Top 5 Reasons Why Sex Makes You Look Younger

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A few weeks back when Geraldo Riviera tweeted a topless selfie, a resounding “EWWWW!” went around the Internet. And sure, we get it. It’s Geraldo, after all, douche of divorced douches, showing the kind of near-crotch-action that is better suited to Abercrombie & Fitch models. (And he apparently came to his senses pretty quickly: The pic was soon taken down from his Twitter account, replaced by this Tweet: “Note to self: no tweeting after 1am.”)

But here’s the other thing: The dude is seventy. And, you have to admit, he looks pretty good for seventy. Why is it so gross for a man in his seventies to want to show off his bod? Why is the thought of older people being sexual or sensual so ew-worthy in general? On the very rare occasion when you do see an older couple going at it on screen, the horrified reaction in the audience is on a par with when a dog gets blown to bits in an action movie.

So we thought we’d share five reasons — according to scientific research — why sex keeps you looking younger. Screw all the ew-ers out there… let them sit at home getting frail and wrinkly and doing Suduko puzzles!

  1. Sex releases endorphins, the “feel good” chemical which acts as a natural painkiller, lessens anxiety, and helps you sleep better (all of which makes you look younger!).
  2. Exercise boosts circulation, which is good for the heart — and gives your complexion that after-sex glow.
  3. Sex causes the human growth hormone to be released, making the skin look more elastic.
  4. Regular sex can boost estrogen levels, which prevents skin dryness.
  5. Sex puts a smile on your face and a bounce in your step (especially when you know that everyone around you assumes you’re “past it”). Okay, so the scientists haven’t exactly studied this one, but you know it’s true!