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30 Amazing Anti-Aging Biohacks

The Definitive Guide

To Biohacking Your Age

The Complete Anti-Aging Resource

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77% Of People Want To Live Longer 

Most people won't admit it ​ 

Aging is full of negatives

Although I am committed to leading a positive, motivated lifestyle, the idea of becoming slower, mentally incapacitated, physically challenged, (and let's face it, a whole lot of other issues) is pretty damn frightening.

It creeps up on you

One minute you have full control, the next you've aged to the point of significant disability.  Life is short. 

You can fight it

 I firmly believe that anti-aging strategies  are one of the most fundamentally important things a person can partake in if you want to maintain good health. Many ways in which we fight aging include fortifying our health.

I'll admit It

I want to live a long life and be healthier for longer. So much to see, do, and accomplish.  So little time.

So, Now What?

The First Steps

Fighting aging

Slowing age ineluctability and all of those negative effects require a lot of knowledge.   There are many scientifically sound anti-aging biohacks that can help and the good news is that there all here in this absolutely definitive guide to slowing the aging process.

 

Biohack Your Body
We've compiled the very best anti-aging hacks that can show you how to slow down aging by looking at what the science has to say about age-related issues, using the best methods possible.

You want to look exactly how you want to feel

Sure, growing old gracefully is an important part of life, but that doesn't mean you can look younger, feel younger, and stave off the many horrible effects the getting older will inevitably bring.

Before We Start Biohacking

You Might Need To Know Some Things

Aging factors

 Well, there's some really interesting stuff  below about what aging is.  I thought you might find it helps if you understand the process but I get it, not everyone wants to read anything remotely technical. 

You can skip along to the biohacks below if you want and I won't feel insulted (maybe a little) but if you stick around and learn a bit more at the start here, you might be able to impress your friends (or possibly lose them - I don't know them).

What Exactly Is Aging?

The Whole Story

It's complicated

Well ,  you probably think you know the answer right? 

We get old, get wrinkled and at some point, pass away.  Case closed.

Hold on, though...

What If I was to tell you a lot of what is considered common knowledge about the subject of aging is actually untrue or at the very least, factually incorrect?

This is because your biological age and your actual physical age are not necessarily the exact same thing.

Enter the... Horvath Clock

What Is Horvath's Clock?

A Better Measure

Your real age

Ever noticed how two people can be the exact same biological age, in fact, they could be born on the very same day and yet they seem to be very different as far as the aging process is concerned.

This is because their Horvath Clock is different. 

So, what exactly is this Horvath Clock then?

It's named after the geneticist, biostatistician, and anti-aging researcher by the name of Steve Horvath.

Also known as an epigenetic clock, the is a measurement of age based on looking at a given person's biomarkers of aging, especially DNA Methylation. (1)

The best measurement of real aging

Steve Horvath's particular version of the epigenetic clock is so accurate that it's widely used at the time of publishing this, as the most efficacious measuring tool for predicting someone's actual age.

What Are The Biomarkers Of Aging?

There Are A Few

 

What defines age?
An epigenetic clock​ measures several biomarkers in order to predict a person's non-biological age.

These may include: 

 

 Histone Loss 

Histones

These are the proteins found in the nuclei of eukaryotic cells.

As a body loses histones, cellular divisions have been shown to suffer and with it, the body will age at a greater rate proportionate to the loss of the aforementioned eukaryotic cell proteins.

Histone Variation

Why variation matters

Not all histones are exactly alike, meaning that some are more functional in the aging process (or slowing it).   The variety and subsequent effects are measured to give another depiction of cellular aging. 

DNA Methylation​

Changing your DNA

This is a process more simple than it may appear.   The cysteine component of cells gets methylated becoming 5-methylcytosine. (2)

The rate at which this happens affects aging substantially.

 

Is That Everything?

It's Enough

Do I need to know more?

Not really.   The Horvath's clock model of cellular aging testing uses 353 biomarkers to make its assessment of age. 

That's a lot of biomarkers.

Everybody's is different and everyone has different factors that will change the rate at which they get older.

Good news

 The anti-aging biohacks in this guide  may help you control some of the factors that can age you as an individual.   Most of them are going to be very positive effects on your overall health, too.

Can I Get My Epigenetic Clock Measured?

Almost

You can, soon

At the time of writing this, there are no widely available services that can offer you a measurement of your Horvath Clock.   It can be done, but right now you'd have to be either in a scientific study or you'd have to do some serious internet browsing to find a fledgling service. 

Using the right term

The use of Horvath Clock and Horvath's Clock seems to be fairly interchangeable if you're looking to further find an epigenetic biomarker testing service.   Don't worry, you won't look silly using either term.  

 

One Last Thing Before We Look At These Biohacks To Help You Slow Aging...
 

Can An Average Person Really Fight Aging?​

Maybe You Can

With Biohacking

 

How?

The good news is that with more and more research and innovation, it's becoming not only easier to fight getting older but we are also able to go some degree towards reversing aging.

Now, I don't want to hype too much

There's enough of that everywhere.   What I am happy to point out is that many people who have attempted to reduce the effects of aging have been quite successful.

I'd even like to believe that I, myself have contributed to slowing down the internal and external effects of aging.

So, yes.  A normal, everyday person can really fight aging, and so can you.

Let's look at factors affecting aging.​


Health

Can Be Changed

 

Getting healthy
Well, his may seem like a bit of a no-brainer.   Poor health can contribute to making you older, faster.​

Of course, our 30 biohacks are going to address this concern with a few really useful health tips that could be of tremendous value.

It can help

It's would be great if health was the only factor, we could just eat right and look after ourselves.

But, it's one of many reasons you age faster or slower.

Genetics

Can't be Changed (For Now)

It's not that bad

Now, before you make a call to your parents to blame them for your genetic predisposition, bear in mind that genetics are only a fraction of why you age at the rate you do.

The genetic lottery

For some of you, you'll be blessed with great genes and good luck but for others, you may be looking down the barrel of a fully-loaded wrinkle fest.

Good genes are great but...

Again, I iterate and can not stress this enough - Genes are just a piece of the aging puzzle.

Don't worry

Luckily this page has a bunch of age-fighting biohacks that'll help you wrestle the odds back in your favor.

Environment

Can Be Controlled

Monitoring exposure

Exposure to the wrong chemicals, pollutants, and substances all contribute towards whether or not you age faster or slower.

Lifestyle & cellular health

There are some lifestyles that are hugely beneficial for staving off the inevitable ravages of time, just as there are those that make a marked impact upon the way your body ages.

Some of them are pretty obvious like if you live in a heavily polluted city you'll have a higher proclivity towards the type of cellular damage that could age you.

Sorting the good from the bad

Some lifestyles may seem very healthy but might lead you towards exposure to things that heretofore were not known to be bad for you.  More on that later, though.

Psychological Factors

Can Be Controlled

Getting older faster

What you may not be aware of is that the level of stress you have may seriously affect the rate at which you age.

Stress = Cellular damage.   

This is something that's becoming more and more relevant as societal demands and cultural shifts leave people living far more complex lives than any generation in the history of humanity.

Changing lifestyles

The world is busy, complicated and the demands on the individual are many.

With this comes a concomitant stress load that if not managed can lead to serious issues of which aging is the least of the problems.

Skin Care

Can Be Managed

So, this is purely about your external aging

A whole swag of people reading this are here purely to hold off wrinkles and sagging aging skin.  What can I say?   If we lived in a world where looks didn't matter, things would be extremely different.

We don't, though.

Youthfulness is still held in high regard as the ultimate sign of beauty and as much as there are people who say otherwise, most don't practice what they preach.

That's okay

No judgment here.   There's absolutely nothing wrong with trying to appear more youthful.  99 times out of 100 doing so is going to be a net benefit for your physical health, if not your mental well-being as well.

Skincare matters

What you put on your skin, what you don't, when you do it - These things all contribute to the visible signs of aging.

 Can A Normal Person Fight The Aging Process?

Can You Keep Youthful?

The jury might be out on whether a normal person would actually want to but yes, it appears so.  That's good news to anyone who is looking to appear younger a little (or a lot) longer.

If you like the idea of feeling and looking more youthful, then maybe some of these biohacks can help.

Here Are The 30 Age-Defying Biohacks

Let's Biohack Your Age

Time To get Started

 

3,2,1

Okay, let's take a look at these age-slowing hacks and learn how to defy the aging process

You're ready to begin

Now that you understand how we age and the issues that affect your ability to stay young and healthy, biohacking your age to achieve maximum youth will be starting to sound like an excellent proposition.

If you've made it this far and don't know what biohacking is you can check out this page:

>>> What is biohacking <<<

 

That should explain things nicely and have you excited to apply all of our biohacks to improving your life and evolving your mind.

Let's see our first biohack:

Starting at number 30...

30. Remove Dead Skin

Dead Skin Is Aged Skin
...And Aged Skin Makes You Look Older​

Not stating the obvious

Okay, so you're probably thinking "I know how to wash my damn face, what kind of idiot do you take me for",  but hear me out -  This actually contains some useful stuff you might not have considered.

 

Creating an optimal environment

As I'm sure you're fully aware, if your face (or any part of your body) is covered in dead skin, you're going to look older and you could even be preventing the renewal of skin cells by not removing dead and dying skin.

But what you thought is the most effective way, may not be.

Let's look at why that is...

Facial Scrubs May Irritate Your Skin​

But They're Pretty Effective

 

Facial Scrubs & your skin

These are the go-to for most people looking to clean away dry, flaking, or pore-clogging dead skin cells.

 

The issue with face scrubs

The irritant nature of some of them might do more harm than good.   

 

Depending on what the components are of your facial scrub, you might actually remove too much healthy skin and in the process put your body into a state of having to "over-heal" itself in order to repair.

 This is a tough line to find and an easy one to go over 

Do it right and you'll have much smoother skin.  Do it wrong and you place your body under possibly too much stress.  Find a happy medium with a mild facial scrub or try the following...

Facial Masks Are Great​

A Pretty Decent Option

The real MVP

These can be really effective in both removing dead outer layer skin as well as unclogging your pores.

 

Facial masks and body peels are inexpensive, effective, and pretty easy to use on a regular basis.

 

Many uses

Although the name facial mask implies using it on your face, you can apply the peel-off mixture to almost anywhere on your body relatively safely.

 

The biggest concern is the chemical content of the mixture...  

Beware Of Endocrine Disruptors

A Health Issue

The endocrine problem

Obviously, you're on a biohacking page and I'm a biohacker who is passionate about health trying to educate people on optimizing their lifestyles.

One serious problem society has is with the level of endocrine disruption from exposure to chemicals that are bad for your hormones.

Issues for men and women, alike

For men, this can lead to increased fat storage, muscle loss, and even erectile dysfunction in some cases. 

 

For women, this can manifest as acne, mood changes, and many other potentially more harmful effects. 

If you are using either a facial cleanser or a peel product, you'll want to avoid exposure to harmful endocrine disruptors.

List of toxins to watch for

The National Insititute Of Environmental Health Science (3) lists the major toxins in the below list:  

  • Bisphenol A (BPA) 

  • Dioxins 

  • Perchlorate 

  • Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) 

  • Phthalates 

  • Phytoestrogens 

  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)

  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) 

  • Triclosan 

Be consumer aware

It's worth checking out to make sure none of the products you use contain these nasty compounds.  It's surprising

You may well be shocked at just how many regular, household products contain these hormone-affecting chemicals but what is certain is that you'll want to avoid them.

So, to summarize:

> Removing dead skin help reveal youthful skin

> Harsh facial cleaners might be harmful but mild ones and facial peels are okay.

> Avoid chemical endocrine disruptors.

AJ's Biohack Rating:​

[7/10]

AJ Says:

"So we've started with an easy one - Dead skin can stop healthy, new skin forming optimally and just makes you look older.  

 

It's also something you can change really easy - A warm, wet face towel can do the job until you find a decent dead skin removal product."

Next up is anti-aging biohack#29

29. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera use can be dated back 6000 years to Egypt

It was known rather prophetically as the "Plant of Immortality".

 

Most biohackers are pragmatists. 

We know that not all natural products are healthy and not all things manufactured in a laboratory are bad for you.​

But, with that said, a lot of us steer towards natural products where we can.

It appears to be both natural and healthy

 Aloe vera  is one of those fantastic, effective natural products that can give you a number of benefits to your skin-age, your appearance, and even your internal health

Let's take a look at how aloe vera can be used as an efficacious age-fighting tool:

--- The Science Of Aloe Vera​ ---

What does the science say about this so-called "Plant of Immortality".

You're most likely aware​ of many skincare products that sell in the "anti-aging" section, use aloe vera as one of the main ingredients.  The hydrating effect is pretty well known.

Studies show an impressive nutritional composition

According to The Baylor College Of Medicine, aloe vera contains several ingredients that are beneficial to skin health, including Vitamin C, Vitamin A, enzymes, & anti-oxidants. (4)

Topical application on a regular basis gives your skin the benefits of all these age-defying ingredients.

--- Grow Your Own​ Aloe Vera ---

Easy!

Because it's so easy to simply place on your window sill and leave, aloe vera is a very easy succulent plant to grow from home.

One of the major benefits of growing your own is that you're not purchasing refined products that are subjected to chemicals we don't want to interact with and stored in plastic containers that may leach hormone-disrupting chemicals​.

That's two problems eliminated by growing some from home.  Or failing that, you could buy the plant whole from a retailer.  That would be an effective way to get the aloe vera you want for your skin without being subject to skin-aging chemicals.

 

 

--- Other Healthy Uses Of Aloe Vera​ ---

Aloe vera juice is often consumed for its health benefits.

The science on aloe vera's effects on internal health is a bit "iffy".  There some research saying drinking the juice can be good for you and there's also some saying it does very little.

People have been using aloe vera as an external sunburn remedy and also as a general burn salve.  Its cooling effects might reduce pain but its anti-inflammatory effects are most likely what helps the most.

Perhaps as a drink, the anti-inflammation properties it contains might be something that could also fight aging.   Either way, it's well worth getting some aloe vera to biohack your age.

So, to summarize:

> Use pure, natural aloe vera on your skin daily

> Grow your own to save money and avoid unwanted chemicals

>  Drinking the juice might be beneficial too. 

AJ's Biohack Rating:​

[7/10]

AJ Says:

"Aloe vera looks like it's got some things good for your skin and is a really effective hydration agent

 

I'm skeptical about it as a drink because the research is not conclusive.  Plus, I thought I could make tequila out of it like you can with agave - But I was dead wrong - Don't try that at home"

Nature's Natural Nurturer

It's a very popular dietary food at the moment but did you know it can be of great use to those looking for younger-looking skin?

Well, it is.​

Coconut oil is fast becoming not unlike apple cider vinegar, in that it may have a myriad of applications and uses.

Why you'll want to try it

If you're reading this, though, then it's the age-fighting properties that are going to be of first and foremost interest, so, let's take a closer look...

--- Moisturizing Properties ---

Nature is nicer

Biohackers love natural products whenever we can get them. 

 

It's not that natural things are always the best or that synthetic products are bad, it's just that natural products don't as often contain those nasty fillers that might affect your hormonal health.

A natural moisturizer

There are a lot of utterly garbage night creams, synthetic moisturizers, and skin products all designed to take your money and maybe do what they claim.

Proof & price

Coconut oil has plenty of solid scientific evidence to support its effectiveness as a moisturizer and is available in it's purest organic form for very economical prices

 --- Protective Barrier​ ---

A layer of added protection

Perhaps one of the most exciting things about coconut oil is not just its inherent hydrating properties but also that it can help to protect the skin.

Science backs coconut oil

Coconut oil or Cocos nucifera as it's known technically has been studied among other natural oils and has been shown to create a protective barrier when applied directly to the skin.

Natural oils study

Another interesting study showed that the antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory effects of coconut oil (and other natural oils) can help prevent aging caused not just by wrinkles, but also intrusive skin conditions that may cause irritation and further skin aging. (5)

 

---​ Good Absorption ---​

Better than store-bought products?

Coconut oil ( cocos nucifera), has a low molecular weight which means that it may be able to be absorbed by the skin easier than some artificial and heavy skin creams.

Collagen-protective

Because of the aforementioned low molecular weight, coconut oil may be able to not only penetrate the skin but also bond to skin collagen proteins easier offering another form of skin protection that might help fight aging​

It is comedogenic​

This might be an issue for those who have oily skin or acne.   Because comedogenic oils such as coconut oil may leave a barrier, they can be prone to blocking pores.

If that's an issue you're looking to avoid, don't worry - More biohacks down this page contain non-comedogenic oils that don't have this problem.

So, to summarize:

> Coconut oil (cocos nucifera) is a good skin moisturizer

> It's cheap and it may offer protective qualities for your skin

> It may not be as good for people with oily, acne-prone skin

AJ's Biohack Rating:​

[7.1/10] 

AJ Says:

"This is probably going to be a go-to anti-wrinkle product for you if you're broke but it's actually really good even if you can afford the more expensive products

 

Not so good for acne.  If you've got acne, let's face it - You're probably not worried about wrinkles just yet."

More than just a cold prevention vitamin

It's an excellent vitamin for skin health and anti-aging​

It's quite possible that no other micronutrient has had so much debate and conjecture aimed at it as has Vitamin C.

So many claims, but what we care about is what works

It's been touted as a miracle cure, a preventative, and even an aphrodisiac but a lot of the times, claims of Vitamin C's effectiveness have been exaggerated, misjudged, or outright fabricated.

The science is solid

When it comes to fighting aging, though, Vitamin C has some sound science to back its effectiveness. 

Let's take a look at how Vitamin C can help to biohack your age...

--- The Science Vitamin C ---

Fighting cellular damage​

In a 2012 study, scientists researching the anti-aging effects of Vitamin C on human pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (heart cells) discovered a demonstrable change in cellular degradation. (6)

Collagen production

Your skin is full of collagen proteins but you need Vitamin C to create new collagen.  If you're deficient, not only will you lose out on the health benefits of Vitamin C but you'll also possibly appear to look older.

Effective & easy to acquire

This is pleasing news not just because Vitamin C is available in supplement form in almost every supermarket, health store, and pharmacy, but also because there are a lot of natural forms of this anti-aging vitamin that are pretty easy to come by.

--- Natural Vitamin C Sources​ ---

More than just oranges?

Everyone knows oranges are a source of Vitamin C but what's lesser well known is that there are many other fruits and veggies that are actually higher in this age-fighting vitamin.

Depending on where you live in the world, these might be abundantly available to you:

Acerola Cherries (Yum)

Only a single cup of these little beauties can get you 9 x the daily requirement of Vitamin C

Blackcurrants

50 grams of these tiny berries can yield an entire day's worth of your needs.

Kale

Yes, this is the hipster veggie of choice but there's a good reason to eat kale because only a single cup can give you 120% of your daily Vitamin C allotment.

Chili Peppers

Just a single green chili pepper can see you right for a whole day of what you need.

There are a lot more natural sources because luckily, Vitamin C is fairly ubiquitous.  You can also choose to supplement it.

--- Vitamin C Supplementation ---

As​ mentioned above, supplements are quite easy to come across so getting your vitamin needs to be met is pretty simple stuff.

Not all supplements (of any kind) are created equal

Here are some of the best forms of supplemental Vitamin C for those looking to benefit from its age-defying properties.

Ascorbic acid

You can get this in a natural and synthetic form which are the same chemical structure so it's not something you have to worry too much over, especially if the price is an issue.  Cheap supplemental Ascorbic acid powder is effective, economical, and easy to find.

Buffered Vitamin C

Some people can experience the side effect of stomach upsets with excessive Vitamin C supplementation and the buffered variety may help alleviate this problem.

These are less acidic and also contain essential minerals.


With Bioflavonoids
If you are unaware of bioflavonoids, they're just a compound in plants that are a natural antioxidant.

These plant derivatives might help with the absorption of supplemental Vitamin C

So, to summarize:

> Vitamin C is scientifically proven to affect aging

> There are a lot of natural sources

> There are many supplements available for those who may prefer them.

AJ's Biohack Rating:​

[7.2/10]

AJ Says:

"Another pretty cheap way to biohack your health & age.

There's really no reason to not take Vitamin C regularly if you're looking for a way to slow down aging with many other health benefits "

This isn't anti-sun

This section contains some pretty important information that you may not be aware of.

Sunglasses can reduce aging in several ways  

But first, it's important to understand a few things. 

 

Constant squinting causes crow's feet around your eyes which is no doubt something you'll be looking to avoid. 

 

Those sneaky crow's feet

This is often one of the first visible signs of aging in adults because years of sun exposure can lead to the repetitive action of squinting your eyes to avoid sunlight.

--- How Do Sunglasses Help?​ ---

Well, sometimes they don't

In fact, sometimes sunglasses are downright dangerous to your health?


I bet you didn't see that coming? lenses do matter
Sunglasses can reduce the incoming UV light into your eyes which can be great for reducing aging in your eye structure and the damage that UV light can do.

 

Lenses do matter 
But, if you have lenses that are not polarized then there's a good chance you're not reflecting the UV light at all. 

Dark lenses might be dangerous

Also, you may be darkening your visual surroundings, leading to a wider pupil opening and may in fact let more ultra-violet light into your eyes.

--- What About Crow's Feet? ---

Natural protection

You have a built-in biological action to protect your eyes.  It's called blinking.  But there's another autonomous function:  Squinting - You do this almost unaware.


Reducing eye squints

By darkening the visual appearance of your surroundings, your natural propensity to squint is reduced and this will, in turn, lessen the chance of developing fine lines around your eyes.​

--- Light Exposure - A Caution​ ---

Your natural defense 

Exposure to light in your eyes signals your body to create and release natural melanin that acts as a protector for your skin, allowing a certain amount of sun exposure without risk.  Especially true for lighter skin folks.

 

One school of thought

If wearing sunglasses,  it might be ideal to immediately get some sun in your eyes to trigger this defensive mechanism.

So, to summarize:

 > Get polarized sunglasses

 > Get a little real sunlight in your eyes before wearing them

> Squinting gives you wrinkles around your eyes 

AJ's Biohack Rating:​

[7.3/10]

AJ Says:

"Talk about an easy one.

 

If you haven't got a pair of sunglasses maybe now is the time to invest in a decent pair.

 

Any biohack that is cheap and makes you look pretty cool has gotta be good, right?"

Important Information Below

This won't be popular

I'll be the first to admit there are positive social and even health benefits to drinking alcohol for some people.    But we all know many of the dangers of excess consumption.

 

Serious aging risk

well, you're reading this because you either want to live longer or you just want to remain looking youthful for longer.   Drinking too much alcohol is a serious roadblock to either of those lofty goals.

I'm not saying you can't drink

Far from it, in fact, in an upcoming biohack, you'll see how some alcohol may be beneficial

Let's take a look at how excess alcohol can age you faster...

--- Skin Aging ---

 

Skin aging issues

People who drink more alcohol than they are able to healthily process are very prone to advanced aging of their skin. 

Skin dehydration
Alcohol has a dehydrating effect which can make skin appear more wrinkled and crevassed.

Skin pigmentation

Excess alcohol has been associated with those purple capillaries that are often visible in the elderly but can occur at quite a young (relatively speaking) age of those who imbibe too much and too often.

Then there's your poor liver...

--- Liver Damage ---

Liver Strain

One of the most sinister effects of drinking too many alcoholic beverages is the strain it may place upon your liver, even resulting in live cirrhosis or an increased risk of cancer.

Aging risk

A compromised liver can have many detrimental effects on your health many of which are age-related. 

Rhinophyma (Alcohol Nose)?

This has actually been disproved by science.  While drinking excessive amounts of liquor may lead to skin issues, the swollen, red, and bumpy nose often attributed (falsely) to alcohol-related liver damage is caused by other factors.

But most dangerous of all might be​...

 

--- Compromised Immune Function---

Lowered white blood cell count

In his paper The Hematological Complications Of Alcoholism, Dr. Harold S Ballard notes that alcohol in the bloodstream may reduce the level of white blood cells (leukocytes). (7)

Weakened immunity

A lowered white blood cell count can significantly reduce the body's ability to stave off infection and disease.

This is bad news for aging

The inability to fight infection means your organs including your skin are compromised in regenerative effectiveness.  The inability to optimally regenerate skin cells might have a serious effect on visible aging

So, to summarize:

> Excess alcohol can lead to visible skins conditions associated with aging

> Liver damage can result from too much and this may cause further skin damage

> It may lower leukocytes (white blood cells) reducing immune function

AJ's Biohack Rating:​

[7.4/10]

AJ Says:

"It's probably not an issue for most people - The real problem is like any vice, taken to excess can cause health problems.

 

I'm not here to be the fun police - You're free to drink as much as you please but at least now you know the consequences"

Excessive Friction = Wrinkles

 

Preventing a wrinkly face

A lot of people reading these tips are concerned with longevity and health but I'd hazard a guess that the overwhelming majority are people looking to fight visible aging, especially in their facial region.​ 

Wanting to stay youthful

If that's you, then this is something you might want to know about and before you utter the words: "But AJ, I smiling gives you wrinkles - Think again".

All is not as it seems

It's all a little more complicated than that.  In fact, there's evidence to suggest it not being true, but facial friction may come from a place you never thought to look.

But first, let's look at the idea of smiling causing wrinkles...

--- But They're Called​ Smile Lines? ---

They most certainly are. 

Have you ever stopped to wonder what your aging development would be like if you didn't smile?

Happiness actually prevents wrinkles

Well as it turns out, being happy and smiling may accentuate the production of dopamine and as such reduce the cell-damaging effects of stress

So, the evidence of smiling creating wrinkles is not so clear cut.

Go ahead and smile. 

That's not the facial friction to be concerned about.

No, it's something altogether different...

--- How You Sleep Matters​ ---

This is interesting...

Yep, we've already mentioned the importance of sleep in preventing wrinkles and cellular aging but it's not the sleep itself that I'm talking about here.​

It's how you sleep

You see, someone who has slept on their stomach with their face mushed into their pillow causes a lot more facial friction than someone who sleeps on their back.

(It may also affect your breathing too)

Repetitive damage

Years upon years of the constant contorting of your face being pushed and pulled by your pillow can create visile crevassing in your face.   So it may be worth evaluating your sleep positions.

--- The Best Way To Sleep ---

Maximize your resting position

Obviously, if you don't want friction created wrinkles then you may have to change you sleeping position.   Lying on your back is likely to be the absolute best way to avoid the agitation of pillow/skin friction​.

There are a couple of things you can do which might help:

1. Wear a sleep mask

This might simply reduce the amount of over contact between your skin and the pillow you sleep on.

2. Buy satin or silk pillow coverings.

Silk and satin might be effective in reducing irritation of your skin (which may also help acne)

3. Use a toxin-free skin conditioner before bed

This could also help to reduce skin irritation from pillow contact.

4. Sleep on your back

Fairly self-explanatory.

5. Sleep on you side but with a slightly elevated head position.

This might reduce pillow contact.

If it all seems too much bother, it's best not to worry and just enjoy your sleep no matter what.

So, to summarize:

> How you sleep can stretch your skin and facial muscles.

> Sleeping on your back is the most effective prevention.

> There are a couple of hacks that might help if you want to sleep sideways or prone.

AJ's Biohack Rating:​

[7/10]

AJ Says:

"Don't be afraid to smile, just because someone says it gives you wrinkles.

 

Do however, pay attention to the way in which your sleep position might cause extra wrinkle-causing friction"

Skin Reinforcement

Topical Vitamin A is all the rage

But this biohack is all about the stuff you consume​

The science is pretty clear:  Vitamin A prevents aging

It works well on the inside as well as the outside, but we've got some information further along down the page on the external variety.

For now, let's look at dietary Vitamin A... 

--- Anti-inflammatory Properties ---

Why fighting inflammation matters

Your entire biology has limited resources and a limited ability to function.  Inflammation taxes your entire system.  This means the ability to fight disease, infection, & aging is potentially compromised

Reduce inflammation = increased biological efficiency

The less stress (notwithstanding the hormetic variety) your body is under, the faster it can heal as well as being able to reach optimal levels of health.

Vitamin A reduces the inflammation problem

By enjoying a diet with adequate Vitamin A intake, you may reduce the amount of inflammation your body is exposed to and thereby allow more maximal cell regeneration and increase possible longevity.

 --- The Skin Rejuvinator​ ---

Healthy cells

According to Harvard Nutrition, Vitamin A can help modulate cell division and growth.  A deficiency can result in a jeopardized biological ability to regenerate skins cells. (8)

Retinol

Longevity science is packed with studies on the effectiveness of retinol on skin health.   Many foods that contain Vitamin A, have the retinoid form that is well known to be effective in fighting wrinkles. 

Food with Vitamin A in retinoid form

If you're worried your diet is low in Vitamin A, it's probably not.  Deficiency isn't a big issue, but if you wish to find foods with retinoid form Vitamin A these are the most abundant:

  • Eggs

  • Fish

  • Cod Liver Oil

  • Shrimp

  • Beef Liver

  • Dairy products

  • Salmon

Regular consumption of these might result in adequate Vitamin A

A word of caution, though..

 

---​ Excess Vitamin A ---​

Too much is also an issue

There's definitely a sweet spot of Vitamin A consumption and going too far over it can result in dangers equal and above a deficiency

Hypervitaminosis A

Consumption of Vitamin A that exceeds 10,000 IU per day may result in Hypervitaminosis A.  

This can result is serious health dangers including but limited to: headaches, liver damage, and in very extreme cases, death.

Recommended Daily Vitamin A Intake

The (RDA) for vitamin A is 900 mcg for men and 700 mcg for women.  

As it is a fat soluble vitamin, it can store in adipose tissue (bodyfat) and a long-term over-consumption can lead to health issues.

So, to summarize:

> Vitamin A has excellent anti-inflammatory properties

> It's highly important for skin cell rejuvenation

> Over eating Vitamin A rich foods could lead to health issues

AJ's Biohack Rating:​

[7.1/10] 

AJ Says:

"A very important micronutrient for any biohacker wishing to have optimal skin health and fight cellular deterioration. 

 

Plot twist: Care is needed - Too much is just as bad, if not worse than not enough"

Maximum Moisturization


The wrinkle slayer
If you're into the anti-aging movement then there a pretty good chances that you've heard of Jojoba oil.


Natural nut oil
Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) is a plant that creates a nut full of wrinkle preventing and skin friendly properties.

Excellent moisturization
As you're about to see, Jojoba really is an effective oil to help prevent aging skin

--- Proven Wrinkle Prevention ---

Science matters

Every one of the biohacks in this definitive guide are backed by science and Jojoba is no exception.   What is exciting is these studies are pretty conclusive about the wrinkle prevention and protection that Jojoba might offer

Proteolysis reduction

As your skin ages, proteolysis occurs which reduces skin elasticity and this further effects skin cells function.   Jojoba has been proven to reduce proteolysis.

Reduces photoaging 

Photodamage occurs when your skin is aged due to UVA and UVB exposure.

A prominent study on human skin aging shows that oils including Jojoba are effective in reducing both proteolysis and photodamage making Jojoba and excellent natural product to use for skin longevity. (9)

--- Noncomedogenic Oil ---

Non clogging

When you are looking for a product to moisturize your skin, you may want a noncomedogenic type of moisturizer.  The type that doesn't clog your pores.

 

The good news is that Jojoba oil ticks this box.

Better than coconut oil?

As you probably learned in biohack #27 which was all about coconut oil, one of the main issues was that although coconut oil was an effective integrant for skin durability, it's major issues was that it was comedogenic.

Jojoba wins

Okay, so the fact that it's rated higher on the list than coconut oil should probably be a dead giveaway but yes, Jojoba is the better choice for all natural, wrinkle prevention.

The good news is that you can use both

--- Increased Collagen Synthesis ---

Collagen and youthful skin

Okay, If you've read through the previous biohacks then you've probably got a fair idea of how important collagen is to your skin's longevity and durability.   If your collagen synthesis is optimal then there's an excellent chance your skin will look younger.

Collagen stimulation

Jojoba can help to stimulate collagen production which, or course, is a major boon to healthy, youthful looking skin.  It's all about Jojoba's antioxidants.

Antioxidant power

Previously mentioned studies have shown a pretty solid link between the external application of antioxidants to the skin and the ability to prevent deterioration of the outer dermal layers.

So, to summarize:

> Jojoba oil reduces both proteolysis and photodamage based aging

> It's better than coconut oil because it's noncomedogenic

> It might help stimuulate collagen production

AJ's Biohack Rating:​

[7.8/10]

AJ Says:

"Well worth obtaining, Jojoba oil has several skin-friendly properties and definitely seems to be effective in fighting wrinkles

Technically you can consume Jojoba oil but it can give you steatorrhea (fatty poop) so you probably only want to use it on your face unless that's a side effect that really interests you"

Vitamin Excellent

 

Another great vitamin for your skin?

Vitamin E (tocopherol) is another science-backed longevity-promoting vitamin.  It's pretty widely touted as being effective for fighting visible aging in skin

Increasing popularity 

Supplementation has meant that access to Vitamin E and its benefits are becoming more and more popular - Especially because anti-aging is becoming very fashionable

Let's take a look at why Vitamin E is great for fighting aging skin...

--- Antioxidant Powerhouse​ ---

Topical Vitamin E

In previous biohack #23 we talked about how important antioxidants were in slowing the aging of your skin because they stimulate production of collagen. Vitamin E does this well in topical application.


Wait, there's more

Better collagen synthesis is excellent but what a good antioxidant can also provide is a shield against free radical radical oxidization damage of the skin.


Consumption from food

Vitamin E is proven to be effectively both topically for it's skin protective traits and consumed orally for its ability to fight oxidants that may lead to premature aging.

--- Increasing Skin Moisture ---

The power of hydrated skin
This is something I've written about at length further down in a more dedicated section to hydration.  Topically applied Vitamin E seems to really excel at hydrating the skin through moisturization.

Dry skin ages faster

If you're looking for better skin elasticity and firmness then one of the key actions you'd be wise to take would be to prevent dry skin and the negatives effects associated with under-hydrated skin.

In skin products

Many high quality skin care products contain high levels of Vitamin E and for good reason; it's loaded with antioxidants and moisturizing properties.

--- Where To Find Vitamin E​ ---

Boosting your Vitamin E intake

You may want to use it both topically and ensure you're consuming the right amount from food.  This list has you covered.


If you want to increase your dietary intake then here are the best sources of Vitamin E:

  • Eggs

  • Fruits

  • Natural Cereals

  • Chicken 

  • Meat

  • Avocado Oil

  • Salmon

  • Almonds

  • Leafy Green Vegetables

  • Wheat Germ Oil

Vitamin E recommended intake

According to the National Institute Of Health, most adults require 15 milligrams per day.  

Pregnant women and people with fat digestion issues may require more.   

Children under 14 require less.

Topical Vitamin E Oil

You can buy pure Vitamin E oil for topical application (not consumption). 

 

It's fairly easy product to find online but I'd caution to stay away from soy-based Vitamin E extracts as there's a pretty solid record of soy interfering with optimal hormonal functions.

So, to summarize:

 > Vitamin E is a great antioxidant, helping your skin fight free radicals

 > It has exceptional skin hydrating properties

> You can find it in food, supplements, pure oil, and skin care products

AJ's Biohack Rating:​

[7.9/10]

AJ Says:

"Yet another great vitamin that can help prevent those awful aging effects you're undoubtedly looking to avoid.

Try to stay away from the soy-sourced version if you can, especially of you're a male and your testosterone levels are important to you (Hot tip: they should be)"

Vitamin Excellent
 --- Vitamin E ---

Vitamin Excellent

 

Another great vitamin for your skin?

Vitamin E (tocopherol) is another science-backed longevity-promoting vitamin.  It's pretty widely touted as being effective for fighting visible aging in skin

Increasing popularity 

Supplementation has meant that access to Vitamin E and its benefits are becoming more and more popular - Especially because anti-aging is becoming very fashionable

Let's take a look at why Vitamin E is great for fighting aging skin...

--- Antioxidant Powerhouse​ ---

Topical Vitamin E

In previous biohack #23 we talked about how important antioxidants were in slowing the aging of your skin because they stimulate production of collagen. Vitamin E does this well in topical application.


Wait, there's more

Better collagen synthesis is excellent but what a good antioxidant can also provide is a shield against free radical radical oxidization damage of the skin.


Consumption from food

Vitamin E is proven to be effectively both topically for it's skin protective traits and consumed orally for its ability to fight oxidants that may lead to premature aging.

--- Increasing Skin Moisture ---

The power of hydrated skin
This is something I've written about at length further down in a more dedicated section to hydration.  Topically applied Vitamin E seems to really excel at hydrating the skin through moisturization.

Dry skin ages faster

If you're looking for better skin elasticity and firmness then one of the key actions you'd be wise to take would be to prevent dry skin and the negatives effects associated with under-hydrated skin.

In skin products

Many high quality skin care products contain high levels of Vitamin E and for good reason; it's loaded with antioxidants and moisturizing properties.

--- Where To Find Vitamin E​ ---

Boosting your Vitamin E intake

You may want to use it both topically and ensure you're consuming the right amount from food.  This list has you covered.


If you want to increase your dietary intake then here are the best sources of Vitamin E:

  • Eggs

  • Fruits

  • Natural Cereals

  • Chicken 

  • Meat

  • Avocado Oil

  • Salmon

  • Almonds

  • Leafy Green Vegetables

  • Wheat Germ Oil

Vitamin E recommended intake

According to the National Institute Of Health, most adults require 15 milligrams per day.  

Pregnant women and people with fat digestion issues may require more.   

Children under 14 require less.

Topical Vitamin E Oil

You can buy pure Vitamin E oil for topical application (not consumption). 

 

It's fairly easy product to find online but I'd caution to stay away from soy-based Vitamin E extracts as there's a pretty solid record of soy interfering with optimal hormonal functions.

So, to summarize:

 > Vitamin E is a great antioxidant, helping your skin fight free radicals

 It has exceptional skin hydrating properties

> You can find it in food, supplements, pure oil, and skin care products

AJ's Biohack Rating:

[7.9/10]

AJ Says:

"Yet another great vitamin that can help prevent those awful aging effects you're undoubtedly looking to avoid.

Try to stay away from the soy-sourced version if you can, especially of you're a male and your testosterone levels are important to you (Hot tip: they should be)"

The Definitive Guide To Biohacking Your Age
    Anti-Aging 
 Biohack #20:
--- Reduce Sugar ---
Not Just Bad For Your Weight

Boo hiss

Now, I believe sugar sometimes gets a bit of a bad rap. 

 

This is because ​the lynch mob has spoken and also because education surrounding sugar, like many things, is completely filled with misinformation. 

Sugar-coated deceptions

We've been told sugar makes you fat, but it's really not that simple and because this is topic is about aging, I don't have the room to go into why that's a half-truth.

Glycemic issues

What I can say is that highly refined, high glycemic sugars push your blood sugar very high and that's bad for not just burning fat but for many health reasons - Which can age you faster.

Let's take a look at why...

 --- Glycation ---

Glycation is a perfectly normal natural process. 

It's when the sugars in your blood find proteins, attach to said proteins, and then form a brand new molecule (and I'm not joking it really is called): AGE.  

AGE 

Yep!  The new molecule that indeed ages you is called AGE which is in fact an acronym for

Advanced Glycation End-Products.  

 

The sugar problem

The reason these AGE molecules are so bad is that they accumulate based on just how much sugar you consume.

 

Then the bad stuff happens... 

--- Cellular Damage​ ---

Prevention < Cure 

You are probably aware by now that biohackers are (for the most part but not always) trying to avoid cellular damage that ages us.   

Sugar = damage 

Excess sugar leads to the accumulation of these aforementioned "advanced glycation end-products" and the reason these are bad is, of course, cell damage.

Priority cells

From an anti-aging perspective, the cells they damage couldn't be worse because they're:

Elastin & Collagen.

 

That's right, the two seriously important skin proteins responsible for the very appearance of your skin.

Unfortunately...

AGE also turns the strongest type of collagen (there are 3 types), type III into type I which is the weakest and most prone to developing wrinkles.   Ouch!

It's bad but it actually gets worse:

--- Amplified Sun Damage​ ---

Sun exposure can be serious 

Looking forward to biohack number 2 you'll see that (excess) sun exposure can seriously affect collagen integrity and thusly; the aging process.

Excess AGE leads to sun-based aging

Too much advanced glycation end-product in your system can reduce your body's natural production of solar-protective enzymatic antioxidants, leaving you vulnerable to excess and additional sun damage to your skin.

 Being that the sun can already seriously damage your skin, this is all bad news. 

Yet another reason the consumption of sugar is worth being educated on.   Use it at your own risk.

So, to summarize:

 > Sugar can create AGE's that can affect skin proteins

 > AGE's turn your strongest type III skin proteins into the weakest type I

> This whole process can leave you more susceptible to sun-damaged skin.

AJ's Biohack Rating:

[8/10

AJ Says:

"No one is saying that you can't have sugar, it's just that consuming it might have a serious effect on your ability to fight off aging.   

 

Moderation is the key.  There are some great biohacks that can help with sugar in your bloodstream too"

The Definitive Guide To Biohacking Your Age
 Biohack #19:
    Anti-Aging 
--- Argan Oil ---
The Superior Oil

Top shelf natural oil

So far we've shown the effectiveness of both Coconut oil and Jojoba oil at being excellent natural products for maintaining skin elasticity and a youthful appearance.  Argan oil is even better

Mainstream approval

Now, mainstream acceptance doesn't always signify that something is effective.  But what popularity can do is often create a reasonable price point making something more affordable.  Argan oil used to cost a small fortune for even the smallest amount.  This is no longer the case.

 

The last oil on this list

From here on out this is the last moisturizing oil and it's also the most superior.   

Argan oil does everything Coconut oil and Jojoba can (and more).

Let's take a look at the fantastic anti-aging properties of Argan oil

--- Packed With Vitamin E ---

Proven effectiveness

Already in biohack #24, we've establish a fundamentally sound reason for using Vitamin E for its effective skin-nourishing properties.  Well, Argan oil just so happens to contain a lot.

3 time more Vitamin E than olive oil

Argan oil has up to 90mg per 100 gms which is up to 3 times as much as the next best source; olive oil

The best kind of Vitamin E

There are two types of Vitamin E - Alpha tocopherol and Gamma tocopherol.  Gamma tocopherol is an exceptionally strong antioxidant, helping to fight free radical skin damage.

Argan oil has up to 75% Gamma tocopherol of its Vitamin E make up.

---  Reduces Oiliness ---

Even though it moisturizes

Yep, Argan oil actually can help reduce sebum-related skin oiliness.  Something that Coconut oil doesn't do.  

What is sebum?

Sebum is the oily secretion of your skin's sebaceous gland. Many people prone to acne use products designed to remove or lower sebum from the skin, which in theory would reduce acne.

Sebum control 

You see, when applied topically, Argan oil can help to reduce sebum and sebum build up in the skin keeping pores cleaned and your skin still moist and hydrated.

--- Excellent Health Benefits ---

A very healthy dietary fat source

Obviously, Unlike Jojoba which although technically edible, shouldn't be consumed, Argan oil is a very healthy form of dietary fats.

Studies prove hormonal benefits

As a general rule, most biohackers pay very close attention to hormonal health, believing it to be foundational in developing a stronger overall biology.

A well respected study on skin elasticity shows that Argan oil consumed in the diet can offer not only excellent skin firming advantages but also hormonal benefits. (10)

 

In fact, many men are now consuming it for its anti-estrogenic, testosterone boosting effects.

Might help skin conditions

It's worth noting that many skin conditions can accelerate the visible​ signs of aging. 

 

Argan oil may help to prevent skin conditions such as psoriasis and other inflammation based skin ailments.

Antifungal 

The antibacterial characteristics of Argan oil may help to fight fungal and bacterial skin infections, all of which would otherwise be quite taxing on your skin's appearance and maximum health.

So, to summarize:

Argan oil has a great Vitamin E content

It's better than Jojoba & Coconut oil as a moisturizer

It has other healthy properties that make it even more useful  

AJ's Biohack Rating:

[8/10]

AJ Says:

"Even though it may superior to Coconut & Jojoba doesn't mean you can't use them all in unison.

 

It can be consumed for it's health benefits as long as you can afford it"

The Definitive Guide To Biohacking Your Age
 Biohack #18:
    Anti-Aging 
--- Collagen ---
More Is Better

Yes, your skin is packed with this

At first glance it might seem a little strange to supplement with something that's already so ubiquitous in your body.  Don't worry - Consuming more collagen is very beneficial.

Clear Science

The science is strong, though, so, stick around and look at how collagen helps fight aging from the inside​ which, when mixed with other external anti-aging biohacks, can provide exceptional age-defying effects.

Easy to find and effective

I'll admit some of these are a little harder to implement than other but finding a good collagen supplement has never been easier, especially as it increases in popularity.

So, let us take a look at why collagen can help... 

--- Collagen Production ---

Every has this problem

If you're human, you will get older.  No doubt anyone reading this is looking to fight the effects of aging.   As you age, collagen production decreases and that's a problem if you want youthful looking skin.

Decreased collagen production = decreased skin elasticity

As your body ages, your ability to produce collagen wanes and this can have a serious impact of the firmness of your skin leading to the appearance of wrinkles

Adding collagen to the diet can help

By adding supplemental collagen to your diet, you may be able to counteract some of the inevitable collagen-loss that occurs over time. 

Here is why consuming collagen is great for your skin..

 --- The Science​ ---

Collagen really works

The neutraceutical company QUIRIS Healthcare commissioned a study that looked at the effects of taking collagen supplementation (with a couple of other micronutrients) and the results were pretty astounding.

Improved skin hydration, density, smoothness, and elasticity

According to a leading collagen supplementation study there were at least four markers of skin improvement which might create a significantly more youthful appearance of skin quality. (11)

How collagen works

Although low-molecular weight collagen peptides seem to work best, it appears that all forms of collagen supplementation do the same thing: Reinforce skin integrity

As collagen production declines it may be even more beneficial to add supplementation in order to replace and strengthen the skin's foundational structure with added collagen.

So, by now you'll probably want to acquire some collagen...

 

--- Supplementing With Collagen ---

Bone broth

If you know someone on the Paleo diet then undoubtedly they've mentioned bone broth, one of the staples of the modern Paleolithic diet.   

 

Bone is made from meat bones and contains a lot of cartridge and skin collagen that is broken down by the slow  cooking process. It's easy to make from home or purchase at stores.

Collagen peptides

This is the most effective but also the most expensive.  Collagen peptide capsules are easy to simply swallow with dinner and offer well documented skin improvements.

Collagen protein 

Although whey can be a very good protein supplement for those who tolerate it well, colagen protein powder is also available​.  It's not too pricey and is a pretty good way to add extra protein and collagen in a 1-2 hit.

Gelatin

Some people (myself included) like to add powdered (or leaf sheet) gelatin to a pre-bed time cup of soup for its stomach health, sleep inducing, and skin improving benefits.

So, to summarize:

> Your skin loses collagen as you age

> Supplemental collagen is proven to improve skin appearance

There are many forms you can buy collagen in depending on your budget

AJ's Biohack Rating:

[7.1/10

AJ Says:

"Another excellent nutrient with many health benefits.  Collagen is well worth adding to your anti-aging routine especially because you can consume it as a whole food.

 

Unfortunately for vegans, and vegetarian you'll need to supplement with synthetic amino acids to try and get some of the benefits of whole collagen protein"

The Definitive Guide To Biohacking Your Age
    Anti-Aging 
 Biohack #17:
--- Hydration ---
Hydrate Inside & Out

You've heard it all before, right?   

Drink more water, stay hydrated, gotta hydrate.

A lot of people hear this.  A lot of them ignore it.   If you want to fight the effects of aging such as wrinkles and crevassed skin then it's time to listen.

When you don't have adequate hydration, your skin is inherently drier. 

The reason this becomes a problem is that dry skin doesn't handle well the day-to-day emotional range that your facial expressions make. 

 

This leads to skin wrinkling at a faster rate.

 --- Skin Hydration​ Science ---

As mentioned above, dry skin wrinkles faster

Drinking more water helps to alleviate this problem but keep your skin externally moist can double the benefits.

The science say hydration matters

While we know that dietary water affects human skin hydration and biomechanics, adding pure water to your skin can temporarily help with skin elasticity and appearance.

The science behind water hydration biomechanics seems to prove it. (12)

Maximizing moisture

Skin hydration science says that as skin becomes more hydrated there is a maximal point at which the friction that may contribute to wrinkles is reduced.   

 

This is why at the very least, moisturizing with clean water is beneficial.

--- Does Water Quality Matter?​ ---

Absolutely!

Low-quality water may have impurities that are so bad for your overall health that they may contribute to premature aging.

If you wouldn't put it in your mouth, don't put it on your skin.

If you're not new to biohacking then you'd be aware that environmental toxins are a biohacker's worst enemy because they can affect hormonal health and create endocrine-related  health issues.  

Avoiding those nasties

Because you can absorb a lot of pretty dangerous chemicals through your skin it's a good mindset to be in where if you wouldn't consume it orally, don't add it topically.

Drink good quality water whenever and where you can. 

--- Spray Your Skin With Water ---

Looking after your skin

There are a lot of good skin products that can help prevent aging.  

Remember biohack #19 which was Argan oil?

They're all well and good if you have the budget.   

Even if you do, spraying water mist on your skin regularly will help with surface hydration. A light spray before the application of stronger anti-aging, topical products is an excellent way to seal in moisture.

Does water quality matter if you're putting on your face, though? 

Ideally, you would drink purified, distilled water.  At the very least, some form of purified water. 

The same rules apply as above.  Use good quality water.   

#HOT TIP

Use a glass bottle for your mist spray and avoid plastic. 

So, to summarize:

> Drink  good, higher quality water, regularly

> Spray your skin with a fine mist of pure water for extra hydration

> Make sure it's good quality water - Money well spent

AJ's Biohack Rating:

[7/10