By Grace Gold, REDBOOK
It's been drummed into us that using the right products and staying out of the sun are the keys to looking young. But here's another tactic that has just as much impact: slowing down and living a saner life. Research shows that when we're highly stressed, neuropeptides (chemicals in the skin's nerve endings) are released into our skin and create inflammation, which, in turn, speeds up the skin's aging process. Now, the good news: Experts say there are easy, free-and super-relaxing-ways to combat these "stress molecules." Try them and prepare to look radiant. A possible side effect: You'll feel like a million bucks, too.
1. Catch your breath
When we're rushed, our bodies launch into stress-reaction mode: our hearts race, our blood pressure may spike. "Taking deep-breathing breaks stops our nerve endings from firing off damaging neuropeptides," says Susan Blum, M.D., an assistant clinicalRead More »from Your $0 Plan to Erase Wrinkles