How to Appear Younger than You Really Are

Sure, you could hit the gym, eat your veggies, and get plastic surgery—but what can you do that doesn’t suck? Lots of things, actually.

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Learn how to stay strong and fit as you get older in this Howcast video series.

You Will Need

  • A sex partner
  • Dental hygiene
  • Good posture
  • Massages
  • SPF
  • Grapefruit-scented perfume
  • Pigs’ feet

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Have sex

    Sex stimulates production of the human growth hormone, which reduces fatty tissue and increases lean muscle, leading to a more youthful appearance. In fact, research shows that people who have sex at least three times a week look ten years younger than those who don’t.

  2. Step 2

    Take care of your teeth

    Take care of your teeth. Brush at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, get your teeth cleaned every six months, and have an annual dental checkup.

  3. Gals, dab some grapefruit juice behind your ears. A study showed that the scent of pink grapefruit made men underestimate a woman’s age by six years!

  4. Step 3

    Stand up straight

    Simply standing up straight can make you look 10 years younger and 10 pounds thinner. Good posture also allows the nerve cells in your spine to fire more efficiently, boosting your energy by 70% (giving you the get-up-and-go of a much younger person).

  5. Step 4

    Drink water

    Drink lots of water. It allows all your organs to function at peak efficiency and it hydrates your skin cells, plumping them up to keep your skin smooth.

  6. Step 5

    Tend your facial hair

    Tend your facial hair. For women, that means filling in any overly-plucked eyebrows, because thin eyebrows are aging. For men, it means shaving off that years-adding beard, especially if it’s coming in salt and pepper. And, need it be said? No stray nose and ear hairs, please.

  7. Step 6

    Wear more color

    Wear more color. Yes, we know—black is slimming. Unfortunately, it’s also aging.

  8. Keeping up with jewelry trends is an easy way to make yourself look younger.

  9. Step 7

    Get massages

    Treat yourself to massages. They stimulate the secretion of anabolic hormones, which help reverse aging.

  10. Learn to love pigs’ feet. The Japanese believe that this ugly food can lead to beautiful, youthful skin because it’s loaded with collagen.

  11. Step 8

    Wear SPF

    Wearing SPF on your face every day will help prevent wrinkles. Also, don’t forget your neck and hands—nothing says 'old' like a saggy neck and age-spotted hands.

  12. Of 1,400 men and women polled, 68% think they look younger than they are.

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