. Thou shalt exercise regularly
It’s on everyone’s long list of resolutions, but few actually follow through. Those that do know the benefits of running, lifting weights, and sweat-soaked sessions of Bikram. Just 30 minutes three times a week can lower blood pressure, keep cholesterol in check, stave off certain types of cancer, and boost testosterone production. Hopefully, we don’t have to tell you what that means.
5. Thou shalt get a full night's sleep
We know it can be tough to pencil in enough bedtime despite the old eight-hour rule. And though everyone is different, experts agree that not getting enough sleep isn’t just bad news for operating heavy machinery: It also hastens the aging process by prompting the breakdown of precious skin-firming collagen. Hit the sack early and often.