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Top 5 Bets for Women Who Don't Want Cosmetic Surgery


by Deb McLeod

More and more, the women around you have features that are creeping back up. That is, the breasts aren't so saggy anymore and the facial lines seem to disappear. Those wrinkles above the forehead? Gone. It's clear that nearly everyone has sought out some form of surgical intervention. Except you, that is.

What can you do if you want to achieve some of the same results but not go under the knife (or needle)? There are a few simple changes you can make that will provide results that somewhat mimic cosmetic surgery. Let's look at the top 5 most beneficial.

1. Diet and exercise

First, consider the old diet and exercise scheme. It's not a scheme, we know, but you hear this refrain so often it might feel as if it runs in a constant loop through your head. But the focus on diet and exercise isn't for naught. When you exercise, you release endorphins that make you feel good, which reduces stress, which helps your skin. Exercise also keeps your muscles taut and firm, which helps the skin to remain firm as well.

When we say diet we don't necessarily mean that four-letter word that, for many, is truly a bad word (though losing any extra weight is always good for anti-aging benefits). We mean diet in terms of the quality of your diet. Make sure you drink plenty of water and that you eat a diet that's rich in colorful foods. Skip the junk (or cut down on how much you eat of it) and think about adding more whole foods to your diet.

It's been shown again and again that women who eat a diet rich in colorful, whole foods have more toned and healthy skin than those who don't. It won't provide you with instant results like a surgical procedure might, but over time you will see results.

2. Antioxidants

This is somewhat related to diet, but deserves its own section. When you choose your daily foods, focus on those that contain a healthy dose of antioxidants. Some of the highest antioxidant content can be found in foods like black tea, red kidney beans, berries and nuts.

Antioxidants are important to the body and skin because they help you resist a variety of age-related diseases and also fight free radicals that seek to damage your skin. You can also get a double-dip of antioxidants when you use products on your skin that contain them, but more on that in a bit.

3. Solid lifestyle choices

All of this might sound like common sense and it is. The reality is that many women these days turn to plastic surgery to fix the sins of their lifestyle. They smoke, don't sleep enough, eat a poor diet and don't find a way to reduce stress and simply live a healthier life.

If you make some lifestyle changes, you can often see results that mimic those of cosmetic surgery. Consider working toward getting those 8 hours a night (or filling in with a catnap during the day) and cut back on the drinking, which dehydrates your skin. You can and should stop smoking, which provides many other benefits than those to your skin (though those can be substantial). Find a way on a daily basis to relax and unwind, even if it's only 10 minutes at the end of the day.

4. Skin care

Most of us know how deadly smoking can be to our skin, yet we'll head into the sun without protection and without considering what that does to our skin. Always wear sunscreen, even if you have darker skin. Always remove makeup before heading to bed and pay attention to the quality of your skin care products. Avoid those with sodium lauryl sulfate, for instance, as that product is an industrial degreaser that can be caustic to your skin.

5. Wrinkle creams

Once you reach the age of about 35, you should be using a moisturizer daily. Even if you have oily skin, you should consider adding a good-quality moisturizer to your skin.

Most women will notice fine lines and wrinkles appearing around age 35, and as soon as you do notice them (whether that's age 35 or 45, or even 55), get a good quality wrinkle cream. Many creams these days contain fillers that will provide a lifted and toned look within minutes. This benefit is temporary of course (disappearing as soon as the wrinkle cream wears off or you remove it), but it can give you the benefit of a lift without any surgical intervention.

For longer-lasting benefit, get a wrinkle cream that has antioxidants. These will provide a similar benefit to your skin that eating foods with antioxidants will but in this case you are applying the antioxidant directly to your skin, which provides it with much greater benefit. These antioxidants will not only make your skin look better immediately, but will help your skin fight off aging in the future.

None of these remedies will give you an overnight result like a surgical remedy might, but you can feel comfortable knowing that you are working naturally to improve your skin.

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