Home making anti aging remedies

  1. Honey

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every day or every alternate day.

Why This Works

The best way to deal with aging is to obtain the purest form of bee’s honey. Honey is nature’s best moisturizer, and we all know that to keep wrinkles at bay, our skin needs to be properly moisturized at all times. Honey also contains antioxidants that repair the damage caused by free radicals and rejuvenate the skin (1).

  1. Egg Pack

You Will Need
• 1 egg white
• 1/2 teaspoon milk cream
• 1 teaspoon lemon juice
What You Have To Do

  1. Mix all the ingredients and apply on the face.
  2. Leave it for 15 minutes and rinse with cold water.
    How Often You Should Do This
    Apply this face pack once in every three days.
    Why This Works
    Egg white is a powerhouse of anti-aging agents like omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, and zinc. It is known to tighten the skin, making it firm and smooth (2).
  3. Carrot And Potato Pack

You Will Need
• 1 small carrot
• 1 small potato
• A pinch of turmeric
• A pinch of baking soda
• Water

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What You Have To Do

  1. Boil the carrot and potato, and chop them into small pieces. Mash them to form a smooth paste.
  2. To this, add a pinch of turmeric and baking soda. Mix well with some water to obtain a smooth paste.
  3. Apply all over the face and keep for 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse with warm water.
    How Often You Should Do This
    Repeat this pack application twice a week.
    Why This Works
    Carrots are a rich source of vitamin A, which helps in boosting the collagen production in the skin. Collagen makes the skin tight and prevents wrinkles, thus giving a youthful glow to your face (3). Potato is also considered to be an excellent anti-aging ingredient that fades away wrinkles and evens out the skin tone (4).
  5. Yogurt Pack

You Will Need
• 2 teaspoons yogurt
• 1 teaspoon honey
• 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
• 1 vitamin E capsule
• A pinch of turmeric
What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the yogurt, lemon juice, honey, and turmeric together.
  2. Carefully cut the vitamin E capsule from its tip and gently pour the oil present inside into the pack. Mix well.
  3. Apply this all over the face.
  4. Leave it for 10-15 minutes and rinse off with warm water.

How Often You Should Do This

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Do this 2-3 times a week.

Why This Works

Yogurt is rich in wrinkle-preventing nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and fats which keep the skin fresh and hydrated. The lactic acid found in yogurt shrinks pores and tightens the skin (5, 6).

  1. Rose Water Pack

You Will Need
• 2 teaspoons rose water
• 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
• Few drops of glycerine
• Cotton ball
What You Have To Do

  1. Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Dip the cotton ball in this and apply it all over the face.

How Often You Should Do This

This is best done every other night, before going to bed.

Why This Works

Rose water has regenerating properties and also has a calming effect on the skin. It increases the blood circulation in the capillaries and thus reduces thread veins. It also reduces blemishes and puffiness under the eyes (7).

Caution

Do not wash your face after applying this pack as your face will absorb it completely.

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  1. Coconut Milk Pack

You Will Need
• 3 tablespoons coconut milk
• Cotton ball

What You Have To Do

  1. Soak the cotton ball in coconut milk and apply it over the face.
  2. After 20 minutes, rinse with cool water.
    How Often You Should Do This
    Repeat this 2-3 times a week.

Why This Works

This tropical fruit fights all signs of aging making your skin soft and smooth. It has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which keep the wrinkles away (8).

  1. Banana Pack

You Will Need
• 1 small ripe banana
• 1 teaspoon rose water
• 1 teaspoon honey
• 1 teaspoon yogurt
What You Have To Do

  1. Chop and mash the banana. Add the honey and rose water to it, and mix well.
  2. Lastly, add the yogurt and mix until you get a smooth, homogenous paste.
  3. Apply this pack and keep it on for 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse with cool water.

How Often You Should Do This

Use the banana pack 1-2 times in a week.

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Why This Works
A fruit widely known for its anti-aging properties, banana contains vitamins A, B, and E. It is a rich source of zinc, potassium, and iron which is beneficial for maintaining a youthful looking skin (9).

  1. Potato Juice Pack

You Will Need
• 1 small potato
• Cotton ball
What You Have To Do

  1. Grate the potato and squeeze the juice out of it.
  2. Soak a cotton ball in this and apply it all over the face.
  3. Leave the juice on your face for 15 minutes and then rinse with cool water.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a week.

Why This Works

Potatoes are also a rich source of vitamin C, which helps to regenerate collagen in that has been damaged and also prevent loss of skin elasticity. Your fine lines and wrinkles will fade away with ease (10).

  1. Papaya Pack

You Will Need

Few pieces of ripe papaya

What You Have To Do

  1. Mash the papaya to get a smooth paste. Add some water if required.
  2. Apply it all over the face and neck.
  3. Leave it on for about 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

How Often You Should Do This

Papaya face pack will give best results if used twice a week.

Why This Works

Papaya is rich in antioxidants and contains a special enzyme called papain that exfoliates dead cells and cleanses the skin’s impurities. It also helps in regenerating new cells and provides elasticity to the skin (11).

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  1. Avocado Mask

You Will Need

An avocado

What You Have To Do

  1. Remove the pit and grate the avocado into a paste.
  2. Use this paste as a mask on the skin for about 10-12 minutes and rinse off.
    You can also massage your skin with slices of chilled avocado kept in the freezer.

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How Often You Should Do This

Apply this once every week.

Why This Works

Avocados can enhance your skin radiance and diminish the fine lines and wrinkles. The carotenoids and vitamin E present in the fruit prevents the skin from free radical damage, while the vitamin C promotes collagen production making the skin firm and smooth (12).

Anti-aging strategies to your daily routine

For those who’ve mastered the mindset of growing old gracefully — the ones who welcome a forehead crease as a sign of wisdom — you deserve a salute. And for the others who stack their medicine cabinets with products promising to turn back the clock, you’re in good company. By 2021, the anti-aging beauty industry is projected to gross over $331 billion globally, according to a 2017 report by Orbis Research.
But when it comes to preventing wrinkles and keeping your face as plump and firm as a baby’s, you shouldn’t just rely on magic anti-aging potions to do all the heavy lifting. Making small but smart lifestyle changes play an essential role in erasing the effects of time on your face. Try adding these anti-aging strategies to your daily routine.

  1. Slather on the Sunscreen

If you do only one thing to protect your skin from premature aging, this is it. Sun exposure is responsible for increased fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, blotchy complexion, uneven texture and skin laxity, says Y. Claire Chang, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology. But it’s completely avoidable!

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“Diligent sunscreen use can prevent these negative effects on the skin,” says Dr. Chang. In one 2013 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, participants who applied sunscreen three to four days each week were less likely to have increased photo-aging after four years than those who didn’t.

Dr. Chang recommends using broad-spectrum sunscreens — and mineral sunscreens like zinc oxide — that protect against both UVA and UVB, with SPF of 30 or greater. And don’t forget to rub some on the back of your hands, neck and decolletage! These delicate areas are often neglected and thus show the earliest signs of aging, says Dr. Chang.

  1. Wear Sunglasses

Now that you’ve loaded up on sunblock, don’t forget your sunglasses. The skin around your eyes is delicate, thin and susceptible to crow’s feet.

“Excessive movement of facial muscles, like squinting or frowning, increases the risk of forming or worsening facial creases around the eyes,” says Dr. Chang, adding that “wearing sunglasses or a wide-brimmed hat can help you from making excessive facial movements.”
The more surface area you cover, the better. And the next time you shop, consider buying an oversized pair of shades, and make sure they’re plastic (metal frames can reflect the sun on your cheeks).

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  1. Skip the Straw

Bad news for milkshake fans: Like squinting at the sun, sipping on a straw can result in an increase in fine lines.

“Lip wrinkles are often referred to as ‘smoker’s lines’ or ‘lipstick lines,’ but they’re not truly caused by smoking or applying lipstick,” says anti-aging specialist Lionel Bissoon , DO, author of The Cellulite Cure. “Vertical lip wrinkles are the result of repetitive contraction of the lip muscles.”

Sipping on an occasional smoothie isn’t going to hurt you, but if it’s a daily thing, you’re better off tossing the straw. The more often you use those muscles, the more pronounced the fine lines will be.

  1. Apply Retinoids

Next to sunscreen, retinol is the next best thing you can use to keep your skin looking youthful. The OG of anti-aging skincare products, retinoids and retinol (the over-the-counter counterpart) have been used since the 1980s for their anti-aging effects, says Dr. Chang.
Retinoids are so effective because they’re “cell communicators,” according to Kate Kerr, expert clinical facialist and director of Kate Kerr London. “They can attach to most skin cells and tell them to behave like younger healthier versions of themselves,” she says, adding they also speed up cell turnover and thicken the dermis resulting in plumper, younger looking skin.

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Need more proof? A 2007 study published in the Archives of Dermatology showed that retinol increases collagen production and approves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

  1. Moisturize Daily

What’s the difference between a plump plum and a wrinkly prune? Hydration! “Dry skin worsens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as dulls your complexion,” says Dr. Chang.
Keep your skin dewy, supple and smooth by moisturizing. Look for creams that contain hydrators like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, which function as magnets for moisture. Another powerful hydrating ingredient is niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3. Not only does this potent anti-oxidant decrease water loss, but it also fights against environmental stressors that can lead to premature aging.

  1. Use a Humidifier

For an extra boost of hydrating power, get a humidifier. “Low humidity in the air can lead to dry skin, which worsens the appearance of wrinkles,” says Dr. Chang.

You might’ve noticed your face looking particularly parched — and your fine lines especially pronounced — in the winter. That’s because the air tends to be drier during the colder months when the heater is on and sucking the dewiness from the surface of your skin. Using a humidifier can help replace the moisture you’ve lost and give you a vibrant, glowing complexion, says Dr. Chang.

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  1. Exfoliate

Just like a snake needs to shed its dead skin, so do you! “As we mature, the rate at which skin cells turnover slows down, leading to a dull complexion,” says Dr. Chang. “Exfoliation can help increase skin cell turnover, remove dead skin cells, and maintain a healthy glow to the skin.”

Dr. Chang recommends chemical exfoliation (with chemical peels like glycolic acid or salicylic acid) over harsh scrubs, which can excessively irritate the skin. “Those with normal skin can use exfoliation one to three times per week, but those with sensitive skin may need to exfoliate less frequently,” she says. And be careful not to overdo it. Over-exfoliating can lead to dryness, redness, and irritation.

  1. De-Stress

One of the best anti-aging techniques you can practice is the art of de-stressing. “Chronic stress can lead to profound and detrimental changes in your body’s metabolism that accelerate the aging process,” says Rocco Monto, M.D., aging expert and author of The Fountain. “And, like a canary in a coal mine, your skin is the first organ to show the negative effects.”

Stress’ insidious impact stretches down to your DNA. A 2012 study published in PLOS ONE found that work-related exhaustion accelerates aging at the cellular level. Participants who experienced chronic job-related stress had significantly shorter telomeres (the protective caps at the ends of chromosomes). In other words, the shorter the telomere, the further along your cells are in the aging process.

But on the other hand, the regular practice of relaxation exercises, such as meditation and yoga, can actually alter your genes’ expression in response to stress, according to 2013 study in PLOS ONE. And a 2011 study published in Psychoneuroendocrinology found that meditation can increase telomerase activity.

As with most things in life, the more you practice, the better the results. Try to incorporate relaxation techniques into your daily routine. “Taking even ten minutes out your day to disconnect from the chaos to quietly reconnect with your body to can be a restorative experience,” says Dr. Monto.

  1. Do Low-Impact Exercise

“Working out leads to an incredible cascade of genetic and metabolic shifts that increase energy stores and slow down aging,” says Dr. Monto. In fact, when practiced in moderation, regular exercise increases the expression of antioxidant enzymes, which defend against the harmful effects of free radicals associated with aging, according to a 2008 study in Free Radical Biology and Medicine.

And researchers from McMaster University in Canada found that a daily sweat sesh could take years off your face, as reported by The New York Times. One reason for this anti-aging effect may relate to the benefits of sweating. “The sweat we produce helps to flush out cell debris from the pores and improves skin clarity,” says Kerr. In effect, when you perspire, you’re washing away impurities.

But certain types of exercise may also have a less pleasant effect on your skin: sagging. “Jogging, sprinting and jumping activities increase the gravitational force on the skin,” says Dr. Bissoon. “Every time we impact the ground, the downward force going through the body is three times the body weight.” So maybe swap a jog or two with some low-impact, high-intensity workouts.

  1. Try Facial Exercises

Just like you do squats to lift your booty, you can do exercises to lift your face, which becomes droopier with age thanks to a loss of collagen and subcutaneous fat. One 2018 study published in JAMA Dermatology found that practicing face exercises for 30 minutes a day could reverse the signs of aging by as much as three years!
By building up and strengthening your facial muscles, your face appears plumper, firmer and rejuvenated. The bonus? It’s way cheaper than botox or a facelift! Intrigued? Check out this online facial exercise program to get you started.

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  1. Massage Your Face

Just as a relaxing rubdown does a body good, your face can reap the benefits of massage too. Not only does it feel heavenly, but facial massage can also help decrease wrinkles, says Dr. Bissoon. The gentle rubbing movement relaxes the muscles, increases lymphatic drainage and increases circulation to the skin.

Plus, you can do it at home as part of your regular skincare routine, says Kerr. It’s the perfect way to apply moisturizers or anti-aging serums because the repetitive rubbing motion and warmth of your hands helps to increase the absorption of the product. Try out facial massage tutorial.

  1. Catch More ZZZs

After a bad night’s sleep, you’re probably not going to look your best. But not catching enough ZZZs on a regular basis might have serious consequences for your skin in the long term. Quality of sleep plays a significant role in skin health and aging, says Dr. Bissoon, citing a large Japanese study that demonstrated a link between poor sleep and accumulation of advanced glycation end products (a marker of skin aging).

Another 2013 study by researchers at University Hospitals Case Medical Center found that inadequate sleep not only accelerated skin aging but also reduced the skin’s capacity to recover after sun exposure. So aim for six to eight hours of shuteye a night, says Dr. Bissoon.

  1. Don’t Sleep in Your Makeup

In addition to clogging your pores and increasing your risk of breakouts, failing to wash your face and remove makeup before bed might also be prematurely aging your skin. “Environmental pollutants accumulate in the makeup on the skin’s surface and drive the generation of free radicals,” says Kerr.

“This free radical attack contributes to the breakdown of healthy collagen and elastin, the proteins that provide structure within the skin.” Basically, your makeup captures all the day’s dirt and grime, even things like car exhaust and smoke. So, if you don’t want to bring this toxic crap into your bed and stress out your skin, you’ll give it a good scrub before sleepy time.

  1. Sleep on Your Back

Lying on your side (or face down) may be aging you every time you snooze. That’s because sleeping sideways increases compression and decreases circulation to one side of your face, says Dr. Bissoon. This repetitive compressive force and the prolonged stress on the face — combined with the natural decrease in elasticity of the skin as one ages — will lead to more fine lines and wrinkles.

Plus, for the same reasons, side-sleeping can lead to breast ptosis. Or in laymen’s terms, saggy boobs. Luckily there’s a simple solution — just sleep face up. Not only will sleeping on your back help prevent wrinkles, it can also decrease neck pain and pressure on your spine.

Tips to reduce forehead wrinkles

Age and wrinkles

Repetitive frowning may cause some of your worry lines, but aging and loss of skin elasticity, sun exposure, and genetics may also be to blame.
Still, don’t rush to your stylist for bangs to cover up those wrinkles just yet. You may be able to reduce the appearance of forehead wrinkles with lifestyle changes and cosmetic products.

5 Lifestyle changes to reduce forehead wrinkles

Your lifestyle has an enormous impact on your skin’s health and the development of wrinkles. Take these steps to keep your skin smooth and to help prevent premature aging:

  1. Be sun savvy
    Long-term exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays contributes to premature aging and wrinkles. According to research, daily use of SPF 15 or higher sunscreen slows skin aging and reduces the risk of dark spots and wrinkles.
  2. Manage stress
    Worrying leads to wrinkling your brow, which leads to forehead wrinkles. It’s hard to get rid of all stress, but it’s important to keep it under control. To help manage stress, try:
    • meditating
    • practicing yoga
    • diaphragmatic breathing
    • aromatherapy
    • eating a healthy diet
    • getting enough sleep
    • talking to a therapist
    • journaling
    • exercising daily

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  3. Stay hydrated

Dry skin makes wrinkles appear more prominent. Well-hydrated skin helps diminish the look of forehead wrinkles. It’s important to hydrate from the inside out, though. To stay well-hydrated, drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid each day. When you exercise, or spend time in the sun, you’ll need to drink more.

You can change up the flavor of your water by adding lemon or using a fruit infuser.

  1. Eat a balanced diet

When it comes to wrinkles, the saying “you are what you eat” is true. According to 2007 research, diet plays a significant role in skin aging. Researchers found that higher intakes of vitamin C and linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid) reduced the risk of dry skin in American middle-aged women. Vitamin C was also linked to a lower risk of looking “wrinkled.” A diet high in fat and carbs increased the risk of wrinkles and skin atrophy.

  1. Stop smoking

If an increased risk of lung cancer, emphysema, and heart disease aren’t enough to make you stop smoking, maybe the thought of premature aging and wrinkles is.

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Smoking is a main cause of premature aging and wrinkles. According to 2008 research, the chemicals in tobacco smoke reduce collagen production and damage the skin’s elasticity, which leads to premature aging and wrinkles.

4 Cosmetics that minimize forehead lines

Many cosmetic brands claim to have the magic bullet for getting rid of wrinkles — and many are useless. Some beauty products, however, may actually help. These include:

  1. Products with retinol
    Retinol is a milder form of the prescription vitamin A byproduct known as tretinoin. Tretinoin is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat acne and wrinkles. Retinol improves skin cell turnover and supports collagen production. Retinol doesn’t hold up well in sunlight, though. For best results, use products containing retinol at night.
  2. Exfoliating products with glycolic acid
    Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid used to exfoliate the skin to reveal healthier, younger-looking skin. Glycolic acid is the main ingredient in many chemical peels. It’s also in some leave-on, over-the-counter exfoliants. Glycolic acid may cause sun sensitivity, so be sure to wear sunscreen after using glycolic acid products.
  3. Primer
    Just as paint primer prepares a surface for paint, face primer prepares your skin for foundation. Primer won’t get rid of forehead wrinkles, but it’s an inexpensive way to make them less noticeable. Primer comes in powder, gel, or cream forms. It “smooths” wrinkled skin and helps foundation stay put throughout the day.

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  4. Botox
    If needles don’t scare you, you may want to consider Botox injections to fight forehead wrinkles. Botox is a medication made from the botulinum toxin. When injected into specific muscles, it temporarily paralyzes them so they can’t contract. In other words, when you frown, your forehead won’t naturally wrinkle. Botox injections aren’t for everyone, though. They carry a price tag, and Botox may cause uncommon side effects such as:
    • pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection site
    • headache
    • flu-like symptoms
    • dry eye

Takeaway

The ongoing battle against aging is unlikely to end anytime soon. Even so, there’s not much scientific research on products that minimize forehead wrinkles. Most evidence is based on individual accounts, so they may not be reliable.

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It may be hard to get rid of forehead wrinkles entirely, but there are steps you can take that may make them less noticeable. The best way to slow aging and prevent wrinkles is to live a healthy lifestyle. Eating a healthy diet, avoiding prolonged sun exposure, exercising regularly, and managing stress are the most effective ways to keep your skin and the rest of your body healthy.

Best beauty tips for anti-aging

• Cleansers
• Exfoliants
• Serums
• Moisturizer
• Sunscreen
• Look after yourself

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We don’t know how to stop the clock, but we can help you fool the cameras and mirrors into thinking you’re a younger you. Here’s some essential tips to get the skin care routine you need.

Wash with a gentle cleanser

Cleansing is important for removing any skin care product or makeup that you’ve applied during the day, as well as natural skin oils,

pollutants, and bacteria that’s accumulated. It also means your skin care products will be able to enter your skin and work more effectively!

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You’ll want to use a gentle cleanser to preserve your skin barrierTrusted Source and keep it resistant to dehydration and damage. Cleansers with a high pH like natural soaps are very harsh and can leave your skin vulnerable to irritation and infection. Cleansers with a low pH, such as this one by Cosrx ($10.75 on Amazon), work to maintain optimal skin balance.

Another ingredient to avoid is sodium lauryl sulfate, as it’s very harsh. You also don’t need to buy cleansers with fancy, active ingredients. Cleanser’s aren’t on your skin for very long. Those active ingredients are far more useful in later steps, like when you apply serum.

Do you need a toner?

Toners were developed in the past to restore the low pH of the skin after washing with a high-pH cleanser. If you’re using a cleanser with a low pH, then a toner is unnecessary. It’s much better to avoid damage in the first place than to undo it later!

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Use a physical or chemical exfoliant

As you age, your skin slows downTrusted Source replenishing itself. Dead skin cells aren’t replaced by fresh cells as quickly, which means your skin starts to look dull and uneven, and may even crack. Exfoliants are a great way to help get dead cells off your skin.
There are two main categories of exfoliants: physical and chemical. It’s best to avoid harsh physical exfoliants, such as sugar scrubs and cleansers with beads, because it makes your skin more susceptible to sagging. Instead, choose a washcloth or a soft sponge, like this Konjac sponge with activated charcoal ($9.57 on Amazon), that can handle your skin’s needs.

Chemical exfoliants gradually dissolve the bonds between skin cells and allow them to detach. They’re also suitable for skin of any age! The best exfoliants for maturing skin are alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs)Trusted Source like glycolic acid and lactic acid. You can also find these acids in toners, serums, and at-home peels.

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Bonus tip: AHAs are also great for fading uneven pigmentation, and will help hydrate your skin as well! One great product is this Gylo-Luronic Acid serum ($5.00 on Makeup Artist’s Choice), that has a mix of glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid. It has properties to exfoliate and moisturize your skin.

Pat, don’t rub, on your anti-aging serums

In general, serums contain a higher concentration of active ingredients than a moisturizer. The best anti-aging ingredients to look out for are vitamin A derivatives known as retinoidsTrusted Source (retinol, tretinoin, and tazarotene) and vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate). As well as increasing collagen in your skin, they also act as antioxidants to soak up the biological and environmental oxidative stress that builds up to cause aging.
If you’re new to serums, you can try this affordable, vegan, and cruelty-free vitamin C serum ($5.80 from The Ordinary) — although the formulation doesn’t allow for a serum-like texture. Want to try making it yourself? Check out my own super easy DIY vitamin C serum.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

With age also comes less sebum. While this means less chance of acne, it also means your skin will dry out more easily. One of the big reasons for fine lines is inadequate skin hydration, but luckily it’s easy to fix with a good moisturizer!

Look for a moisturizer that contains water-binding humectants like glycerine and hyaluronic acid. An occlusive like petrolatum (commercially known as Vaseline, although Aquaphor also works) and mineral oil at night can prevent water evaporating from your skin. But be sure your skin is clean to avoid trapping bacteria!

Always apply sunscreen

Sun protection is one surefire way to keep your skin looking as young as possible. The sun is responsible for so much of your skin’s visible signs of aging that sun damage gets its own special category in dermatology: photoaging.

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The sun’s UV rays can cause aging by:

• breaking down collagen and causing abnormalities in elastin, leading to thinner skin and wrinkles
• causing uneven pigmented patches to develop
So use sunscreen, and not just for the beach — use it every day. A daily application of a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen can fade age spots, improve skin texture, and flatten out wrinkles by 20 percent in only three months, according to a recent studyTrusted Source. The researchers suggest that it’s because sunscreen lets the skin take a break from being continually battered by UV rays, so its own powerful regenerative abilities have a chance to work.

Not sure which sunscreen to buy? Try sunscreen from another country or EltaMD’s sunscreen ($23.50 on Amazon), which is also recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.

You can protect your skin from the sun in other ways as well. Wearing sun protective clothing like long-sleeve shirts, hats, and sunglasses, and avoiding the sun in the middle of the day, will reduce your exposure to aging and carcinogenic UV rays.

And it goes without saying that you shouldn’t intentionally sunbake. Use fake tanning spray or lotion instead, if you’re after a truly healthy glow.

Protect your skin from trauma

One of the key reasons wrinkles happen is due to damage to your skin, and since older skin is more fragileTrusted Source, trauma can have larger effects. While there isn’t much evidence on the impact of how you apply your skin care products, studies have found that pressing your face against a pillow as you sleep can cause permanent “sleep wrinkles.”

So it makes sense to err on the side of caution and avoid strong rubbing and tugging motions as you wash your face and apply your skin care products.

Look after the rest of your body too

Apart from your face, the key areas that expose your age are your neck, chest, and hands. Make sure you don’t neglect those areas! Keep them covered in sunscreen, and no one will ever know your true age.

Tips to getting glowing skin

A major component— and signal— of healthy skin is a natural glow. But causes like lack of sleep, stress, age, and even what you eat can rob your complexion of its radiance. Transform skin that looks dull and tired to luminous and glowing with expert tips and product picks from Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab scientists and dermatologist experts on how to make your skin glow naturally, no matter how much time you have: months, one or two weeks, overnight, or even minutes!

  1. Cleanse regularly

Key to luminous skin: clearing your “canvas” by thoroughly removing debris like dirt, oil and pollution particles that can clog pores and cause dullness. Wash your face morning and night by massaging in a small dollop of face cleanser lightly with fingers in circular motions, working from the inside of the face out for full coverage, says GH Beauty Lab Senior Chemist Sabina Wizemann.

Try our best-tested face wash for boosting radiance, Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, for daily use, and do a deeper cleanse weekly by applying your face wash with a facial cleansing brush, like Beauty Lab test winner and GH Seal star ProX by Olay Advanced Facial Cleansing Brush System.

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  1. Exfoliate your skin

“One of the best ways to brighten skin and boost its glow both immediately and long term is by exfoliating,” Wizemann says, yet nearly half of GH readers skip it, our survey found. “The process removes skin’s outer layer of dead cells so its surface is smoother and clearer and reflects light.”

Apply either a physical exfoliant, like a face scrub, two to three times per week or a chemical exfoliation, such as a face peel once per week for sensitive or dry skin and three times maximum for other skin types, she suggests. Try the Beauty Lab’s top-tested skin-brightening face scrub, Acure Brightening Facial Scrub, or peel, Philosophy The Microdelivery Triple-Acid Brightening Peel, which also evens skin tone, 71% of testers reported.

For more radiance, follow with a layer of moisturizer, like the GH Seal star Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, and shield skin with broad-spectrum SPF 30+ facial sunscreen or day cream, as exfoliation makes it more prone to sun damage, including dark spots. GH Beauty Lab test-winning L’Oréal Revitalift Bright Reveal SPF 30 also contains glycolic acid, a gentle exfoliant, as well as brightening vitamin C.

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  1. Look for brightening skin care ingredients

In topical skin care treatments like serums and moisturizers, look on the packaging
for terms such as “brightening” and “skin tone-evening,” and ingredients like vitamin C, “an antioxidant that brightens skin by blocking an enzyme that produces pigment,” says GH Beauty Lab chemist Danusia Wnek. Our favorite vitamin-C packed skin care is No7 Early Defense Glow Activating Serum.

Niacinamide (vitamin B3) “slows pigment production to lighten dark spots,” Wizemann says — our Beauty Lab test winner SkinCeuticals MetaCell Renewal B3 is packed with it. Resorcinol and alpha-arbutin, break down pigment for a more even skin tone, says Cynthia Price, M.D., a dermatologist in Phoenix. She suggests SkinBetter Science Even Tone Correcting Serum Face.

Daily application of these star brighteners can illuminate your complexion over time: Effects can be visible within a few weeks, with optimal results in about three months.

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  1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

“Lack of hydration makes your complexion dull and even accentuates wrinkles,” says Jeanine Downie, M.D., a dermatologist at Image Dermatology in Montclair, New Jersey. “Apply a topical moisturizer morning and evening to replenish hydration.”

The best type to choose? “Our testing shows that face lotions and creams are generally more hydrating than oils, serums, and other formulas,” explains GH Beauty Lab Director Birnur Aral, Ph.D. “They’re emulsions (blends of oil and water components) that carry hydrating ingredients into skin’s top layers, helping it hold moisture.”

To rehydrate the skin barrier, try GH Seal star Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream, which increased skin hydration by 50% over 24 hours in Lab testing. For a fast fix, apply a hydrating mask, such as Beauty Lab test winner Skin Laundry Hydrating Facial Mask, which boosted skin moisture levels by 25% in minutes.

  1. Use shimmery lotion to boost glow

Good news: You can also get a glow instantly. The new category of skin care and makeup hybrid products called “glotions” combine the hydrating benefits of a moisturizer with the radiance-boosting effects of highlighter.

These formulas contain humectant ingredients, such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid, that draw moisture into skin to immediately make it appear plump and smooth, Wnek explains, mixed with finely milled minerals like mica that reflect light to give skin an instant but subtle allover glow.

To apply, do as makeup artists do: Smooth one on as you would a face lotion before makeup, wear alone for a natural look or tap a dot on the high points of your face, such as the tops of your cheekbones and underneath the arches of your eyebrows, to get a touch of no-makeup radiance. Try the Beauty Lab’s picks, below.

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  1. Eat antioxidant-rich food

Yes, what you eat can have an effect on your skin’s glow. Load up on grapes, berries and nuts like pecans and walnuts, which are rich in polyphenols such as ellagic acid and resveratrol. “Preliminary research has linked this type of antioxidant combats free radicals to help protect skin cells from UV damage like hyperpigmentation,” says GH Nutrition Director Jaclyn London, M.S., R.D. Aim to incorporate them into your diet daily in meals, like breakfasts, salads, or desserts, or alone as a snack.

  1. Know when to call a dermatologist

To tackle stubborn skin hyperpigmentation issues such as large or numerous dark spots (from sun damage or other causes) and melasma for long-lasting clarity, visit a board-certified dermatologist, who can recommend the best options for you. These can include prescription topical products, in-office treatments like professional facial peels, microdermabrasion and lasers, or a combination of therapies, says Pearl E. Grimes, M.D., clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA in Los Angeles.

“For sun damage, like dark spots and pigmentation from acne scars, lasers such as broadband light and intense pulsed light are very effective,” Dr. Price says. “Procedures like microneedling, an intensive form of exfoliation, as well as a series of chemical peels, work best for melasma.”

What is beauty sleep?

A well-rested sleep is essential to waking up energized and alert, but if you get quality zzzs, will you also wake up prettier? There are many benefits that come from getting enough shut eye, and it turns out, there’s a reason some call it beauty sleep: “It’s essential for repairing the skin,” Debra Jaliman, M.D., a New York City dermatologist and author of Skin Rules.

While some might think it’s just a catchy phrase, beauty sleep is a real thing, confirms Whitney Bowe, M.D., a New York City dermatologist and author of Dirty Looks. “When we sleep, our stress hormone (cortisol) goes down and our sleep hormone (melatonin) goes up. Our body, and our skin, are in repair mode.” In other words, nighttime gives our skin the opportunity to recover from any daytime damage.
If you want your skin and hair to look younger and healthier before you even start your daily beauty routine, here’s everything you need to know about getting a good night’s sleep the night before:

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What are the benefits of beauty sleep?

Brighter, de-puffed eyes
“Lack of restorative sleep can leave your eyes looking puffy in the morning. Why? Because, when you’re under stress, your cortisol levels rise, and this changes the salt balance in your body. In turn, this can lead you to retain water – hence, puffiness,” says Dr. Bowe. For less puffy eyes, try the above extra-pillow trick to help drain fluids! “When you lie flat, fluid can gather around your eyes,” explains Elizabeth Tanzi, M.D., a dermatologist in Washington, D.C.

Youthful, glowing skin

When we sleep, our skin is busy healing itself from damage we might have sustained in the day from UV rays or pollution. “In fact, studies show that new skin cells grow faster while you sleep,” says Dr. Bowe. “Take advantage of this period of skin renewal and restoration by cleansing skin before bed and choosing products that will optimize this recovery period so that you wake up with healthier skin.”

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Fewer wrinkles and lessened signs of aging

Time might be passing as we’re sound asleep, but our skin’s clock turns backwards during that time. “If nothing else convinces you to go to bed on time, let maintaining youthful-looking skin be the one that does,” urges Dr. Bowe. To make sure you wake up wrinkle-free, both Dr. Bowe and Jesleen Ahluwalia, M.D., suggest you sleep on your back. “Repeated pressure on the skin, causing creasing, can eventually lead to set-in lines,” says Dr. Ahluwalia.

More mileage from your skin care products

“The deeper layers of your skin are working at night to repair damage from the environmental stressors they encounter all day long. Your skin is also working to build new collagen, which keeps your skin firm and smooth,” explains Dr. Bowe. “This is why you really want to choose your nighttime products strategically to optimize your skin’s recovery during those restful, restorative hours!”

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Healthier, stronger, and longer hair

Beauty sleep actually contributes to beautiful, fuller hair, too “Sleep is actually needed for proper protein synthesis of your hair and it can impact your hormones, which will also have an impact on your hair’s growth and appearance,” says Dr. Bowe.

How many hours are necessary for beauty sleep?

When it comes to snoozing, the magic number falls between seven and eight hours of rest per night, but Dr. Bowe reminds us it’s not only the amount of sleep that matters, but the quality of our rest too. “Not all sleep is equally restorative,” explains Dr. Bowe. REM sleep happens at some point in the middle of the night, so rather than hitting the snooze button on weekends, Dr. Bowe suggests going to bed earlier and waking up at the same time every morning.

What does sleep deprivation do to your face?

“You look tired.” It’s easy for our friends and colleagues to tell when we haven’t gotten our beauty sleep thanks to pesky dark circles and lackluster skin. “Our body perceives loss of sleep, or lack of quality of sleep as stress,” says Dr. Bowe. “Those stress signals not only cause breakouts, but also make skin less capable of trapping moisture and it slows down skin cell turnover.”

What should you apply to your face before sleeping?

Face cleanser

Not taking off your makeup at the end of the day can cause pores to get clogged, which can then lead to breakouts. Dr. Bowe recommends,“a gentle, pH balanced cleanser that will not strip your skin of its healthy oils and that will maintain the slightly acidic environment your skin barrier needs to remain intact and healthy,” like Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser (a Good Housekeeping favorite face cleanser!).

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An anti-aging night cream

Never skip your nightly cream or serum. These products work better during the “repair cycle of the skin,” which is at night, Dr. Jaliman says. An anti-aging night cream cream or serum with vitamin A or retinol before bed will help counteract fine lines, says David Leffell, M.D., a professor of dermatology and surgery at Yale University School of Medicine.

These ingredients are “often added to topical skincare products to promote skin renewal, brighten skin tone, reduce acne and boost your skin’s collagen production,” explains Dr. Bowe. Alternatively, hyaluronic acid attracts water into the skin, which helps smooth wrinkles, confirms Francesca Fusco, M.D., a New York City-based dermatologist. Don’t forget lip balm and lash conditioner, too!

Silk pillowcase and hair accessories

Opt for a silk pillowcase instead of being negative affected by cotton: “Silk is easier on hair — it helps avoid tangles and breakage,” says Dr. Ahluwalia. “It’s also better for the skin because the material glides easily and prevents creasing and wrinkles.” Keep your hair out of your face while you’re sleeping by wrapping it up in a silk scarf, Chicago-based makeup artist Alle Connell suggests. Dr. Ahluwalia says that high, loose ponytail is a great way to keep your most recent blowout intact.

Ingredients for younger looking skin

People buy nonprescription wrinkle creams and lotions with the hope that these products can reduce wrinkles and prevent or reverse damage caused by the sun.

Do they work? That often depends on the products’ ingredients and how long you use them. Because these over-the-counter (OTC) wrinkle creams aren’t classified as drugs, they’re not required to undergo scientific research to prove their effectiveness.
If you’re looking for a face-lift in a bottle, you probably won’t find it in OTC wrinkle creams. The benefits of these products are usually only slight.

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Common ingredients in anti-wrinkle creams

Moisturizing alone can improve the appearance of your skin. It temporarily plumps the skin, making lines and wrinkles less visible. Moisturizers are lotions, creams, gels and serums made of water, oils and other ingredients, such as proteins, waxes, glycerin, lactate and urea.

Wrinkle creams often are moisturizers with active ingredients that offer additional benefits. These added ingredients are intended to improve skin tone, texture, fine lines and wrinkles. The effectiveness of these products depends in part on your skin type and the active ingredient or ingredients.

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Here are common ingredients that may result in some improvement in in the appearance of your skin.
• Retinoids. This term is used for vitamin A compounds, such as retinol and retinoic acid. These ingredients have long been used topically to help repair sun-damaged skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
• Vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, which means it protects the skin from free radicals — unstable oxygen molecules that break down skin cells and cause wrinkles. Vitamin C may help protect skin from sun damage and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Before and between uses, wrinkle creams containing vitamin C must be stored in a way that protects them from air and sunlight.
• Hydroxy acids. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) include glycolic, citric and lactic acid. They are used to remove dead skill cells (exfoliate). Using an AHA product regularly prepares your skin to better absorb other products and stimulates the growth of smooth, evenly pigmented new skin.
AHAs, beta hydroxyl acids and a newer form called polyhydroxy acids have also been shown to be effective in reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
• Coenzyme Q10. This ingredient may help reduce fine wrinkles around the eyes and protect the skin from sun damage.
• Peptides. These molecules occur naturally in living organisms. Certain peptides are able to stimulate collagen production, and have been shown to improve skin texture and wrinkling.
• Tea extracts. Green, black and oolong tea contain compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Wrinkle creams are most likely to use green tea extracts.
• Grape seed extract. In addition to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, grape seed extract promotes collagen production.
• Niacinamide. A potent antioxidant, this substance is related to vitamin B-3 (niacin). It helps reduce water loss in the skin and may improve skin elasticity.

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No guarantees: Assessing safety and effectiveness

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies creams and lotions as cosmetics, which are defined as having no medical value. So the FDA regulates them less strictly than it does drugs. This means that cosmetic products don’t undergo the same rigorous testing for safety and effectiveness that topically applied medications undergo.

Because the FDA doesn’t evaluate cosmetic products for effectiveness, there’s no guarantee that any OTC product will reduce your wrinkles.

Consider these points when judging the merits of using a wrinkle cream:
• Cost. Cost has no relationship to effectiveness. A wrinkle cream that’s more costly may not be more effective than a less costly product.
• Lower doses. Nonprescription wrinkle creams contain lower concentrations of active ingredients than do prescription creams. So results, if any, are limited and usually short-lived.
• Multiple ingredients. A product with two or three active ingredients is not necessarily more effective than a product with just one of them. Likewise, using several anti-wrinkle products at the same time may irritate your skin rather than benefit it.
• Daily use. You’ll likely need to use the wrinkle cream once or twice a day for many weeks before noticing any improvement. And once you discontinue using the product, your skin is likely to return to its original appearance.
• Side effects. Some products may cause skin irritation, rashes, burning or redness. Be sure to read and follow the product instructions to limit side effects. It may help to select products that don’t cause allergic reactions (hypoallergenic) or acne (noncomedogenic). Choose products that offer a consumer hotline in case you have questions.
• Individual differences. Just because your friend swears by a product doesn’t mean it will work for you. People have different skin types. No one product works the same for everyone.

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Your anti-wrinkle regimen

An anti-wrinkle cream may lessen the appearance of your wrinkles, depending on how often you use it, the type and amount of active ingredient in the wrinkle cream, and the type of wrinkles you want to treat.

But if you want to take the guesswork out of your skin care regimen, try these more reliable ways to improve and maintain your skin’s appearance:
• Protect your skin from the sun. Exposure to UV light speeds up the natural aging process of your skin, causing wrinkles and rough, blotchy skin. In fact, sun exposure is the No. 1 reason for signs of aging in the skin, including uneven pigmentation. Protect your skin — and prevent future wrinkles — by limiting the time you spend in the sun and always wearing protective clothing and a hat. Also, use sunscreen on exposed skin year-round when outdoors.
• Choose products with built-in sunscreen. When selecting skin care products, choose those with a built-in SPF of at least 15. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends SPF of 30 or higher. Also, use products that are broad spectrum, meaning they block both UVA and UVB rays, and water resistant. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring.
• Use moisturizers. Moisturizers can’t prevent wrinkles, but they trap water in the skin, temporarily masking tiny lines and creases.
• Don’t smoke. Smoking causes narrowing of the blood vessels in the outermost layers of your skin. It also damages collagen and elastin — fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity. As a result, skin begins to sag and wrinkle prematurely. Even if you’ve smoked for years or smoked heavily, you can still improve your skin tone and texture and prevent future wrinkles by quitting smoking.

A dermatologist can help you create a personalized skin care plan by assessing your skin type, evaluating your skin’s condition and recommending products likely to be effective. If you’re looking for more-dramatic results, a dermatologist can recommend medical treatments for wrinkles, including prescription creams, botulinum toxin (Botox) injections or skin-resurfacing techniques.

Best tips from doctors about anti aging

What most of us wouldn’t give to be a teenager again, from the lack of bills to the youthful, line-free faces we once enjoyed. While, short of moving back in with our parents, there’s little we can do about the former, stopping the aging process in its tracks may be more feasible than you’d imagine.

Every day, we’re engaging in habits that can make our skin and overall health suffer, aging us in the process. From the food we eat to the way we wash our faces, these seemingly minor decisions can end up making us years older than our chronological age in the long run.
So, what’s the solution? Before you start shelling tons of cash on every dubious pill and potion at your local pharmacy, find out what the pros know about staying youthful by discovering these doctor-approved anti-aging tips. No matter your current age, you can start feeling more energetic and vibrant today with the 50 Ways to Feel Younger Now!

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Add Some Vitamin A to Your Routine

One of the easiest ways to turn back the clock is to make topical retinoids part of your skincare arsenal. While they can be irritating to certain individuals with sensitive skin, they can also provide a serious line of defense against wrinkles. “An easy at-home regimen would be using a retinol cream,” says Dr. John Kahan, a surgeon who treats patients at Beverly Hills Med Spa. “Retinol is a form of vitamin A and it helps with fine lines, uneven skin tone, dark spots, and texturized skin.”
Dr. Ayelet Mizrachi-Jonisch, a dermatologist at New York-based CareMount Medical, echoes his sentiments, noting that these vitamin A-based treatments can stop the aging process before it starts. “[A] prescribed retinoid is always a good idea for maintenance of good skin health and prevention of photo aging,” she says.

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Avoid Excess Weight Gain

Don’t let those little indulgences turn into extra pounds; if you do, you might just find yourself looking older than you actually are. “Weight gain is also perceived as aging in several areas,” says Dr. Joshua D. Zuckerman, MD, FACS, a board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in Manhattan. “For example, submental fat, which is located below the chin, significantly changes how the lower face is viewed.”

Skip the Sugary Stuff

Sugar does more than just rot your teeth, it’s also a major contributor to the loss of firmness in the skin, which can age you significantly. “Focus on a balanced diet with plenty of lean protein and vegetables and avoid sugar,” suggests Dr. Fred Pescatore, a natural health physician. “Poor diets that are high in sugar have been linked to advanced glycation end products (AGEs) which cause wrinkles and loss of collagen and elastin.”

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Hydrate

Drinking an adequate amount of water throughout the day can help keep your skin healthy and youthful-looking. While the amount of water you need depends on your size and activity level, sipping water throughout the day and never letting yourself get thirsty is a good guideline.

“Not drinking enough can result in an increased appearance of wrinkles and lines and creates more dry areas and dullness,” says clinical nutritionist Ariane Hundt. “Drinking enough is key to keeping a healthy glow and that dewy appearance.”

Skip the All-Nighters

Those late nights you pulled in college are doing no favors to your skin. In fact, they could be the reason you’re looking a little worse for wear. “Sleep is one of the most important physiological processes,” says Sarah Greenfield, a registered dietician and Director of Nutrition and Education for HUM Nutrition. “While we are sleeping, our bodies are repairing, detoxifying and our hormones are being balanced. The lining of the GI tract is turning over to ensure your body can absorb all the nutrients you are eating to keep your skin healthy and happy. Adequate sleep improves circulation around the eyes decreasing puffiness and dryness.”

Take Sun Damage Seriously

Every sunburn counts. In fact, “many studies show that repeated sun burns as a child lead to much higher cases of skin cancers and skin damage as an adult,” says Dr. David Shafer, founder of Manhattan’s Shafer Plastic Surgery. So take every trip into the sun with the same precautions. Doing so might just fend off those early signs of aging you’re trying to avoid. Beginning from when you’re a “young [kid], it is important to focus on prevention, such as using an adequate sunscreen or protective clothing,” explains Dr. Shafer. For more ways to stop the clock, turn to these 20 Zero Belly Habits For Aging!

Protect Your Skin with Proper Clothing

The best offense is a good defense when it comes to staving off wrinkles. Like Dr. Shafer mentioned previously, getting adequate sun protection is one of the best things you can do for your skin when it comes to slowing down the aging process. “The first line of defense is prevention,” says Dr. Shafer. “Either wearing sunscreen or physical protective barrier clothing and hats are essential for protecting the skin.”

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Wash After a Workout

Think you can skip the shower after the gym? Think again. Washing your face post-workout can help keep dead skin and other grime from settling into your pores, making them look larger, a sure sign of aging. “Wash your face twice daily, especially after sweating heavily while working or exercising,” says Dr. Ross Levy, MD, FAAD, a dermatologist with New York’s CareMount Medical.

Skip the Smokes

It probably comes as no surprise that smoking is bad for your health—as it increases your risk of cancer and other serious health issues—but not everyone realizes what a major impact it can have on your appearance. Even if you only smoke occasionally, you’re making yourself look older and sicker with every puff. “Choices such as smoking have a profound effect on the skin as the smoke and nicotine starve the precious cells of oxygen and nutrition,” says Dr. Shafer.

It’s Never Too Late To Start Caring For Yourself
Don’t assume that you’re already too late to fix the signs of aging; late is better than never.

“While it is never too late, the sooner one starts, the better,” says Dr. Adam Kolker, a Manhattan-based plastic surgeon. “When one begins to address issues too late in life the solutions may be less effective.”

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

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  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
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