Okay, you know this column is all about staying healthy, vibrant, exciting and sexy across the life cycle.
Did you know that having sex more often might make you look younger?
Just a caveat – staying sexy isn’t so much about looking younger as it is about feeling younger, staying active, taking care of our bodies and enjoying what our bodies can do, whatever they look like.
But here’s a tidbit of research that was featured this past week in Yahoo Shine, in an article called “10 Surprising Ways to Look Younger.”
Alongside traditional (and not so surprising) research-based advice to lower your blood pressure, get more sleep, and avoid smoking, item #5 reads as follows:
“5. Have More Sex
In one study, a panel of judges perceived people who had regular sex (four times a week, on average) to look 7 to 12 years younger than their actual age, according to Superyoung: The Proven Way to Stay Young Forever. Researchers say that sex spurs the release of human growth hormone, which may help timeproof your skin by promoting elasticity.”
And the great thing about this? You don’t have to have a partner to accomplish it – solo sex counts just as much as sex with someone. Every orgasm improves blood flow, balances hormones, and boosts collagen, all contributing to that healthy (satisfied?) glow we’d love to shine with.
Looks like a win-win to us!
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Have fun, and Stay Sexy!