Having a younger looking skin is what we ladies always dream of! Agree? Wrinkles, fine lines, laugh lines, crow’s feet, and dark spots are just some of the biggest nightmares we ladies could ever have. We can’t run away from aging, but we can definitely slow it down! Scroll down and check out these 11 best anti-aging tips of all time!
Wish your skin looked younger? Aging can change skin’s appearance depending on your habits.
And so most of the ladies above the age of 30 these days are willing to spend tons of money on many clinical procedures and anti-aging creams to get a youthful skin.
Though you can’t control certain factors, like falling estrogen levels that lead to sagging skin or the genetics. But the good news is that there are now tons of ways to help you slow down aging!
Prevent fine lines, wrinkles, sagging, dark spots, and other visible signs of aging with these proven strategies.
Take a minute and check out these 11 best anti-aging tips of all time!
1. How to look younger than your years
Sure, the arsenal of anti-aging lotions, serums, and creams you’ve got stashed in your medicine cabinet can slow down the aging process and make your skin glow (in fact, we swear by many of them).
But when it comes to preventing and fading the fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots that tack years onto your appearance, making smart lifestyle changes is what will really erase years from your face. These 27 anti-aging tips really work, according to research, dermatologists, and beauty experts.
2. Skip the straw
Using a straw seems like an innocent enough habit, but over time, you may notice wrinkles around your mouth.
“Sipping through a straw accentuates those facial muscles where fine lines can occur,” says Angela Lamb, MD, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The more you use those muscles, the more noticeable the lines there will become, she explains.
3. Seriously, don’t smoke
Add this to the already-long list of reasons to quit. While less serious than reducing your chances of getting lung cancer or heart disease, smoking also damages your looks. The habit takes a major toll on your appearance, contributing to premature skin aging, wrinkles, stained teeth, and even increased psoriasis risk.
“Smoking increases wrinkles due to facial motion, and it also has a vasoconstricting effect, which means it chokes off blood vessel circulation,” says dermatologist David Stoll, MD, author of A Woman’s Skin.
4. Eat your antioxidants
While a healthy diet does wonders for your entire body, fruits and veggies that contain antioxidants like vitamins B and E are particularly great for skin.
“Antioxidants help protect skin against free radicals in the environment, which are damaging to skin cells,” says dermatologist Marnie Nussbaum, MD, chief medical spokesperson for Sebamed. “They work to prevent free radicals from breaking down the skin’s elastin and collagen, resulting in more youthful, healthier skin.”
For vitamins B6 and B12, fill your plate with fish and poultry. Vegetarians can get vitamin B6 through chickpeas, which contain 55% of your DV in just one cup. And wheat germ oil (100% DV), sunflower seeds (37% DV), and almonds (34% DV) are all terrific sources of vitamin E.
5. Cut back on sugar
As if the risk for obesity, diabetes, and heart disease wasn’t enough, sugar may take a toll on your skin, too. In a 2010 study, researchers found a link between dietary sugars like glucose and greater production of advanced glycation end products (AGES).
But if you have a sweet tooth, don’t panic just yet. “The supportive scientific and clinical data, while growing, remains limited,” says Dr. Kraffert. So enjoy sugar in small amounts, and focus more on leading an active lifestyle and eating an overall balanced diet.
6. Pack on the protein
Most women should eat 46 grams of protein a day (more if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or a competitive athlete). Hitting that target will help control cravings, in turn helping you lose weight or simply maintain your youthfully slim figure.
“Protein helps to build and maintain muscle mass, which we tend to lose as we age,” says Keri Gans, RD, a New York City-based nutrition consultant and author of The Small Change Diet.
Additionally, eating enough protein is essential for healthy-looking hair—the nutrient is a building block for strong strands.
7. Manage your stress
Stressful situations take a toll on more than just your mental health. “Stress and stress-associated hormones have aging effects,” explains Dr. Lamb.
Research suggests that these negative effects start at the cellular level. In a 2013 Dutch study, for example, researchers found that the cells of people who had depression aged more quickly than those who hadn’t suffered from the disease. “[P]sychological distress … has a large, detrimental impact on the wear and tear of a person’s body, resulting in accelerated biological aging,” one of the study’s authors explained in a news release.
To prevent premature aging, Dr. Lamb recommends taking steps to de-stress your life—whether that means getting more sleep, practicing yoga, or learning to meditate..
8. Exfoliate the right way
Exfoliating using beads or chemical peels is a go-to skincare strategy for sloughing off dead skin and revealing a smoother complexion underneath—but it’s important to make sure you’re not aggravating your face in the process. “Too much exfoliation is counterproductive,” says Dr. Stoll. He recommends talking to your dermatologist about the best exfoliation method for your skin type.
9. Drink plenty of H2O
“Not drinking enough water will take a toll on aging skin,” says Dr. Nussbaum. She recommends aiming to drink half your weight in ounces of water per day (in other words, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink about 75 ounces of water, or about nine glasses). And besides sipping H2O, you can trick yourself into getting more water in your daily diet by adding certain fruits, vegetables and beverages to your routine.
10. Moisturize before skin dries
Moisturizing takes more effort than just slapping some lotion on your face. All those pricey anti-aging products you’ve invested in will work more effectively if you use them on clean, moist skin, says Dr. Kraffert. When you get out of the shower, he suggests applying lotion within three minutes—before water on skin has a chance to fully evaporate. “Not only will you get the benefits of the moisturizer itself, but you’ll help seal in the hydration from the water,” he explains. “If you wait too long and that water evaporates from your skin, it can take some of your body’s natural moisture with it.”
11. Wash your face before bed
You know you’re supposed to do it, but sometimes you just… don’t. We get it. But experts stress that failing to wash your face at the end of the day is a major missed opportunity for skin to regenerate while you sleep (not to mention, it ups your chances of waking up with clogged pores).
“Skin renews itself overnight, so if you want to change the way your skin functions, the most important ingredients should be applied before bed,” Olga Lorencin-Northrup, founder and lead aesthetician of Kinara Spa in Los Angeles previously told Health.